View East from the Beach below the cottage Sunset from the Cottage patio (courtesy of Len Seal guest in 2015)
View to the West from the cottage Ben Mor Coigach (the cottage is a white dot in the distance!)
Sarah and Stephen Cooper (1st to 8th October 2022)
"A fantastic return visit to your lovely cottage. A rather autumnal blustery week of weather which mean lots of windy walks with rainbows and the added drama of thunder and lightening and a power cut! ...Had a trip to Ullapool and ate at the Seafood Shack which was lovely. Had a fantastic walk up Sgurr an Fhidhleir - very windy at the top - and those views...!! Thank you for a lovely holiday once again."
Al and Rosie Punt (27th August - 3rd September 2022)
"Lovely week, fine weather, no rain. Pretty chilled...gentle days of walking Mr D on the beach. See you next year."
The Souter Family (6th - 20th August 2022)
"We fished for mackerel, trout, coli and pollack. We had a very successful day near to Ledmore junction on the fly catching 15 trout! The scenery is simply fantastic."
The Jameson Family (30th July - 6th August 2022)
"Second time here and the cottage is fabulous! Well appointed and comfortable, thank you. Have had another fabulous week in this beautiful part of Scotland, so peaceful, so unspoilt! Our idea of bliss! Weather has been busy...outdoors every day...we have seen so many birds and wild flowers, and lots of deer. Will definitely come back!"
The Talbot Family (16th - 30th July 2022)
"Our third holiday at this wonderful cottage and we have already booked for next year. Views are fantastic and the local walks excellent. We have seen dolphins, seals and deer and (possibly) a golden eagle. The weather has varied from cool enough for the log burner (very cosy) to warm enough to swim and go paddle boarding. All in all a very relaxing break. Can't wait to return."
Anke and Lisa Fley (2nd - 9th July 2022)
"We had a great week enjoying the view, the landscape and the wildlife. An amazing place to recharge the batteries.."
Jan Ashdown (25th June - 2nd July 2022)
"A Perfect week in every respect."
Helen and Rob Brunswick (18th - 25th June 2022)
"Fortunately the weather forecasters got it wrong, and despite arriving in gales, we managed to sea kayak round the isles over several days. Highlights included a pair of puffins off Tanera Beat, ptarmigan on Stac Pollaidh and catching 5lb cod off Horse Island north isle. We leave with happy memories and batteries fully charged."
The Peals (4th - 11th June 2022)
"Our third year to Diabaig but countless to the area which seems to be more beautiful every year. The weather this time has been fantastic. The pup and I went on the Culnacraig coastal walk which was interesting! Stretches of good coastal paths interspersed with relentless rock scrambling. If this is part of the postman walk he must have been pretty fit! Enjoy this wonderful place - it restores the soul!"
Wim and Gerda van Dijk (7th - 14th May 2022)
"We had a lovely week at Diabaig. We had different walks and saw some seals....it was a lovely week in which we've been exploring another piece of our earth"
Alastair and Sandy Lee (30th April - 7th May 2022)
"What a fantastic break in a stunning location. First time back in the Highlands in over 40 years and boy what have I been missing! It won't be that long before we return. A constantly changing vista - glorious sunshine, brooding cloudscapes, mist pouring off the mountain tops, lashing rain and the soothing sights and sounds of the sea. Some great walks especially Stac Pollaidh and so much wildlife - a treat watching a pair of otters feeding around the cliffs near Achnahaird, seals basking on the rocks, an early morning alarm call from a stag in the garden and almost 40 different birds spotted. A week is way too short in this gorgeous spot."
The Davidson Family (16th - 23rd April 2022)
"Booked this lovely house for a week to celebrate my parents' 40th wedding anniversary, certainly did not disappoint. Amazing views for a relaxing week with some awesome sunsets. Beautiful house, very homely and comfortable. Couldn't have asked for a better setting to spend a week with family."
The Miller Family (9th to 16th April 2022)
"After having cancelled twice due to Covid, we made it back! It has been worth the wait. The cottage is lovely and so comfortable with amazing views. We have been lucky with the weather and enjoyed trips to the beaches and a few hills. Lovely to eat out at Fuaran Bar and the Summer Isles Hotel. We have had a lovely relaxing week"
Ian and Jane Diack (19th - 26th March 2022)
"What a beautiful home! So comfortable and relaxing. A lovely time of year to visit one of our favourite parts of Scotland...most days we had wall to wall sunshine which only enhanced the beauty of this place. We have walked, cycled, climbed (at Reiff) and walked up Stac Pollaidh, Breabag, Cul Beat and enjoyed part of the Postie's walk. We've enjoyed sitting on the terrace watching and listening to the birds - it's so quiet here, very restful."
Sarah and Steven Cooper (9th - 16th October 2021)
"Thank you for a wonderful week in your lovely cottage - it's been very cosy and comfortable. Views from the sitting room are amazing - ever changing skies and seascapes. We've visited some of our favourite places this week - Acheninver, Reiff, Culnacraig, Stac Pollaidh and Achnahaird, not forgetting a trip to Ullapool to stock up on books!"
The Jameson Family (3rd to 10th July 2021)
"Last Evening of a fabulous week. Sitting in the baking sunshine on the patio looking beyond the lovely garden to the Summer Isles and beyond. Mellon Udrigle glistens in the distance and Lewis on the far horizon. It is like a painting and takes your breath away.
The cottage is so good we are already planning to be back next summer. It is beautifully appointed with everything you need and the most comfortable beds...lie ins essential!!
Mum and Dad have walked to beaches and rocky coves and seen so many species of birds we have lost count. The boys with their own transport have had many adventures although the low cloud put a lot of planned hill climbs off. They did manage a sprint up Stac Pollaidh.
Come prepared with a range of clothing. The weather can change by the minute and paths get boggy.
If you like exploring and are up for an adventure in all weathers this is the place to be.
Cannot praise the area and the cottage enough. We have had a fabulous time and can't wait to be back."
Richard and Jan (15th - 22nd May 2021)
"We had the most wonderful restoring week in this beautiful cottage with its stunning views. Touring around the peninsula and beyond we were wowed by the spectacular scenery and the gorgeous white sand beaches. Also enjoyed just gazing at the islands, watching the red deer, listening to the cuckoos, and watching the sheep with their lambs nestle against the ruins each evening as the sunset unfolded. I often say I will return but then never do - this time the first thing I did back home was book a return visit for next year. Can't wait!"
Ruth Mitchell and Family (31st August - 7th September 2019)
"A lovely cottage, we really enjoyed our stay, thank you, despite the mixed weather! Fantastic views from the cottage which we have loved watching come & go through the clouds. Great sunsets..."
Ingrid & Frank McEnaney (17th - 31st August 2019)
"We have enjoyed our fortnight of relaxation. Diabaig is a beautiful place to stay. We enjoyed the stunning scenery, explored the local area, watched the wildlife come and go, the ferry and the odd cruise ship pass by. We leave with batteries recharged, happy memories, a picture in our minds of this most beautiful and impressive part of Scotland and a wish to return one day.."
Teresa Thorogood (10th - 17th August 2019)
"We have had a fabulous week in this lovely cottage with the amazing views and wildlife on the doorstep. Deer and buzzards seen daily in the fields and ruins next door, plus seals on the beach....we will be back!"
The Hankin Family & Nan (22nd - 29th June 2019)
"What a spectacular part of Scotland we've now discovered. Sun was cracking the flags when we arrived on Saturday, just as, or should I say better than the photos on line, I was amazed at the stunning views whilst sat on the patio with a pink gin & lemonade. The cottage is lovely & we all instantly felt at home...a fantastic holiday, love this cottage and area."
The Findlay Family (27th July - 3rd August 2019)
"What a wonderful week we have had. The cottage has been so comfortable for us and Bailey the dog has lived in the garden for a week. Alas all good things come to an end. We will be back."
Alpha Badger (13th - 20th July 2019)
"Big hills, bold sheep and good company. Generally lovely."
The Clarke Family (13th - 20th July 2019)
"Was cloudy when we arrived - it cleared the next morning & we were stunned by the views. Had a relaxing week...even ventured to the Smoo Caves! ...a week doesn't feel long enough!"
The Vella-Brincat family & the Nankiwell family (22nd - 29th June 2019)
"Wonderful house for enjoying the region. Great black pudding roll at the Piping Cafe. Deer came right down to the ruined houses next door one evening. Wonderful time."
Richard, Maggie & Angela (15th - 22nd June 2019)
"Enjoyed a very relaxing week enjoying the perfect scenery. Plenty of seals, deer and buzzards in front of the cottage..the location people are very friendly and full of local knowledge and history...the cottage sells itself."
The Punt family (8th - 15th June 2019)
"Saw an otter on outermost point of Rubha Dinan!! Our first sighting! Ace! Sleeping, walking, reading, relaxing, lovely. Coigach Geofort, oldest rocks in U.K. out at the point beyond the white house. Lovely walk in Culag woods, Lochinver."
Sue & Pat (18th - 25th May 2019)
"Thank you for the use of your beautiful cottage - wonderful, magical! The seals entertained us daily and the deer most days. We've had an extremely relaxing week & thoroughly enjoyed everything about the cottage."
Rosie, Viv & Lesley (11th - 18th May 2019)
"...a slice of heaven. We had beautiful weather all week - packed waterproofs, hats, gloves etc, but haven't had to use them...With the weather being so beautiful, it is hard to beat a G&T on the patio of an evening to watch the sunset & enjoy the views and the peace."
Lesley & Paul Lever (4th - 11th May 2019)
"Third stay at Diabaig - just as welcoming & just as comfortable...we will be back again!"
Lynne, Gail & Tom (6th - 13th April 2019)
"A little bit of heaven? Doesn't do justice to the sublime experience of spending a week in which otters frolicked, a colony of seals basked & shooting stars arced across the darkness. It was wonderful and a privelge."
Sophie, Alastair, Adelaide & Pandora (20th-27th October 2018)
"Our 3rd visit and we had another wonderful week...lovely walks again, lots of seals (16 in one bay) and relaxing looking at the beautiful views."
Lindsy & Rosslyn Smalley (6th-13th October 2018)
"Thank you Scotland! We had a great stay in this beautiful cottage. Lots of walking including staggering up Staccatos Pollaidh, 6.5km, 8585 steps, 128 floors!...what an amazing walk & worth every step of the way. On Wednesday our neighbour was practicing his bagpipes, that really added to our Scotland experience."
Trish, Trish & Cyril (15th-29th September 2018)
"Goodness, we loved this place, we could quite happily waste time here! The most beautiful things are not associated with money, they are memories & moments, & we've certainly had our fill of these this holiday. It was a privilege to spend time in your lovely cottage & surroundings."
The Trainor Family (18th-24th August 2018)
"A wonderful stay in the Coigach Peninsula. Staying at Diabaig has been a fantastic time, as one of the locals said, "Diabaig, one of the best cottages in Achiltibuie." We couldn't agree more!...Thank you for sharing the beautiful cottage with us & views that are beyond words to remember. P.S. the local store sells great black pudding!"
The Elricks (4th-11th August 2018)
"Just realised I have never written in our book! Great street food at Seafood Shack & Gelato/Cafe Margot in Ullapool. Am Fuaran at Altandu always, always dependable for good pub grub & seafood. Adventures: Garvie Bay - great test of the waterproofness of footwear...mine failed! But a gorgeous tranquil beach...Postie's Path - not to be attempted if you're not sure footed or good with heights! Saw one of the local eagles - much excitement! We hope you all love this place as much as we do. Till next time...."
Innes & Innes' Fiancee(14th - 28th July 2018)
"A very special week for us. After months of planning & sneaking, on 16th July I asked my best friend to marry me. I took out the ring...3/4 up Stac Pollaidh on the flatest stone possible, got down on one knee & proposed. To my delight, she said yes, and since that day we have had the best week of our lives! Be back soon!"
Helena & Innes (14th - 28th July 2018)
"What a week! A surprise visit to Achiltibuie with my boyfriend was such a wonderful gesture. It got even more special after a walk up our favourite hill where my best friend and love of my life asked me to marry him...of course I said yes and we have been on cloud nine ever since then. I had no idea! It is such a special place with so many memories both old & new. In fact, we had our very first holiday here in 2015...we will of course, be back!""
Carol & Keith Hughes (28th July - 4th August 2018)
"Thank you for a very relaxing week. The cottage is so comfortable with everything you need & lots of 'homely' touches. The views are wonderful at all times of the day. We saw deer below the cottage in the mornings...on our last evening we saw the seals!"
The Trubys (7th July-14th July 2018)
"It was lovely to be back at Diabaig again. We have had a beautiful relaxing week & the weather has been very kind to us.We have enjoyed exploring on our bikes & picnics at Achnahairs beach...our favourite beach! The dogs have loved the walks as well as chilling on the patio! Diabaig is such a lovely home from home."
The Bryce Family (30 June - 7th July 2018)
"What a wonderful home & a beautiful place. We plan to return...Everything was magical, especially seeing dolphins on a boat trip on the Isabella from Old Dornie Pier"
The Simpson Family (16 - 30 June 2018)
"We have enjoyed a lovely relaxing time here. The cottage is very comfortable with many artistic details..."
Sanderson party (9th - 16th June 2018)
"This superb cottage exceeded my expectations. Well presented & comfortable. I was impressed by the cleanliness & attention to detail...."
Alan & Shona Clarkson (19th - 26th May 2018)
"Have had the most lovely relaxing week. The cottage is wonderful & so well equipped. Locals are so friendly & helpful. Loved watching the deer go past at night & listening to the cuckoos. Will certainly be back very soon"
Paul & Lesley Lever (12th - 19th May 2018)
"Second visit to Diabaig - house lovely & extremely comfortable Weather much better than forecast!...Extremely relaxing...we'll be back again!"
Bernadette, David & Charlotte Wood (5th - 12th May 2018)
"Will miss hearing the cuckoos calling & watching the deer roaming below the cottage. It's hard to leave!"
Stuart Ritchie (7th - 14th April 2018)
"Had a great week, weather been windy but sunny....Cottage is great, thanks for a lovely holiday."
John and Debbie (24th - 31st March 2018)
"What a wonderful place to spend a week - magical!"
The Bishop Family (4th – 11th November 2017)
“This is our second time we’ve been to Achiltibuie and won’t be our last! Had some great walks and even been swimming followed by a great meal and lots of coffee in Lochinver… we now have some beautiful photo’s – lots of deer and stags”
The Kennedy Family (21st – 28th October 2017)
“Our second visit and another excellent week, highlights were; Stac Pollaidh walk, Achnahaird circuit, lovely walk with stunning scenery; Cullen skink at the Lochinver Pie Shop; Supper at Salt Seafood; meeting ‘Burger’ the highland bull; watching the seals everywhere, relaxing and looking at the view from the sun room”
Ken and Sarah Horton (23rd Sept – 14th October 2017)
“After all this time it was very difficult to leave. Three beautiful stags early one morning in the field below the cottage, many eagle and buzzards on the ruin next door. Seals were very interested when two people went swimming early one morning. A very peaceful recuperative break from ‘real life’ in a lovely cottage in a very beautiful part of the world”
Ann Long (2nd – 16th September 2017)
“This is our second visit to Diabaig, we find it so comfortable, relaxing and peaceful and can really unwind here….”
Sally and Andy (26th Aug – 2nd Sept 2017)
“We had some great walks here, in particular the Achnahaird Bay Circuit, you have to wear wellies but great views… …including many basking seals on the rocks”
The Laude Family (12th – 19th August 2017)
“We have so much enjoyed the house, the countryside, the silence and even the changeable weather. Worth coming back!”
The Johnston Family (22nd – 29th July 2017)
“We had such a lovely time. Cottage is super. Beautiful Countryside, what more can we say!”
The Stobbs family (27th May – 3rd June 2017)
“Thank you again for an amazing week here. The weather has been amazingly hot! We really love the view from the living room window. We climbed Suilven on the hottest day of the week, was a long day with spectacular views!! Can’t wait to come back next year.”
Sue and Martyn Carr (20th – 27th May 2017)
“We have really enjoyed our week at this beautiful cottage. We have climbed Stac Pollaidh and Sgurr as Fhidhlair and enjoyed walks along the beach and round the headland where we spotted two porpoises. So lovely to hear (and see) the cuckoos…”
Julie and David Annakin (6th – 13th May 2017)
“We have had one of our best weeks ever in the UK! The cottage is idyllic, the scenery stunning and weather unbelievably good. We have seen red deer frequently in the field below the cottage, seal on the headland and all manner of birds (cuckoos!!)”
The Kenedy Family (23rd - 30th Oct 2016)
"The house has been perfect, early morning coffee looking out at the view and cozy evenings by the fire"
The Reid family (14th Oct 2016)
"Great cottage, sunny every day!"
The Summerfield family (24th Sept - 3rd Oct 2016)
"The light, the sun throughout the day the sea and the mountains entertained us by the minute - so much so that we never took the car out all week... ...The cottage is truly charming in every aspect!"
Fiona and Euan Smith (28th Aug - 3rd Sept 2016)
"A wonderful relaxed holiday. The house is perfect, we sat in the sun room and watched the weather. Caught mackerel and coley off the rocks below the cottage. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us"
Ruth Smith (13th -27th August 2016)
“We had a lovely time here, the house is gorgeous and has everything you need and more. I love the décor in the sun room and the view is amazing… We had a couple of days at Achnahaird beach and a trip to Achmelcich beach , which was gorgeous.”
The Evans family (11th august 2016)
"We have enjoyed a relaxing family holiday at Diabaig and we're taking home lots of memories and photographs from our trip... A beautiful spot in an idyllic setting"
The Armstrong, Sheppherd and Rebello Party (6th August 2016)
"A wonderfully relaxing beach, in an idyllic setting... ...The cottage had everything we could have hoped for."
The Andrews Party (30th July 2016)
“Had a wonderful time, highlights of the week were sea kayaking with NorWest Kayaks and climbing Stac Pollaidh, also loved the cycle rides”
Niki Gullard (23rd July 2016)
“Fantastic Cottage with everything and more!!! Enjoyed an impromptu jamming session at the folk night on Tuesday and two lovely meals at ‘Salt’. Would defo come back!”
Nathalie Grancher (16th July 2016)
“We loved the views around this great house… …a great experience and it did us a lot of good to break from our speedy lives”
Bronia Elrick - Aged 13 (7th - 14th July 2016)
"We went down to the beach had a bonefire and toasted marshmallows. We went to Reiff to watch the sunset and toasted more marshmallows!"
The Wood family (18th - 25th June 2016)
"... the landscape is beautiful in every mood. We appreciated the very practical provision made by Diabaig to help visitors enjoy their stay - binoculars, maps, walking sticks, just what is needed to add to the high standards of comfort provided"
Gudrun, Axel, Elisabeth & Hardy (11th June 2016)
“The wow factor was very high when we entered the cottage. Diabaig and the views are fantastic and everything is perfect. Many, many thanks that we can stay in such a beautiful house. On Sunday, we’ve made the great cycle route with our bikes with a picnic at Reiff. It was a dream. Yesterday we were at Knockan Crag and drove back over Lochinver. A very impressive landscape. Today we want to drive the Drumbeg loop and make some more walks”
Genevive Trotteur (4th June 2016)
“We had a great time, a fabulous stay. The location is sumptuous and your cottage is very lovely.
We had plenty of short walks; we especially enjoyed the walk to Garvie bay.
Last year in June 2015, we toured through the Highlands and the Isles: Mull, Skye and Harris. We ended in Coigach peninsula and walked in Polglass to the Broch. It was so beautiful…I put a stone on the pile on the beach and I thought that I would like to come back and spend some days in this place. I took pictures and after having rented your cottage, I realized it was on some of my pictures. This is my story.
Thank you to have made it possible; it was much more…than expected!”
The Peters family (23rd - 28th May)
"Thank you for a very relaxing stay in beautiful location"
Victoria Tomlinson (14th May 2016)
“First visit to Diabaig, but not to this beautiful part of the world. Loved the walk down to the shoreline… beautiful sunsets and ever changing views were a joy… very sorry to leave”
Dianne Lewis (7th May 2016)
“We liked – listening to the lambs, sheep, cuckoo, geese and peace and quiet. The changing seas and mountains, the snow melting opposite, spring arriving in the garden, the running deer, the swallows eating the midgies… the sights, Achnahaird beach… Achmelvich beach…Clachtoll, Heilan Coos, Stoer Lighthouse, Handa Island via Kylesku Bridge… and a walk down to the foreshore… Thank you for a wonderful week in your fab house.”
Di Hartley (30th April 2016)
“Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, great cottage, fantastic views and a wonderful area to explore. Lovely to potter around locally, but a trip up to Lochinver and on to Kylesku well worth it. Do stop at Achmelvich for a walk on the beach!”
The Campbell Family (20th April 2016)
“We’ve just had a wonderful family week here in this beautiful spot… Thanks for making it possible, we hope to be back”
The Miller Family (16th April 2016):
“This is our second visit to Diabaig, and like last year it has been an amazing holiday… had a great day with the kids climbing Stac Pollaidh. The beauty of this place is amazing… it has been a wonderful relaxing holiday”
Yvonne and David Lyon (12th March 2016)
"This is just the perfect place to be. A fantastic cottage set midst devastatingly beautiful scenery. I don’t want to leave… …As songwriters we found this place hugely inspirational, a place of rest and peace amidst the chaos of life”
Anne and Katy (17th Feb 2016)
"This is the most comfortable and homely cottage we have ever stayed in our frequent trips to the N.W. Highlands"
Helena and Innes (11th Dec 2015):
“What an incredible place to stay for a few days of much needed relaxation. Nothing would have been better with such a perfectly located cottage right by the water’s edge. Being in an area of such natural beauty makes us eager to return very soon…”
Libby Asher and Andy Hamilton (29th Aug 2015):
“… just to let you know we've arrived and are hugely impressed with the quality of the cottage - as well as the gorgeous spot. It has really surpassed our expectations… …Many thanks for a hugely enjoyable week in this extremely comfortable house with its astonishing views. We have marvelled at the landscape from these windows and we’ve loved seeing the wildlife (especially at dusk), red deer and a fleeting long distance glimpse of an otter. And one night we got a visit from an owl who landed in the tree directly outside the window. We can recommend the local walks, Achnahaird Bay, the views from Altandu, Stac Polaidh, the beautiful road to lochinver… …A marvellous week in a remarkable spot”
Karen Zottl (22nd Aug 2015):
"Just wanted to say thanks for a fantastic two weeks in Diabaig. The location is even more stunning than it looked in the pictures and the cottage is so comfortable… …The beds were the most comfortable that we have ever had in our (numerous) self-catering holidays and the kitchen really well-equipped. It is such a welcoming house.”
James, Alison Isla, Ian and Ishbel Petty (8th Aug 15):
“Thank you for such a well-appointed home from home in such a beautiful tranquil setting. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and have visited many places. Highlights include a trip with Norwest Seakayaking. We have also loved the Summer Isles Cruise with Captain McLeod and a day exploring Knockan Crag and the bone caves. I’m sure we will be back soon”
The Moore family (1st Aug 15):
“We have had a great break in this great cottage. The landscape around is great for exploring, we visited many places during our stay including Knockan Crag which we would recommend. We also visited Achnahaird Bay which is lovely. Wonderful holiday…”
Ulrike Webber (25th July 15):
“What a lovely cottage and great landscape! A special treat was the ‘traditional music get-together’ if you have a chance to join don’t miss it. And the freshly prepared scones at the piping school café are to die for. The locally grown produce of the greenhouse is also a special treat and absolutely delicious. We had a wonderful time, thank you for sharing this very special place.”
Janey McMahon (27th June 2015):
“We have had an absolutely wonderful stay at Diabaig cottage. One week is not enough for all that there is to do in this area. Diabaig is the most comfortable and well appointed house, situated in the best location that we have ever experienced. We have seen an abundance of wildlife… … we have had the most relaxing and peacful holiday ever and look forward to coming back.”
Michael and Irene Saunders (20th June 2015):
“The cottage is so comfortable and even better than described, Carole and Marty have thought of everything to make it a real home from home and we loved all the little personal touches… …we will be returning”
Lesley Beggs (5th May 2015):
“Had a lovely stay in this beautiful house. Feeling very relaxed after our short break. One of the highlights was collecting mussels on deserted Acheninver Beach, then cooking them for tea. Lambs, birdsong, waves and…. Silence. I wish I could take it home with me.”
The Truby Family (2nd May 2015):
“Diabaig Cottage – this lovely place just grew on us all week. It feels like our own home here on the last night sitting by the log burner watching (another) fabulous sunset.”
The Miller Family (11th April 2015):
“What a wonderful holiday we have had at Diabaig. It’s a beautiful home from home and so comfortable. Amazing views and family friendly walks and cycle routes… … many happy memories of this holiday! We’ll be back.”