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In 2016 we decided to change our lives completely by leaving our home country Belgium to start a new adventure in the Scottish Highlands. For us it was like adopting a new philosophy, and since my husbands name is Philip and I am called Sophie  (Phil o Sophy )  it seemed natural also to combine both names for our Bed and Breakfast.

You will find us in Clashmore on the North West Coast of the Highlands between Lochinver and Drumbeg. We are not far from the beautiful beaches of Clashnessie, Clachtoll , Achmelvich and and only 3 miles from the NC 500 Route. Ullapool is one hour’s drive away and you can reach Lochinver in just 30 minutes. Clashmore overlooks the charming Loch na Claise . The well known Lighthouse of Stoer is only 3 miles away and offers a picturesque coastal walk to the Old men of Stoer,. You can find more information on the “What to do “ page on this website.

For our B&B we converted the old barn into 2 modern rooms with up to date comfort and facilities. The building is situated separately from the main house and has its own private garden for use by our guests. We have chosen to not offer TV  & radio in the rooms , it’s our choice . Bring a good book or swap your book for an other one who is available in the room or ask us or go for a walk to the ocean . 

Rooms

“Anna”

Room with super King Size bed and en-suite bathroom with shower, tea & coffee making facilities , WiFi and a mobile phone/laptop USB charging point. View over the surrounding mountain tops and Loch na Claise.

“Sveinn”

Room with two single beds / or double  and en-suite bathroom with shower, tea & coffee making facilities, WiFi and a mobile phone / laptop USB charging point. View over the surrounding mountain tops and Loch na Claise.

Breakfast

Evening meals

Breakfast is served in the main building between 8 am and 9 am. You have a choice of continental, full Scottish and also vegetarian breakfast. We use eggs from our free range hens, yoghurt & granola is home made, and the sausages, bacon haggis & black pudding as well as the jam & marmelade are local sourced.

A packed lunch is available on request for £ 10 per person and consists of sandwiches, a bottle of water and a piece of fruit.

 

 

 

 

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Evening meals only from September till February . 

We can offer an evening meal upon request but only from September to March. The format is that of “Join the table” with a main course and dessert for 20.00 per person.
Please let us know any dietary requirements in advance and offer also vegetarian disches. 

We do not hold a license to serve alcohol but feel free to bring your own bottle.

 

 

Evening meal

What to do?

Remote and beautiful, spectacular and scenic, Assynt is waiting for you to explore. The dramatic shapes of the mountains stand out in their singularity and are a hill walker’s paradise with the iconic Suilven, Canisp, Cul Mor, Cul Beag, Quinaig to choose from. You can also enjoy picturesque low level routes past the romantic lochs on the hill and moor as well as coastal walks. Assynt is in an International Geopark with its centre at Knockan where you can learn more about the formation of these mountains and inviting you to extend your own exploration into the geological history of the area. Ranger led walks take you to further places of interest with the opportunity to observe local wild life. Having climbed the mountains you might want to descend to the sea with its beautiful beaches, abundance of bird life and an open view across to the Hebrides and the mountains of Wester Ross. Apart from swimming and kayaking you have the opportunity to book boat trips from Lochinver, Kylesku and Achiltibuie to watch dolphins, porpoises, seals and even whales. The Stoer Lighthouse has its own whale watching point. If you are interested in sea birds we recommend a day trip to Handa Island and its bird reserve taking a boat from Tarbert Scourie.

The area offers of course also fresh water lochs for brown trout fishing and there is salmon fishing in the river Inver and the Kirkaig rivers. Permits can be obtained. 
If archeology is your interest an active local group welcomes visitors to their digs. A brooch at Stoer is presently uncovered and restored.

The Assent area offers a wide range of accommodation in hotels, B&Bs, a youth hostel, bunkhouse, self catering accommodation and camp sites. There are several places to eat in Lochinver with meals also available at the Kylesku Hotel.

You may have heard of the famous Route 66 across the American continent, now Scotland rivals that with its own “North Coast 500” inviting cars, motorbikes and cyclists to explore its dramatic coastline. Even though everyone welcomes visitors on this route we ask of you to stop for a moment and not miss the extraordinary beauty of Assynt and what better way to do that than by sitting on a rock in Assynt contemplating this ancient and beautiful place.

Birding from Philosophy near Stoer 

There are lots of good places to go birding in this area particularly in spring. A good selection of birds can be seen in the garden area (see list from a 4 day visit in May).

Close at hand are some very good sites :

Culkein Bay – one of the best places to see waders in north-west Scotland.

Particularly good for Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Oystercatcher, Curlew and Turnstone. Occasional rarities such as Little Stint may occur. Red-breasted Merganser, Eider Duck and divers offshore.

Clachtoll – grassy fields. Whimbrel on passage and breeding Redshank.

Small lochs in area look out for Greenshank, Common Sandpiper and Lapwing

Culag Wood Lochinver – well known for breeding Grey Heron and warblers such as Willow Warbler and Chiff Chaff. In recent years Great Spotted Woodpeckers have been sighted.

Inverkirkaig – amazing walk to waterfall and spectacular views of Suilven beyond. Water Dipper and wagtails in the river. In spring chorus of bird song especially Cuckoo, Willow Warbler, Blackcap and Chiff Chaff. Redstart and Spotted Flycatcher are possible.

Stoer Headland -excellent sea watching. In summer lots of Guillemot, Razorbill and some Puffin. Also Great and Arctic Skua, Gannet, Fulmar, Kittiwake, Shag and Arctic Tern. Manx Shearwater and divers also possible.

Also good site for whales and dolphins especially in late summer and autumn.

Driving around likely to see common Raven, Hooded Crow, Rock Dove, Meadow Pipit, Wheatear, Herring and Great Black-backed Gull.

Keep an eye open for Twite near the coast and Red-throated and Black-throated Divers on the sea as well as Goosander and Red-breasted Merganser. Both Golden Eagle and White-tailed Eagle may be seen.

Farther afield (one hour) Puffins, the other auks and skuas can be seen on the Island of Handa.

 Walks around 

Old man of Stoer  – Lighthouse of Stoer –  Culag Wood – Little Assynt – Peat road Clachtoll – Falls of Kirkaig – Knockan Crag – Falls of Clashnessie 

The mountains  : Suilven –  Quinag – Cul mor –  Canisp – Coigach – Stac Pollaidh

 Places to discover 

Ardvrek Castle on  Loch Assynt – Bone caves of Inchnadamph – Handa Island – Balnakeil craft village – Achiltibuie and the Summer Isles 

 

 

Tariffs

Terms and conditions


By placing a booking with us you agree to the following terms and conditions as set-out. During your stay you agree to abide by the subsequent conditions as set-out. If you have any questions about booking with us, please contact us before making a booking.

To place a booking with us the lead guest must be at least 16 years of age. The maximum number of staying guests per room is illustrated in the room occupancy details on the website. 

To secure any booking we require a deposit to be paid in advance, this deposit amount is 50% of your stay  .
Deposits are only refundable under the conditions set-out here within.

Payments can be made by digital bank transfer or cheque . Any charges raised against us by our banks for handling dishonoured cheque’s, bank transfers or any other payments, must be reimbursed by the lead guest within seven (7) days of any request to do so.

All guests agree to respect the privacy and peace of all other staying guests, neighbours and the owners at all times. We reserve the right to cancel a booking with immediate effect if guests are not honouring this agreement or causing a disturbance / nuisance to other guests, neighbours or the owners.

Check-in & Check-out

Guests must check-in and check-out by the times stated below : 

Check-in by: 4pm and before 7pm on day of arrival

Check-out by: 10am on day of departure

Cancellation, Returned Deposit & Non-Arrival Conditions

Guest who need to cancel a booking should contact us as soon as possible. Deposits already paid are only returned in accordance with the following conditions / 

Cancellation made 15 days or more in advance of arrival date = Full deposit refund

Cancellation made 14 days or 8 days  of arrival date = 50% of deposit refund

Cancellation made 7 days or less of arrival date = No refund issued, full amount of booking due

Non-arrival guests, who are unable to attend or fail to attend for whatever reason forfeit their deposit paid and the full amount of the booking will be due. 

In the rare event we need to cancel your booking with us, please be aware that we cannot be held liable for circumstances beyond our control and that our liability to you is limited to the refund of any payment already made.

WiFi Fair & Appropriate Usage Policy

Where WiFi Internet access is provided, guests accept to use this access to the Internet fairly and appropriately. We have a 7mb capacity and son’t have fiber internet connection , we can’t do anything to give you a better wifi then what we have . 

The Internet access provided is intended for general use such as access to the world wide web, email, messaging, social media, light video / music / media streaming. It is not intended or ideally suited for heavy media streaming, online gaming, extensive downloads / uploads. Access to illegal activity or use of our network for illegal activity is not prohibited and will be reported to local authorities.

Damages & Lost Property

We reserve the right to charge the lead guest for any damages caused through the course of a booking by any member of the booking party. This includes breakages, spillages, stains, damage to furniture or fixtures and fittings. Any accidental damages should be reported as soon as possible in order to minimise damage and associated costs. Lost keys / fobs / access cards will incur a replacement charge per key / fob / card lost.

Any lost property, if discovered and found, left behind by guests during a stay will be held for a period of 1 month. While we will make our best efforts to reunite lost property with their owners we accept no responsibility in replacing lost items and encourage guests to ensure they have all their belonging before checking-out. We may offer to post lost items via recorded delivery at the cost of the property owner, otherwise collection can be arranged.

Smoking

Smoking of any tobacco products including, but not limited to cigarettes, pipes, cigars, snuff or chewing tobacco, is not allowed in  the accommodation and is in accordance with the Health Act 2006.

Pets 

We do on demand and accept pets only in the room ‘Sveinn’ with a cost of £10 per the stay . 

Parking

Where on-site parking is provided guests accept that they park their vehicles at their own risk.

Your Personal Details & Privacy

Our policy surrounding the personal details you provide as part of any booking or enquiry through this website / or third party website, including the privacy of those details are explained and set out in our Privacy Policy 

 

 

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B&B Philosophy

203 Clashmore
IV27 4JQ Clashmore,Lochinver

Scotland

+44 (0) 1571 855261
sophie@bnbphilosophy.com

*We don’t have a card machine and accept only cash

BNB Philosophy