Eyre Point Cottage
Near Inverarish, Isle of Raasay
Why do islands have such a magic quality? Is it because crossing water to get there tells us so clearly that we are leaving our everyday lives and problems behind? If this is the case then Eyre Point Cottage on Raasay will weave a double spell.
|Sleeps: 6/7||Bedrooms: 4|
|Changeover Day: Sat||Pets Allowed: Yes (2)|
|No smoking||Bathrooms: 3|
The delights of Skye are well documented; lesser known Raasay is one of its tranquil satellites, accessible by a 15 minute ferry journey from Sconser on Skye, about 12 miles south of Portree.
Eyre Point Cottage occupies a glorious position on the south west coast of the island, about 4 miles south of the ferry terminal. Standing at the water's edge and reached by a well-tended drive with a sheep gate (which residents are requested to keep closed at all times), it looks out across the Sound of Raasay with breathtaking views of the Cuillins. The garden is enclosed, (principally as a defence against those marauding sheep) and a small gate gives access to the shore, where there are boat landing facilities and a power point.
The cottage itself was constructed for the builder's own use and is very well insulated and cosy, with oil central heating and a log stove in the sitting room. There is also an immersion heater for summer use. It has a large kitchen with separate utility/drying room and is extremely well appointed, with everything you could need for a comfortable holiday.
Raasay itself is a paradise for nature lovers and bird watchers in particular. The island has three pairs of eagles and also receives passing visits from ospreys.
Schools of porpoises can sometimes be seen in the Sound and even, on occasion, a whale. Keep an eye out and you may be rewarded with a glimpse of the Raasay vole, a tiny creature quite distinct from its Skye and mainland cousins.
There is fishing for brown trout in the lochans (permits obtainable at the hotel). The island has its own microclimate and work is shortly to begin on the gardens of Raasay House (currently in use as an outdoor centre) to restore them to their former glory. Snacks and light meals are available at the Centre between April and October. Botanists should look out for the lesser butterfly, early purple, green winged and spotted orchids, which all grow wild on the island.
The 'capital' of Raasay is Inverarish, a ten-minute drive from Eyre Point Cottage, where there is a hotel (with bar meals) and a pub and an excellent traditional general store (unlicensed) with Post Office. There is, however, no petrol station on Raasay.
Despite the peace of the island today, it has a turbulent and bloody history. Ruined Brochel Castle at the north end was the lair of Calum Garbh MacLeod, a 16th century pirate who preyed on passing merchant ships. During the '45 Rebellion, Raasay's people sided with Bonnie Prince Charlie and 126 Raasay men fought at Culloden. They paid dearly for their allegiance when victorious government forces swept across the island, looting, raping and killing. In the 19th century, it was also the scene of some of the most vicious of the Highland Clearances.
Now the island offers an idyllic retreat from the cares of the world. There are several good walks, including one to the oddly shaped hill of Dun Caan (on which Boswell and Dr Johnson danced while visiting the island in the 18th century) in the centre of the island.
The Forestry Commission publishes a leaflet with details of suggested walks and forest trails. The island also currently boasts a number of excellent musicians among its inhabitants: visitors should look out for notices of ceilidhs and concerts in Raasay House.
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 TV/DVD, hi-fi and multi-fuel stove
Kitchen/dining room with electric oven/hob, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, etc
Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer
Double bedroom with TV
Double bedroom with en suite bathroom
Bedroom with double bed, single bunk bed over and en suite shower room with WC and wash basin
Bathroom with bath, shower, WC and wash basin.
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
- Sets of towels
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £15 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by oil central heating (INCLUDED) and wood-burning stove (fuel INCLUDED). Water is from a private source which is UV filtered and regularly tested; however (as is typical in many parts of Scotland) it can become discoloured, particularly after heavy rainfall. Guests may therefore prefer to bring bottled water to drink. 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.
The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).
- Save 15% - Easter 2017 From 08/04/2017 to 21/04/2017
- Save 10% - March 2017 From 11/03/2017 to 31/03/2017
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 7|
|04 Mar 2017 - 07 Apr 2017||£595.00|
|08 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017||£695.00|
|22 Apr 2017 - 05 May 2017||£595.00|
|06 May 2017 - 26 May 2017||£695.00|
|27 May 2017 - 02 Jun 2017||£795.00|
|03 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017||£695.00|
|01 Jul 2017 - 01 Sep 2017||£795.00|
|02 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017||£695.00|
|23 Sep 2017 - 13 Oct 2017||£595.00|
|14 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017||£695.00|
|28 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017||£495.00|
|21 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017||£795.00|
|28 Dec 2017 - 06 Jan 2018||£850.00|
|06 Jan 2018 - 05 Jan 2019||POA|
|06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020||POA|
Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.