Ecotone Cabins

Highlands Ross-shire Ullapool

  • From £122 a night
  • 2 Cabins
  • Eco-Retreat

Eco-friendly cabins with sea views on the edge of a forest in the Scottish Highlands

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These sustainable, modern cabins sit in a forest clearing overlooking the waters of Loch Broom, just 3 miles from Ullapool. They are immersed in scenery that’s typical of the West Coast of Scotland – epic coastline and dramatic mountains, with sandy beaches around 45 mins away. It’s a place too many of us whizz past on a whistle-stop tour of this part of the UK. But here in Leckmelm Woods you can get off the road and appreciate a different pace of life. A stay in an Ecotone Cabin will give you more than just a fleeting look at the view as well as the chance to see the red squirrels and pine martens they are named for. It’ll invite you to watch the changing light on the water, hear birdsong in the woods and appreciate the stars by night – and by doing so, you'll be ensuring the future of this special spot, as your stay will help fund its regeneration.

The cabins and other woodland businesses here are the work of the Planterose family, who have been working to increase the biodiversity of this former mixed conifer plantation in a people-and-planet-friendly way. The cabins are part of that plan. They’ve been built with a sensitive touch and are as sustainable as it gets: the timber used in their construction was felled and hewn right here; wood fibre insulation, underfloor heating and energy efficiency of the place keep things so cosy, so there’s no need for a log burner. But don’t worry there’s a fire pit outside.

Choose from Red Squirrel, which is just for two, and Pine Marten, which sleeps up to four. Both have dark exterior cladding which keeps them inconspicuous in their setting on the edge of the trees, but step inside and they are flooded with light. Huge windows in the open-plan living space take care of that. The whole place is slick and modern inside and proves that being eco-friendly doesn’t mean going without. Each has a modern kitchen, dining and living room.  All the while the covered deck, the glass front and plentiful windows connect you to the outdoors and remind you why you’re here. And it won’t be long until you’re drawn out into it. You can walk into the trees, take a short walk down to the shores of Loch Broom or a longer one to Ullapool – but do make sure you bring the right shoes – welllies or walking boots are a must.

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Facilities

Red Squirrel Cabin - One bedroom, 1-2 people, Super King or twin room ensuite room. Comprehensively equipped self-catering with everything you need for a comfortable getaway.

Pine Marten Cabin - Two bedrooms, 2-4 people, Super King or twin rooms, all ensuite. Fully equipped self-catering, ideal for families and small groups.

Suitable For

Couples and families. Child friendly. Sorry, no pets.

Nearby

Ecotone Cabins are located on the West Coast of a remote and beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands. Situated on the edge of a woodland, just 3 miles from the beatuful village of Ullapool. Perfect for a huge range of activities; the cabins are a great base for everything, from outdoor adventures to cosy getaways. Located on the North Coast 500 route.

Food & Drink

  • Seafood Shack - offers fresh and local seafood cooked to order from a (very nice) catering trailer with outdoor covered and uncovered seating and beautiful views.
  • Oak and Grain Pizza - A wood fired pizza van specialising in authentic Neapolitan Pizza based in Ullapool.
  • Cult Cafe - A New Zealand inspired cafe serving breakfast, lunch and occasionally evening meals, alongside very good coffee and cakes.
  • The Ceilidh Place - Hotel, Bunkhouse, Café / Bar, Restaurant, Bookshop & Music Venue. Serves breakfast, lunch and evening meals alongside coffee and cake.
  • Corrieshalloch Gorge - Walk across the suspension bridge as the River Droma rushes through a mile-long box canyon below.
  • Lael Forest Walks and Arboretum - Sheltered easy trails. Accessible and great for little learner cyclists.

Open

Available all year.

Pricing

3-night short breaks from £504, 7 nights from £856.

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The Owner Says

Beautiful bespoke cabins situated in a coastal woodland near Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands.

Unique, high-quality, comfortable, ethical and ecologically conscientious self-catering accommodation.

​"Standout holiday accommodation for people who care about where they stay".

(Short Term Let Licence number HI-10005-F)

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Location

Contact Website  07483 102 111  Ecotone Cabins, Leckmelm Wood, Ullapool, Ross & Cromarty IV23 2RH

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Getting There

Ecotone cabins are located in Leckmelm Wood, 2.5 miles South of Ullapool.

If approaching from the South on the A835: Keep driving towards Ullapool until you get to the hamlet of Leckmelm. Continue through Leckmelm, past Leckmelm Farm on the left-hand side. Continue driving and you will pass the Leckmelm Gardens on your left-hand side. Just after the gardens, there is 1 kilometre of very straight road; the turning to Ecotone Cabins is on the right-hand side in the middle of this straight. Look for our sign that says"LECKMELM WOOD". Follow the signs for Ecotone Cabins and you will arrive.

If approaching from the North on the A835: Drive through the village of Ullapool and exit on the only road south towards Inverness. Keep going for about 2 miles until you pass a large electronic road sign on the left-hand side. Just after this, you will see a road sign for "LECKMELM". The turning is in the middle of this 1-kilometre straight stretch, on the left-hand side. Look for the sign "LECKMELM WOOD". Follow the signs for Ecotone Cabins and you will arrive.

Yes. There are trains, buses and flights to Inverness which is one hour by road from Ecotone Cabins. There are bus connections from Inverness to Ullapool, which is just 3 miles from the cabins. The bus can drop you at the bottom of our driveway, or we can arrange a lift for you from Ullapool.

Features

  • Gardens & Grounds
  • Parking
  • Wifi
  • Beaches
  • Eco-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Sensational Views
  • Walking
  • BBQs
  • Welcome Pack
  • Forests
  • Outdoor Activities
  • Remote location
  • Something Different
  • Waterside
  • Cabin/Lodge

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Rated ★★★★★ over 6 reviews

★★★★★

Exceptional

Pine Marten cabin is an exceptional place to stay. The Planterose family know their trees and wood intimately and with years of experience between them, the sustainable build of Ecotone cabins is stunning… practical yet elegant, brilliantly planned, effortlessly functional and comfortable with every last minimal detail thought of. Our stay was the easiest and most restful you could imagine, with ever-changing mesmerising views out across the sea loch from the floor-to-ceiling windows, fascinating books to read if you can divert your eyes away. Additional generous food supplies were savoured and the soap and shampoo provided, divine. Just a short drive to Ullapool and onward to the breathtaking ancient landscape of the North West Geopark and the Assynt area. To have shared in the vision of Sam and his family creating a truly sustainable ecotourism business in this spectacular part of the Scottish Highlands was a privilege indeed and we would stay again at the drop of a hat! Go!!! And by the way, March was/is a great time to visit with the roads to yourselves :)
Nov 12, 2023 by Sue
★★★★★

Five days was just not enough

The cabin matched the description perfectly. It was easy to find, peaceful, and private (even from the other cabin), We spent 5 days working remotely. Sam and Tiril were kind enough to provide an office chair which made the whole experience so easy. The location is the perfect distance from Ullapool (5 minutes to the centre with a car). There were many recommendations on the welcome pack, which we really appreciated - the pizza van was great. "Well-equipped kitchen" doesn't do the cabin justice. As a keen cook, the kitchen had everything we needed and more. For many reasons, we regret not staying longer, but I would have stayed just to make more use of the kitchen. We shall definitely be back in the future - 5 days was just not enough.
Sep 1, 2023 by Samson
★★★★★

Highly recommend - exceeded expectations

Stayed for 4 nights at the end of September. The cabin exceeded expectations. It is beautifully and thoughtfully built, with incredible attention to detail. Everything from the selection of books to the kitchen equipment has been curated to mean that you have all you need. The view over Loch Broom is stunning with golden light illuminating the space in the evenings. The owners provided a thorough online information pack, which helped us plan out our days. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a relaxing, peaceful eco escape in the Highlands.
Jun 8, 2023 by Chris
★★★★★

Red Squirrel Cabin - amazing!

What an amazing place. We stayed for three nights and only wish it could have been longer. The location is great, easy to find beautiful views from the cabin - including a couple of red squirrels squabbling with each other on the feeder one morning! You can go straight out of the cabin for a good walk or a mountain bike. It's close to Ullapool too so handy for picking up groceries or a bite to eat. The cabin has absolutely everything you could ever imagine you might need the kitchen has more gadgets than mine! It's all beautifully designed, couldn't think of an improvement! Sam and Tiril were so friendly and helpful. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend! Stayed October 2022.
Apr 24, 2023 by Samantha
★★★★★

Pine Marten Cabin - next level!

I think the view alone would have been enough to make the entire stay a memorable one, but the beautifully warm and stylish cabin takes it to the next level - 180 degrees of mountains, forests, loch and ever-changing wintery Scottish skies, all viewed from cosy underfloor heated kitchen/lounge. Just a fantastic setup. We found the facilities well appointed, spotlessly clean and including every appliance and utensil you have at home. Very easy to cater big home-cooked meals after a day out exploring the local area. We recommend taking the walk down to the secluded shingle beach at the foot of the hill, and it’s a short drive into Ullapool for shopping or pubs. Even on rainy days simply staying in and watching the sky change across the loch, or settling down for a movie felt like a real treat. Many thanks to the friendly hosts we’ll be back in the Autumn and will hopefully spot a red squirrel this time!! Stayed February 2023.
Apr 18, 2023 by Anon
★★★★★

Came away feeling renewed, reassured and better informed

Perhaps I should start by admitting that we've become pretty cynical of the often exaggerated and spurious claims made by the leisure industry to 'green tourism'. Indeed, we're now seeing how the very practices of regeneration and rewilding are themselves being appropriated and used as just another way of monetising the natural world. After spending four days in and around our Ecocabin in Leckmelm Wood all that cynicism was washed away and we came away feeling renewed, reassured and better informed. This small community really can justifiably claim to be holding itself to account in trying to set exemplary standards in regenerative tourism. It's clear that to the families involved, this is their life's work and they now have impressive collective wisdom and practical experience of running a whole range of environmentally sustainable activities, everything from construction, land management, children's play and education. Not only was it a great place to spend time there - but for us at least, it created a space to think about the choices we make and what we could change. I felt like I'd spent a long weekend sat between Henry Thoreau, Frank Lloyd Wright and Marie Kondo!
Mar 28, 2023 by Mike

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