The cottages on the Isle of Rona

Escape, Seascape and Skyescape
Isle of Rona
Skye

Sleeping 4, 2 and 2

With more and more people looking for a holiday that is 'different' it's getting harder and harder to find something that is truly unique. That is, however, precisely what is on offer here. And if, added to something different and unique, you like the thought of a little adventure - but without the hardship factor which that often entails, then read on!

The cottages on the Isle of Rona Your destination is the island of Rona, to be found off the coast of Raasay, which in turn lies between Skye and the north west coast of mainland Scotland. Once home to a thriving community, it was finally abandoned by its human inhabitants in 1922. (Almost eighty years later, Rona was, in fact, considered for the television programme 'Castaway'.) In 1993, it was purchased by a Danish ecologist, who has set about a remarkable regeneration of the land and the fauna of this beautiful place, introducing some deer and a small herd of highland cows. She has also restored two of the original dwellings to make most delightful, snug and comfortable semi-detached holiday cottages, Escape, Seascape and Skyescape far, far removed from the basic Highland bothies they once were - double glazed, centrally heated, with an open fire, polished wood flooring and furnished by Habitat throughout.

The cottages on the Isle of Rona The adventure begins when you arrive at Portree on Skye, where you will probably spend the night before embarkation, and stock up on the provisions you will need for your stay. In the morning, you will be collected by your private ferry (a 33ft MV) which will take you across to Rona (about 1 hour's sailing: there is a £60 charge which is in fact only a contribution towards the cost of the outward and return trip.) The entire resident population of Rona will be waiting to greet you, in the form of Bill, the island's caretaker. He will regale you with tea and scones before you don your boots for the mile-and-a half walk along the track to your accommodation, while he transports your luggage on his quad. Once there, let the peace and glorious scenery wash over you - no traffic, (except, perhaps, the odd passing yachtsman) no hassles, the tranquillity broken only by the sound of the waves on the shore and the cry of the birds.

When you have unwound and sat for a while at the window or the picnic table in the enclosed natural garden ( Seascape and Skyescape share a garden area), just taking in the sublime views, you may want to explore. The history of the island is palpable, and Bill will tell you all about it. You can walk round the ruined cottages (the largest settlement was on the hill behind the properties), visit the Church Cave, where the inhabitants used to worship and which still retains a deep spirituality, or just wander at will. You can set the cottage creel too, in hopes of catching a lobster, or you can hire rods from Bill to try your hand at fishing. He is always on hand in case of any questions or problems, but will leave you to be as private as you wish.

Wildlife enthusiasts can expect to see dolphins, whales, seals, otters and all kinds of seabirds in this wonderful place.

Of course this is the north west of Scotland, so we can't guarantee balmy breezes and wall-to-wall sunshine every day. However, intrepid souls are likely to relish the Atlantic winds and the occasional drop of rain (!) just as much as the other, whether from the comfort of the cosy cottage interiors, or braving the elements along the headlands. Rona is a truly unique experience, one which will appeal in particular to those who love wilderness and relish the challenge of the different and unexpected. The memory of this amazing island will remain with you long after the holiday is over.

Accommodation (three cottages):

Escape

Escape (sleeps 4)

Escape has been stunningly renovated and light, bright and cosy with under floor heating downstairs, radiators upstairs and open fires. The sitting room has an open fire and the well equipped kitchen dining room has a multi fuel stove. One bedroom has a double bed, the other has two single beds and both have en suite facilities. A cot can be provided.

Bed linen, towels and heating are all included!included in the rental. The water supply is from a natural spring, so you may prefer to bring bottled water for drinking. With the cottage only 150 yards from the shore, care may be required with young children. Sorry, no pets or smoking within the cottage.

You can drive to the quayside at Portree and unload, then park your car for the week in the large public car park (free) just a couple of hundred yards away. There is an additional charge of £50 per booking for the private ferry to Rona.

Please note that a 10% discount for couples during off peak season applies.

Special rates apply at off-peak times for a single couple and for bookings of a fortnight.


Sea view over Escape Kitchen
Sitting Room

Downstairs:

Upstairs:


Bedroom Shower-room


Seascape (sleeps 2)

Sitting Room

Bedlinen, towels and all fuel are included!included. Well behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. The water supply is from a natural spring, and tenants may wish to bring bottled water for drinking. As the cottages are only 150 yards from the sea, care may be required with children. Dogs are allowed during off-peak season only or if booking Seascape and Skyescape togethe

If booking 2 weeks a 25% discount for the second week applies.

Please note that there is a 25% discount for booking both Seascape and Skyescape together.

Single Storey:




Skyescape (sleeps 2)

Bedlinen, towels and all fuel are included!included. Well behaved pets are welcome by arrangement. The water supply is from a natural spring, and tenants may wish to bring bottled water for drinking. As the cottages are only 150 yards from the sea, care may be required with children. Dogs are allowed during off peak season only or if booking Seascape and Skyescape together

If booking 2 weeks a 25% discount for the second week applies.

Please note that there is a 25% discount for booking both Seascape and Skyescape together.

Single Storey:


Bedroom Bedroom
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