Grade 1 Listed house near Balnakeil that was a Mackay mansion and occupies a startlingly beautiful position. Now rented out as lucury self-catering!
Superbly situated on a mound, Balnakeil House may incorporate remains of the bishop's residence but appears to be basically a laird's house of the 17th century, altered and extended the following century, forming an E-plan with the main block running N-S and the wings projecting W at either end. The oldest part of the house is said to be the N wing but the walling is very thick in various other parts. The walls are harled and rise to three storeys and a garret, with the gables crow-stepped.
The house was built by the Mackays for one of the sons and then became the residence of the local sheep farming tenant. It lay empty for 30 years before being restored in 2009 as a holiday let.
You can see the exterior from the beach