The Area and
Stonechats Croft is a working croft
and ideally situated in the Scottish Highlands for outdoor pursuits.. We
are situated in Badcall, a small crofting village in the parish of
Eddrachilles in North West Sutherland. Famous for its remoteness and
unsurpassed rugged beauty and solitude. Sutherland is a mixture of
majestic mountains, jagged coastline, glens and moorland, ideal for the
walkers in the family. There are also many Lochs for the fisherman within
walking distance. The Croft's land extends to the edge of the Atlantic
which is ideal for the Sea Angler and Kayaker. A big plus if you are a
kayaker is the fact that you can leave your kayak on your own foreshore
ready for your next trip.
The village of Scourie is a mile and half away and has a supermarket which
is also an Off-Licence. At the Garage you can buy your fishing permits and
camping equipment. 10 minutes away is Tarbet where you will find the
Shorehouse Seafood Restaurant run by Jackie and Julian Pearce where
prawns, crab and lobster caught by Julian and his son Adam on their own
boat the Fulmar provide the shellfish for the restaurant.
Local outdoor pursuits include:
Bird Watching (Scourie lies just to
the south of the famous sea bird sanctuary of Handa Island)
Wild Trout Fishing
Daily Wildlife Cruises
Fish for wild brown trout in some of the finest lochs, amidst the stunning
scenery of Assynt.
Sutherland is also renowned for its excellent wild brown trout fishing and
you will find endless fly fishing opportunities in the hundreds of small
spate rivers, streams, lochs and lochans. Some of the waters are easily
accessible and others take a fair bit of effort to reach on foot, but they
all hold hard fighting wild Scottish brown trout. There is a local angling
club for brown trout in Scourie with access to over 30 lochs.
Badcall, Scourie is an ideal getaway for all game anglers to go fishing
for these wild brown trout and every year wild monsters in the 4lb to 7lb
range are caught, providing a challenge for anglers of all abilities! The
lochs and rivers of Scourie formed the setting for the recent television
programme. 'Nick Hancock's Fishing School' which followed the progress of
six fishing novices as they learned the art of fly fishing for trout.
Salmon fishing is also available in the area and permits can be obtained
locally, as can Permits to fish the lochs.
Sea Fishing is also fantastic in this area, with some monster skate
caught from the shore and great mackerel fishing spinning off the rocks.
Evening Sea Fishing trips are also available limited to 4 rods at a cost
of £15 per person.
Biking in Scotland is very popular and the west coast of Scotland
is a favourite with bikers. With its beautiful scenery and twisted roads
Sutherland is ideal for the biker.
Atlantic Sea Kayaking
The west coast of Scotland is a stunning place to visit and has some of
the best natural locations for canoeing and kayaking in the world and
Sutherland is one of the most amazing sea kayaking areas on the west coast
Our accommodation at Badcall Bay is only 100 metres away from our own
beach on the Atlantic. This is ideal for the kayakers as they can leave
their kayaks on their own foreshore ready for their next kayaking trip.
This really is the perfect place to sample sea kayaking for the first time
or for the more experienced to develop your skills further.
Daily Cruises from Scourie starting mid April running through mid
September are operated by Mr Ken Nash, Scourie Boats, Scourie, Sutherland.
Tel. 01971 502011. These popular cruises around Handa Island leave daily
from Scourie harbour, starting around 10am, depending upon the tides. 6
person maximum. Cost per person - £10. These cruises are weather
Walking, Hiking and Climbing
For the walker and climber there is a wide variety of options. The higher
mountains and munro's are within easy reach, while from our croft one can
walk and enjoy the deserted beaches and wild rugged scenery of the hills,
rocks and thousands of small lochs set in a landscape which has remained
unaltered for thousands of years.
Handa Island - ideal for Birdwatchers
There is a ferry service from Tarbet Beach about three miles north of
Scourie to Handa Island, one of the largest seabird colonies in N.W.
Europe. Nesting on Handa’s cliffs are tens of thousands of seabirds,
including Britain’s largest colony of razorbills and guillemots. Puffins
nest atop the Great Stack and also on the island you will see great skuas,
arctic skuas, fulmars and kittiwakes.
The ferry sails on weekdays depending on demand from April through till
September. The short crossing only costs around £7.50 return.
For booking or more
information please contact Ron and Elaine
+44 (0) 1971 502429
9 Upper Badcall
Scourie by Lairg
Bed and Breakfast | Self
Catering | Accommodation
fishing | walking | biking | Atlantic sea
kayaking | bird watching | hunting and other outdoor pursuits
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