Previously awarded 3 stars by Visit Scotland, Eilean Isay has 2 public rooms - lounge with cosy wood-burning stove, Wi-Fi enabled, satelitte TV/DVD player, dining room also with satelitte TV/DVD player seating 6 people, 2 spacious bedrooms - 1 double and 1 twin with each bedroom containing extra Jay-Be sprung fold-down Z-bed (suitable for adult/child) wth sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers supplied - extra blankets for the chillier evenings and electric blankets. Fully equipped modern kitchen, ground floor bathroom with bath and over bath electric shower, supplied with towels and library of books, games, puzzles, DVD'S, videos, maps, details of the many local forestry/coastal walks. Ideal base for a family holiday. Large enclosed garden with garden furniture allowing guests to enjoy breakfast or a barbecue on the terrace whilst admiring the stunning views across the loch and in the evening the unforgettable sunsets.
The area is renowned for its local beauty, history and wildlife. Local attractions include craft shops, 5 star rated Skyeskins exhibition tannery and showroom, pottery, craft shops, boat trips from the lochside, bike hire, the Stein Inn (the oldest Inn on Skye) just a short walk away where you can enjoy a drink by the lochside and then enjoy wonderful locally caught fresh seafood at the excellent Lochbay Seafood Restaurant. Other nearby attractions include the famous 5 star Three Chimneys Restaurant, and Dunvegan Castle (approx. 8 miles from Lusta). Portree the picturesque capital town with its lovely harbour is only 30 minutes away by car where you will find more shopping (including large supermarket), swimming pool, library, Aros Visitor Centre, Paint Balling Centre and more excellent eateries.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Check in time:||03:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Fireplace, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (2), Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details outdoors|
Situated in a rural setting in Waternish - walking distance to pub/restaurant/lochside jetty/craft shops/forestry walks.Large mature garden with garden furniture suitable for picnics/barbeques. Fabulous views across the Minch to the Outer Hebrides. Excellent area for exploring, walking/climbing. fishing,boat trips, picnics. Lovely area for coastal or forestry walks with abundant wildlife - you can while the time away down at the Harbour at Stein watching the fishing boats arrive or just sipping a drink by the lochside and taking in the spectacular views. Recently basking sharks, whales and dolphins have been spotted in the loch and if you are lucky, you may spot a golden eagle.Also locally, the historic Trumpan Church and Cemetry is worth a visit with its turbulent history (sometimes bloody) where in 1758 the church was the scene of a brutal massacre of the MacLeod Clan by the MacDonald Clan of Uist.
Cottage is generally let on a weekly basis - Saturday to Saturday and is available from 3.00 p.m. on date of arrival until 10.00 a.m. on date of departure. Short breaks are available off-season (November thru to March)
A non-refundable £100 deposit is required within 3/4 days of booking with balance due no later than 8 weeks prior to holiday. Payments can either be made by cheque or by internet banking. Confirmation for both payments will be made by email with details of keys etc and telephone number of caretaker who lives locally.
Electric central heating throughout is a combination of panel heaters and storage heaters boosted of course by the multi fuel stove in the lounge.
It is advisable to arrange holiday insurance in case of cancellation as refunds will only be made if cottage can be relet for period of holidayl
The rugged island of Skye, situated of the West coast of Mainland Scotland, is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides.
Sometimes referred to in Gaelic poetry and song as Eilean a' Cheo (The Misty Isle), Skye is famous for its natural beauty, history and wildlife.
The Cuillin Hill, the Red Hills and Blaven have long been favourites with climbers and walkers. If you don't fancy the high places, the deeply indented coastline means you are never far from the sea.
Wildlife abounds on the Island, with birds from the tiny Goldcrest to magnificent Golden Eagle, Red Deer and fish from Saithe to Salmon. If you are lucky you might catch sight of the elusive Otter playing on the shore. The wide range of geology and topography provides habitats for many wild flowers.
As you travel around the Island, it's not unusual to hear snatches of Scottish Gaelic, the indigenous language of the area. Gaelic culture and heritage pervade the atmosphere, each part of the island having ts own tales of times past.
Ferries to the Outer Isle (Lewis, Harris & North Uist) run regularly from Uig on Skye and guests often continue their holiday by taking in a trip to another beautiful Scottish island.
Waternish is the central of the the most prominent peninsulas to project north west into the Minch. It is an extremely pretty area and very green. There are a series of scattered setlements here including Bay, Lusta, Stein, Hallin, Halistra and Trumpan. There are several places worth a visit whether it be historical or just local attractions, These include "Fairy Bridge" dating from the early 1800's and apparently named because it was believed to be the haunt of fairies and where the then Chief MacLeod was given the famous "Fairy Flag" by his fairy wife (before she left him returning to her own people) to be waved only three times if the MacLeod Clan were in danger. The flag has been waved on two occasions and is now kept in Dunvegan Castle.
Extremely pretty Thomas Telford village of Stein with it's white painted stone buildings which was once a fishing port on Loch Bay Along with it's small harbour, it is home to the very popular Stein Inn and the Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant.. Skyeskins tannery is one of the area's main visitor attractions and further on, above the hill, you will see the remains of Dun Hallin, an ancient broch which was a look-out post in the days of the clan feuds. Amazing scenery is a photographer's dream - with a panoramic seascape stretching from west to north, the view from Waternish over Loch Bay Islands to the archipelago of the Outer Hebrides is simply magnificent. Allegedly the most photographed sunset in Europe
In Trumpan, you will find the remains of Trumpan Church where almost the entire Waternish population were massacred in the church in 1578 as a result of clan warfare between the MacLeods and the MacDonalds from the neighbouring island of Uist in the Outer Hebrides. There is an excellent picnic area here where you can enjoy superb views. Nearby you will find the path leading to the Waternish lighthouse for those of you who enjoy walking.
Weather permitting, you will be able to enjoy a boat trip out to the islands off Loch Bay and hopefully spot the many seals and dolphins who frequent the loch. Basking sharks and whales have also been spotted here. In July you can enjoy the Sheepdog Trials where competitors come from around the island and further afield. Also during August, the Skye Highland Games are held in Portree when the town becomes alive with the sound of the bagpipes!
Leaving Waternish, it is only a short 15 minute drive to the village of Dunvegan where you will find the famous Dunvegan Castle, home to the MacLeod Clan - along with a visit to the Castle, there are also lovely gardens you can explore. From here, it is possible to drive along the banks of Loch Dunvegan and then a short distance by foot until you come to the beautiful Coral Sands beach.
Portree, the capital of Skye is approx. 30 minutes by car and here you will find lots to do including the Aros Exhibition Centre with it's restaurant and gift shop, more shops, a busy harbour, a library with internet access and an excellent swimming pool located in the High School and open to the public and you can even go paint-balling nearby!