Rudh Dubh, Portuairk, Ardnamurchan
Rudh Dubh, meaning “Black Rock” in Gaelic, is situated on the coastal path between Portuairk and Sanna and clings to the rocks amongst some of the most stunning and dramatic scenery on the West coast of Scotland.
In a truly spellbinding location, Rudh Dubh provides a getaway, ideal for those who love the outdoors and wildlife or who just want to stay somewhere peaceful. The tastefully restored, cosy and compact bothy has one main room with a wood-burning stove, a small, functional kitchen and a bathroom. It provides all that is needed for an away-from-everything break. Rudh Dubh provides a rare sense of seclusion from the outside world and those who have visited, tend to come back year on year.
It’s also ideal for writers or artists who can’t fail to be inspired by the stunning seascapes and huge skies overhead.
The bothy sits next to the coastal path and walkers pass by from time to time on their way to Sanna Bay.
On One Level: Rudh Dubh has an open plan living room/kitchen with one double sofa bed, wood-burning stove, electric cooker and fridge. There is also a shower room with a toilet and washbasin.
Outside Area: Rough rocky shoreline overlooking the water.
NOTE: Rudh Dubh can only be reached by footpath and is only suitable for those who are fit, and sure of foot.
Distance to Local Attractions
4.5 mi Puffin Coffee – WiFi
4.6 mi Kilchoan Hotel – WiFi
4.5 mi km Ferry Stores – local shop and fuel
4.7 mi Play Park and Kilchoan Community Centre – WiFi, Tearoom,Tourist Information, GP Surgery
5.3 mi Kilchoan Pier Ferry to Tobermory
1.5 mi Community Garden – selling fresh local produce
7.6 mi Sanna Beach by foot 1 mile
3.1 mi Lighthouse
On one level: Rudh Dubh has an open plan living room/kitchen with one double sofa bed, wood burning stove, electric cooker and fridge. There is also a shower room with toilet and washbasin.
Outside Area: Rough rocky shore line looking right over the water.
Spectacular Sea Views
- – across to the Small Isles and Sanna Bay
By the Beach
Sorry No Dogs
No Linen Provided
- Sofa bed
- Shower and WC
Living Room / Kitchen / Dining Area
- Electric cooker
- Wood burning stove
- Electric heaters
Arrivals: High Season – Saturday
Linen Bring Your Own: the double sofa bed needs a double duvet cover, along with your own undersheet and pillow cases.
Wood Burning Stove – some wood should be left be previous occupants, please bring some with you.
No Cleaning Between Lets: We have found that visitors respectfully leave the cottage in a clean state. However if you have any issues please report straight away to Steading Holidays and we will resolve the problem.
Please Note – Rudh Dubh needs a degree of fitness. It is reached by walking along the pathway between Portuairk and Sanna, you cannot take your car right up to the house, so anything you bring with you will have to be carried around 1/4 of a mile.
Rudh Dubh – PH36 4LN
In Kilchoan turn right at the T-junction (signed Portuairk and Lighthouse). Ignore the next side road to the right (signed Achnaha and Sanna). Continue on the road to the hamlet of Achosnich, ignoring the side road to the left (signed Lighthouse and Grigadale). Cross the cattle grid and descend the short but steep hill beyond into the small waterfront village of Portuairk.
Parking – Park at the foot of the hill, at the start of the side road to your right. You can off-load your belongings by the turning point and then return your car to the foot of the hill.
The walk to “Rudh Dubh” – The cottage can only be reached on foot by crossing a stream (maybe using the foot-bridge) and walking 200 metres along a cliff track. Boots are preferable to shoes. You must plan to arrive in daylight. In the dark, you will need a torch.
Start from the last cottage at the end of the side road – “Tighnamara” – Follow the signpost to Sanna. Continue by footpath through the trees and cross the stream by stepping stones or the footbridge. This is difficult only on those rare occasions when the tide is exceptionally high.
Once over the stream bear left, following the rough footpath which climbs and then descends over a small headland. From the gated fence you will see “Rudh Dubh” and its secluded little bay immediately below.
How to get to Kilchoan – here
“This place certainly lived up to expectations. I’ve come away with the sounds of the sea in my ears, who needs a tv when the view from your window is constantly changing? My first time here, and can’t wait to go back for another dose of relaxation. “
“It was a perfect week. Chopped wood, watched the sunset, walked over to Sanna, mooched about on the beaches. The bothy is perfect, small, uncomplicated and cosy with everything you need. I booked again as soon as I got home.”