Two gorgeous off-grid architect-designed cabins, on the shores of glassy Loch Nell
Each sleeps 2
The west coast of Scotland is famously spectacular, with a rugged coastline and soaring mountains. But a 15-minute drive from Oban lies a wilderness paradise that’s free from any tourists: simply acres of private farmland, beech and oak trees, cut through by the serene Loch Nell. It’s a place to truly escape the hustle of the real world and immerse yourself in nature.
Your adventure begins as you’re boated (or driven) up the loch to your remote cabin, which blends seamlessly into the ancient oaks of the shoreline. Brand new, there are 2 to choose from – one gleaming corten, one galvanised tin – and once you’re dropped off, it’s just you and total silence. The cabins are even more beautiful inside, with a luxe minimalist style, huge windows, a kitchen crafted from native ash, and a romantic mezzanine bedroom. Totally off grid, you’ll need to light fires to brew your morning coffee or heat water for an alfresco shower. Spend your days exploring the loch on SUPs and kayaks, and wild swimming with white-tailed sea eagles soaring overhead. This is a place to slow down and reconnect with nature’s beauty and rhythms. It will rejuvenate your soul.
Getting here: drive or train to Oban (overnight sleeper from London Euston) then taxi (15 mins).
The cabins are completely off-grid with solar power (back-up generator for winter months). They are built on stilts so could in theory, be taken down and leave no trace or environmental impact on the surroundings. Rainwater harvesting. Toiletries and detergents used are all organic/bio-degradable.
- Explore Loch Nell by SUP or kayak: there’s an ancient fortified dwelling (which offered protection from Picts, Vikings etc) in the middle of the loch.
- Fish for trout and Arctic Char then grill your catch for supper. Or order a Pizza Hamper to cook in the outdoor pizza oven, or BBQ hamper with meat from the owners’ farm.
- The surrounding woodlands and wider area are home to some of Scotland’s most iconic species: pine marten, red squirrel, otters and wild cats on the ground, hen harriers, merlins, white-tailed sea eagles soaring up above. You may also see the rare and protected Marsh fritilary butterfly.
- The grounds are rich in Neolithic, Iron Age and Middle Age history and mythology: you can easily walk to mysterious stone circles, cairns, duns and ancient burial grounds.
- If you can face leaving, the local area’s a cycling paradise, set on the Caledonian way.
- Day trip to the glorious Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, or take the foot ferry from Oban to Kerrera island with its ruined castle and crystal-clear swimming coves.