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Magical location, spectacular sea & mountain views - Alavik Cottage

Overview

Property

Updated: 06-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.

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 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.

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).

USEFUL WEBSITES

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

ACTIVITIES:

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 cottage Alavik Cottage, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2, 1 Bathroom

With a cosy lounge/dining area and spectacular views over the sea to the Cuillins, ALAVIK COTTAGE makes an ideal romantic getaway for couples, walkers, climbers, painters, photographers, stargazers, etc. There are freeview TV channels, a DVD player, iPod/iPhone dock and a library of books, Blurays, DVDs and CDs plus some games. Free WiFi Broadband is available. There is oil-fired central heating and a flue-less gas stove adds to the charming warm atmosphere. The cottage is completely self-contained comprising a good sized double bedroom with en-suite shower room plus an open plan well equipped kitchenette, dining/sitting room. Double sliding patio doors in the lounge area are designed to take full advantage of the stunning views and position. The adjacent, detached Alavik Lodge (sleeps 4) can also be hired.

  • Sleeps 2
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Internet
  • 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

Myself and my boyfriend stayed at the Cottage for 3 nights. It was well fitted out - a home away from home. Everything was clean and the inside of the cottage is completely wood which is beautiful. The cottage benefits from a fabulous view. In the morning we had our breakfast outside at the wooden table and it was wonderful.................... Tricia is a lovely host. We were welcomed to the cottage with a nice little card, some biscuits and a small bottle of wine................very personal touch. Also left my hat behind and Tricia contacted me to let me know she would post it on. Well worth a visit....................... Martina
Oct 2012
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Lovely, cozy cottage in a beautiful, quiet location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was a perfect base for our four-night stay on Skye. It is cozy, comfortable and well-equipped - a great place for a relaxing break. Although we didn't meet the owner, Tricia, she was in touch before and after our visit to ensure we had everything we needed, including a wealth of information about things to do and places to visit. We wouldn't hesitate to return and would definitely recommend to others.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Amazing Alavik

  • 5 of 5

Remote location.. trust the road it will take you there... Upon arrival you will instantly feel the calm and quiet wash over you. The view from within the cottage can be looked upon for hours. Cottage is immacualte and has everything you need at hand. Just bring supplies as suggested. You simply must book... you will not regret it..

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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Wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Exactly as described on the website- a remote, private and cosy retreat. An abundance of tips and local knowledge from Tricia and from maps in the cottage. Would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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lovely cottage in beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay at Alavik cottage. Everything just as advertised. We had lots of information beforehand from Tricia which was very helpful. The location and views are fantastic, lots of little bays to explore in the surrounding area. Also good for a base to explore Skye. We would recommend the cottage for a quiet holiday.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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The best location in Sleat

  • 5 of 5

A modern log cabin style cottage overlooking the bay with the best possible views of the Cuillin Mountains. There is no better place to see the whole range, with an ever changing view. Peaceful and quiet, the cottage has every possible need catered for. Ultra comfort in every aspect. We enjoyed lovely walks in the local area, and it was also easy to access the main roads to explore the rest of Skye. It was our first trip to Skye, and we'd return to Alavik without hesitation. We can't recommend it highly enough....

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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Happily holidaying in Alavik.

  • 5 of 5

We were so lucky to find Alavik cottage, it is a wee piece of heaven, so restful and peaceful. On holiday we usually eat out every night but in Alavik we cooked each evening, so relaxing sitting watching the sunset after with a glass of red.One evening the resident golden eagles performed an aerial ballet just for us, wonderful.Weatherwise the sun shone every day and the bluebells were in full bloom.

The cottage is very well equipped and was spotlessly clean.Thank you Tricia and Hans for a great holiday.

Joe &Leisa. Norwich.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
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Location

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

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.

Availability

Rental rates

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Early Winter
15 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£210
for 3 nights
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£70
£335
 
 
Christmas/New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£470
for 7 nights
£470
 
 
Winter
7 Jan 2017 - 10 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
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£75
£355
 
 
Valentines/Half Term
11 Feb 2017 - 24 Feb 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£420
for 7 nights
£420
 
 
Late Winter/Early Spring
25 Feb 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
£225
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£355
 
 
Spring
1 Apr 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
Summer
3 Jun 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£470
for 7 nights
£470
 
 
Late Summer/Autumn
9 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
Late Autumn
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£225
for 3 nights
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£355
 

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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Facilities

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

  • cottage

Theme

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

General

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

Kitchen

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

Dining

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

Entertainment

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

Suitability

  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural

Attractions

  • 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

  • 42 m²

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure

Bedrooms

  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom has an en-suite shower room.

Outside

  • Garden ...
  • Patio
  • 2 garden chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

Notes:

  • 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.

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