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Glenfinnan | The world-renowned story of Bonnie Prince Charlie 's fight for the British throne gathered momentum at Glenfinnan where he raised the Jacobite standard and rallied his clansmen for battle.
Mallaig | At the end of the ‘Romantic Road to the Isles’ and the West Highland Railway Line lies Mallaig, just over an hour from Fort William. To go further afield, board one of the ferries either to Skye or to the Small Isles of Muck, Eigg, Rum and Canna.
Morar | As the Atlantic Ocean rolls in past the Small Isles, its azure shallows tumble on to sparkling white beaches which have long lured photographers and film-makers – none more so than the stretches from Traigh Beach to the silver sands of Morar where 'Local Hero' and 'Highlander' were filmed.
Arisaig | This is the area where the renowned west coast sunset can be enjoyed at its best. There can be no more magical sight than the sun as it disappears behind the islands in a riot of pink, red and purple, setting the mountains of Rum and Skye ablaze with colour.
Lochailort | Loch Ailort cuts its way in from the Ardnamurchan peninsula. The loch, with its clean and sheltered waters was where Scottish fish farming was pioneered. Just a mile further north at Polnish the road passes the old white church which was used in the film 'Local Hero'.
The Small Isles | Unlike many groups each island is distinct and different in geography, agronomy, population and ownership. From Muck in the south, through Eigg with its tooth-like Sgurr, and Rum, mountainous and mysterious in the clouds, to Canna in the north, the Islands offer a wonderful variety of scenery, wildlife and lifestyle.
Knoydart | The Knoydart peninsula is only accessible by boat from Mallaig or by a 20 mile hike on foot. A wonderful area for walking and camping, this is truly a miles-from-anywhere, get-away-from-it-all place. The Old Forge has the accolade of being the most remote pub in mainland Britain

Accommodation | Self Catering

Downey Birch House

For a self-catering holiday in Arisaig, on the stunning west coast of Scotland, Downey Birch House is a self-contained flat ideal for one couple. Set in large gardens, with spectacular sea views, visitors are right in the centre of this idyllic village.

You can book Downey Birch House, Arisaig, throughout the year from £40 per person per night (based on 2 people sharing). Bookings are from Saturday to Saturday during peak season, but in quieter periods short stays are also welcomed.

Downey Birch House, Arisaig, is adjoined to our family home, but offers complete privacy. With a private entrance for our guests, our flat comprises a lovely double bedroom with king-sized brass bed, and en-suite shower, plus a fully fitted kitchen with breakfast bar and all appliances - dish-washer, washing-machine, microwave, CD and iPod dock. There are great views to the sea, marina and the islands of Eigg & Muck from the private lounge. The flat also has a 32' TV with satellite, DVD player, small film library and a collection of holiday reading. Free WiFi is available.


Perched on the hill overlooking Arisaig bay, Downey Birch House is ideally located. It is just a short walk for The Old Library Restaurant and Rhue Café - both serving locally caught fresh fish, and the Arisaig Hotel with its friendly bar and restaurant, kayaking centre with guided or unguided trips, plus live traditional music on Friday nights. Arisaig Marina has a great gift shop and café, and the Shearwater ferryboat cruises the small isles daily during the season. Arisaig railway station, the Land Sea & Island Centre and all village amenities are a step away.

Around Arisaig there are breath-taking walks, stunning secluded white sandy beaches, and a wealth of wildlife as well as daily boat trips with regular sightings of seals, porpoise, minke whale, basking shark, and loads of bird life.
For a self catering holiday to remember, along the Road to the Isles, Downey Birch House is the ideal antidote to the stresses of life, and a real home from home.

Wi-Fi | Sorry, no children | Disabled access.
Smoking only permitted in the house gardens.
Dog friendly.
Open all year except Christmas week.

Tariff & Booking

Self Catering is from £40 per person per night based on 2 people sharing.

Check in is after 4.00pm and guests must vacate the accommodation by 10.00am on day of departure. We can be flexible depending on other bookings. Baggage can be left earlier by arrangement.

We confirm your booking via e-mail when all further enquiries can be happily answered. 50% deposit required to secure your booking payable by cheque or BACS. Balance to be paid two weeks prior to arrival or by cash on arrival. We look forward to seeing you at Downey Birch House in 2014.

Our e-mail is: fiona.bakerwow@btinternet.com or you can use the Enquiry form below.

Reviews from guests

“Beautiful setting and accommodation warm, comfortable, cosy and clean. Lots to do and lots to see in the area with some of the most beautiful beaches we have ever seen. Made to feel very welcome by Fiona and Michael and hope to visit again some day soon. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to 'switch off' from the rat race!” Lesley B, March 2013


Downey Birch House can be found above the big stone barn first left as you travel into Arising from the highest turn off the A830. Just take the driveway next to the barn.


Fiona & Michael Baker
Downey Birch House
Arisaig PH39 4NJ

Tel: 01687 450717 Mobile: 0788 4214945 or 0788 4214931

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