Isle of Skye
Tourists flock each year to the beautiful island of Skye, to walk, to climb to sail or just to appreciate its amazing scenery. And parts of the island can get pretty busy as a result. If you would prefer something more peaceful, yet still in a glorious setting and within a few minutes of two of the island's greatest attractions, then Claigan House is most definitely for you.
The main road effectively ends at iconic Dunvegan Castle, in the north west of the island, but a lovely little single track extension takes you the few miles up to the Coral Beaches. Claigan House is within walking distance of these, a substantial, traditional detached white house in its own charming and secluded gardens (furniture) which are full of birds.
The house once belonged to Dame Flora MacLeod of MacLeod (Dunvegan Castle is the family seat), and was occupied by the tackman, who collected the rents on the estate and was a Very Important Person in consequence. If their houses are anything to go by, tackmen seemed to live extremely well (which maybe raises some questions that we won't go into here!) Claigan House is no exception, being bright, sunny and amazingly spacious. The large sitting room has an open fire to augment the electric heating. There is an equally large kitchen-diner, while upstairs there are two very good-sized bedrooms and a bathroom (no shower). From the garden there are wonderful views to the hills behind, and to the sea loch through the shrubbery to the front.
You could spend a very happy week here just relaxing in the tranquil surroundings and lazing in the garden, perhaps punctuated by the occasional stroll to the beaches or a cycle ride (the little road is not particularly hilly) into Dunvegan, which has shops, hotels and eating places as well as the Castle and its Visitor Centre.
If you do fancy a bit of exploration further afield, however, the 'good road', a two lane highway, begins at Dunvegan and just a little further south you can access the strange, flat top hills known as MacLeod's Tables. Or you can go north east to explore the Waternish and Trotternish peninsulae, marvel at the grotesque rock formations of the Quiraing, visit the ruined castle at Duntulm, or walk up to the Old Man of Storr. Portree, the island's 'capital', can be reached within half an hour from Claigan House.
Further south, the tiny road which leads down Glen Brittle, will allow you to access the Cuillins by the back door, so to speak.
Bed linen and towels and £20 of electricity are included in the rental. Sorry, pets are not accepted and smoking is not permitted in the house. Private water supply. A refundable householder's deposit will be required.
Accommodation (sleeps 4):
- Sitting room with open fire and TV/DVD
- Dining kitchen with gas cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave etc.
- Double bedroom
- Twin bedroom
- Bathroom with bath, WC and wash basin