Near Dunvegan, Isle of Skye
Tourists flock each year to the beautiful island of Skye, to walk, climb, sail or just to appreciate its amazing scenery.
Parts of the island can get pretty busy as a result, but if you would prefer something more peaceful, yet still in a glorious setting and within a few minutes of two of the island's greatest attractions, then Claigan House is most definitely for you.
The main road effectively ends at the iconic Dunvegan Castle in the north west of the island, but a lovely little single track extension takes you the few miles up to the Coral Beaches. Claigan House is within walking distance of these, a substantial, traditional detached white house in its own charming and secluded gardens (with furniture) which are full of birds.
The house is bright, sunny and amazingly spacious and has been very attractively furnished with a good dash of character as well. The large sitting room has comfortable seating and an open fire to augment the electric heating and keep it cosy. In both the sitting room and the kitchen the original wood flooring has been retained and in the sitting room the original ornate cornicing is also still in place. The unusual saxophone wall decoration above the fire certainly points to a musically inclined owner!
The dining kitchen has comprehensive banks of units and appliances along two walls and the rest of this large room is given over to the dining table, whilst somehow managing to leave plenty of space in between!
Upstairs, the master bedroom is an impressive room, beautifully furnished with solid, quality pine pieces. It faces the front of the house, so enjoys both sun and views. The twin bedroom is almost as large and is also a comfortable, elegantly presented room. The bathroom, with its big window, is a light room and in size is on a similar scale to the rest of the house. There’s certainly no chance of feeling cramped here!
The house once belonged to Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod (Dunvegan Castle is the family seat) and was occupied by the tackman, who collected the rents on the estate and was a VIP as a consequence. If their houses are anything to go by, tackmen seemed to live extremely well!
Outside there are wonderful views from the garden to the hills behind and to the sea loch through the shrubbery to the front.
You could spend a very happy week here just relaxing in the tranquil surroundings and lazing in the garden.
You could take the occasional stroll to the beaches or a cycle ride (the little road is not particularly hilly) into Dunvegan, which has shops, hotels and eating places as well as the Castle and its Visitor Centre.
If you do fancy a bit of exploration further afield, the 'good road', a two lane highway, begins at Dunvegan and just a little further south you can access the strange, flat top hills known as MacLeod's Tables.
You can go north east to explore the Waternish and Trotternish peninsulae, marvel at the grotesque rock formations of the Quiraing, visit the ruined castle at Duntulm, or walk up to the Old Man of Storr.
Portree, the island's 'capital', can be reached within half an hour from Claigan House. Further south, the tiny road which leads down Glen Brittle will allow you to access the Cuillins right by the back door, so to speak.
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 open fire and TV/DVD
Dining kitchen with gas cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave etc.
Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin
- Linen (Double Bed)
- Linen (Single Bed)
Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. The first £20 of electricity INCLUDED with any additional usage payable by meter reading at the end of your stay. Heating is by electric central heating and open fire. 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. Sorry, pets are not accepted. No smoking.
Changeover Day: Sun
|Rental - Date Range||Sleeps 4|
|19 Oct 2014 - 01 Nov 2014||£525.00|
|02 Nov 2014 - 20 Dec 2014||£395.00|
|21 Dec 2014 - 27 Dec 2014||£595.00|
|28 Dec 2014 - 05 Jan 2015||£595.00|
|06 Jan 2015 - 01 Jan 2016||POA|