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The Anchorage

Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

The Anchorage is a delightful self-catering holiday cottage on the Isle of Skye.

Located on the foreshore of one of the best holiday locations in Scotland, The Anchorage overlooks Loch Alsh and the heather clad mountains of the Scottish Highlands beyond.

The cottage is the perfect all seasons self catering holiday accommodation for seaside-loving, mountain-walking, wildlife-watching, peace-searching people who love wilderness beaches, gastronomic delights and a touch of the Celtic.

The garden has a gate which leads from the right on to the high tide line, from where one can fish or just sit and watch the yachts, naval and fishing boats come and go, including the occasional submarine or cruise liner. Opposite is the lighthouse-keeper's cottage Eilean Bàn where author Gavin Maxwell (Ring of Bright Water) lived. All rooms overlook the water which is within about 30 feet from the house at high tide.

Kyleakin is perfectly situated on Skye, just a few minutes from the bridge and within easy reach of the varied attractions of all parts of the island. Although very peaceful, there is always something going on in the channel or the fishing harbour and marina just a moment's walk away.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Various
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Inverness 120 km, Nearest railway: Kyle 3 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The house is well equipped and interior designed to our own standards. You'll find pictures of our children on the wall and binoculars and probably some whisky in the cupboards. This is not a house that has been "done up cheaply to let out" and we find that it attracts people who treat it the affection that we show it ourselves.

Further details outdoors

Parking for one car with space for others free of charge on public area nearby. Short walk to shop and pub. you can also walk along the beach to the pub at low tide!

Further details

The otters that frequent the garden dislike smokers as do we! Unfortunately we cannot allow pets for the same reason. Please note that there is a low wall separating the garden from the rocks/sea so young children must be supervised when outdoors. Older children will love the rock pools by the house!

The Hebrides/Skye region

Kyleakin is a charming village arranged around a small harbour and marina (pictured) which houses several working fishing boats and pleasure craft. The Viking Castle Moil is a prominent landmark (also pictured) and the views from the top are well worth the short walk around the cove. The village has a small post office/general store, a cafe and a couple of unpretentious restaurants. More extensive facilities can be found over the bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh five minutes away, Broadford, ten minutes away or Portree, Skye's capital 30 minutes away.

The whole area is of particular interest and Kyleakin has its own Brightwater Interpretation Centre where children can enjoy a hands-on educational experience, and boat-trips to the home of Gavin Maxwell and museum of his life's work with the sea otters that continue to live wild in the area. From rock-pools to red deer, whales to waders, seagulls to seals, extensive wildlife can be found throughout the area. Highland cattle are a common site and are very tame.


The Anchorage is perfectly situated for touring both the dramatic north and lush south of the island. There are numerous castles, including the famous Eilean Donan, the challenging walks and climbs of the Cuillin mountain range, fabulous waterfalls cascading onto sandy beaches, highland cattle and pretty villages such as Plockton on the mainland close by, where the TV series "Hamish Macbeth" was filmed. There are whale-watching excursions and boat trips to numerous islands such as Raasay, Rhum, Eigg, and many more. Beaches with spectacular views can be found around the island and we particularly like Elgol and Tarskavaig, each of which are within about half an hour's drive. Gaelic can still be heard spoken occasionally and the Skye ceilidhs are a must.

There are several excellent world-class restaurants on Skye, which is rapidly becoming known for its cuisine. Among the best are the Three Chimneys in northern Skye (the 28th best restaurant in the world according to the Daily Telegraph) and cookery writer Clare MacDonald's Kinloch Lodge which is within a twenty minute drive of The Anchorage. Corruisk House on the way to Elgol is an excellent sea-food restaurant, as are Off the Rails in Plockton and the Applecross Inn(Scottish Inn of the Year 2002 and 2003). If you enjoy your food, Skye is the place for you!

Charter, fishing, whale watching, seal watching, fast sea safari, glass bottom and self drive boats are all available for hire locally. Self-drive boats, diving gear and bikes can also be hired locally.

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15 Sep 2014


"A little piece of heaven"

The Anchorage is a fantastic place to relax and unwind, the cottage is sat on the edge of the rocks with beautiful views across to the Skye Bridge, perfectly located for visiting both the Isle of Skye… More

Thank you for your positive and romantic review John which certainly mirrors our own thoughts! You'd be most welcome to return anytime as indeed you have. I'm glad you had such a good time. Regards, Richard.

9 Sep 2014


"A very special place!"

We have just spent a wonderful week at the Anchorage & what a gem it is! The cottage is beautiful & homely, & has everything you could possibly need, & is situated right by the water, perfect! The s… More

Hi Jenny - many thanks for your kind words and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at The Anchorage. The Aga does keep things nice and warm, - not usually too much of an issue on Skye although it is amazing how many people find the weather to be much better than expected! We usually promise rainbows! Regards, Richard.

24 Jun 2014


"Schönes Haus in guter Lage"

The Anchorage ist ein schönes, mit viel Liebe eingerichtetes Haus, in dem wir uns vom ersten Augenblick an wohlgefühlt haben. Es liegt ruhig aber doch verkehrsgünstig und der kleine Garten ist mit … More

Thanks so much for your review Bobo and I'm glad you enjoyed your stay at the Anchorage. Please feel free to come back in the future.
Kind regards, Richard.

1 Jun 2014


"Peace, tranquility and stunning views"

We are back in London after a wonderful week in Skye and missing those views already. The Anchorage is a well loved family home which is very comfortable and welcoming. The owner is most helpful with … More

Hi Margo - Thanks for your feedback and I'm glad you are home safely and that you had a good time at The Anchorage. Sorry if the bathmat was missing- I have checked this and made sure there is always one there. We do ask guests to bring their own towels but if anyone prefers us to supply them then please just ask.
Regards, Richard.

15 Oct 2013


"An Amazing Destination"

This was our first visit to the Isle of Syke and The Anchorage was the perfect place to stay. The cottage is more than just a 'holiday cottage' its a family home with all the comfort that y… More

Hi Simon - thank you so much for your very positive response on Trip Advisor. I am most grateful. Please feel free to come back some day. Kind regards,

19 Aug 2012


"Romantic chic seaside cottage - stunning location"

We had a fantastic time and were blown away by the setting and romance of the cottage. Inside we enjoyed panoramic views and stunning sunsets everyday from the couch! The cottage is decorated with a r… More

Hi Owain - Many thanks for providing such a glowing report! I'm glad you loved the house as much as we do! You're welcome back any time of course, and we'll pop an otter on the barbie for you!

21 Jul 2012


"Ideal base location"

The cottage is in the ideal position to use as your base when visiting Skye. The sun room give you the greatest position to watch the sun go down over the Skye bridge and the ships go by. We sat with … More

5 Jul 2012


"Stunning Views & Wildlife"

My Wife and I stayed for a week at the end of April / early May.The owner made the booking very easy and called us to make sure all was well shortly after we arrived which was a nice touch.The weather… More

1 May 2012


"Perfect Location"

This was our first trip to Skye, and what a find! The location is 5 star. The sun lounge looks out over the Skye bridge, and every evening we enjoyed the beautiful sunset, glass in hand!The cottage is… More

Hi Liz - many thanks for your review and comments - all noted, although its a shame we "lost a star" for only having one bathroom when it is actually advertised as a 2 bed, 1 bath house! do please come again some day by which time we will no doubt have changed the shower! Kind regards, Richard.

20 Apr 2012


"great location, relaxing stay"

This is my second visit to the Anchorage and I can recommend it without hesitation.Perfectly well equipped, outstanding views across the Kyle and very professional, responsive owner. The clear indicat… More

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