Very enjoyable stay here for 3 nights, beautiful location, lucky to be blessed with glorious sunshine during our stay, very convenient having our own toilet and shower. Owners very helpful, even offering us a fridge as it was so hot. Great pub just a short walk away and shop offering breakfast in the morning. Lots nice walks in the locality. We loved it
Spent 3 nights in one of the pods and highly recommend them to anyone who wants to experience a beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands while right in the heart of nature. Warm, comfortable and a cracking view to wake up to each morning rain or shine. Don’t hesitate to visit! Guaranteed a warm Scottish welcome.
We were tremendously looking forward to our stay at Reece and John's pod but nothing worked according to plan unfortunately, mostly due to unforeseen circumstances.
We arrived in Fort William on a late Sunday afternoon to find out that the only ferry that you need to get on to reach their location had broken down the day before.
John and Reece being out of the country at the time, were not able to inform us of the situation on time. If you are not familiar with the area, no Corran Ferry is a big deal *unless you have a car* and can drive yourself all the way around to the other side of the loch to their remote location.
We did not have a car (backpacking through Scotland the whole time via bus and train), consequently had no other option but to splurge on a costly 1 hour drive with a taxi (who initially wasn't sure where the location was, like all other taxi drivers we asked).
We finally arrived and were supposed to be checked in by John and Reece's sister but nobody was there for a little while so we waited outside (starving) on what was a very windy evening.
A friend of hers eventually showed up and very kindly helped us check in, though she wasn't sure which pod was supposed to be ours either, requiring for her to call John and Reece's sister several times.
Everything finally worked out and we were ready to make the best of our stay in the area despite a rocky start. Until we learned that the 1 bus that indeed stops right outside the place only runs once a day (it leaves for Ft William in the morning to return straight back in the early afternoon), making visiting the area from and around Fort William virtually impossible, unless, again, you *have a car*.
To make things worse for all, John and Reece also got delayed at the airport on their way back from their trip. We did eventually meet with John the following morning who was very nice and friendly, and fully understanding of the tricky situation we were finding ourselves in.
He provided an excellent full Scottish breakfast right on time for us to get on that 1 bus to leave the area sooner than we had planned.
Their page does state how a car is recommended but I cannot stress that enough. We found out the hard way how it is absolutely mandatory to have one in that specific area. With a working ferry AND a car, this would have been a great retreat.
Given the circumstances, this one is a hard to score, but happy to still give it 3 stars for John's kindness, great homemade breakfast, and flexibility to let us check out sooner than planned.
Fairly easy to find - look out for the village shop opposite the school (with older type petrol pumps) and the pods are located in the field behind. The hospitable owners of the pods also have the shop. Well set up as half small supermarket and half cosy cafe where you can get a Scottish breakfast or a venison burger or relax in an armchair with a coffee reading a newspaper/ book. Very reasonably priced. Wifi access in the shop and there is a table outside the shop you can access wifi in the evening if you need to. Pub restaurant is within 10 minute walking distance at the ferry terminal if you wanted to enjoy a drink and leave your vehicle parked up for the night. Food in the pub is average pub prices and has a fairly good menu to select from
Ferry runs frequently and you can purchase cheaper ferry crossing vouchers at the shop (£3 only) . You can also drive around the lochs on the single track road - this is well worth doing for the scenery, face on view of the Nevis range and encounters with sheep!
The location is very peaceful and quiet without feeling overly remote. We would have liked to have stayed longer and walked along the hillside/ mountain paths the loch behind and explore the area further including catching the south ferry to Oban for an explore. It's well worth driving around the lochs from Fort William to the pods instead of using the ferry - fantastic face on view of the Nevis Range and close up to the lochs and wildlife. The deer came down from the mountains and spent the night in the fields opposite the pods too.
We found the pods to be a great alternative to the the usual accommodation. Warm and cosy and adequate for our needs. The mattresses are thin but a good nights sleep was achieved by all each evening. Would certainly have no hesitation booking again if in the area in the future
What a lovely little find! We were lucky to sleep in the pods when they were brand new (August 2014) and stayed as part of our honeymoon road trip around Scotland. The pod was very clean and in an idyllic setting. It was very surreal stumbling upon them :)
My husband is a big camping fan although I have to say, I am not. However, I was pleasantly surprised and would definitely stay again. The shop nearby had everything we needed and the breakfast baps were delish!