- Is the water safe to drink?
Yes - the water is tested every year by the local council to ensure that it meets EU standards. The water comes from a burn on the hill, and goes through a UV filter which kills all the bacteria.
- What is the weather like?
Always a hard one – best answer is variable! It can be amazing or 'dreach' - Scottish expression for pretty miserable! It is also highly changeable.
- What are the midges like?
The midges can be bad, especially in August, especially if there is no wind. Please bring midge repellent!
- Can I get mobile signal?
The signal is patchy, and is dependent on the barometric pressure, however you can normally get a signal by leaving your phone on the windowsill.
- What do you do in the evenings?
There is no TV, however there are lots of family games at the house (Scrabble, Backgammon, Roulette, Packs of cards, Coppit plus many more). There is also a good selection of books.
- Where is the nearest supermarket?
Arisaig has a SPAR shop for the basics, there are larger ones at The Co-op in Mallaig or a large Morrisons in Fort William.
- Can I bring my pet?
Dogs are fine, but as cats tend to have a field day with the shrews and voles (as there are no cats on the peninsular) they are verboten.
- What laundry facilities are there?
There is a washing machine in the kitchen and an old fashioned washing line outside.
- Does the house have central heating?
No, but there are electric heaters and a wood burning stove.
- Is there local area information - maps, leaflets, activities etc - provided at the house?
There is a large information book at the house (also called the bossy list). This lists not only useful information about the house, but also comprehensive information about places of interest and things to do in the surrounding area.
- Can I build a camp fire?
Yes – feel free to have a fire by the shore, or on a beach, there is normally plenty of driftwood. Please take care to fully extinguish the fire with water. A word of warning – a few years ago 90% of the peninsular was burnt by a careless camp fire which burnt for 3 days and was on national news – so please be careful.
- Where can I get logs for the wood burner?
Logs are available in the woodshed, and inside in the log basket – one bag of coal per week is provided, if you need more coal (we only burn smokeless fuels), you will need to buy some. Most people enjoy collecting kindling from the shoreline.
- Is there a BBQ at the house?
Yes – there is a small improvised one made from an old gearbox. There is also a portable gas cooker (and canisters of gas) and pans etc for fry-ups on the beach, or bring a disposable BBQ.