Aird Hill, Badachro, Wester Ross

Returning to Badachro almost 30 years after I had visited with family was always risky as memories are often through rose tinted spectacles and revisit rarely make the grade but with Badachro and Aird Hill I was happily proved wrong.

Vanessa and Gordon have created the perfect hideaway of a supremely comfortable, very stylish and moreish B&B set overlooking Badachro’s bay with a view to the stunning Torridon mountains.

The rooms are big enough for 2 but understandably for a property in its location and style, fairly compact (we stayed in the Mountain room but the Skye room is bigger offers different views), are exceptionally clean and beautifully appointed in a modern but subtle nautical theme (Gordon loves to sail), has TV/DVD, free WiFi and lovely modern en-suite facilities with a super power shower.

Breakfast (included) offers a great selection of  cereals, juices , coffee , cooked quality Scottish fair or even a lovely scrambled eggs and smoked salmon. Dinner is offered at £27.50 and is a superb set 3 courser (we had fresh Langoustine’s, a hearty beef stew and Vanessa’s incredible home made Sticky Toffee pudding.)

There is also a great selection of wine, beer, whisky and other spirits available to drink at the dinner table or better taken in the comfy lounge offering floor to ceiling windows and extensive views.

As we were heading out for a day in the mountains we  requested a packed lunch and got a great selection of quality filled sandwiches – think parma ham and pesto on home made bread rather than simple ham and cheese! – crisps a biscuit and fruit (all for a very reasonable £7.50 a head). On our second day we even got fresh baked cinnamon swirls , provided by one the hosts children !

Now that’s well trained kids – and they were incredible!

The rooms are very stylish but still cosy, the hosts are lovely, the food is delicious and the setting is superb, For some the drive to Badahcro may seem far but as an extremely relaxing base for Torrodon or the Wester Ross coast its ideal – and the local Pub is superb and very welcoming as well as offering good local fare!


Lastly (and the hosts cant guarantee this of course ) – due to its location at 57° N and almost zero light pollution stars are incredibly clear against a pure black sky with the Milky way right above your head and often you can catch the Norther lights (although sadly not on our visit).

Overall ? A very big thumbs up from us! we really didn’t want to leave!

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