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Two holiday houses in Scotland's greatest landscape - sanctuaries from modern life echoing the Iron Age
The Brochs are as much works of art as they are the most luxurious holiday lets you can think of. These unique buildings on the North West coast of the Scottish Highlands are embedded entirely in dry stone walls, timeless in appearance but contemporary inside. They sit secluded within four acres of their own ground, accessible only by a private track. What strikes our guests first is the stillness outside, apart from birdsong, a rustle of leaves and perhaps the wind, and the complete stillness inside. Inside, you are surrounded by outstanding paintings by some of Scotland's formost artists of our time. You will find your accommodation equipped with all you needs, rather like an appartment hotel. All you have to bring is your food - and yourselves.
Scàl's Broch is a one bedroom refuge from everyday life. It has an open plan kitchen and a huge dining and sitting area that is 8 metres long and 6 metres wide. The main area and the spacious bedroom showcase works by Scotland's leading contemporary artists. The luxurious bathroom contains a wonderful sauna.
Brochs are an ancient concept - Iron Age roundhouses peculiar to the northwest of the Scottish Highlands and Islands, such as Jarlshof in the Shetlands that you can see in the picture below. Gille Buidhe and Scàl were two brothers who are said to have been the first people to settle Coigach, a remote peninsula in the sea that separates the Highlands of Scotland from the Hebrides. Coigach forms part of the most renowned National Scenic Area of Scotland.
Scottish Field calls The Brochs of Coigach "A modernist wonder echoing the Iron Age". Red Magazine presents them as "The Best of Britain for a Wilderness Getaway". The German travel magazine MERIAN lists them as "One of the World's 100 Dream Destinations for Two". The Royal Incorporation of Architects (RIAS) chose The Brochs as "One of the best buildings in Scotland 2011". And The Civic Trust thinks they are one of the best new developments in Scotland "for design and cultural, social and economic contribution to the local community."
We invite you to stay in these amazing houses!
Reiner & Sheileagh Luyken, Achiltibuie, Ross-shire, Scotland
Tel: +44 (0)1854-622 368, e-mail: email@example.com
your arrival, a small decanter with finest Scottish malt whiskey is
waiting for you. You will also find fair trade tea and coffee, olive
oil, balsamic vinegar and all soaps and cleaning products you need, wherever possible products with an eco label.
The view out of Scàl's Broch's kitchen, with Gille Buidhe's Broch in the background.
The Brochs of Coigach are featured in Vernon's 100 BEST GUIDE to self catering in Scotland