Taigh Sonais Croft

Holiday with us for a breath of fresh air

Welcome/Fáilte


Welcome to Taigh Sonais Croft, situated in Naast (a small hamlet 3 miles from Poolewe) in  beautiful Wester Ross, over looking Loch Ewe to the east. It was this view that caught our imagination and made us fall in love with the area.  We chose to build our home on the croft and named it Taigh Sonais, which is Gaelic for House of Contentment. We hope you also experience the serenity that the area has to offer.
Welcome/Fáilte

About Us



We're Gary and Elaine Jack and originally came from the Scottish Borders where we had a small holding, keeping bees, chickens, ducks and grew many of our own vegetables, developing a more sustainable lifestyle. We moved to Wester Ross in 2017, with every intention of further developing our sustainable lifestyle, with the added benefit of the amazing scenery and community spirit.

Our ethos at Taigh Sonais:

We strive to keep our carbon footprint as low as possible, using renewable energy and sustainable materials to build and run the house. We also believe that diet can have a massive impact on health and the environment. Therefore Gary is vegan and Elaine is vegetarian.

Free natural flowing energy comes from the river at the back of our croft, this powers our micro-hydro turbine, which in turns powers a Ground Source Heat Pump.

We have a wood burning stove in our kitchen and we're planning on planting a sustainable woodland on our croft to provide firewood (not to mention free food and board for the birds)

We harvest rainwater for flushing the w.c.

For clean, ‘green’ laundry and washing up we would be grateful if guests use the Ecover products provided. Use of these products also keeps our septic tank sewage system in good working order!

Off course, not forgetting recycling. Designated containers are provided for waste and recycling together with directions for disposal.

We also have an electrical vehicle charger (7KW/3.4kw) which guests can use and will be charged at cost.

Our aim is to achieve a Green Tourism Award.















An Sealladh Studio


Self-Catering Studio Flat

Newly built, An Sealladh Studio is the perfect base to start your Wester Ross adventure. It has been road tested by us for a year while we built our house, and frankly we were sorry to leave it. An Sealladh Studio is located above our detached garage next to the house, both of which are set within the croft.

The good sized studio is bright and airy and has stunning views over Loch Ewe and the mountains.The studio comprises an open plan kitchen/lounge/bedroom with separate wc/shower room and can comfortably accommodate up to 2 adults and 1 toddler—camping cot and highchair are available at no extra cost. In the kitchen area you will find plenty crockery, pots, a cooker, fridge, kettle, toaster and microwave. We have a washing machine in the garage, just ask if you wish to use it.

You do not need to bring any cleaning materials with you. We supply eco friendly washing up liquid and laundry detergent.

Please DO NOT bring bleach, as this disrupts our septic tanks.

While you will need to bring your own food, as it is self catering, some provisions can be arranged for you if you let us know a week in advance. A modest amount of tea, coffee and sugar is supplied to get you started.

The bed is an Ikea pull out bed daybed.

The Studio has central heating and hot water, both being provided by an air source heat pump.

There is a TV with freesat box and a DVD player provided.

Mobile phone reception is not great. This is a get away from it all holiday destination!

Internet is available. It"s not fast, but works!

Price

£60 per night or £378 per week for the studio including electricity.

Towels, tea-towels and bedding are provided.
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Map and Directions


 

OS  LANDRANGER 19:  NG 82558 83361

EXPLORER  434:    

Satnav: IV22 2LL

Google Maps: Naast


Direction by Car

Travel: By far the easiest way to find us is by car, but we’ve included links to train and bus timetables.


Directions by Rail or Bus

Trains run from Inverness to Achnasheen. From Achnasheen you can get a bus to Poolewe, which is 3 miles from Taigh Sonais. We may be able to pick you up at the Post Office.

Please plan your travel itinerary carefully, as this is a rural area and public transport isn’t always interconnecting. We find that’s part of the charm in living in the north west Highlands. A real get away from it all place.

Here are some useful links for planning your journey:

Trains:

https://www.scotrail.co.uk/sites/default/files/assets/download_ct/sr1812_12295_north_highlands.pdf

Buses: 

https://bustimes.org/services/700-laide-or-gairloch-inverness








Google Map


Things to see and do


 

 

There are numerous sandy beaches and plentiful walks which, combined with turquoise seas and ever changing light, make Wester Ross unforgettable.

Rich in wildlife and steeped in history, Poolewe and the surrounding area will provide you with an abundance of things to see and do: From Archaeology to Geology and from adventurous activities, to sitting back and watching the world go by, we’re convinced there’s something for everyone.

At the furthest end of the 8 mile stretch of the Western side of Loch Ewe, you will find Cove with it’s relics and remnants of the Russian Artic Convoy, Firemore Beach, with a stunning view of Loch Ewe and the Mountains. You may be lucky enough to see an otter!

PLACES TO VISIT

Inverewe Gardens, Poolewe

 Perfume Studio, Mellon Charles

Gairloch Heritage Museum, Gairloch

Artic Convoy Exhibition, Aultbea

Poolewe market (Every Tuesday from April-October, Gairloch market at the GALE centre market (Mondays) and Tourist Information

Poolewe Ceilidhs, once a week throughout the summer months.

Geopark

NC 500 road trip


BEACHES

Firemore, near Inverasdale

Gruinard Bay,  near Laide

Mellon Udrigle, near Laide

Melvaig, near Gairloch

Red Point, near Big Sands














 


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