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Regular visitors might be interested to know that The Byre’s shower-room/ bathroom had just had a significant facelift. The shower is now at the other end of  the bath, the tiles have been replaced by Respotex (wet wall) and the bath and shower screen have also been replaced. It should be more convenient and look […]


The Highland cattle left this week. They weren’t taken away, they simply jumped a new, 1m high, “stockproof” fence to join their near relatives in an adjacent croft. This is far from the first time that they have demonstrated their athleticism. Since  these animals all belong to a near neighbour that is where they are […]

Looking North

Looking North

Whinknowe: view to Ben Nevis

Looking south over Whin Knowe to Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

Ben Nevis

Fàilte/welcome to “The Byre” at Whin Knowe

Self Catering Holiday Accommodation near Fort William, Scotland.

At “Whin Knowe”, Banavie, near Fort William you can rent a self catering holiday cottage of charm and character  with a magnificent view of Ben Nevis. The Byre is an ideal base for climbing, walking, kayaking, skiing, cycling or just a place in which to relax. Bikes can be stored in a barn or garage and a power washer is available for cleaning them.

Standing on its own, The Byre has a south facing aspect and superb views of the northern cliffs of Ben Nevis, Carn Mòr Dearg and the ski area on Aonach Mòr without being overshadowed by the big hills. In order to reduce the environmental footprint of the business some of The Byre’s electricity is generated by 16 solar panels on a nearby building.

The cottage is  surrounded by nine acres of croft land, roughly half of which is native woodland, predominantly birch and oak. There is a resident population of roe deer which often come close to the house, especially early in the morning and at dusk. Red deer pass through now and again and numerous species of birdlife may be seen. There is an active badger set nearby. The pine martens and stoats will see you and if you are lucky; very, very lucky you will see them. (If you’re not lucky we can show you marten scats!) In 2013 an otter was seen in the field in front of  The Byre.

  • The Byre, which is a new build detached cottage which has been built on the site of my old byre or cowhouse.