Near Dunvegan, Isle of Skye
Marchbank is a detached modern house in a truly stunning location on the shores of Loch Bracadale, between Dunvegan and Sligachan, on the west coast of the Isle of Skye.
The view over the water and across to the strange, flat-topped hills known as MacLeod's Tables is simply beautiful and the excellence of the house is on a par with its setting.
The large sitting room that has one wall made almost entirely of picture windows, giving guests ample opportunity to enjoy the magnificent view from the comfortable seating. The expansive dining kitchen is modern and well-equipped with plenty of space for both cooking and dining. There is also a separate utility room that houses the laundry facilities.
The large master bedroom with king-size bed has an en suite and there are two further good-sized twin bedrooms and a large family bathroom with a bath and shower. As an additional bonus there is a second enormous sitting room/play room with snooker table and TV/DVD at the top of the spiral staircase, so there is plenty of room to spread out and for children and adults alike to relax.
There is parking right at the door and there is also free use of the jetty below the house if you wish to bring your own boat. Essentially, at Marchbank you have your own stretch of seashore, where children can play and adults explore, perhaps catching a glimpse of an elusive otter in the process. Seals and all manner of seabirds are frequently to be seen and you may even be lucky enough to spot a sea eagle. Do please, however, keep the gate shut or you may have wildlife coming to see you in the form of the nosy local sheep. Marchbank really does have it all!
Historic Dunvegan with shops, restaurants and its famous castle and gardens is just 7 miles away and from there you can take boat trips out to the seal islands.
The 'capital' of Skye, Portree, is just a half an hour’s drive from the cottage and the excellent roads in this part of the island mean that most of the island is quite accessible for a day's outing.
You can visit the Talisker Distillery at Carbost on Loch Harport (careful, there are two Carbosts on the island), head into the Red Cuillin from Sligachan, or for some less strenuous exercise, play golf at Sconser (18 miles).
Another worthwhile excursion would take in the Trotternish Peninsula at the north of the island. From Portree, head north to the Old Man of Storr – it is a lovely and rewarding walk from the road up to the base of the ‘Old Man’. Just short of Staffin, after pausing to take in the Kilt Rock where the rock formations on the cliff look just like tartan and possibly take a stroll along the beach looking for more of the dinosaur footprints which were found here, continue north.
From there you can either bear left up the pass where there are more spectacular rock formations of the Quiraing or visit Duntulm Castle at the very top of the island, before returning via Uig, where the ferry sails for the Outer Hebridian islands. There is so much to see and do, though you may well be content just to chill out in the lovely surroundings of Marchbank.
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
Dining kitchen with electric cooker, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave etc.
Utility room with washing machine and tumble drier
Double bedroom (king-size) with en suite Shower
Bathroom with bath and separate shower, WC and wash basin
Sitting room/play room with TV/DVD
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £25 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by electric panel heaters. WiFi is INCLUDED (subject to a fair usage policy). Sorry, pets are not accepted. No smoking.
Changeover Day: Sat
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 6|
|01 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014||£420.00|
|20 Dec 2014 - 26 Dec 2014||£795.00|
|27 Dec 2014 - 05 Jan 2015||£795.00|
|06 Jan 2015 - 04 Jan 2016||POA|