Becoming a little hectic in Stoer this weekend

Suddenly things are becoming a little hectic in Stoer. Though Mijbil is completely reclad and all the little snags done. Edal still needs round some of her  windows finished off but is otherwise all ready. This will need to be put on hold for a weekend.Image may contain: outdoor

For 2 reasons
One being Tarka’s new patio doors arrived. These needed fitted as soon as possible for guests arriving shortly. There may be a  very  faint smell of paint but will be done.

Two. An Olympic high jumping sheep that seems capable of jumping 5 foot fences. Unfortunatly, some rotten posts did not withhold this abuse. So what was going to be a job for this summer  has now hastily had to be brought forward and also needed started last week…. to finish this weekend. Ensuring secure fencing once again around the chalets.

So a bit of a list for this weekend then all hands on deck to get Edal finished.

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lovely new cladding




It has been a very busy winter. We have for what we needed to get done been so lucky weather wise. Edal and Mijbil  have had  all  their rotten wood cladding and broken roofing gone and replaced with lovely new roofs. Thick Siberian larch cladding  making them snug and cosy once more.


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The old roof and walls in desperate need of replacement

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On with the new

A new carpet and Sofa in Mijbil’s lounge will  finish her off. Tarka has a new dining table and chairs and lovely watertight and draught free sliding patio doors ( also much handier in high winds).
We are looking forward to a  brief rest before our first guests arrive!

We are now (just about ready) to start our second summer season and are once again looking forward to meeting some already familiar faces and new ones….and possibly getting the odd Sunday off.

A weekend in Assynt, waves, wildlife and wind

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A baby badger out on the prowl

A wild weekend in Assynt.
Well, what a wild and windy weekend we had this past week. Heading up the road to the chalets on Friday night. We stopped to let this wee chap cross the road in front of us. Spent ages watching him snuffling about for ages before wandering off into the dark.
We woke to a beautiful morning. Before to long the sun was out and we ranted briefly about the weather forcast prediction of gale force winds. This information had made us last minute cancel the weekends agenda of fitting Tarkas new patio doors. So  got out the paint brushes instead.
So fooled by mother nature!
Wind and rain commencing before any paint had a chance to even start to dry. Bringing an almost comic set of us running madly to try and find things to protect said items. The rest of the day was spent pottering with small but just as essential jobs. New curtains hung, little bits & bobs fixed indoors.
We also had to rescue a poor toad who had fallen and was trapped in a drain. Broken drain covers now replaced to prevent this rehappening, especially right now. All the toads are very actively in the midst of mating season. For being pretty rare creatures they are certainly in plentiful supply around this area at this time of year.
The gales picked up dramatically over night, the howling and roaring waking us up in the middle of the night sounding like some demented beast as we lay snug and cosy. So thankful that we had new walls and roofs to protecting us.
The morning bringing still more rain though it had eased a little, the wind had almost completly dropped warenting a wander over to the bay to carry out my favourite pasttime – wave watching. Still quite impressive so could only imagine the size they must have been through the night. The beauty of this place never dissapears just changes depending on mother natures mood.
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Stoer Bay Chalets, Self catering, Beaches, Rainbows and beautiful skies

Just about all reclad

Stoer Bay Chalets, Self catering, Beaches, Rainbows and beautiful skies.
Its been a very busy winter once again at Stoer Bay chalets.
With both Mijbil & Edal almost completly reclad. Just 1 porch to finish, some facings round doors and windows and a couple of snags and all done…..sounds so easy on paper!

Not to be left out Tarka’s new patio dooors have arrived, so thats the next job already waiting, no rest for the wicked!

It has been a unfeasably mild winterthis year, which, as much as I love the snow, has helped us tremendously in even managing to get all this outside work done. We are just grateful that we didnt do this job last winter. That would have been a whole different story.
We also had some lovely friends up for a visit last weekend. They hadn’t been up since we first bought the chalets 15 months ago. It definatly helped us feel on track seeing their faces at the changes since their last visit.
It was also lovely to sit in the evening and chill with a few wee drinks and relax in a place that is so special to us and share it with such good friends.
The warmer weather has of course brought with it the inevitable rain but this brings its own beauty in the form of rainbows.
But, this is the west coast of Scotland, we are not going to let a wee bit of rain stop things from getting done! Apart from stopping to take photos of course.

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A beautiful mornings double rainbow over the Bay

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The early morning sun creaping round to the bay.

Craft central – Assynt – Stoer Bay Chalets

It is quite astounding the number and variety of talented, skilled craft people living in and around Assynt.
With a great many not even that far from us at Stoer.
Lochinver of course has its well known Pie shop, with pies of every description available and of course the famous Stoneware pottery but look further in the streets and you may find a way to have your own lovely treat. How about a personel massage or pedicure or a visit to the local leasure centre.
Also keep a very close eye out when traveling in the quieter areas all around  for small shops filled with many treasures. Some of these discretly marked with a sign indicating a shop at the house at the side of the road. Craft makers such as glass painters, Potters, Knitters, Candle makers, painters and many more making each shop unique.

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Searching for a keepsake


With opportunities abound to find a special reminder of a very special place. (including of course the pretty pebble you picked up on one of our many beaches). We also have many amazing tea rooms selling mouthwatering homebaking and fresh food, perfect for a wet day, some hidden away in secret gardens or placed perfectly at the end of walks. Bookshops can be found, always a favourite on a less drier day to while away the time.
So its well worth it if you can distract yourself from natures astounding beauty all round to seek out all our other treasures too.

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Searching for a unique craft from Stoer Bay Chalets


Peat track Walk. Clachtoll – Stoer

I thought it would be a good opportunity to look back on last year. With plenty work always going on this lovely Autumn afternoon walk was a great few hours gentle stretch of the legs.
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Clachtoll to Stoer via their peat tracks.

A beautiful 6 mile circular walk through the old peat cuttings with amazing views at every corner.

Leaving from the chalets I will take you along the road going left through Clachtoll, up the wee steep hill leaving the hamlet until you see the sign for the peat track on your left.
There is a clear cart track with stunning views and looking closely the peat cuttings even though now disused and filled with regrowth of heather are still clear to see. If you are lucky you may spot some red deer on the hills.

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The path splitting the loch in two, approaching Stoer

The track tapers down further on and narrows into a small path. As you swing round to the left you can clearly seen wooden posts direct the way through this pretty boggy part of the route.
The path goes sharply down briefly to some of the small lochs at the back of Stoer before flattening out and  rejoining the Stoer track.
You wander along until you come out behind the small group of houses approximatly half a mile beyond the main hamlet of Stoer.
Once you join the tarred road turn left and enjoy the views until you reach the chalets once again. Image may contain: mountain, sky, cloud, nature and outdoor
The route can of course be done the opposite way too. I was in no hurry, savouring the fresh air and freedom. This walk would make a lovely half day wander. A gentle walk, mainly flat with just one very brief steep point.

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A short diversion to catch the view from the highest point



Mountains of Assynt – Stoer

Last week I mentioned we had our first fall of winter snow. I thought I would share some I managed to capture of the Assynt mountains with their cloaks of snow.
The beautiful mountains of Assynt

The Beautiful mountains of Assynt

We had a lovely friend and neighbour up helping us with renovations last week and are delighted that apart from a couple of wee snags Mijbil is now reclad and Edal has one side done.  I am trying very hard to wait till both are complete before showing of the new cladding but here is a peek of both men hard at work.

From this photo you may be able to tell I was up above on the rocks, I (thought I) was surplus to requirements at this point. So decided to wander along to the wee waterfall behind the chalets. Though I seem to have been all around I have never made it over to the waterfall.  It is a lovely wee walk…best done in wellies….at least today anyway, even though some of the ground was hard with frost. These photos show the loch in front of the chalets from another attractive view. I was soon spied taking photos and  shouted back to get on with some graft…….a womans work is never done!

One of the beauties of this area is the diverse landscape and the ability it has to cater for all. There are mountains to climb, seas to swim but inbetween there are a range of walks that cater for all levels. They can be as easy or hard as you want them to be. A gentle stroll or a days adventure. Its up to you.

A Happy New Year from Stoer Bay Chalets

A belated but heartfelt Happy New Year to everyone.
We hope you had a lovely time celebrating in 2019.  I sadly haven’t been to the chalets for a couple of weeks. David & Ben  though have been up and it sounds like all is going well with Mijbil, her makeover is almost complete. Finishing touches are this weekends job before it’s Edals turn .

There has also been our first significant fall of snow of the winter this week. We always look forward to seeing the mountains in all their beautiful winter glory….nothing can look as stunningl as a snow shrouded mountain. Assynt may not be reknown for many high mountains ( there are only 2 munro’s ) but they still make an extraordinary landscape, with fantastic, individual shapes.

These mountains are loved by walkers all over the world and the following are reviews of just a few of them.

Suilven  The area’s most distinctive mountain which rises abruptly from the beautiful landscape.  The views from its top are  stunning. It is not an easy climb as it is remote from any road, so both the approaches, from near Lochinver to the west and near Elphin to the east, are long and are  boggy in places. Many nowadays will use mountain bikes for the approach. The summit ridge is reasonably easy once you have finished the tough scramble to the saddle in the middle.                       Image may contain: ocean, cloud, sky, mountain, nature, water and outdoor

Quinag: a majestic mass looming over the sea loch in the north-west. Superb views.

Ben More Assynt & Conival The only Munros in Assynt, these two rocky mountains are connected by a ridge. Together they give a very rough but rewarding ascent  with  amazing views, a good, long walk  from Inchnadamph.

Stac Polliadh This solo sandstone mountain shows how amazing Scotland’s small mountains can be In a mere few hours you get a fun thrill of a walk. The views all around are gorgeous.

Quinag: a majestic mass looming over the sea loch in the north-west. Amazing views.

To find out more information on these and other climbs, following the link on our website’s Activitie’s page to Walkhighlands.
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More goings on @ Stoer Bay

I do hope you have had a wonderful christmas full of love and laughter.
We have had a lovely break and managed a few days of family time which was so good.
Back to work tomorrow and looking forward to a few extra days at Stoer – always feels more like a working holiday when spent at the chalets. We are hoping to  complete the cladding work to Mijbil and make a start on Edal in the new year.
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Here is a wee sneak peek of some of what we have done so far.
Beautiful Siberian Larch….definatly needed to deal with the climate of the north west coast of Scotland.
The only thing we are doing to it is a couple of coats of oil based clear stain so that the beauty of the wood is still on show just under a coat of weather proof protection.

One of our neighbours took some ariel photos above our chalets on Christmas eve which just show the back walls new coat on Mijbil.  He cleverly edited out the scaffolding and our pile of old cladding that is waiting for us to dispose of this week.
I do love this  photo so much, it shows the chalets and their stunning location of to perfection.
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If I don’t make it back on before the end of the month, then I wish you all the best for 2019.
May the new year bring you all good health & happiness.
Enjoy your Hogmany celebrations where ever in the world you are.
(Hogmanay is what we call New Years Eve in Scotland  – 31 December – the big night that marks the arrival of the new year.)
A very happy new year to you all from Stoer Bay Chalets.


Birthdays & Christmases

Another productive few days spent working on the cladding of Mijbil.  A wee sneak peek can be found on our facebook page. Hopefully we will get Mijbil all done over the Christmas holidays, Then all we need to do is get in her new sitting room carpet, new sofa and a new fridge and she will hopefully be all ready to go for the 2019 season, which we are already delighted with the booking coming in.
Its the usual hectic chaos that ensues at this time of year and with our eldest turning 18 on the 22nd it seems even more so and I’m delighted at his choice of birthday treat…he is taking us all rock climbing. Though this time we will be indoors, his love for outdoor adventure and his unquenching dream of making a carreer from this love grows in no small part to his childhood holidays spent exploring the land and sea in this amazing part of the world that is the North West coast of Scotland, ASsynt, Clachtoll , Stoer and Lochinver in particular.
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This will be the last blog this side of christmas, lol whether anyone reads them or not I dont know, but if you do thankyou. To everyone, old friends and new, we would like to wish each and everyone of you a  merry and fun christmas and a prosperous and very happy new year. All the very best for 2019.
Karen & David
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Stoer, Clachtoll , Drumbeg, Clashnessie, Lochinver and beyond

After a wee break last week it was good to get back to Stoer this week. We even managed to make a start on the exterior recladding of Mijbil we are delighted with.
No photos yet, we will wait for some more to be done first but even the little bit done looks so good. I cant wait for it all to be done, though poor hubby once again with me as his gopher has pretty much got his hands full.

There are so many talented people in and around Stoer, Clachtoll and Lochinver and nearby local crofts and hamlets.  From bike hire, candle making, glassware, Pottery and so much more, as well as massage, tea rooms, so even on a rainy day there is still so much to do. We have asked  local to pop any leaflets into our letter box so hopefully we will have an array of up to date leaflets in 2019 of places that you may want to visit, as well as the mountains, lochs and of course the sea.
We are going on a few night time walks at the moment…not hard at this time of year with the much shorter and busy days. The night sky still takes my breath away every time, with no light pollution for miles.  The stars feel so close and as ever I await seeing the northern lights. Scotland is also one of the few places where the milky way can still be seen and it is truly breath taking. I can sit in front of the chalets wrapped up warm for hours and just stare up at the sky, never growing tired of its immense vastness.
The beauty of this area is that there is something so remote and peaceful to see, feel and soak up all year round, not just through the summer. Our beaches are only the start of the north west of Scotlands beauty and magic.