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Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye, Scotland’s second largest and amongst its most beautiful islands is situated just off the west Highland coast and conveniently connected to the mainland by the Skye Bridge or by ferry.

The island is renowned for its dramatic mountainous terrain, sea lochs and stunning coastline, pristine nature and rich cultural and historical heritage, providing one of the most exquisite cottage holiday breaks in Scotland.

Probably Skye’s most recognised mountain formations are the Cuillin range, with its jagged peaks providing a challenge to mountain climbers from around the world and the strange rock formations and pinnacles found in the Trotternish peninsula. Further geographic wonders can be found just outside Portree at The Old Man of Storr. This rocky hill offers great views of the surrounding area, not to mention an enjoyable walking location. If you fancy slightly more of a challenge then we’d recommend the Quiraing, a landslip made up of stunning natural landmarks.

Wildlife abounds here; see dolphins, porpoises and minke whales from the shore at Neist Point, visit the Ring of Bright Water interactive wildlife visitor centre with a live otter webcam or maybe hop on a boat trip to Loch Dunvegan seal colony.

Skye has a fascinating history and any visit would not be complete without seeing Dunvegan Castle which dates back to the 14th century and has been the fortress castle of clan Macleod for hundreds of years. Also of interest is the extensive estate on the Sleat peninsula, Clan Donald Skye, where you’ll find great walks through the beautiful estate, gardens, wildlife, wonderful views and a museum.

Situated by Loch Harport and with views of the Cuillins can be found the only distillery on the island. The Talisker distillery offers a fascinating insight into the heritage of Skye’s only single malt along with the opportunity to sample what is often regarded as one of Scotland’s finest whisky. Also of interest is The Aros Experience on the outskirts of Portree; here you can see exhibitions of film, music and wildlife.

The Isle of Skye is perfect for those after an active break, with plenty of open expanses and views to die for so if you’d like to begin planning you next trip take a look at our selection of holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye today.
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  • Bracadale House

    Portnalong, near Portree

    Grade
    9
    4
    1
    5
    Ref: UK5159
    Bracadale House is a detached, architect-designed property situated on the shoreline of Loch Bracadale, and is designed to capture the outstanding loch and hill views from all the rooms with its floor-to-ceiling windows. The rooms are spacious and tastefully furnished taking all comforts into consideration. A very large, bright and airy sun room leads out into the garden, and a central island is a feature of the kitchen. For the convenience of less mobile guests, a sofa bed in the living room is a welcome addition. All bedrooms have fitted wardrobes, and the master bedroom has a window seat from where you can admire the views, as well as a large balcony where you can sit out and enjoy the sunrise, sunset or dark skies.

    The Minginish Peninsula has much to offer with superb walking for all levels, including Talisker Bay, Glenbrittle Beach, Fairy Pools and the Cullin for the experienced climbers. There are local pubs that have regular live music, as well as craft shops, art galleries and the Talisker Distillery, however it is the scenery and the changing light that makes this area so dramatic. Take a trip to Dunvegan Castle, Coral Beach, Neist Point Lighthouse or the beautiful Waternish Peninsula, which are all recommended and lie on the west side of the island.

    Portree, the bustling main town, is where you can take a stroll down to the harbour and watch the fishing vessels unload their catch of the day. Enjoy a sea trip from Portree to see the varied sea and bird life, and also to enjoy the beauty of the rugged coastline. To the north of Portree is the Trotternish Peninsula, which boasts some of Skye’s most stunning scenery. To the south of the island is Broadford, with the southern tip called ‘The Garden of Skye’. Here you can visit the ruins of Armadale Castle and its lovely gardens. Outdoor pursuits include kayaking, pony trekking, boat trips and fishing/angling. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With open fire, 42" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, single sofa bed and wooden floor.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric Aga, microwave, American fridge/freezer, dishwasher and wooden floor.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Sun room: With patio doors leading to garden.
    Wet room: With shower, toilet and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed, balcony and en-suite wet room with shower and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and en-suite wet room with shower and toilet.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed and en-suite wet room with shower and toilet.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds and en-suite wet room with shower and toilet.

    Air source central heating (underfloor on ground floor), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for open fire included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate. Sitting-out area with garden furniture. Private parking for 4 cars. No smoking.

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  • Sconser Lodge

    Sconser, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    15
    7
    1
    7
    Ref: CC511099
    Built as a hunting lodge for the Lord MacDonald of Skye, Sconser Lodge exudes a baronial air yet offers every modern comfort. It is situated in a stunning location on the shore line overlooking the beautiful Sound of Raasay on the Isle of Skye. Wood panelled walls, massive open fireplaces, high ceilings, spacious rooms throughout make this elegant and impressive house a perfect location for a special occasion get together. A solid wood four poster bed in the master bedroom completes the picture. Run as a hotel during the summer months, the accommodation is converted to a large self catering holiday house for guests from November through to April. The dining hall is adaptable to suit all parties, with one large table or smaller ones as required. The bright spacious lounge has a real homely feel, dominated by the large open fireplace and original windows that drink in the amazing sea views. There is also a second lounge, ideal for a quiet read or just relaxing and enjoying the amazing seascapes. The bar area off the dining room provides further space and, whilst the actual bar will be closed, it can be made available, together with full catering facilities by arrangement with the owners, for a special occasion meal. This is a fantastic house for an extended family group, a gathering of old friends or can simply provide an excuse for lovers of the great outdoors to get together and enjoy a break in this glorious setting. Sconser Lodge is set in an acre of grounds. Lawns lead down to the water’s edge and it even has its own jetty from which to fish or launch your own boat or canoe. A separate fully enclosed decked area provides a lovely play area for small children, complete with Wendy house and small table and chairs. With its close proximity to the sea, otters and seals can be spotted along the shore line and whales, dolphins, porpoises and rare sea eagles are all seen in the area.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire set within a large feature fireplace, TV with full Sky package, DVD and radio/CD. A beautiful room with massive windows overlooking stunning bay.
    Dining Room: An extremely spacious room with superb wood panelling and one large table and several smaller tables that can be flexibly arranged to accommodate up to fifteen people.
    Kitchen: An exceptionally large kitchen with 16 ring gas cooker and large gas ovens suitable for group catering, microwave, dishwasher, fridge and freezer. A pantry leads off the kitchen with deep sinks and extra cupboard and work service space.
    Bedroom 1: With two single beds, TV and en suite shower room with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.
    Sun Room: With stunning views across the water. This room is a lovely second lounge with views across the water.
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.
    Bar Area:  With large, open fireplace with table and chairs enjoying stunning views across the water. Darts and pool table available to guests (returnable deposit required for pool table payable direct to owner). Although bar area will be closed, full bar and catering facilities can be arranged for special occasions by prior arrangement with the owner.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With 5’ four poster bed, TV and DVD enjoying stunning sea views from large windows and en suite facilities with shower over bath, WC and wash basin. There is a comfortable seating area with table and chairs overlooking the bay.
    Bedroom 3:  A family room sleeping 3 with double bed and single bed, TV and sea view with en suite facilities with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 4: With double bed, TV and en suite facilities with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 5: With king size bed, TV and en suite facilities with shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 6: With double bed, TV and en suite facilities with bath, mixer taps for hair shower, WC and wash basin. This room interconnects with bedroom 7.
    Bedroom 7: With bunk beds, TV, DVD and en suite facilities with WC and wash basin. This room interconnects with bedroom 6.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair provided.1-acre of large garden grounds with picnic furniture, lawned areas and private jetty leading down to the sea. Fully enclosed decking area with wendy house, small table and chairs. Off road parking for 8 cars. Please note: This property has a private water supply.

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