- united kingdom, skye
scottish highland hideaway
- united kingdom, skye
- Price range
- From £100 to £160 per night
a stunning architect-designed home with one of the finest views on the whole of skye.
set in native woodland on the west coast of the sleat peninsula, known as the “garden of skye” for its flora and fauna, a place to escape to and relax in isolation, or bring your family and friends and entertain.
the spacious open-plan kitchen has underfloor heating and a hand-crafted elm dining table at its centre, capable of seating 12 comfortably. soak up the views through the floor-to-ceiling windows to the islands of canna, rhum and, on a clear day, even barra in the outer hebrides.
or retire to a roaring fire in the lounge, where the window looks west to the entire cuillin mountain range, the most challenging peaks in britain.
the sunsets over their distinctive summits have to be seen to be believed.
this is a substantial and luxurious house with four good-sized double bedrooms, two bathrooms with powerful showers and even a constant supply of pure spring water on tap from its own borehole.
designed by award-winning skye-based architects dualchas, who believe in building traditional style homes which are appropriate to their surroundings, but which are modern both in terms of their interior design and in their use of energy-harnessing technology. the property is slotted into the hillside in tokavaig, which cuts down on heat loss due to the wind. Its position exploits the views to both south and west, and tracks the passage of the sun throughout the day and year. underfloor heating keeps the house cosy regardless of conditions outside, and the reinforced windows are capable of keeping the worst of the winds out.
the house has four double bedrooms. two of them have kingsize beds, one is a double and the other is a twin.
one of the bedrooms is en-suite, with a bath and a power shower and a large velux window looking out across the land and sea. there is a second bathroom downstairs, also with both bath and power shower. the huge kitchen dining room is a cook’s and entertainer’s delight – well stocked, with plenty of counter space, a gas hob and electric oven, fridge and a dishwasher to make the tidying up a little easier. the floor to ceiling sliding glass doors allow constant views of canna, rhum and, on a clear day, barra.
the property also has a private water supply from its own borehole, providing clean, pure spring water on tap. the living room is raised a couple of steps to capitalise on the uninterrupted views west over the cuillins. it has wood flooring, an open fire, an lcd television with satellite and dvd and a cd player.
the entrance hall has a bench seat to sit and take your boots off, and plenty hanging and storage space for outdoor gear. there is also a washing machine in the hall cupboard.
outside, the sliding glass door opens out onto a large deck, perfect for relaxing on skye’s sunny days or for stargazing at night. the garden is fenced off, allowing a safe enclosed area for toddlers to roam. beyond the gate, it’s a short stroll to the shore and the ruins of the mysterious dunsgaith castle.
the house comes with a supply of firewood. sheets, duvets and towels are all included, as are electricity charges. there is a phone which you may use for local calls.
Things to do
skye has been at the forefront of radically rewriting scotland’s reputation for food. the island’s restaurants have realised that people will travel to the remotest of places if the quality of the food and the cooking merits it – hence the international success of the three chimneys restaurant near dunvegan in the north of the island, which has been ranked as high as 28 in restaurant magazine’s definitive list of the world’s 50 best restaurants. at kinloch lodge on sleat, lady claire macdonald continues to attract visitors from all over the world to her cookery demonstrations. she now has a substantial shop at the hotel, selling everything from sauces to saucepans. or jump on a boat to the old forge at inverie on knoydart, the remotest pub on the british mainland, which serves fantastic fresh food at reasonable prices.
skye is one of the world’s most magical islands, which has something to offer everyone, whatever their interests.
from world-class climbing in the cuillin, kayaking round the coves and outlying islands, to cycling, whalewatching, horse riding or painting, there is no shortage of activities, regardless of the weather.
for the active
skye is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. take your pick from:
- climbing, rock climbing and walking. the cuillins offer world-class mountaineering or a chance for more gentle strolls in the shadow of the great peaks. elsewhere on the island, the crazy geological formations of the old man of storr offer a prehistorical atmosphere, while the walks close to the property itself can be exhilarating. the nature trails and forest walks from nearby armadale are also worth a visit.
- deer stalking, shooting and fishing.
- cycling and mountain biking – the red cuillin loop was recently selected as the best singletrack in britain or try an epic cliff top ride along idrigall point on the duirinish peninsula in the north of the island.
- golf – it’s not quite the old course, but yes you can play golf on the island, at the isle of skye golf club, between broadford and portree. visitors are welcome.
- sailing, windsurfing and some of the best kayaking in the world. take an overnight trip with skyak adventures, which does tailor-made tours by sea or does white water river excursions.
- scuba diving – skye has some stunning wreck diving, with good visibility and the chance to get up close and personal with a local whale or basking shark. a little cold during the winter though!
- outdoor swimming – plunge into the water near the property, or jump into the fairy pools at glenbrittle, in the heart of the cuillin range – outdoor swimming at its very best.
for the not quite so active
- boat trips – rigid inflatable boats, glass-bottomed boats, sunset cruises, you name it, it’s there for you.
- whale watching and seal trips – between mid-june and the end of september is your best chance to see humpbacks, minkes, basking sharks, bottlenose dolphins and even killer whales. trips leave from nearby armadale.
- otter spotting – there is a better chance to see otters on skye than most other places, or visit the bright water visitor centre in kyleakin, where you can learn more about the life of gavin maxwell, the naturalist and author of ring of bright water.
- bird watching – the chance to see golden eagles, sea eagles and buzzards and a host of other rare birds.
history, genealogy and culture
- the clan donald centre in nearby armadale is the perfect place to research both the island’s history, and your own scottish roots. the centre has comprehensive genealogy sources, including censuses, parish records, monumental inscriptions and maps.
- or join students from around the world learning gaelic at the sabhal mor ostaig, scotland’s gaelic college which is also on sleat.
- skye also has many museums, including the museum of island life which has seven thatched cottages, recreating life on the island as it was in former times.
- take part in a real highland ceilidh, with folk music and dancing. celebrate highland tradition and culture and sport at the highland games in august each year.
dunvegan, seat of the macleods for nearly 800 years, is the oldest inhabited castle in the uk and is open to visitors all year round. it’s just one of many castles on skye, including tokavaig’s own ruined dunsgaith.
tokavaig is a former viking settlement, known for its native woodland which was said to be a special place for the druids. The ancient castle of dunsgaith is nearby, one of the oldest fortifications in the hebrides and the subject of many myths and legends. one has it that cuchullin, chief of skye in the third century, came here to receive arms training from sgathach, a celtic warrior queen who ran a sword-fighting school at the castle.
tokavaig is roughly halfway along the windy, single-track road which loops off the main A851 from armadale towards broadford.
the nearest airport to skye is at inverness, about a two and a half hour drive away. inverness is served by carriers from all over the uk, and car rental is available at the airport.
by train, whether you travel from inverness to kyle of lochalsh, or from fort william to mallaig, you will experience a fantastic train journey. the jacobite steam train runs to mallaig from may to october, a thrill for steam enthusiasts and harry potter fans alike (the train puffs over the glenfinnan viaduct, used in the harry potter movies).
if you come via the mallaig-armadale ferry, travel up the A851 towards broadford. as you reach the gaelic college sabhal mor ostaig, turn left (signposted for tarskavaig, tokavaig and ord). follow that road to tarskavaig and on to tokavaig. the property is on the right hand side of the road as you drive uphill away from gauscavaig bay. if you cross the cattle grid, you’ve gone too far.
from easter to october you can take a small car ferry from glenelg on the mainland to kylerhea on skye. it might not be the quickest route, but the drive over to glenelg is sensational, and the ferry crossing is worth the detour.
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