Alavik Lodge & Cottage
Magical location, spectacular views of sea & mountains OPEN ALL YEAR!
QUOTABLE RATES: If you require 5 or 6 nights - check weekly (7 night) rates which are lower due to a longer stay.
A photographers paradise during the day and, at night, the dark skies of Skye are a star gazers dream. Perfect for artists, writers and romantic hideaway honeymoons or private wedding vows...
Alavik Lodge & Cottage are unique holiday homes in one of the finest positions on the idyllic Isle of Skye, easily accessible via the Skye bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh or the Mallaig ferry. Combining the rugged beauty and timeless enchantment of the Scottish Highlands, the views and surroundings are both inspiring and dramatic at any time of year. Adjacent to SSSI* woodland in the small hamlet of Tokavaig, with views of Blà Bhein ridge and the stunning backdrop of the Cuillin Mountain range and coastline, guests can enjoy hill walking, climbing, canoeing, sailing, diving, fishing and mountain biking. Though perfectly secluded, there are nearby pubs and restaurants, with the lovely Eilean Iarmain Hotel & bar just 8 miles away. The village of Broadford, 15 miles away, has a good range of shops including a supermarket, chemist, hospital, bank and tourist information. (*Site of Special Scientific Interest). See stories and photos of the area and Alavik on our Facebook page - click on the link at the bottom of the Facilities section.
MORE PROPERTY INFORMATION:
Alavik Lodge & Cottage are Scandinavian style holiday homes with excellent eco credentials. Of timber construction and superbly insulated, with wood framed double glazed windows, they are wonderfully cosy and warm, whatever the weather. The Lodge has a large log burner in the spacious open plan living area and the Cottage has a flue-less gas stove. Oil-fired central heating with individual thermostat controls in each room is also provided in both properties for your additional comfort. Alavik has a private water supply from its own borehole and with the Pozzani water filtration system our water is perfect for drinking - pure spring water that couldn't be fresher! Wooden floors throughout are complemented by comfortable furniture and plenty of places to sit and admire the spectacular views across the sea, Loch Eishort and Loch Slapin to the Cuillins through the double height glass wall of the Lodge or from the double sliding glass doors in the Cottage. At night, clear dark skies free from pollution present the heavens in all their spectacular beauty.
ALAVIK LODGE & COTTAGE can be rented together to sleep 6, or they can be hired individually – click on either of the two separate tabs for the Lodge (tab 2) or the Cottage (tab 3) at the top of the page for more details, pricing and availability.
ALAVIK LODGE (sleeps 4) has FreeSat TV channels, a Bluray player, a small library of video discs and CDs (films/opera/ballet mainly), a coin operated telephone and free WiFi Broadband so you can stay in touch via your laptop/iPad/smartphone, etc.
ALAVIK COTTAGE (sleeps 2), in contrast (for guests who really want to escape the 'rat race'), has no telephone, but benefits from free WiFi Broadband, FreeSat TV channels, a DVD/CD player and a small library of video discs and CDs (films/opera/ballet mainly) plus an iPod/iPhone dock with speakers so you can enjoy your own music.
USEFUL INFORMATION Both properties have a set of folders with comprehensive information on places to visit, activities, sports, pubs, restaurants, boat trips, ferries and trains. You will also find maps and books on local walks and attractions and a small, but growing, library of paperback books. As Tokavaig is a remote spot, we advise that you arrive equipped with your own provisions, at least for the first day or two - it is so beautiful here, you may not want to leave! If you travel on the ferry to Armadale from Mallaig, Advasar Stores, just a couple of minutes away, supplies most things you will need - open Monday to Friday 9.30 - 13.00 / 14.30 - 17.30 (18.00 in Summer) and Saturday 9.30 - 13.00 (they have fresh bread & milk Mon/Wed/Fri). There is also a large Co-op supermarket in Broadford, open 7 days a week (9.00 hrs - 22.00 hrs), convenient if you travel via the Skye Bridge.
GETTING TO ALAVIK
FERRY - You can take the ferry from the mainland at Mallaig, which takes just 30 minutes and arrives at Armadale Pier on the island, only 9.5 miles from Alavik. The last 6 or 8 miles (depending on which route you take) is along a single track road with plenty of passing places. It is advisable to book the ferry but this is a very romantic and beautiful way to arrive on Skye! Caledonian MacBrayne ferry from Mallaig to Armadale: www.calmac.co.uk
SKYE BRIDGE - Drive across the Skye Bridge from the Kyle of Lochalsh and Tokavaig is 22.5 miles away, again the last 6 miles being along a single track road (not suitable for caravans).
Alavik on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alavik-Lodge-Cottage/190233571129638?ref=hl
LOCAL AREA: www.visitsleat.org / www.skye.co.uk / www.isleofskye.com
Ask us about painting, craft and photography workshops and courses.
Walking / Mountain guides: www.walkhighlands.co.uk / www.skyehi.co.uk / www.skyeguides.co.uk
Fly fishing & wild walks: www.skyeghillieflyfishing.co.uk
Scuba diving: www.dive-and-sea-the-hebrides.co.uk
Boat trips: www.bellajane.co.uk / www.mistyisleboattrips.co.uk / www.elgol-boat-trips.co.uk / www.the-spirit-of-adventure.co.uk / www.seaprobeatlantis.com
Whale spotting: www.whalespotting.co.uk
Otter spotting and Gavin Maxwell: www.eileanban.org
Bird watching: www.skye-birds.com
Astronomy/star gazing: www.darksky-skye.com
Quad biking, clay pigeon shooting, archery: www.highlandactivities.co.uk
Horse riding: www.theisleofskyetrekkingcentre.co.uk
Skye Highland Games: www.skye-highland-games.co.uk
Dunvegan Castle: www.dunvegancastle.com
Clan Donald Centre: www.clandonald.com
Gaelic College - Sabhal Mor Ostaig: www.smo.uhi.ac.uk
Museum of Island Life: www.skyemuseum.co.uk
Alavik Lodge & Cottage (combined)
With spectacular views over the sea to the Cuillin mountain range, ALAVIK LODGE & COTTAGE make an ideal retreat for walkers, climbers, painters, etc. ALAVIK LODGE has a spacious kitchen, double bedroom, family bathroom and twin (or double) bedroom with en-suite shower room. The large main living area is open plan and the floor to ceiling glass gable end provides an abundance of natural light and enjoys ever changing spectacular scenery and views. The room features comfortable seating, a wood burning stove, high ceilings and sliding glass doors to the side lead to the garden, sun terrace and a wraparound veranda. ALAVIK COTTAGE (a detached annexe adjacent to Alavik Lodge) is completely self-contained with a double bedroom, en-suite shower room and open plan kitchen/dining/sitting room with double sliding patio doors designed to take advantage of the stunning views and position.
Bedroom 1 is immediately adjacent to the family bathroom with shower over the bath. Bedroom 2 has zip and link twin beds (which can also be set up as a King size double) and and en-suite shower room. Bedroom 3 is in the detached, self contained Alavik Cottage next door, with en-suite shower room. A covered wooden walkway links the two properties. A TRAVEL COT is available for babies/small children on request. A cot mattress and bottom sheet is supplied but please bring own baby bedding.
Bedroom 1 :
1 Double Bed
Bedroom 2 : 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Either 2 singles or 1 King
Bedroom 3 : 1 Double Bed, In adjacent Cottage
Bathroom 1 :
Toilet, Bath with Shower
Bathroom 2 : Toilet, Shower Enclosure
Bathroom 3 : Toilet, Shower Enclosure
Alavik Lodge & Cottage (combined) has the following outside: Balcony, Veranda, Terrace, Binoculars, Wood Decking, Patio, veranda, Garden, Terrace. There are 6 garden chair(s) available.
Alavik Lodge has the following outside: Terrace, Balcony, Terrace, Garden, Wood Decking, Patio, Veranda, veranda, Binoculars. There are 4 garden chair(s) available.
Alavik Cottage has the following outside: Garden, Patio. There are 2 garden chair(s) available.
Important notes on accommodation
Alavik Lodge & Cottage (combined)
IMPORTANT NOTES: SMOKING - This is a NON-SMOKING property. PETS - We regret that pets are not allowed at Alavik. SAFETY - Wooden steps lead down to Alavik Lodge, the larger of the two properties, and then a covered walkway to the adjacent Alavik Cottage. There are some steep banks to one side of the property so care should be taken. PARKING - A gated driveway leads to a large flat parking area providing off road parking for up to four cars. We kindly ask that guests ensure gates are kept closed to stop local livestock entering the grounds. HIGH CHAIR available on request.
IMPORTANT NOTES: SMOKING - This is a NON-SMOKING property. PETS - We regret that pets are not allowed at Alavik. SAFETY - Wooden steps lead down to Alavik Lodge, the larger of the two properties, and then a covered walkway to the adjacent Alavik Cottage. There are some steep banks to one side of the property so care should be taken. PARKING - A gated driveway leads to a large flat parking area providing off road parking for up to four cars. We kindly ask that guests ensure gates are kept closed to avoid local livestock entering the grounds. HIGH CHAIR available on request.
IMPORTANT NOTES: SMOKING - This is a NON-SMOKING property. PETS - We regret that pets are not allowed at Alavik. SAFETY - Wooden steps lead down to Alavik Lodge, the larger of the two properties, and then a covered walkway to the adjacent Alavik Cottage. There are some steep banks to one side of the property so care should be taken. PARKING - A gated driveway leads to a large flat parking area providing off road parking for up to four cars. We kindly ask that guests ensure gates are kept closed to stop local livestock entering the grounds.
Rental Basis: Per property
Rental rates quoted in:British Pounds
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekend||Weekly||Monthly||Event||Minimum Stay|
Nov 1 - Dec 19, 2014
|Christmas & New Year
Dec 20 - Jan 2, 2015
Jan 3 - Feb 6, 2015
Feb 7 - Feb 20, 2015
Feb 21 - Mar 27, 2015
Mar 28 - Jul 3, 2015
|High Summer Break
Jul 4 - Aug 28, 2015
Aug 29 - Oct 30, 2015
Oct 31 - Dec 18, 2015
|Christmas & New Year
Dec 19 - Jan 1, 2016
Additional information about rental rates
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£100|
Accommodation in Tokavaig, Scotland
About the area
Golf is available near this property.
Nearest golf: Isle of Skye Golf Club, Sconser, 30 Miles
Skiing is available near this property.
Nearest skiing: Ben Nevis (Glencoe 72 miles), 63 Miles
How to get there
Nearest AIRPORT - Inverness: 110 Miles
Nearest FERRY - Armadale Pier, Isle of Skye (goes to Mallaig): 9.5 Miles
Nearest TRAIN - Kyle of Lochalsh: 22 Miles
Nearest MOTORWAY - M90 at Perth: 155 Miles
Nearest BEACH - Tokavaig bay: 0.5 Miles
Nearest BARPUB - Isle Ornsay Hotel (Hotel Eilean Iarmain): 8 Miles
Nearest SKI - Ben Nevis (Glencoe 72 miles): 63 Miles
Nearest GOLF - Isle of Skye Golf Club, Sconser: 30 Miles
Nearest RESTAURANT - Isle Ornsay Hotel (Hotel Eilean Iarmain): 8 Miles
Location Information: LOCATION Tokavaig is situated in Sleat (pronounced 'Slate'), often referred to as ‘the garden of Skye’, a heavenly peninsula in the south end of the island. Violet, heather-clad mountains drop dramatically to the glittering blue sea that snakes around beaches and rocky shorelines, punctuated by lush gardens and dense forests. Sleat is home to not just some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, but also to award-winning restaurants, hotels and attractions. Add to that some of the finest entertainment from traditional, popular and classical music, theatre, dance and much more. Whether it’s an amble through a ruined castle, a whale-spotting boat trip, a cosy afternoon in front of a log fire or a Michelin-starred, candle lit dinner, Sleat caters for all. Tokavaig is an excellent base for walking, climbing, cycling, canoeing, etc, and for exploring this part of Wester Ross and Skye. PLACES TO VISIT A former Viking settlement, Tokavaig, known for its native woodland, is said to have been a special place for the druids. There are many castles on Skye and the ruin of the ancient castle of Dunsgaith, one of the oldest fortifications in the Hebrides, is just a short walk across a nearby beach. The oldest inhabited castle in the UK - Dunvegan, seat of the MacLeods for nearly 800 years, is open to visitors all year round. Clan Donald Skye, a magnificent 20,000 acre estate, and ancient seat of the Clan Donald, is just 9 miles away, where you can explore historic gardens and woodland trails around Armadale Castle and discover the history of the Scottish Highlands and Islands through the story of Clan Donald, one of the most powerful Scottish clans, at the Museum of the Isles. A little further afield on the mainland you can visit such iconic landmarks as Eilean Donan Castle and the picturesque village of Plockton, known as the ‘jewel of the Highlands’. Skye has long been a magnet for artists and crafts people of all types and you will find many studios on the island and workshops/courses in photography, painting, etc, are also available. ACTIVITIES Rock climbers, walkers and scramblers can embark on terrain offering every possible degree of difficulty or discover some of the highest sea cliffs in the British Isles. The area is famed the world over for its mountain challenges including the pinnacle perils of the Cuillin Ridge and the backdrop of incredible scenery, culture and hospitality makes this one of the best places to mountain bike in Scotland. Try the Red Cuillin Loop or the dramatic cliff top Idrigall Point on the Duirinish Peninsula in the north of the island. If you like getting wet, go wild swimming in the sea just a short walk from Alavik or at Glenbrittle’s magical Faerie Pools, or try kayaking, sailing, fishing or scuba diving in the crystal clear water round Skye’s coastline. There are many types of boat trips, including whale, dolphin and seal watching trips. Observe wildlife from the hide at Kylerhea Otter Haven, or visit the Bright Water Visitor Centre in Kyleakin to learn about Gavin Maxwell, author of Ring of Bright Water. For bird watchers – Golden Eagles, Sea Eagles and Buzzards and many other rare birds are regularly seen on Skye and the Isle of Skye Golf Club welcomes visitors. EATING You will find some of the finest restaurants in Scotland on Skye, including the Michelin-starred Kinloch Lodge, where Lady Claire Macdonald attracts visitors from all over the world to her cookery demonstrations, and The Three Chimneys near Dunvegan. Take a pub meal in the nearby Ardvasar Hotel, the lovely Eilean Iarmain Hotel at Isle Ornsay or take a ferry to the Old Forge at Inverie on Knoydart, listed as one of only 3 of “Scotland’s bloody good pubs by Peter Irvine - The Best Of Scotland 2011”. With no roads in or out, an 18 mile hike over munros or a 7 mile sea crossing make it the remotest pub on mainland Britain. Also on the mainland, but accessible by car, are the Plockton Hotel and Plockton Inn, both famous for excellent fresh local seafood, or travel via the highest mountain pass in Britain, the famous ‘Bealach na Ba’ (pass of the cattle) to the award-winning Applecross Inn. The Isle of Skye Brewing Company produces excellent ales, including Red and Black Cuillin and Blaven (Blà Bheinn), which can be found in many pubs and restaurants. Visit Talisker, the island’s only single malt distillery, or enjoy a free tasting of The Gaelic Whiskies at Eilean Iarmain.
Reviewed by: Marie N., United Kingdom
Reviewed: 7 September 2014
Date of stay: July 2014
"The most beautiful place to stay..."
Dear Tricia and Hans, Whenever we look at the photos taken from the cottage and lodge we are transported back to that beautiful spot. Just to sit and watch the ever changing sky is so relaxing! We really enjoyed our week and are already longing to come back. The cottage was cosy but we also spent time with the rest of the family in the wonderful lodge with its overwhelming views. Both are very well equipped and very comfy. Warmest regards from Hamburg Hans & Evi
Reviewed by: Charles M., United Kingdom
Reviewed: 29 August 2014
Date of stay: August 2014
We fell in love with the property even before we'd arrived(!), as we wound our way along the single track lane to Tokavaig. By the time we arrived, entered the cottage, and peered through the wall of "cathedral windows" onto the heather moorland, sea and Cuillin mountains in the distance, we were enthralled. The rental property was perfect for our family: spacious, clean, well-equipped, tasefully decorated, comfortable, magnificently located. Tricia and Hans were kind and generous with sharing their knowledge of and love for the island... We'll definitely return! Warning: nearest grocery store is about 10 miles away. Rubber boots and rain gear are highly recommended!
Reviewed by: Not specified, United Kingdom
Reviewed: 11 August 2014
Date of stay: July 2014
"Perfect views and perfectly equipped "
Thank you very much for your warm welcome in a perfectly equipped holiday home with stunning views! Good weather, eagles, dolphins and only a few midges made our week a great experience.
Reviewed by: Eve M., United Kingdom
Reviewed: 25 June 2014
Date of stay: June 2014
"A perfect week on Skye"
This was a magical place, quiet, beautifully maintained and with ever changing views that captivated us all. Couldn't recommend it highly enough and would love to spend another week there sometime.
Reviewed by: Marie B., United Kingdom
Reviewed: 18 May 2014
Date of stay: May 2014
We had a very nice stay at Alavik Cottage. All around is beautiful and the view from the living room is amazing. Between birds and mountains all is handsome : The cottage is well-equiped and well maintained. Furthermore, Tricia is a very friendly and helpful host which only adds to the attraction. To recommand, without hesitation !
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