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|Holidays - Treshnish Cottages|
Treshnish CottagesTreshnish Point,
Isle of Mull,
UK Tel: 0845 458 1971
Overseas Tel/fax: +44(0)1688 400249
Treshnish Farm self catering holiday properties are situated on the north-west coast of the Isle of Mull. It takes about one hour to drive from the ferry terminals and from Tobermory.
Looking over towards Rum and Skye today their hills are covered in last nights snow and the soft light in the sky gives a pinkish glow. The fishing boat from Croig is crossing the calm bay to the north of our shoreline bathed in watery winter sunshine. It is now January and our 12 organic cows are sheltered inside the wooden farm building, enjoying shelter from the storms and a good bite of last years silage made on our herb rich grasslands. The oldest ewes and the hoggs are grazing the inbye fields now, cleaning up the pastures so that any mat of grass is eaten off for the benefit of next years wild flowers. The rest of the flock are on the hill, naturally grazing the abundant store of fogage (grass!) and finding shelter when they need it from the winter gales.
It is already 3 weeks since the shortest day and we are counting the difference as each day gets 3 minutes longer and the low winter sun reaches a little higher up in the sky. On a clear night the stars are bright and so well defined - the only light pollution we occasionally have is from a single streetlamp 8 miles away on the pier at Arinagour on the island of Coll!
After full occupancy over the festive season, we have a trickle of guests taking advantage of the quietness on the island out of season. Our environmentally friendly cottages, with their newly fitted extra insulation, are warm and comfortable - a world away from January sales and traffic chaos. You can walk all day and see no one, alone in the hills with the red deer and watching for sea eagles and mountain hares. The pub in Dervaig is open all year round and serves good meals in the lounge bar.
To maintain our Gold award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme, we are continually monitoring our energy use, and trying to improve our energy efficiency. We have insulation in each cottage consistent with or exceeding current building standards. The farmhouse and Toechtamhor have solar panels to assist hot water heating. We do all we can to encourage our guests to reduce, reuse and recycle and provide on site recycling bins and each cottage has re-usable shopping bags so that guests can avoid using plastic carrier bags. On the farm we recycle silage plastics and feed bags. The organic feed blocks come in large tubs which are highly sought after by local gardeners and by a local eco primary school who grow potatoes in them!
We are continually working to reduce our carbon footprint. We have a small 1kw wind turbine already installed and are hoping to get a 6 kw wind turbine and plans are in place for a woodchip boiler District heating system which will reduce our reliance on oil and electricity for heating in the farmhouse and the 4 Treshnish cottages; sourcing woodchip from our local supplier 15 miles away and supporting a local use for timber which is otherwise shipped off the island.
The geological raised beaches in this corner of Mull give the farm an elevated position overlooking the Sound of Coll, with the fingerlike Island of Coll pointing out towards the mountains of Rum with the sharp edges of the Cuillins on Skye in the distance. A coastal path wanders around this dramatic headland, revealing spectacular views out to the islands of Coll, Tiree, Rum, Skye, Canna, Muick, Eigg, Staffa and the Treshnish Isles. When it is very clear you can see as far as the Uists, 50+ miles away.
The pretty white shell sands of Calgary are three miles away, a blissful place for children (and adults) to play! The Bay is crystal clear and the waters a deep turquoise. It is a SSSI, protected for its 'machair' (shell-sand herb-rich grassland) closely grazed by Blackface Sheep. Calgary is not a village but a small hamlet of houses, with a Hotel open from Easter to October, providing a relaxed place for evening meals and snacks during the day.
Treshnish has a traditional farm square, with vernacular stone steadings, one mile along an unmetalled farm track from the public (single track) road. There are two cottages ( 3 stars), one blackhouse (4 stars) and the Studio (4 stars) at Treshnish Farm available to let:
TRESHNISH COTTAGES: SHIAN and DUILL cottages, SHEILING and STUDIO.
A further mile along the unsealed farm track at Haunn are three blackhouses (3 stars) and one bungalow (4 stars). These properties have electricity now and enjoy a more remote quality enhanced by being at the end of the track and in the wide open landscape.
HAUNN COTTAGES: EAST, MIDDLE, and WEST blackhouses and TOECHTAMHOR.
Treshnish Point is a dramatic peninsula on the north west coast of the Island of Mull. Its raised beaches rise from the sea, affording each cottage with wonderful views over fields and cliffs to the many islands beyond. 4 miles of coastline provide gentle and rewarding walking with historic sites and settlements, tiny coves and caves to be explored. It is a working organic farm, with local breeds of cattle and Blackface sheep
Creation date : 03/04/2008 @ 16:38
Last update : 04/11/2009 @ 07:21
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