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Sleeps 12 adults Bedrooms 6 Bathrooms 3 Pets 2 Welcome Region Inverness-shire Town/village Dunvegan

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Island Holiday House, near Dunvegan

Speed bonny boat like a bird on a wing over the sea to Skye. Whilst Bonnie Prince Charlie fled in a hurry, you can choose how long you stay here on the Isle of Skye.

Positioned on the northwest section of the Isle of Skye, at the end of a single track road past a working farm, is this delightful holiday house, which enjoys stunning views across the loch to Dunvegan Castle. Formerly the dower house to the castle, it is set in 3 acres of its own land, at the end of a peninsula, in open coastal countryside, and is very much a family home type of accommodation. Within, the main living space provides a kitchen, dining and a seating area in a large open plan design. Beyond is a sitting room and music room, whilst on the floors above are a games room with table tennis table and a library area. The property sleeps 12 people comfortably in 6 bedrooms, spread over the first and second floors.

There are enclosed grounds to the front and adequate parking to the side and rear. Outside, is a front lawn that overlooks the loch to the jetty at Dunvegan and the castle itself. This is a comfortable home-from-home holiday house with a relaxed atmosphere, which is ideal for families to get-together to enjoy quality time with each other and explore the island and its heritage. What better place to find breathtaking scenery, stunning landscapes or just take a delightful walk along the shoreline hoping to spy an otter. Indeed, this is truly a special place to go on holiday.

The hub of the house where everyone will gatherThe kitchen with dining area is a wonderful space The separate sitting room allows your party to spread outThe first floor games room is a brilliant extra space to kick back and have some funEnjoy a sing song round the piano in the music room Take the time to read in the librarySpread out the board games upstairs for the kids

Living Space

Reception rooms

Entering at the front entrance takes you straight in to the large open-plan living space that combines, kitchen, dining and living space. This room has the front view across the sea loch in front over to Dunvegan, and the living space in front of the wood-burning stove with leather chesterfield sofas and assorted chairs, makes this room the hub of the house. There is a main sitting room to the rear of the house, which is a modern bright room with TV, sofa and chairs, but unusually it is not necessarily the principal reception space. Next is the reception hall, which combines access to the stairs with being the “music room” which is a room with a piano and a space to play music. On the first floor there is a small games room with a table tennis table and table football table.

Kitchen / Dining

This large open-plan kitchen/dining room, with front view across the sea loch to Dunvegan, is the hub of the house. Cooking is via the traditional AGA with 2 hobs and 4 ovens, whilst in the utility room there is a microwave and an emergency transportable electric oven with 2 hobs. The kitchen area is all about space and this extends to the dining section, which consists of a large pine table and matching chairs that can seat up to 12 people. As mentioned earlier there is also a utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.

  • Aga, 2 hobs, 4 ovens
  • Board Games
  • CD Player
  • Cot
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD Player
  • Freezer
  • Fridge
  • Fridge, extra
  • Games Room
  • Heating, Central
  • Internet Access
  • Logs, initial supply
  • Microwave
  • Oven, hob, electric
  • Parking, 5 cars
  • Piano, baby grand
  • Table Tennis Table
  • Telephone, Honesty System
  • Tumble Dryer
  • TV, Sky
  • Views, stunning
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Broadband
  • Wood burning Stove
The yellow and gold second floor bedroom is a warm and inviting roomThe bathrooms are huge and really rather niceA twin-bedded roomWith sea fishing, whale watching and golf available locally you will be glad of these comfortable beds to fall into6 bedroom holiday house on the Isle of Skye for self catered holiday letsEven the bathroom has a breathtaking view3 twin rooms and 3 double rooms allow for lots of flexibility

Bedrooms & Bathrooms - Sleeps 12

All the bedrooms are spread across the first and second floors of this holiday house. On the first floor there is a double bedroom and two twin-bedded rooms, which share a bathroom. There is also additional living space with seating area. On the second floor there are two double bedrooms and a twin-bedded room, which share a bathroom. Likewise there is also additional living space with an enclosed study. An additional shower room is located on the ground floor.

  • 3 Double Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
  • 3 Twin Bedroom/s With Shared Bathroom
Large self catering holiday house on the Isle of SkyeThis holiday house is very much like a family homeSet in a great backdrop on the shore of Dunvegan Loch.Loch Dunvegan is quite narrow between the house and the castle.

Grounds & Surrounds

Set in 3 acres of its own land at the end of a peninsula in open coastal countryside, including a front lawn. Located on the north west section of the Isle of Skye, 50 miles from Kyle of Lochalsh and 3.5 miles from Dunvegan. It is in a rural setting beside a working farm overlooking Loch Dunvegan and Dunvegan Castle beyond. There is a general store and some hotels in Dunvegan, otherwise the main shopping location is in Portree, which is 25 miles away. It is ideally located for water based activities, with both sea and river fishing being available locally. Boat trips for whale and dolphin watching are also available. Isle of Skye has a 9-hole golf course, and the Talisker Distillery is the local distillery.

Conditions

Security Bond

The owner requires a fully refundable security bond to be paid within 7 days of the holiday start date.
This owner has chosen to use our secure online payment service to collect this bond from guests.

Check in / Check out

Guests are welcome to arrive from 4:00pm and are asked to depart by 10:00am on the day of departure.

Pets Welcome

A maximum of 2 pets are welcome at this property. Typically pet charges apply but please contact the office for details.

Cancellation Policy - Strict

Included in the rental

Linen, towels, electricity, oil central heating and an initial supply of fuel for the fire is included within the rental.

Notes & Warnings

Dogs are welcomed on the ground floor of this property only.

Please note that whilst Internet connection is available on this section of Skye - it is not fast and it is not suitable for large data downloads. It can also be variable in strength and reliability.

Stag and Hen bookings may not book this property, unless discussed in advance for approval. Neither the Owner nor the Agent will accept any liability should a booking be confirmed as a consequence of non-disclosure of the above which may later result in a booking cancellation by the Owner. For more information on this matter please speak to a member of our staff.

LocationDunvegan

The small and attractive village of Dunvegan is situated on the western side of the Isle of Skye. Enjoying the beautiful aspect of the Dunvegan Loch, this is a popular stop with visitors to the island. Its biggest attraction is the striking Dunvegan Castle. Perched on the rocks at the edge of the Loch, the castle has been the ancestral seat of the Clan MacLeod for 800 years, and is home to a fascinating range of treasures collected by the family. The unique gardens are a little gem in the otherwise rugged landscapes of the isle. Developed in the 18th Century, and offering a fantastic range of features including a water garden, woodlands and a formal garden, they are a beautiful place to enjoy. Boat trips are available from the castle grounds out across the loch. Why not also visit the Giant Angus MacAskill Museum. The small but fun exhibition celebrates the life of Angus MacAskill, the 1981 Guinness Book of Record’s tallest true giant! 

Inverness-shire

Inverness-shire is one of the largest county areas in Scotland. Located in the Highlands, it is predominantly mainland, but still has coastline to the west and the east, and includes the Outer Hebrides, Skye and a number of smaller Inner Hebridean Isles. The neighbouring historical county of Nairnshire is now commonly included withing the boundaries of Inverness-shire. The county has a diverse range of attractions and activities for all the family. For thrill seekers, and those in search of invigorating activities, there are two ski resorts, Cairngorm and Nevis Ski Centre, a number of activity centres and much in the way of walking and mountain biking can be found in the Highlands. For something traditionally Scottish why not pay Nessie a visit at Loch Ness? And what about a trip to stand in the shadow of the great Ben Nevis (or walk up it if you are so inclined!)? Visit the Calloden Battlefield, the site of the last battle on British soil, or take a train ride out to the west coast, over the Glenfinnan Viaduct, made famous by Harry Potter’s Hogwart's Express! The Outer Hebrides are a 200 island chain off the far north west of Scotland. Inhabited for over 6000 years, the islands have a huge historical heritage, and also contain Sites of Special Scientific Interest and National Nature Reserves. The Isle of Skye is typical of the Scottish Highlands; with 20 Munros on the island, there is much to entertain the avid walker! Inverness, the Capital of the Highlands is a bustling and thriving city and home to the estimable red sandstone Inverness Castle. Other towns include Fort William, located in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Kingussie on the Cairngorm National Park, and Nairn, an attractive seaside holiday spot on the Moray Firth.

North West and Skye

About the Area

The northern section of Scotland provides some of the most dramatic scenery that the country has to offer with stunning natural beauty. The options include travelling up the east coast, through the central region or via the western section. Choosing the east coast, from Inverness to John o’ Groats, is a distance of 120 miles. This takes in the “Black Isle” which has the Moray Firth and the Cromarty Firth on either side. Continuing on the A9 through Easter Ross, and the scenery starts to get more dramatic with the peak Ben Wyvis dominating the area. The towns that you pass through include Dornoch, Golspie, Brora and Helmsdale, with the historic cathedral at Dornoch a highlight. Beyond and you enter the sparsely populated region of Sutherland, where there are vast open spaces of moorland and heather, which meets the high cliffs to the east. There are two main towns in the northern section and they are Thurso and Wick. The north east section is the county of Caithness, and there are a lot of Norse influence in this area, having been the closest point of contact to Norway and Viking invasions. It is a favourite for tourists who like to go to John o’Groats, and it is historically known as the “start of Great Britain”, being one end of the longest distance between two inhabited points in the UK, Land's End being the other. John o' Groats is 876 miles (1409.78 km) away from Land's End in Cornwall. At the north coast is the Pentland Firth, which looks out to Orkney and a car ferry can be caught from Scrabster to Stromness. Both Orkney and Shetland have amazing historical sites and are well worth visiting. Travelling along the north coast takes you to Tongue, and it is here that the central route can be taken using the A836. This follows Loch Loyal, past Ben Loyal, Loch Naver and through Strath Vagastie and Strath Tiffy before reaching Lairg. The road is a single track road with passing places and as it is so scenic, there is no hurry. Travelling from the west coast, from the great glen of Scotland and the magnificence of Loch Ness, along the A87, this is a route that is well trodden by tourists, as this is the “road to the isles”. Along the way, it is lochs and glens, with Loch Lochy, Loch Garry, Loch Cluanie, the Five Sisters mountain range, before reaching Loch Duich and one of the most photographed and iconic castles in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle. From here, the road leads to the Isle of Skye and access onto many of the other islands, or north. Travelling north, takes in a perennial favourite, Plockton, and continuing on you travel through Lochcarron, Kinlochewe, Ullapool and Scourie, with harbour villages of Lochinver and Kinlochbervie, well worth visiting. Once you get to the top of Scotland, you reach Durness and the most north westerly region which is Cape Wrath, and this section of Scotland is covered.

Attractions

In the North Highlands and Skye, there are many attractions, but it is the geography that is the most appreciated. The line of the well known verse states “speed bonny boat, over the sea to Skye”; but nowadays, there is a bridge for the main west coast route onto the island. However, the West Highland Line links Mallaig railway station by rail to Fort William, Oban and Glasgow. This rail line, which is in use through the summer only, has been frequently voted the top rail journey in the world. Once on Skye, it is dominated by the range of mountains through the spine of the island which are the Cuillins, which is a haven for walkers. To the north near Uig, is Dunvegan Castle, the clan seat of the Macleods, which is open to the public. Whilst Skye can easily occupy a visitor for weeks, there is also access to many of the other islands, including Raasay, Uist and Harris. Back on the mainland, it continues to be all about lochs and glens. From the great glen and Loch Ness, travelling north, it a series of straths, glens, mountains and vast open spaces. In fact 40% of all the Munro’s, mountains that are above 3,000 feet in height, are in this region. Some of the more prominent ones include Ben Wyvis, Ben Hope and Ben More Assynt. The clan history of this area is fascinating and includes well known clans such as Mackay, Sinclair, Sutherland, Munro, Urquhart, Mackenzie, Fraser, Mackinnon and Macleod. On Skye, Dunvegan Castle is the clan seat and nearby can be found Macleod's Tables, which are two curious flat-topped hills that are prominent from many parts of Skye. The ascent to the top is a straightforward but rough moorland walk. Apart from travelling the region and enjoying its natural beauty, there are many castles to visit. The iconic Eilean Donan Castle is the most visited castle in this region and definitely worth seeing, even if you see nothing else in Scotland. Castle Urquhart at Loch Ness, Dunrobin Castle, Castle of Mey, Dornoch Cathedral and Dunvegan Castle and Castle Armadale on Skye are all worth visiting, along with the many historical sites on Orkney. Many signposts are written in both English and Gaelic, the Scottish language, and it is in this region where the language is kept alive. Shinty is the local sport, which to an outsider is the equivalent of hockey without rules, and if you have a chance to see a game, then it is an exciting fast paced game, which comes with crunching tackles. With regard to weather, it can be a mixed bag. Traditionally, in general the west is wetter than the east, but there are pockets that have micro climates. In the west, the gulf stream keeps the climate milder and there are a number of well known gardens, like Inverewe Gardens in the North West, which are world class. All-in-all, there are plenty of interesting attractions to visit in this region.

Things To Do 

Once you have seen the scenery and visited the castles, there are many interesting activities in this region. The food, especially the seafood is world renowned and if you can find a local restaurant or hotel that offers the seafood dish of the day, then it will be a worthwhile experience. The Kinloch Hotel and The Three chimneys, both on the Isle of Skye have excellent reputations, whilst the following 3 restaurants are also well known; 1, Fishmarket restaurant, Mallaig; 2, Captains Galley, Scrabster; 3, Plockton Shores, Plockton. Whilst this area is not the heartland of the whisky industry, there are a number of distilleries, which are well worth visiting. On the mainland they include Dalmore, Glenmorangie, Loch Ewe, Clynelish, Glen Ord and Pulteney. On Orkney there is Highland Park and on the Isle of Skye there is the Talkisker distillery. Visitor Centres, include the Falls of Shin, Assynt, Bright Water, Glengarry and Torridon. Of sporting interests, there are many rivers to fish for salmon, including the rivers Naver, Lochy, Helmsdale, Carron, Glass, Oykel and many more, not forgetting the numerous hill lochs for wild brown trout. Deep sea diving is a popular past-time, particularly off the west coast and places like Ullapool offer charter trips, where sea-fishing is readily available too. In this area, the golf courses are not as many, but the stand out golf courses are at Royal Dornoch and Skibo, though the 9-hole golf course at Durness, is a wonderful challenge and is the most north westerly golf course on mainland Scotland. Interestingly enough a young John Lennon used to holiday in the north west of Scotland and there is a memorial garden in his memory at Durness. Wildlife abounds in these more remote areas and there are opportunities to see otters, golden eagles and red deer in the wild. To see red kites and sea birds in more detail, the RSPB have a number of centres, including Tollie, Fairy Glen and Dunnet Head. For marine life, there is a dolphin and seal visitor centre at North Kessock or you can go on one of the many dolphin watch boats that monitor the Cromarty and Moray Firths. Chanonry Point being one of the most popular locations to spot the dolphins. For even more active activities, there are a number of outdoor centres and water specialists, to cater for any thrill seeking need, whether it be white water rafting or canyoning. For the surfer, the beach at Thurso East is regarded as Scotland’s prime surfing venue in the north of Scotland and has held major championships. For children, the beaches can be sandy and private havens, and there are excellent ones at Nigg, Whiteness, Dornoch, Dunnet Bay, Torrisdale Bay, Balnakiel Bay, Glenelg Bay and Barrisdale Bay. From the mountain biker to bird watcher, the Munro bagger to the garden enthusiast, there are many activities in the North of Scotland. The natural beauty is outstanding and those that make the time and effort to travel are well rewarded.

Highlands and Islands

This region takes in Inverness-shire, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Caithness and the islands include the Inner and Outer Hebrides as well as Orkney and the Shetland islands. For spectacular scenery the Highlands of Scotland provides some of the best, with a huge expanse of area full of mountains, lochs and glens full of romance, wildlife and scenic beauty. The heritage of this area includes Culloden, taking the ferry to the Isle of Skye or just taking in one of the many castles like Eilean Donan. There is also an immense range of wildlife to be found. 



 

Area Inverness-shire Type of location Coastal Nearest shop 3.5 miles Nearest supermarket 24 miles Nearest pub 3.5 miles
Nearest Airport
Inverness 135 miles
Glasgow 230 miles
Nearest Train Station
Kyle of Lochalsh 50 miles
Dunvegan Castle can be seen from the comforts of this Island Holiday House.Dramatic scenery along the coastline of the Isle of SkyeThe Old Man of Storr, is an iconic landmark of the Isle of Skye

Reviews

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8th September 2016 Excellent 

Excellent stay at the Lodge. Perfect for a large group of people. My only request would be to have hand soap at every sink ready for people to use. It really worried me that we didn't have enough soap for everyone and that people weren't washing their hands properly and that we may all get some nasty sickness.
The house is really lovely and enough of everything for everyone. We didn't use the games room at all as the wifi was enough to occupy the kids :0) and kidults. You most certainly need to be organised with food and supplies as it is very remote and not like I am used to nipping out for whatever is needed last minute. Great spot for accessing the whole of Skye.

Service rating : Thanks so much for the fantastic feedback regarding our service, so nice to hear you found our team were friendly and gave prompt responses.


Product : Glad that you found this lovely lodge spacious and well equipped for a large group. The property is let on a self-catered basis but we do appreciate that this beautiful part of Scotland is quite remote so prior to the stay we are always very happy to help with any plans for a grocery delivery or providing details of local shops & restaurants to make life easier!


Hope you enjoyed your holiday on the Isle of Skye :)

4th August 2016 Excellent 

We found the spaciousness of the rooms and the tall ceilings helped all of us to feel relaxed. The owners have certainly put a lot of effort to bring this old home to an exceptionally great comfort level.

The kitchen was well stocked with pots. Dishes, utensils and a great size for our large group.
We only had a small bit of rain so many walks could move forward as planned. The views from the house and all around the island were amazing!

Also we enjoyed the very modern bath/shower rooms and the large laundry room with the washer/dryer and drying rack! They had lots of games and movies to watch too!

Many thanks for your lovely comments, glad that the additional info we provided was helpful with making the plans for your trip. We would be delighted to assist with any future holiday plans, and look forward to hearing from you again! 

11th May 2016 Excellent 

As before. No issues or complaints.

Service rating : Thanks so much for the excellent feedback, hope we can be of assistance again with a future trip!


Product : Many thanks for your comments, lovely to hear you found the accommodation excellent and well equipped for your party.

21st July 2015 Excellent 

The facilities of the lodge and gardens are very good. There is plenty of space in both the house and gardens for a large group of adults and children. Sky is a beautiful place in which to holiday.
In short we all had a wonderful time

Service rating : Thank you for your lovely feedback, and glad we were able to help with your trip to the Isle of Skye.
Product : Many thanks, sounds like you had a lovely holiday and the house and gardens were enjoyed by all!

7th January 2015 Excellent 

It was an amazing house and all of us loved it and the location. We want to come again!

Thank you for your excellent comments. Glad that you found our service helpful and that we could assist with your holiday plans to visit Skye.

We would love to be of help if you ever wish to return to this holiday lodge, don't forget to claim your 5% loyalty discount from us if you would like to re book.

6th November 2014 Excellent 

Perfect for our extended family holiday. We're hoping to return next year.

Thanks for the great feedback, and hope your family enjoyed the holiday in this beautiful island country house. We look forward to welcoming you back!

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