Aurora Bed and Breakfast
Ann provides kind, thoughtful hospitality with a green ethos. Set in the beautiful Highland coastal village of Shieldaig, near Applecross and the Torridon Mountains. Aurora is a welcoming, modern, award winning B&B, open April – October.
At the top of a 4 star Visit Scotland award, the emphasis here is on providing you with the comfort and quality to create a relaxing stay:
Very comfortable pocket sprung Super-king / King sized beds in en-suite rooms.
The relaxing upstairs guest lounge has sea views, a wood burner and TV.
Tasty breakfasts are locally sourced and cooked to order/pre-order; Ann makes the preserves, organic bread and yoghurt.
Many free extras: WiFi, bike storage, drying room with washing machine, homemade flapjacks and fridge with fresh, organic milk.
You get your own key to come and go from the guest’s side of the house, as you please.
Sustainability is a key part of the philosophy at Aurora; choosing to stay here reduces your environmental impact and strengthens the fragile local community / economy. Being green does not mean any compromise on quality – a great deal of thought goes into every aspect of creating comfortable, home from home, accommodation to enhance your stay in the Torridon area. Hold a ‘Gold’ Green Tourism award and in 2010 won a cherished ‘Green’ Highlands and Islands Tourism award.
What recent guests said:
“Outstanding B&B. Warm friendly welcome. Well thought out & sensible green policies – I shall try to carry them out at our home. Extremely clean – very good no outdoor shoe policy. Very comfortable accommodation with every possible amenity provided – down to sewing kit, hot water bottles, sun cream. Lovely homemade soap – especially liked the lemongrass & ginger. Fantastic flapjacks & selection of teas.”
Shieldaig is a picturesque village only 90 minutes’ drive from Inverness, single track the last 30 minutes. For many this is the ‘real’ Highlands, enjoying a spectacular location, nestled amongst the Munro’s right on a West Coast sea loch. Surrounded by nature – sea-eagles on Shieldaig Island, red deer in Torridon glen, pine marten wander by, otters in our sea loch, a wealth of marine life – seals, dolphins, whales, divers and gannets.
A perfect base (with shop & pub) for exploring the remote Applecross peninsular, Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve, Torridon, Eilean Donan Castle, Plockton, Inverewe Gardens, Glen Elg and Wester Ross. There is lots of information, including daily weather forecasts, to help you get the most out of your time here – great walks, activities and tours close by. For advanced bookings the minimum stay is 2 nights.
Come to restore your sense of wellbeing.
The postcode is IV54 8XN – SatNav will take you to the lower level as there is only one postcode here. Aurora is upper village, with a sign at the front.
From the South (West Coast & Skye)
From Strathcarron and the South – drive north to SHIELDAIG (do not go as far as Torridon). The main road (A896) bypasses our village. One road loops all the way through Shieldaig village, off the main road. Either go left at the 1st turn, through the village, up the hill & hairpin bend – we are the 1st house on right. Or 2nd left off the main road and we are the 4th building on the left. Aurora is at top level of the village, nearly opposite the war memorial, next to the unofficial campsite (marked on many maps).
From the North (Ullapool via west coast & Gairloch)
From Gairloch drive southeast to Kinlochewe (A832), turn right (A896 to SHIELDAIG). Drive through Glen Torridon, which is single track and a beautiful drive. IGNORE the Torridon turn, continue to SHIELDAIG on the main road (A896). Just after Shieldaig village & 40mph SIGN, take 1st right, the 4th on left and do have a sign at the roadside.
From Ullapool via Garve, the East (Inverness) and A9
From Inverness – follow the Brown Tourist signs for “Wester Ross Coastal Trail”. Initially follow Ullapool signs (A835), then just after Garve take the left turn A832 towards Gairloch. At the roundabout at Achnasheen take the 2nd exit and head down Glen Docherty (not towards Lochcarron). At Kinlochewe – turn left onto the A896 to Shieldaig. Drive through Glen Torridon, which is single track and alongside various munros. IGNORE the Torridon turn continue to SHIELDAIG on the main road (A896). Just after Shieldaig village & 40mph SIGN, take 1st right, the 4th house on the left.