Local Villages

Visit Balmacara Square

Shop at Home In The Highlands

Home in the Highlands embodies the cozy, eclectic ambiance of a traditional Highland home. Our goal is to ignite your creativity with home decor ideas and provide a curated selection of fashion items, gifts, and souvenirs. Whether you’re shopping for loved ones or treating yourself, we offer an array of unique products to suit every taste.

We take pride in offering distinctive collections, regularly updating our offerings to ensure freshness and variety. Collaborating with artisans and artists nationwide, we showcase the finest Scottish and British designs alongside contemporary European influences. Our commitment to ethical sourcing is paramount, with an increasing emphasis on sustainable and responsibly made products.

At Home in the Highlands, we invite you to discover the perfect blend of timeless charm and modern sophistication, bringing a touch of the Highlands into your home and wardrobe.

Wander round the Steadings Gallery

The Steadings Gallery in Balmacara Square is a small bright, art gallery set in a renovated farm building. It hosts a variety of exhibitions throughout the year featuring works from both local and national artists. The displayed arts and crafts range from nature-inspired jewelry and Scottish Highlands landscape photography to sculpture and wildlife paintings.

The gallery offers free parking, toilets, and Wi-Fi, making it a convenient and attractive indoor destination, especially during inclement weather. On sunny days, a visit to the gallery can be paired with one of the numerous walking trails that start from Balmacara Square, providing a delightful blend of art and nature.

Have coffee at Cosy Corner Cafe

Located in the heart of Balmacara Square, the Cosy Corner Cafe is a charming, family-run establishment dedicated to serving the local community. With a warm and inviting atmosphere, this small cafe is a beloved gathering spot for residents and visitors alike.

From its quaint perch overlooking Balmacara Square, guests can enjoy a range of delectable treats. The menu features a selection of freshly brewed teas and coffees, alongside tempting cakes, scones, and sandwiches. Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty breakfast, a light lunch, or an afternoon pick-me-up, the Cosy Corner Cafe has something to satisfy every craving.

Beyond its delicious offerings, the cafe is cherished for its commitment to fostering community spirit. With friendly service and a welcoming ambiance, it’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a delightful meal while soaking in the charm of Balmacara Square.


2 Mins drive from Coillemore House in Duirnish

Visit Plockton

Eat at Plockton Hotel

A highland hideaway which is surrounded by breathtaking scenery and the richest of history.

At our restaurant, indulge in succulent highland steaks, locally reared beef, and an abundance of seafood delights. From platters of freshly caught prawns to flavorful fish and shellfish, our dishes showcase the best of Scottish cuisine, with ingredients sourced from nearby producers.

To complement your dining experience, we offer a selection of malts, ales, and gins, providing the perfect finale to another memorable day in Plockton. Whether unwinding after a day of adventure or simply savoring the tranquility of the highlands, our hideaway promises a truly unforgettable escape amidst Scotland’s breathtaking landscapes.


10 Mins drive from Coillemore House

Discover the Shops

Experience the charming village of Plockton, where every corner holds a delightful surprise. Stop by Meghans for a scoop of creamy ice cream, or browse through The Plockton Studio for that perfect gift or a piece of local artwork to cherish.

Explore Hidden Treasures for a unique selection of arts and crafts, many inspired by the village’s nautical heritage. From crab lines to fishing tackle, there’s something for everyone to discover.

Afterward, satisfy your appetite at Ray’s Harbour Fish Bar with mouthwatering takeaway fish and chips, or simply take a leisurely stroll along the high street, soaking in the breathtaking views of Loch Carron.

With its warm hospitality and scenic beauty, Plockton offers a memorable Highland experience that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.


10 Mins drive from Coillemore House in Duirnish

Sail on Calums Seal Trips

Calums Seal Trips – Unlike other operators, they don’t guarantee seal sightings on every trip because nature can be unpredictable. But here’s the cool part – if you don’t spot any seals, your trip is on the house! That’s a guarantee they stick to.

They’re the longest-running boat trip operator in Skye & Lochalsh, so they know the ins and outs of seal-spotting. Sometimes, seals might not be around due to factors like high tide or disturbances from canoes, but their experienced crew will make sure you have a great time with insightful commentary suitable for all ages.

The Sula Bheag sets sail daily from spring to October’s end, weather permitting. And here’s a bonus – while they do appreciate parking payment, it’s not mandatory. So, come on board and let’s explore the wonders of nature together on the water!

Visit Duirnish Village

Go on a Highland Coo Tour

Highland Coo walkthrough tours are available from The Croft Cafe in Duirnish

Experience the charm of Scotland’s Highland cows with guided walkthrough tours that offer an immersive and educational adventure. These tours provide visitors with the unique opportunity to interact closely with these iconic and gentle creatures in their natural environment.

Led by a knowledgeable guide, participants learn about the history, behavior, and significance of Highland cows in Scottish culture while strolling through picturesque landscapes. From their distinctive shaggy coats to their majestic horns, visitors gain insight into the characteristics that make Highland cows so beloved.


10 Mins drive from Coillemore House in Duirnish

Eat at Croft Cafe Duirnish

Nestled in the picturesque village of Duirnish, Scotland, the Croft Cafe offers a delightful culinary experience amidst this small crofting township. Croft cafe is renowned for its warm hospitality, locally sourced ingredients, and inviting atmosphere.

Visitors to the Croft Cafe are treated to a menu featuring traditional Scottish fare with a modern twist. From hearty breakfasts to flavorful lunches and indulgent afternoon snacks, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Guests can savor freshly baked pastries, artisan sandwiches, and homemade soups crafted from the finest local produce.

The cafe’s rustic interior and cozy ambiance provide the perfect setting to relax and unwind after exploring the surrounding natural beauty. Whether seated indoors beside the stove or outside overlooking the rolling hills and the village.


10 Mins drive from Coillemore House in Duirnish

Discover the Wee Gallery Duirnish

Pop in to see our local artist in residence Vera Naessens at her Wee gallery in Duirnish. If the signs are out and the lights on then she is open and is very easy to chat too or just have a wee wander around and see her varied work.

Vera Naessens was born in Belgium and studied both Art and Fashion Design, graduating in 1987 in Antwerp. In 1994 she moved to the small crofting community of Duirinish where she currently lives and works. Absorbing the world around her, she tells her stories using a range of styles and media.