House | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Equipped to an exceptionally high standard with all modern conveniences, a peaceful and relaxing holiday is assured, with the additional advantage of many amenities closeby. Once thing is certain, irrespective of how active or relaxing a holiday is sought - all requirements can be met in Sleat with the reassurance of returning to stay in a comfortable, cosy home from home at Mountview.
Mountview and garden nestle into the hillside of the crofting village of Caligarry, on the fringe of the delightful village of Ardvasar in the district of Sleat. Sited in a stunning, secluded location, it enjoys outstanding and expansive views across the beautiful Sound of Sleat to the mainland mountains of Knoydart, Moidart and Glenelg.
The Sleat Peninsula forms the south western corner of the Island of Skye. Popularly know as the 'Garden of Skye', its magnificent, natural, mixed woodland bears testimony to this reputation. Steeped in history, Sleat has much to offer all ages, interests and abilities.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Inverness, Nearest railway: Kyle of Lochalsh|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
The Hebrides/Skye region
Superb sea and mountain views. The Sound of Sleat is a popular location for sailing yachts, particularly during 'West Highland Week'. Numerous coastal vessels and ferries pass through the 'Sound'. (These include the 'Hebridean Princess' the Queen's preferred cruise ship since Brittania was decommissioned.)
Throughout most of the year, the hillsides are cloaked in colour - primroses in early spring, followed by exquisitely scented Scottish bluebell mixed with the white, starlike flowers of wild garlic. In July the bee-laden bell heather blooms followed by ling heather in September. Amongst those native species, another colour covers the hillside for much of the summer - the deep pink of rosebay willow herb. Walk through the woodlands and on to the hill and moorlandis where you will see red deer, roe deer, hares, along with typical moorland/mountain birds...eagle, buzzard, hawk and occasionally golden eagles.
The Isle of Skye has 9 official 'Dark Skies' sites. Four of these can be found in the district of Sleat. Gatherings for amateur astronomers are held from time to time.
A wealth of interests and experiences are to be found in this exquisite area of Skye. A stroll along the shoreline will reveal herons, numerous wading birds... and if you are very lucky, notoriously shy otters (there is an otter hide at Kylerhea a short drive away) and seals. Further out to sea, dolphins and porpoises are frequently spotted. There are numerous woodland walks, however, the gardens and woodland at the Clan Donald Centre are hard to beat. This was the historical seat of the Chiefs of Clan Donald (MacDonald) Lords of the Isles. The ruined castle can be seen in the grounds. The former stables now house a restaurant, a cafe and a shop. Various activities are available here - including a playground for children and archery, a stroll through the acres of beautifully landscaped, cultivated gardens, while a ranger is on hand to advise and lead walks through the vast grounds. It was here that Flora MacDonald was living when she journeyed to the Island of South Uist to help her sister-in-law care for her newborn baby. While in the Outer Isles, Flora was instrumental in securing the escape of the hunted Bonnie Prince Charlie (Charles Edward Stuart) who was hiding there post the distastrous defeat at the battle of Culloden. Near what remains of the castle Flora MacDonald was married in 1749. Within the Clan Donald Centre there is an outstanding library and archive.
The district is a haven for artists and photographers and, as a result, numerous galleries and artists' studios can be found along with a variety of craft shops.
River, loch and sea fishing are all available nearby. Woodland paths are excellent for enthusiastic mountain bikers.
There is a small marina at Armadale and yacht hire is available in the village of Ardvasar. Kayaking is also a popular pastime.
Sleat is home to some of the finest dining to be found in Scotland with one Michelin starred restaurant - Kinloch Lodge (home of Lord and Lady MacDonald) where Claire MacDonald runs her popular cookery schools. Additionally there are AA triple rosettes restaurants - at the Duisdale Hotel, Tokavaig Hotel while the restaurant at the Isle Ornsay Hotel is said to be amongst the most romantic to be found.
Every week throughout the year events take place at Sabhal mor Ostaig - a department of the University of the Highland and Islands and home of education and promotion of Gaelic language and culture. Events are varied with traditional music and dance, while the National Theatre of Scotland perform plays and musical evening feature quartets/quintets drawn from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Performers from Ireland, Canada and America are frequent visitors. There are also weekly film nights. Details are posted on the village notice board.
Essential amenities such as the village store, hairdresser, restaurant and pub are all within 150 metres of Mountview. Approximately half a mile away at Armadale, you will find a petrol station, garage, Tourist Information and an ATM. Supermarkets, bank and pubs can be found in the main village of Broadford.