'Coll' Eco Cabin on the Black Isle

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  1. 2 guests
  2. 1 bedroom
  3. 1 bed
  4. 1 bath
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!NEW FOR 2022! Enjoy a sustainable holiday in this beautiful, unique and cosy off grid eco cabin in our small woodland on the Black Isle. Well equipped with everything you need for a few days or a longer retreat, the Green Tourism Gold rated cabin is ideal for eco conscious travellers who want to experience simple living. It is ideally situated to explore everything the Highlands has to offer, Forests, Mountains, Glens, Lochs, Wildlife, Culture, Food and Whisky are all within easy reach!

The space
We designed and hand crafted Coll Cabin ourselves to create the kind of place we would love to stay, and we hope you love it too! It is situated in a pleasant glade in our woodland garden. It sleeps up to two people in a double bed, with cooking facilities, a compact dining/seating area, a bench seat which turns into a small desk/workspace and a compost toilet and bucket shower in the small en suite bathroom.

The cosy space has a wood burner with firewood supplied from our own woodland. In the kitchenette you have cooking equipment and essentials (oil, salt, tea, coffee, sugar), a double gas hob with grill and oven, sink and storage and a small 12v camping fridge/freezer.

Fresh drinking water, which can be heated on the gas hob or wood burner, is supplied by a foot pump. An old whisky barrel has been repurposed as a shower tray where you can fill the bucket with heated water for a short shower. Organic cotton bedding and towels are provided, with cosy blankets to snuggle into on chilly nights while you watch the flames crackle in the wood burner.

The stable door opens into a small porch and bench for putting on your walking boots, then out onto the deck with table and chairs, and a view across the wood and neighbouring fields, ideal for relaxing after a day exploring the area, and maybe spotting the Red Kites swooping overhead or sheep in the field in front!

Fancy a bit of a digital detox? There is plenty to keep you entertained apart from screens, there are games and books, a radio and a speaker to play music from your smartphone. Low voltage lights and USB phone charger are powered by a solar charged battery.

You might also want to work on your next novel, take time for a project or just looking for a workspace away from the office, if so make use of the compact but creatively inspiring desk space looking out across the woods. There is no direct wifi in the cabin but 4G data is available on most networks, or relax with a digital free retreat!

A stay here is ideal for people with an interest in nature, sustainable living, eco tourism, organic food or Permaculture. There is plenty of wildlife around, with many animals, birds and insects frequently seen and heard. Guests are welcome to explore the small woodland, following the meandering paths, and even a boardwalk over the bog garden. There is a stile over the fence for pleasant, easy walks to Monadh Mor or Redcastle.

We are ideally located for travellers on the North Coast 500, but why not take some time to slow down and explore the Black Isle and its hidden treasures such as cycling, dolphin watching, history, woodland walks and tranquil coastal villages such as Cromarty, Avoch and Rosemarkie.

The woodland is within a 2.5 acre Permaculture Learning Action Demonstration (ScotLAND) garden. This is part of a network of homes, smallholdings and community projects across Scotland which showcase what can be achieved using Permaculture, a framework for creating sustainable ways of living. The household and gardens are being transformed using Permaculture design and techniques to create an ecologically balanced habitat, and this ethos is continued in the construction of the cabin. Wherever possible low-impact materials have been used, for example, locally milled larch and sustainable certified timber, sheep's wool insulation, green sedum roof, rainwater harvesting, low VOC natural paints, organic towels and recycled wool or plastic bottle mattresses, duvets and curtains. They have been furnished with upcycled and hand-crafted items using beechwood cut and milled from the woods around you.

We are a Green Tourism GOLD rated member, this certification recognises the commitment of tourism businesses which are actively working to become more sustainable. Gold awards are acknowledged worldwide as an indicator of good environmentally-friendly practice, as well as acting as a hallmark of ‘green quality’. Above all, we want guests to have a comfortable stay, but also to perhaps take away a few ideas or think about their lifestyles and small changes that could be made towards a more sustainable way of living. Every effort has been made to use environmentally friendly and locally sourced products in constructing and furnishing the cabins and to make the build and operation of the them as low impact as possible. See our other cabin listing, Siskin Cabin, for more reviews!

Note that we do charge a cleaning fee, as due to the off grid nature of the cabins, there is a significant amount of reseting between guests which we feel is justified by the additional costs and time. For example cleaning and maintaining compost toilets, refilling water tanks, emptying and cleaning the woodburner, and restocking firewood and kindling, as well as the usual cleaning and laundry!

Where you'll sleep

Bedroom
1 double bed

What this place offers

Garden view
Kitchen
Dedicated workspace
Free driveway parking on premises – 2 spaces
Private patio or balcony
Shared backyard – Not fully fenced
Indoor fireplace: wood-burning
Luggage dropoff allowed
Refrigerator

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Where you’ll be

Newton, Scotland, United Kingdom

Coll cabin sits in the woodland of our organic garden and domestic smallholding in Kilcoy, on the Black Isle, surrounded by rolling farmland and woodland. We have one other cabin in our small woodland, and our house and gardens is adjacent to the cabins.

Coast, Forest, Mountain, Loch and Glen are all within easy reach, by bike, public transport or car, for stunning scenery and wildlife. Nearby are Inverness and Dingwall for transport links, eating out, nightlife, entertainment and activities. We are only 20 minutes from a bus stop with regular services to Inverness so perfect for car free holiday using public transport, or cycling.

There is a farm shop and garage with small convenience store at nearby Tore and also a small shop at Garguston Farm. There are further convenience shops at Muir of Ord and Conon Bridge, with larger supermarkets and other amenities in Inverness or Dingwall, both approximately seven miles away.
We are in an area of farmland and an estate so there may at times be farm machinery working in the area!

Hosted by Clive

  1. Joined in February 2013
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We are Clive and Julie, who live on the Black Isle, just north of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. Here we run Black Isle Permaculture & Arts, and as well as being our home, we offer eco friendly tourist accommodation, occcasional workshops, creative residencies and volunteering opportunities focused on regenerative living and gardening with nature. Here we have created an organic Permaculture garden and woodland for food, wood fuel, habitat, well-being, abundant foraging, leisure and education. We self built our eco cabins and wanted to make them unique, sustainable and somewhere that we would love to stay ourselves! We don't get to travel quite so much these days but loving having our guests here!
We are Clive and Julie, who live on the Black Isle, just north of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. Here we run Black Isle Permaculture & Arts, and as well as being our ho…

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Check-in: After 3:00 PM
Checkout: 10:00 AM
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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