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Skye Hideaway

Skye Hideaway Holiday Cottage

Purpose-built luxury holiday cottage on Skye for couples, set amid lush crofting land just above the shoreline at Tarskavaig looking south west with magnificent views out to Rum and Eigg.

Having swept down the gravel path to the entrance of The Hideaway, we stepped out of the car into near-silence, enveloped in the sense of stillness that surrounds this attractive larch-clad building.

Dramatic Views

Once through the door, the open-plan ground floor flows round from the kitchen and dining area, past the luxurious shower room to the lounge, where floor to roof-high windows provide dramatic views.

A sliding door is the access to a decked front porch, the perfect setting for morning coffee … or night-time dram. After a long walk or hill climb, this is a wonderful spot to kick back and enjoy the sunshine before, out of view, it fades behind the Cuillins to the north.

Nothing will disturb the peace but the distinctive call of the peewit, or the occasional sheep, several of which wander around from the neighbouring croft.

Beautifully Crafted

The beautifully crafted wooden and iron-work staircase leads up to the double bedroom on the mezzanine level, where there are still fantastic views out to the sea. There is also plenty of hanging space and storage (all the ironwork hooks are sculpted as tiny rams’ heads).

Cosy and evenly-temperatured throughout, thanks to the eco-friendly air-heating system and underfloor heating the cottage has a wood-burning stove for the chillier days or evenings.

The weather can change so quickly on the misty isle. Even on the sunniest days some of the mountain tops can remain shrouded in cloud generated by their own micro-climates.

Owners Louise and John Pinkney have ensured their visitors will find the basics they need in the fully-fitted kitchen but do pack some fresh food supplies for arrival, with the nearest store at Ardvasar next to the community-owned petrol station at Armadale, 20 minutes away on the other side of the Sleat peninsula.

Local Farm Shop

The Farm Shop is a general store and deli, so stocks loads of local produce, including oatcakes from the Isle of Skye Bakery, and coffee from the Isle of Skye Roastery.

Mobile reception is patchy on Skye, and with no signal in this corner of Tarskavaig, and no broadband supply to the property, The Hideaway is an aptly named retreat. However, those seeking digital connectivity will also find this in the wi-fi friendly Farm Shop, or by heading north and round to Broadford, 30 minutes away.

This is a fabulous getaway for couples, a cosy cottage in dramatic surroundings, an unrivalled environment for walking, climbing or wildlife spotting – or just sitting back and drinking in the views.

Perfect Days

Walk – The white sands of Tarskavaig Bay are a short headland stroll from the cottage. At the far side of the bay is Tarskavaig Point and you could spend most of a day scrambling around these shores and coastal paths, starting from close to the cottage and heading out towards Tokavaig, with the wildlife, scenery and heritage a continual distraction. Great views of the Cuillins too. Tokavaig is actually just a 40-minute walk by road.

Wildlife watch – The visitor’s book at The Hideaway is brim-full of sightings, from sea eagles and buzzards soaring above the cottage itself, to deer darting near the main road at the Gaelic College, or seals and dolphins playing off Tarskavaig Bay – and a myriad of sea and song birds in between. Along with the curlews and cuckoos, heron and wagtails, are reports of dragonfly and toads!

Climb – A hill climb within striking distance of the cottage is the most southerly of the Red Cuillin range, Bla Bheinn (Ben Blaven), meaning Blue Mountain. The Munro is accessed from a car park and recently restored footpath at Loch Slappin via Broadford and Torrin and offers spectacular views of the Black Cuillin and the Small Isles. Challenging though not as daunting as the Black Cuillin – but not for beginners.

Take in a festival, The annual SEALL Festival offers events at the south end of the island throughout July and August. The focus is on live music, from traditional Scottish to jazz and rock, but there are also literary events, walks, exhibitions and ceilidhs too.

Eat –The Isle of Skye is a foodie paradise, boasting two much-lauded and Michelin-starred restaurants, the Three Chimneys and Kinloch Lodge Hotel. However, you can eat like a clan chief at many excellent restaurants and bars on the island, where seafood and game reign supreme. Sleat hotels Duisdale House and Toravaig House are both AA Double Rosette award-winners.

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  • One Bedroom / Sleeps 2
  • Wifi
  • Credit Card Payment Welcome
  • Minimum Price – £695.00
  • Maximum Price – £875.00
  • No Pets Please
  • Changeover Day – Saturday
  • Short Breaks Welcome
  • Fire/Stove
  • Owners’ Website