The Kitchen Sink

There’s no need to pack the kitchen sink

3 February 2017

You’ve booked your holiday home for a break in the Highlands and chances are, you may be thinking what on Earth do I need to take with me on holiday? Don’t worry, there’s no need to pack the kitchen sink, but we hope that this post may be of use when packing up the car.

Don’t worry, there’s no need to bring one of these!

First of all, here is a list of what is in each property at Kingairloch:


Saucepans and frying pans, casserole dishes, baking trays, chopping boards, tins, trays, a wide range of cooking utensils, crockery, glasses, cutlery, salt & pepper, initial tea, coffee and sugar, dishwasher tablets (if the property has one), washing up clothes and tea towels, kitchen roll, hand soap, cling film, tin foil, first aid kit and highchairs can be provided.


Initial supply of loo rolls, bath mat, hand towel, hand soap and moisturiser.


Linen, towels, emergency torch and travel cots can be provided.

Countdown to your holiday


To make your stay as comfortable as possible here are a few suggestions of what to do before heading to Kingairloch and items you should bring with you. If anyone has anything else they would like to suggest, send us an email and we will add it to the list.

  • Look in your store cupboards at home and pack what you usually cook and drink.  For example, these items take up little room in the car and there is no point in buying new for your holiday; cooking oil, herbs, flour, pasta, rice, breakfast cereals, alcohol, loo roll and clothes washing detergent.
  • Think about meals that you will cook on holiday, maybe write a brief menu so you don’t pack and buy too much food
  • Do a food shop for fresh products before getting to Kingairloch. Our nearest supermarket is Morrisons in Fort William. Buy items such as milk, bread, butter, eggs, fruit, vegetables, meat, snacks. Remember that venison and produce grown in the estate walled garden can be purchased from the estate.
  • If the cottage has a fire, bring matches and firelighters
  • A head torch is useful
  • If you have room, a cool box. If you’re going out for a day in the car, you may wish to take a picnic with you.
  • If you’re bringing dogs, don’t forget their bedding, bowels, leads, food, treats and bags. We would advise you to treat them for ticks before your holiday
  • A hair dryer
  • Your usual toiletries including shampoo etc.
  • A novel or two
  • Phone charger
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Walking boots/wellies
  • Waterproofs/hats/gloves
  • Midge repellant (only required from mid June-August). We think Smidge is the best on the market at the moment.
  • A midge net. This is not essential, but can be useful (only required from mid-June-August)
  • OS maps of the area
  • Fishing rods
  • Back pack
  • Note book
  • If you’re travelling with children; small cutlery, travel cot bedding, baby monitors, night lights, additional games
  • Fill up your car with diesel/petrol before crossing the ferry. There is a station in Strontian if you need to top up.

We hope that you find this post helpful when planning your holiday to Kingairloch. If you have any questions, we are always happy to help.

Packing for all eventualities, supervised of course by Midge the Jack Russell.


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