In a superb position towards the southern end of Skye, this completely modernised 150-year-old cottage stands on the sea shore overlooking the Sound of Sleat, at a point highlighted as an outstanding viewpoint by Ordnance Survey. There are magnificent panoramic views northwards to Ben Screel, Loch Hourn and Knoydart, eastwards to Loch Nevis, and southwards to Ardmurchan Point. The holiday cottage is tastefully furnished and well equipped, with all three bedrooms enjoying their own separate facilities. It stands in 3 acres of wild garden, and the principal rooms offer splendid opportunities to observe the local wildlife, which includes herons, curlews, eagles and even the occasional otter.
There are wonderfully scenic walks direct from the door, either along the shoreline, or for the more adventurous, one of the classic Skye walks taking the loop road to Tarskavaig with unbeatable views to the Cuillins. There are ferry trips to the islands of Eigg, Rhum and Lochalsh, and day trips can include Elgol, with a boat trip to the magical Loch Coruisk, hidden in the Cuillins or the Seafari rib boat to Knoydart and dine at The Forge Inn. Other places to visit include Talisker Distillery, Dunvegan Castle, Portree, with its attractive harbour and heritage centre, which traces the history of Skye. Six miles away is Lady Claire MacDonalds Kinloch Lodge Hotel and Cookery School, where morning cookery courses are held. Mallaig ferry 3 miles. Kyle of Lochalsh ferry 19 miles. Ardvasar Hotel, Isle Ornsay Hotel and Duisdale Hotel all within 5 miles. Armadale Castle, with its history centre, garden walks, tearooms and restaurant, 3 miles. Toravaig Hotel 1 mile.
Large kitchen with table and chairs with bi-fold doors opening into observation room with large picture windows and outstanding views across the Sound of Sleat. Utility room. Dining room with multi-fuel burner, satellite TV, video and radio. Living room with music centre, TV and DVD. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room, toilet and sea view. Cloakroom and toilet. First floor: Two bedrooms, both overlooking the sea; one double with en-suite bathroom, toilet and electric over-bath shower, and one twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Second staircase (spiral) to observatory The Otter Bar with chiller and ice maker, bar height table with 7 bar stools, three easy chairs, and panoramic mountain, sea and shore views.
- Multi-fuel burner initial fuel inc, thereafter avail locally
- Elec, full oil CH, bed linen and towels inc
- Elec blankets
- Two TVs (Teletext)
- Cassette/CD (comprehensive library)
- Wi-fi broadband
- Ample parking
- Garden with croquet, patio and furniture
Customer Reviews of South Bay Cottage, Isle of Skye - Sleeps 6
1st comment: A beautiful seashore location with magnificent sea and mountain views and great opportunities for viewing wildlife. Shares extensive grounds with another property, which isn’t visible from Southbay Cottage, so feels private. Cottage is very well equipped (best I’ve stayed in) and very comfortable. Sept 2011.
2nd comment: Southbay Cottage is in a superg position. It is an ideal location for a family holiday if you want peace and tranquility. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and will be coming back again as soon as possible. June 2011.
3rd comment: Position. Plenty of room. Lovely views. Peaceful. Oct 2010.
4th comment: Stunning location; surely one of the finest on Skye. Very comfortable accommodation for a family with plenty of room to spread out. Sept 2010.
5th comment: The stunning views especially the Observatory and over all it was very spacious. July 2010.
6th comment: Incredible restaurants, local artists and walks nearby. June 2010.
7th comment: The picture windows were gorgeous. Sept 2009.
8th comment: Well equipped kitchen items plates glasses e.t.c. Sept 2009.
9th comment: Good location, very spacious, lots of home from home comforts. Aug 2009.
10th comment: Our second year at Southbay, and it was as fantastic as last year, or, in fact, even better because of the amazing weather! It is a delightful property, well located and beautifully maintained.Unrivalled, relaxing,fabulous - many thanks again to Howard. May 2008.
11th Comment Magnificent observatory. April 2008.
12th Comment Great house and surroundings. May 2008.
13th Comment We loved the beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife all around us. Aug 2007.
14th Comment The house far exceeded our expectations and was the best equipped holiday property we have stayed in. It’s location was awesome, and the whole holiday was absolutely fabulous.The property layout was particularly good for our group, which consisted of 3 couples. We booked to return next year almost as soon as we got home.Thank you! May 2007.