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Magical location, spectacular sea & mountain views - Alavik Lodge



Updated: 07-Dec-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, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, 2 Bathrooms

With a superb open plan lounge/dining area and spectacular views over the sea to the Cuillins, ALAVIK LODGE is an ideal retreat for walkers, climbers, painters, etc. The 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 whilst enjoying the 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. The adjacent, detached Alavik Cottage (sleeps 2) can also be hired.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

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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

'A stunning property in a fabulous peaceful location with superb views over the Loch to The Cuillins. A warm cosy fully equipped property made extra special with the welcome package from the owner. Perfect walking country locally & further afield, fantastic wildlife and scenery to be enjoyed every day. The property is equipped with telescope & binoculars so that on a bad weather day you can still enjoy the scenery from a very comfortable relaxing lounge. If you think that Skye is a long trip to make, this is a holiday place to make you realise that the journey was worth the effort. Local pub, The Praban bar 25 mins drive away serves superb local produce inc venison & scallops, mussels etc. A memorable holiday in an area of outstanding beauty, one that is certainly on the "must revisit" list.' David & Glenys
Oct 2012
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41 Reviews

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Just magical

  • 5 of 5

This stay is just amazing. Beautiful place. Beautiful location. Beautiful lodge. Beautiful view. Superb host. Calm and peaceful place.

We had our honeymoon stay here and we could not have been more happier.

We will definitely be back :)

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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This place is truly magical! Everything about it was perfect!

  • 5 of 5

For years I have dreamed of visiting Scotland. Our experience at Alavik Lodge exceeded my fantasies- from the winding, single track road shared with cows and sheep leading to the lodge; to the breathtaking early morning views of the mist shrouded Cuillins across the loch, it was a magical setting. The lodge itself was clean, spacious and provided everything needed for a comfortable stay. Though secluded and off the beaten track, it was still a good base for exploring the wonders of Skye. I hope to have the opportunity tonreturn someday!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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A wonderful place to stay in a stunning location

  • 5 of 5

Alavik Lodge was a wonderful place to stay for our holiday on Skye. The lodge was clean, well equipped and provided everything we needed to relax and enjoy our time exploring the island, including maps and lots of information on local attractions. Before our arrival, Tricia, the owner, had been in touch and provided very comprehensive information to help us prepare for our stay and plan our itinerary. Additionally, Tricia and Hans were on hand to greet us on our arrival and ensure we were settled. The lodge is in a remote location, affording stunning views over the ever-changing mountains. Whilst on Skye, we walked, swam and took a RIB with Bella Jane to the small Isles, all of which I would recommend. We didn't appreciate how large Skye is; consequently we spent a lot of time driving, trying to visit all of the must-see attractions on Skye. Having stayed at Alavik, our concern is not whether we should go back but deciding when to return.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Bestes Ferienhaus!!!

  • 5 of 5

Das beste Ferienhaus, das wir jemals gebucht hatten. Die Lage ist perfekt, um einen extrem entspannten Urlaub zu verbringen. Das Haus ist super eingerichtet und bietet ein extrem schönes Panorama. Wir durften auch die Besitzerin Tricia kennenlernen - eine supernette Person! Wir kommen gerne wieder.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Great views and a lovely lodge !!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week at Alavik lodge. It is a great place to relax and spend the time with family and friends. We love it very much....

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Luxury Lodge

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 2 week stay at Alavik /lodge. The one thing that shines out about this accommodation is the view and location, absolutely stunning ! We felt so comfortable here. Alavik lodge was clean and very well appointed with every thing that we needed. Tricia the owner was there to meet us ,and show us round, there was plenty of information ,maps etc about local restaurants and trips etc. We fell in love with the Isle of Skye ,our first visit, which was made that more special by staying at 'Alavik Lodge'. If you are considering visiting the Isle of Skye ,stay here . Alavik Lodge really is a unique and special place. If we ever return to Skye, there is no where else we would stay. Thank you Tricia and Hans for letting Alavik Lodge to us.

David & Kathy Gatrell

  • Review Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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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.


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
  • 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

  • 163 m²


  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Ensuite to Bedroom 2
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Next door to Bedroom 1


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed, King size double bed
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, Either 2 single beds or 1 Super King (Zip n' Link) bed
  • 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 and en-suite shower room. 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
  • 4 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 avoid local livestock entering the grounds. HIGH CHAIR available on request.

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