We are blessed with an amazing natural playground, some of which can be seen from the windows. On hand, you have the choice  of the fantastic beaches of white coral sand for picnics and coastal walks.

For climbers and/or walkers, a choice of about a dozen Munros (3000-footers) within a 15-mile range of Roshven. You won’t need climbing gear for most hill walks, even if you select Ben Nevis itself, but you’ll need five hours for the big yin!

Golfers should try a round on one of the world’s most picturesque machair golf courses, Traigh, on the Mallaig road, with the isles and the sands of Morar to the west and a backdrop of mighty peaks.

There’s fishing galore: Hill loch trout; sea-fishing on a truly heroic scale if you care to; salmon fishing, allowing a little forward planning.

The clever trick with holidays in the west of Scotland is to choose the activity to suit the weather on the day. Variety is the essence, both of the weather and of things to do.

Here are some examples:

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  • Get the small isles boat to Rhum from Arisaig and have a tour of Kinloch Castle, a true fantasy castle built for a tycoon who liked his stalking, his yacht and his privacy.
  • Go up Ben Nevis, it has to be done once in your life. Allow 5 hours.
  • Take the small isles ferry to Canna, National Trust, a little gem of an island that seems to step back a century to greet you; or Eigg, a rather larger neighbour with its majestic “Sgurr” (the rocky outcrop you can see from Roshven).
  • Get the ferry to Skye, drive North and go around romantic Dunvegan Castle (seat of the chiefs of Clan MacLeod); have lunch at The Three Chimneys restaurant (near Dunvegan), or at Kinloch House on the Sleat peninsula); both Michelin starred restaurants. The road trip across Skye is a world-class tour in itself. Armadale Castle, near the ferry from Mallaig, houses an exhibition and film show about the Clan Donald and the old Lordship of the Isles.
  • Get the Harry Potter Steam train from Fort William to Mallaig and back. View train times at West Coast Railway
  • When you just want to relax indoors and enjoy the luxury of the boathouse then there is the log fire, sumptuous sofas and games for children of all ages.

NB Internet is slow here, so no computer gaming I fear!