Wester Ross, West coast Scotland self-catering house on the seashore
5 stars Visit Scotland, Sleeping 2 - 8

View of the sea from the house
Shore Croft. Sea view from the front Shore Croft Location of Shore Croft

Shore Croft
Mellon Charles
Wester Ross

Shore Croft was built to take full advantage of its unique situation, facing south on a grassy bank just above a pebbly beach on the edge of Loch Ewe with panoramic views of the sea.

Owner Hilary Cowan has taken a lot of care to ensure that the whole interior is beautifully designed, arranged and maintained. It is light, modern and airy - comfortable for friends or a family holiday of up to 8. For all its spaciousness Shore Croft also has an intimate and cosy atmosphere - it can be a wonderful romantic retreat for two. A log fire in the sitting room, walks along the shore or amongst the deserted heathery hills and lochans of the peninsular of Rudha Mòr, pure air, lichens and mosses and tiny wildflowers.

The sitting room and dining room/kitchen open on to a wide decking and from there is a path leading to the garden gate which opens almost directly on to the beach.


Kitchen-Dining-Sitting room Kitchen-Dining-Sitting room
Dining table and view of the sea

Above left and right;
Two views of the kitchen-dining room.

The dining table.

This part of Scotland is famous for its scallops and langoustines, and Hilary has provided in an information folder the telephone numbers of local fishers and divers for the freshest seafood you could possibly find.

The sitting room also has incredible panoramic views of the sea - and a tri-pod telescope. Sea otters and even a sea eagle has been seen.

Open log fire.

There's a large flat screen television with the full Sky package and DVD player with surround sound, as well as books, games and a selection of CDs and DVDs.

Drawing room Drawing room and view
Bedroom Bedroom
Shower room Shower room

Above left;
Master bedroom with shower room en suite (left) and separate dressing room.

Bathroom, with bath, walk-in shower, wc and basin.

Above right and below left and right;
3 twin bedrooms.

The bathrooms have under-floor heating.

Bedroom Bedroom

Kitchen area:

Kitchen window Kitchen area


  • Range cooker
  • American fridge freezer with ice maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Music system

A sink with a view.

Also on the ground floor is a large vestibule with coat hooks, an inner hall and utility room with washing machine and tumble drier. Space for boots and drying cupboard. Downstairs wc and basin.

At Shore Croft there is Wi-Fi broadband internet access available throughout the house for your laptop.


  • Rental period: Saturday to Saturday.
  • No smoking.
  • Dogs are welcome, £30 supplement per dog.
  • Sorry, no cats
  • Cribs/cots available.
  • Short breaks available during off peak season. Please ask for prices.
  • Visa, Mastercard and debit cards are accepted.

To view up-to-date prices and check availability go to:

Shorecroft prices and availablity

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Some extracts from the Visitors' Book:

Seating with views of the sea

"Superb house. Fantastic Location Location Location! Many happy hours spent fishing from the beach. The crabs have been really well fed!" Many thanks. J and C Walker. UK.

"We had a really great week at this wonderful place. Spent our time climbing rocks, swimming (a little!) collecting beautiful stones and generally just enjoying being here. Thanks." Bethune family. North Carolina, USA.

"Beautiful sunsets and starry skies. Saw Northern lights, scenery gorgeous, house lovely. Good fun was had by all." Taylor family, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland.

To enquire or to book:

Hilary's own website is

The house-keepers are Chris and Jules. They live locally and you can contact them if you need anything.

Hilary has provided a folder of useful local information, including, for example, the telephone numbers for the fishers and divers for scallops and langoustines, or about the sandy beach of Camas a'Charaig at Mellon Udrigle.

Please tell Hilary you found Shore Croft through About Scotland!

(Top left photograph courtesy of Hilary Cowan)

Please contact:
Hilary Cowan

23 North Road
Grassendale Park
Liverpool, L19 0LP, UK

Tel: 0151 494 1488
Mob: 07770781234
or from outside the UK:
Tel: 44 151 494 1488
Mob: 44 7770781234

View of the sea from the house

Mellon Charles is the most westerly of the scattered communities of crofts and cottages along the northern shore of Loch Ewe. Shore Croft and the house next door share the pebbly beach, and are on the furthest edge of the settlement.

Aultbea, about 3 miles away, has a post office, general store, a very good butcher, two churches and two hotels.

Wester Ross:

Gairloch - 20 minutes by car - pony trekking, sailing, sea-angling, places to eat out and a heritige museum.
Loch Maree, the hills and glens of Torridon, and the Applecross Peninusula for walking and exploring. World famous Inverewe Gardens (National Trust for Scotland).
Ullapool - The Ceilidh Place cultural centre. Achiltibuie hydroponics.

Map of the area:

Map of the area

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