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COSY MODERN COTTAGE, glorious sea & mountain views

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Sleeps 2. Adjacent to ancient woods, 10 minutes' walk to the sea

SPECIAL RATES AVAILABLE! BOOK A STAY OF TWO WEEKS AND GET 15% OFF.

Fìor Sgeir Cottage is a light, bright, modern holiday home on Sleat, the 'garden of Skye', in the Scottish Highlands. It is easily reached from the mainland via the Skye Bridge or the Mallaig-Armadale Ferry.

Designed for two people with a comfortable, restful interior and far-reaching mountain and sea views, the cottage provides the perfect haven for unwinding from life’s stresses and reconnecting with the natural world. It is ideal for nature lovers, writers, artists and outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities for walking, climbing, kayaking, biking and fishing, whilst excellent pubs, restaurants and local facilities are available 8-12 miles away. Designed to high ecological standards by Skye architects Rural Design, the cottage has an open-plan living-dining area that is flooded with light from floor-to-ceiling double-glazed windows and skylights. From here you can enjoy the view across Tokavaig Bay and the ruins of Dunscaith Castle to the magnificent Cuillin Mountains, and watch the sun set behind the islands of Canna and Rum. A wooden deck, accessed from the living room, provides a private, sheltered spot for sitting outside.

The cottage is warm and cosy in winter, with thermostatically controlled electric radiators and a wood-burning stove for extra ambiance. Underfloor heating keeps the bathroom toasty, and hot water is provided via an immersion heater and solar panels. For entertainment there is a CD player, iPod/iPhone docking station, and a TV with free-sat channels and DVD player. Choose from our selection of classic and modern DVDs, or curl up with a book from the cottage’s library. There are also games for rainy days, as well as maps and information on places to visit, things to do, restaurants, excursions and transport.

The kitchen is equipped with electric hob and oven, microwave, dishwasher and fridge with freezer compartment. There is a washer-dryer machine. The bathroom features a large bath with shower, heated towel rail, and non-slip ceramic floor tiles with under-floor heating.

The bedroom has a comfortable, medium-firm, super-king bed 180 cm wide and 200 cm long (6 foot wide, 6 foot 6 inches long) which can be converted to two single beds if required. We can provide separate single duvets or one super-king duvet, according to your preference.

There is a dedicated flat parking space next to the cottage. The cottage is accessible for wheelchair users.

The nearest mobile phone signal is 3 miles away. The cottage has wi-fi (slow download speed, but enough for emailing and surfing the internet) and a telephone allowing free weekend calls of up to one hour to UK landline numbers. Telephone usage beyond this will be billed at the end of your stay. There is also wifi access at hotels, restaurants and other locations nearby.

We regret that pets are not allowed at the cottage.

The cottage is entirely non-smoking and non-vaping.

The owners, Dorothy and Andy, live next door to the cottage and are at hand to provide information and help if needed. Nous parlons Français. Wir sprechen Deutsch.

LOCAL INFORMATION

Fìor Sgeir (pronounced FEE-or skirr) Cottage is ten minutes’ walk from Tokavaig Bay, where lie the ruins of the oldest castle on the Isle of Skye, Dunscaith Castle (the Fort of Shadows). The castle was occupied by the MacAskills and the Macleods before it became the principal seat of the Macdonalds. Legend has it that Queen Sgàthaich built Dunscaith in one night and that here she taught the great Celtic hero, Cù Chulainn, the arts of war.

Ancient Atlantic oak woodlands with veteran oak trees, birch and hazel stands, and lush ferns, mosses and lichens, give Tokavaig its special character. Our croft, 300 metres up the road, encompasses part of this rare and wonderful habitat. We have begun a programme to restore the woodlands which have been damaged by overgrazing. Guests are welcome to walk on our croft and soak up the magical atmosphere of the gnarled trees, the ruined black-houses built by previous generations of crofters, and the nearby Bronze-age sites.

In the summer and autumn months, cattle roam across Tokavaig’s traditional crofting landscape. Red deer and pine martens live in the woods, and otters fish around the castle when the tide is right. At Tokavaig and nearby you can see golden eagle, white-tailed eagle, merlin, hen harrier, whooper swan, great northern diver, red-breasted merganser, turnstone and purple sandpiper as well as many other woodland birds, waders and wildfowl.

Tokavaig is one of four hamlets on the southern shores of Loch Eishort linked by a single-track road which loops across wild, heather-covered moorland with stunning views of the Cuillins and the Knoydart Hills along the way. The beach at Ord, one mile up the road, is perfect for launching canoes, and three miles the other way you’ll get a lovely view of Tarskavaig’s neat houses and crofts nestling in a green hollow with the Cuillins beyond.

GETTING TO THE COTTAGE

The cottage is easily accessible by car from the Scottish mainland via the Skye Bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh, or two ferry services - the Caledonian MacBrayne service from Mallaig to Armadale, and a community-run, 6-car ferry with a manual turntable, from Glenelg to Kyleakin (Easter to October). Detailed directions will be provided on booking.

PROVISIONS

The nearest grocery store is 8 miles away in Armadale, so you may wish to arrive with provisions for the first day or two. You can also stock up at the Co-op and local shops in Mallaig (if coming by ferry), the Coops in Kyle of Lochalsh and Broadford, or the Armadale stores by the petrol station near the pier. More information will be provided on booking.

More Details

Owner
Dorothy Jackson
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 October, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

Vielen Dank für das herzliche Willkommen. Wir haben uns im Haus von Anfang an heimisch gefühlt. Selbst das Wetter kann an unserer Verbundenheit zu Skye nichts ändern… we’ll be back !!!



(from the guest book)



Translation:



A warm welcome.

Many thanks for the warm welcome. We immediately felt at home in the cottage. Even the weather can't change our attachment to Skye...we'll be back!
May 2015
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Location

Nearest Airport
177 Kilometres
Inverness
Nearest Barpub
13 Kilometres
Isle Ornsay Hotel (Hotel Eilean Iarmain)
Nearest Ferry
14 Kilometres
Armadale (for Mallaig)
Nearest Golf
48 Kilometres
Isle of Skye Golf Club, Sconser
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Kyle of Lochalsh (also at Mallaig)
Nearest Motorway
260 Kilometres
M90 at Perth
Nearest Restaurant
13 Kilometres
Isle Ornsay Hotel (Hotel Eilean Iarmain)
Nearest Ski
100 Kilometres
Ben Nevis (Glencoe 72 miles)
Nearest Beach
400 Metres
Tokavaig Bay
Car: necessary

LOCATION

Fìor Sgeir Cottage is in the crofting hamlet of Tokavaig, on the Sleat peninsula of southern Skye. With its dramatic scenery, rich history and culture, art galleries, live music and excellent restaurants Sleat offers something for everyone. Sleat is easily reached from the mainland via the soaring Skye Bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh, or by the Mallaig-Armadale ferry. During the summer, a smaller community-run ferry crosses the fast-flowing narrows between Glenelg and Kylerhea.

THINGS TO DO

Sleat’s beautiful mountain views, ancient woodlands, rugged hills and intricate coastline provide the perfect destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with many wonderful walks suitable for all abilities, as well as kayaking, biking, fishing, quad biking and sailing. Artists and photographers will be inspired by the ever-changing light, and nature lovers will also find plenty to see. Aird of Sleat, with its lighthouse and views of Eigg, Rum and the Lochaber coastline, is good for watching sea birds and spotting migrants. Take a guided walk led by a local ranger or go on a boat tour to spot whales, dolphins, seals and, if you are lucky, basking sharks. For otter fans there is the Kylerhea Otter Haven and the Brightwater Visitor Centre at Kyleakin, near Eilean Ban where Gavin Maxwell lived. Star gazers will enjoy Sleat’s wonderful night skies, unpolluted by artificial light. Other attractions include boutique shops, artists’ studios, galleries and craft workshops. The excellent Sleat Community Trust website (www.visitsleat.org) gives contact details for attractions and activities.

Local facilities include a small grocery shop at Ardvasar, and a garage, filling station and post office at Armadale run by the Sleat Community Trust, which supports sustainable community development.

FURTHER AFIELD

From Fìor Sgeir Cottage you can explore many other places nearby. From Armadale, tour the Small Isles (Eigg, Muck, Rum and Canna) by CalMac ferry. During the summer, take the community ferry from Kyleakin to Glenelg to explore the impressive Iron Age brochs. From Broadford, walk along the line of the old marble railway to the deserted villages of Boreraig and Suishnish whose inhabitants were evicted 160 years ago to make way for sheep. Near Torrin, a few miles further on, lies the start of one of the routes up Bla Bhein, an outlier of the Cuillins. From Elgol at the end of the road there are boat trips to Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillins and to the Small Isles. Further north at Sconser, take the ferry to the lovely island of Raasay. Sligachan Hotel (with over 350 malt whiskies to sample) and Glen Brittle are starting points for climbing the Cuillins. From the Glen Brittle campsite, walk down to the tip of the Rubh an Dunain peninsula to the remains of a Viking boatyard, fort and prehistoric chambered burial cairn.

CULTURE

Gaelic is spoken by almost half the population of Sleat. Sabhal Mòr, Scotland’s Gaelic College at Ostaig, has courses in Gaelic at all levels, as well as in traditional music and culture, and an artist-in-residence programme. Sabhal Mòr and other venues on Sleat host a lively programme of ceilidhs, concerts and plays, films, poetry readings and visual arts.

Sleat’s rich cultural heritage dates back 8000 years with a Mesolithic hunter-gatherer site at Aird of Sleat and recent finds of a Bronze Age burial site at Armadale, as well as many other prehistoric sites including four Bronze Age graves close to Fìor Sgeir Cottage. The Museum of the Isles at the Clan Donald Centre in Armadale documents medieval ruined castles, tales of feuding clans and the story of how poor smallholders finally got more secure land rights through the crofting system. The Clan Donald Centre also has a library and archive centre with resources for genealogical research along with a castle, café, gardens and woodland trails.

EATING OUT

After a day in the fresh air, have a meal out and enjoy Sleat’s fresh local produce and seafood. The picturesque Eilean Iarmain Hotel overlooking Isle Ornsay harbour has a restaurant and wood-panelled bar (often with live music). Next to the hotel you can taste traditional (unchillfiltered) blended malt whiskies. The Ardvasar Hotel also has pub and restaurant menus, and for fine dining try the Toravaig Hotel, Duisdale Hotel or the Michelin-starred Kinloch Lodge Hotel run by renowned cookery writer Lady Claire MacDonald. There are also cafes at the pier at Armadale and at the Clan Donald Centre.

The nearby towns of Broadford and Kyle of Lochalsh have several restaurants and cafes, as well as supermarkets and food shops, hardware shops, chemists, banks and tourist information.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Isle of Skye in Highland

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • WEBSITE QUOTES ARE NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE FOR STAYS OF LESS OR MORE THAN 1 WEEK. REDUCTIONS ON 2-WEEK STAYS. CONTACT US FOR PRICES AND AVAILABILITY.
  • No pets, smoking or vaping in the house. Please dispose of cigarette buts in the bin outside, not in the house.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • The super-kingsize bed (1.8 m wide by 2 m long, or 6 foot wide by 6 foot six inches long) can be converted to twin beds, if required. With the bed in king-size format, we can provide two single duvets if preferred to a king-size duvet.
Entertainment:
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Binoculars
  • Wood Decking
Suitability:
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Notes:
Fìor Sgeir Cottage is NON SMOKING and non-vaping. Guests have a dedicated parking space next to the cottage, within the steading.

Reviews

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COSY MODERN COTTAGE, glorious sea & mountain views
average rating of 4.9875 based on 105 reviews
Seattle, WA
5

Beautiful retreat on Skye

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at Fior Sgeir for a week in August and loved our time in the cottage and this part of Skye. The cottage is absolutely lovely with an amazing view to the Cullins. It's very comfortable, clean and stocked with everything needed including reference books on local walks which were very appreciated. Intent and thought are evident in every detail of the space and amenities provided. Dorothy and Andy were very proactive in sharing information and answering questions both before and during our stay and were friendly hosts. The road to the cottage is a gorgeous single track with amazing views and no shortage of sheep and cows for company. We would stay here again and recommend it highly to others.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 10, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

lovely cottage with personality

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay there! Even it was a bit rainy, we had such a good time. The cottage is with books, DVDs and CDs well equipped. It's perfect down to the last detail, even spyglasses are provided to enjoy the wonderful view on the sea. So stuffiness will never be brought up. Perfect hosting is the extra plus you get by staying there.

Our bottom line: highly recommendable!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Washington, District of Columbia
5

Gorgeous view, friendly hosts

  • 5 of 5

Spectacular view out our sitting room window. Nearby fortress ruins were fun to explore. Kitchen and laundry were well equipped, great shower. Location on Skye was perfect for day trips around the Isle and across the many ferries to lovely spots. The local pub Eilean Iarmine was great fun, as were the two Michelin rated restaurants nearby. Loved the old turntable ferry and the pub across the way. Jacobite train to Fort William was excellent, especially in first class. Can't say enough about our wonderful hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing away from it all haven

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a fabulous week here 29th July to 5th August. The pictures do not really do the property justice. Property very well equipped and proved to be just the tranquil haven that we were looking for. The Sleat peninsula also benefits from being less affected by the more mainstream tourist trail to the north of Skye.

If you are looking for a hideaway with stunning scenery on your doorstep then we couldn't recommend Fior Sgeir Cottage more highly.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fab cottage, fab views

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was exactly as described with beautiful views. Very comfortable and well equipped. We were particularly grateful for the walk guide books and OS Maps. Thank you for a lovely stay. Ann and Greg

  • Review Submitted: Jul 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
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Fantastic accommodation with amazing views

  • 5 of 5

We had an excellent stay in the Fior Sgeir cottage. The cottage was very well equipped and the views out of the living room window were fantastic. We were made to feel very welcome by the owners Dorothy and Andy and thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

The location is very quiet and peaceful meaning a very relaxed holiday with a good base to explore the south of the island. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Isle of Skye, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
 
Late summer/autumn
9 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£460
for 7 nights
£460
 
 
Winter
28 Oct 2017 - 17 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£261
for 3 nights
From
£87
£395
£1,185
 
 
Christmas/New Year
18 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
Winter
6 Jan 2018 - 16 Mar 2018
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
From
£90
£430
£1,260
 
 
Spring/early summer
17 Mar 2018 - 25 May 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£490
for 7 nights
£490
 
 
Summer
26 May 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
Late summer/autumn
8 Sep 2018 - 2 Nov 2018
7 night minimum stay
£490
for 7 nights
£490
 
 
Winter
3 Nov 2018 - 16 Dec 2018
3 night minimum stay
£270
for 3 nights
From
£90
£430
£1,260
 
 
Christmas/New Year
17 Dec 2018 - 7 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
£560
for 7 nights
£560
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

**NOTE** THE WEBSITE QUOTES ARE NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE FOR STAYS OF LESS OR MORE THAN 1 WEEK. CONTACT US FOR PRICES AND AVAILABILITY.
Spring-Summer-Autumn: minimum price is one week's rental; shorter stays cost the weekly rate. Changeover day is Saturday.
Christmas & New Year - reductions for 2 week's stay - contact us for more information.
Price includes bedlinen, towels, electricity and firewood.
Refundable security deposit: £100
Arrive after 4 pm; leave before 10 am
CANCELLATIONS – Cancellations must be notified to the owner by telephone and/or email.
o If you cancel your booking up to 45 days ahead of the check-in date, you will receive a full refund of all money paid less a cancellation charge of £30.
o If you cancel your booking less than 45 days ahead of the check-in date there will be no refund, except return of the £100 damages deposit (if paid).
o If you have to cut short your stay we will not refund any of the rental fee.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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