Kyleakin, Isle of Skye
Getting 'over the sea to Skye' has never been easier, with the sweeping arc of the Skye bridge which is now, what's more, free of charge!
Where the ferry from the mainland used to dock, but now bypassed by that bridge (and refreshingly quiet and peaceful as a result), is the little village of Kyleakin. There, on the road which runs along the water's edge to the harbour is Duart Cottage, a trim, whitewashed, typical Highland house.
It stands in about a quarter acre of garden (with furniture) and inside, it has been beautifully restored to a very high standard.
There is a modern kitchen, cosy sitting room with multi-fuel stove (and an extensive video library for wet days), a separate dining room and upstairs, double, twin and (small) bunk bedrooms. The twin bedroom is accessed through a further sitting room where there is a double sofa bed for additional guests.
In addition to its quality, the cottage is full of character, from the cast iron fireplace in the sitting room to the original pine panelling in the dining room. The owners have carried this theme throughout the house, with much use of pine and natural wood in most of the rooms. The result is a most attractive house which seems to fold you into its welcoming embrace.
Duart is perfectly placed for maximum accessibility to this wonderful area. Kyleakin itself has a shop and hotel, while Kyle of Lochalsh (2 miles) across the Sound has a full range of shops, eating places, leisure centre, etc.
The picturesque village of Plockton on the mainland (where the television series 'Hamish Macbeth' was filmed) has superb restaurants and is within a 15 minute drive. For a special meal out, Lady Claire MacDonald's Kinloch Lodge is 10 miles away on the Armadale Road.
Walkers and climbers will scarcely know which way to turn! On Skye itself, the Cuillins beckon, while over on the mainland, the mountains of Wester Ross and Torridon are almost as close. Kyleakin now has its own marina, so sailing enthusiasts are also well catered for.
In the centre of the Sound is the Ring of Bright Water Visitor Centre on Eilean Ban, once the home of author and naturalist Gavin Maxwell and now a wildlife sanctuary with an emphasis on otters. There is another otter hide at Kylerhea, just down the coast, while further up the island you can hope to see sea eagles, dolphins and even, perhaps, a whale.
There is golf on Skye at Sconser (21 miles) and at Portree (33 miles) - the 'capital' of the island. Riding is also to be had there, or at Armadale (21 miles) to the south, where the ferry plies back and forth to Mallaig and where the Castle gardens are also worth a visit.
Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.
Sitting room with Satellite TV/V/DVD Playstation 2 and games library and multi-fuel stove
Kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, fridge-freezer etc.
Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin
Double bedroom with king size bed.
Sitting room with double bed settee giving access to twin bedroom
Very small bedroom (2ft 6in. x 6ft 3in.) with two bunk beds (only suitable for children).
WC with wash basin
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Stair Gate
- Travel Cot
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is by electric storage heaters and multi-fuel stove (supply of coal INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome at an additional charge (2 large, 2 medium or 2 small). If you wish to bring any other pets please contact us and we will see what we can do. No smoking.
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 8|
|20 Sep 2014 - 17 Oct 2014||£450.00|
|18 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014||£550.00|
|01 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014||£425.00|
|20 Dec 2014 - 26 Dec 2014||£650.00|
|27 Dec 2014 - 05 Jan 2015||£650.00|
|06 Jan 2015 - 04 Jan 2016||POA|