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Magical location, spectacular sea & mountain views - Alavik Lodge & Cottage (combined)



Updated: 30-Oct-2016
Perfect rural hideaway, spectacular views of sea & mountains, sleeps 2/4/6

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.


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 new Calmag 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.


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

Kayaking: www.skyakadventures.com

Sailing: www.skyeyachts.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

Golf: www.isleofskyegolfclub.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

More Details

Details for holiday home Alavik Lodge & Cottage (combined), 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, 3 Bathrooms

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.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Tricia is originally from Sussex in South East England, but now lives on the Isle of Skye and, together with her husband, owns and runs Alavik Lodge & Cottage.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Ein kryptisches und unmittelbares Land. Es fast Dich sofort an und führt dich zu deinem unmittelbaren Ich.

English translation: 'A mysterious and direct landscape. It captures you instantly and transports you to your innermost self.'
Aug 2012
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16 Reviews

based on 16 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful home, spectacular setting!

  • 5 of 5

Tricia was the perfect host, and she went out of her way to help me when I had trouble getting up to Skye to start my holiday. Once I was there, I was taken away by the fantastic location and the views right through the lounge window. Every little detail had been taken care of inside the Cottage, from a calming colouring book, to a selection of books and DVDs, and a well appointed kitchen. I loved the atmosphere of the gas warmer and snuggled up on the couch, watching the sunset with a hot chocolate in hand! The bed was very comfortable and I had a great nights sleep. The shower was always hot. There are plenty of things to see and do on Skye, and lots of walks to go on straight from the Cottage. I would definitely recommend a stay here, and will be coming back when I'm ever in Scotland again! Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Alavik Cottage (for 2 people0

  • 5 of 5

Great 1-week stay at the cottage in May 2015 - nice cottage for 2 people, clean, well maintained, well equiped (incl washing mashine, but no dishwasher), breathtaking views from livingroom (the Cuillins + Fjord), quite location (car is needed), very relaxing and very friendly and helpful owners - thanks Tricia, we will come back. R + K from CH

  • Review Submitted: Jun 9, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lovely Lodge and cottage with spectacular view

  • 5 of 5

We had 3 generations of the family staying across both properties and the kids (4&2) loved being able to pop between the houses whenever they wanted. The setting is fantastic and the cottages have everything you could wish for: good shower, reliable wi-fi, even a gas hob rather than a terrible electric one you find everywhere else. Food was good at the Ardvasar Hotel and lunch on Knoydart was well worth the two boat trips to get there. Tricia and Hans were very welcoming and very helpful.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Betoverend, je wil hier nooit meer weg!

  • 5 of 5

verstopt aan een smal bergweggetje ligt het meest fantastische chalet wat je ooit kan wensen. met een uitzicht wat elke minuut van de dag betoverend is, door het steeds weer veranderend licht. s avonds met de voetjes naar de haard en een glas whiskey kijken naar het langzaam wegstervend licht boven de bergen. overdag struinen door de wildernis of zitten bij de baai en kijken naar de spelende zeehonden. wat wil je nog meer? ps de eigenaars zijn super voorkomend en tegelijkertijd respecteren ze je privacy

  • Review Submitted: May 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. Here is the English translation: "Enchanting, you will never want to leave!" Tucked away on a narrow mountain road is the most amazing chalet you could ever wish for. With a view that is magical every minute of the day, with the ever-changing light. In the evening sit with your feet up in front of the fire and a glass of whiskey watching the light slowly dying away over the mountains. In the daytime stroll through the wilderness or sit by the bay and watch the seals play. What more could you want? PS. The owners are always available while they also respect your privacy.
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Wonderful Holiday enhanced by location

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely delighted we found this property - a great week in magnificent location - exceptional property and owners very helpful for trip and wildlife /scenic photography opportunities

  • Review Submitted: Apr 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to help and glad Alavik was a great place for you to stay!
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Fabulous in every way.

  • 5 of 5

Just arrived back from a fantastic stay at Alavik Cottage, whilst other family members stayed in the Lodge next door. Tricia and Hans have really thought about what holiday makers require, so our every need was catered for. It is a fantastic setting with stunning views whatever the weather. The cottage is so warm and cosy that we really didn't mind what the weather did; in fact, watching it change across the Loch was one of the highlights of the stay. Thank you Tricia and Hans. We can't wait to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your wonderful review and we look forward to seeing you again!
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From the Owner

Having holidayed on Skye and the West coast of Scotland over the years, we found this the most magical and dramatic area we have ever visited. We were fortunate to find Alavik Lodge & Cottage in this little piece of heaven - wonderfully comfortable holiday homes in the most amazing location on the Sleat peninsula of Skye - remote but not too difficult to get to!

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Inverness at 110 Miles Nearest Barpub : Isle Ornsay Hotel (Hotel Eilean Iarmain) at 8 Miles Nearest Ferry : Armadale Pier, Isle of Skye (goes to Mallaig) at 9.5 Miles Nearest Golf : Isle of Skye Golf Club, Sconser at 30 Miles Nearest Train : Kyle of Lochalsh at 22 Miles Nearest Motorway : M90 at Perth at 155 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Isle Ornsay Hotel (Hotel Eilean Iarmain) at 8 Miles Nearest Ski : Ben Nevis (Glencoe 72 miles) at 63 Miles Nearest Beach : Tokavaig bay at 0.5 Miles Car: necessary


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.


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.


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.


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.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Winter
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
7 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Valentines/Half term
11 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Winter/Early Spring
25 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer/Autumn
9 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Autumn
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Changeover day is SATURDAY (apart from short stays - minimum 3 nights)
Arrival time is from 4pm / Departure time is by 10am

Cancellation charges:
Within 6 weeks of the start date, the full rental charge is retained.
Between 6 weeks and three months before the start date is 40% of the rental charge.
For earlier cancellation (more than 3 months prior to arrival), the charge is £100

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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From the Owner

Alavik Lodge and Cottage are set in the most special, secluded and romantic landscape. The spectacularly dramatic panoramic view from both Lodge and Cottage looks out over glittering sea lochs to the whole rugged mountain range of the Red and Black Cuillins and the Blaven (Blà Bheinn) ridge. When the weather is wild, we love to sit inside with the fire roaring and spend hours watching the view change with the weather and the light. With no light pollution, at night, the skies here are so inky black we regularly see the milky way from the terrace and, if you are very lucky, on rare occasions it is possible to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). The land from the garden drops down gradually to a very beautiful bay through ancient woodland groves and old settlement ruins. Highland cattle and sheep graze here and we regularly see golden eagles. We have even seen an otter crossing the road nearby!

Property Type

  • house


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural


  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • ski
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming

Floor Area

  • 205 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, King Size bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Either 2 single beds or 1 Super King (Zip n' Link) bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, Double bed (bedroom in adjacent Alavik Cottage)
  • 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 Super King size double) and an 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.


  • Balcony ...
  • Binoculars
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • Veranda ...
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Wood Decking
  • 6 garden chairs


  • Self-catering


  • 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.

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