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Eco and back friendly modern house, amazing views from all rooms, by Dunvegan

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,560 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House overlooking Loch Dunvegan, Skinidin, near Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands, Scotland - Architect designed warm and airy, underfloor heating, comfy beds, wood burning stove & all mod cons

Whether it's a great location from which to explore the many outdoor activities that Skye has to offer or the more genteel art and craft trails, or indeed a place to relax, unwind and simply watch from a comfy chair the ebb and flow of the loch shore, 'The Backrest' is the house for you.

(And you may be able to bring your small/medium well behaved dog subject to prior agreement :) - see below).

Please note that we do the change over on a SATURDAY therefore the first and last day of your stay must be a Saturday. Minimum 1 week stay (Sat to Sat)

We have WIFI but it is slower than what you are used to. It is however the best your can get on a remote Scottish island ;)

The Backrest has been built to incorporate the latest Eco-technology and is modern living through its furnishings and equipment to an exceptionally high standard. The influence of a Danish, chiropratic owner is most definitely evident in the overall interior design and quality of all things to sit or lie on - you won't be able to blame us for any bad backs and are more likely to want to know where you can buy things because they're just so comfortable!

To the front of the house, the visible life on the shore loch always brings a smile - seals are commonplace to see although we sometimes wish they'd get the ball and hoops out to give more of a show! Otters also inhabit the loch but our spaniels mean we're unlikely to see them but hopefully you'll have more luck, and the bird life is prolific. Sheep have open grazing by the loch and feast on the shore line. It's easy to spend a relaxing day in the house whatever the weather - although a warm house, you can always light the wood burner and watch from inside. For any artist it's a great spot from which to put brush to canvas or for photographers to capture the stunning views.

Alternatively we are perfectly placed to explore the island and there's plenty of space to dry out those walking boots and waterproofs if needed. Four out of the five peninsulas on Skye are within just a 20minute drive (Minginish, Warternish, Trotternish and we're in Duirinish). The furthest away is Sleat in the south of Skye but we recommend to make it a day trip and possibly combine it with taking the ferry to Mallaig on your way home but we are only talking c 45mins away!

Our proximity to Uig also means that Harris with its world famous tweed and the very beautiful Luskenytre Beach (in the world's Top 10 beaches) are a possibility if you want to venture further but with access to great walks (for all abilities), biking (on and off road) stunning views, sea life, flora and fauna of all descriptions, wild life, fishing, golf, natural and man-made historic sites, great food and Skye beer or Talisker whisky on the door step, it's hard to see why you would!

Walking on Skye doesn't have to be in the challenging Black Cuillins. There are plenty of walks for all ages and paw sizes - Frida and Floyd (our 2 cocker spaniels) have left you details of their favourites and so have we.

If being on the water is more your thing, the many jetties including our nearest at Colbost mean you can launch anything from a kayak to a small dinghy. Alternatively if it's just watching the water that you're in to the sightings of dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks are seen frequently around the island. The outdoors also inspires much of the arts and crafts produced locally and there are well routed tours on each of the peninsulas so you can stop off at the galleries and enjoy the art with coffee and homemade cake.

After a great day out we think you need the option of a great night in and whilst there are many fabby places to eat very close by, notably The Three Chimneys just a walk away, we've kitted out the kitchen so you can prepare your own feast. There are lots of places to either catch or buy your own seafood and we've left lots of "local knowledge" details in the house to help you. The largest recorded catch in the UK was made off Skye - please don't bring back a 208lb skate to gut on the dining table!

After a busy or relaxed day a great night's sleep is guaranteed. The combi of comfy beds, no light pollution and just nature's sounds will mean you are well rested unless of course it's the light show of the Aurora Borealis keeping you awake.

Completed in December 2014, our location combines the old and the new - just a few metres from the eco and back friendly modern take on the traditional croft buildings are the walls of the original "winter croft". We've taken great care to preserve the remains and integrity of those who lived there before us out of respect for the Glendale crofters whose efforts helped persuade Prime Minister William Gladstone to establish a commission that would transform the lives of thousands of people working the land.

It's a pleasure to share our Hebridean home with you and subject to notification and our agreement BEFORE your stay, one small/medium well behaved dog. Please advise us on your booking enquiry if you want to bring your furry friend because house rules do apply which need your sign off. We charge an additional £50 refundable if we agree to your dog staying at The Backrest.

We're sure you'll all fall in love with The Backrest and have a holiday to remember.

More Details

Mette Stopa
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, Danish
Calendar last updated:
21 April, 2018

About Mette Stopa

A chiropractor and a management consultant we are based in Glasgow with our dogs, Frida and Floyd, having originated in Denmark and the Midlands respectively via various places on the way!

Mette Stopa purchased this house in 2013

Why Mette Stopa chose Isle of Skye

Our first visit to Skye was en route to Harris for just one night. Despite a half completed Quirang walk because of bad weather we instantly fell in love with the island which just looked stunning in the mist and rain.

We looked at building on islands nearer to our home in Glasgow but kept being drawn back to Skye. Bizarrely whilst on holiday in Rio we saw the Skinidin plot for sale and the weekend after our return found ourselves walking on it and a few other for good measure. We hadn't agreed any criteria for selection so when our only dog at the time, Frida, went absolutely nuts, doing mad happy dog sprints it quite simply sealed the deal. Thanks to Frida, The Backrest is here today.

What makes this house unique

All the joys of modern life in the most rural of settings but yet civilisation is just a short walk away in the form of The Three Chimneys. Modern life is brought to you in back friendly comfort combined with that spacious, clean Nordic look thanks to a Danish owner who's a chiropractor.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1560 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • lake
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure , great view from both the bath and the shower cubicle
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Great view of The Maccleods Tables from the Shower Cubicle
  • Downstairs shower room: sink, wc, heated towel rail and large walk-in shower with views towards the 'Macleod's Tables'. Upstairs Bathroom: Double sink, wc, heated towel rail, large shower cubicle (with views of hills) and large bath (Loch views)
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Super king size bed or can be made into two single beds.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , double bed, funky chair and stunning views
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Upstairs bedroom has a Super King Size bed or two single beds should it be required (zip and link). Very good quality mattress (back friendly). Downstairs bedroom has a Double Bed again fitted with a very good back friendly orthopaedic mattress.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Veranda ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • bay
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
Notes on accommodation: One well behaved small dog considered (by prior agreement only). We do the change over on a SATURDAY. We are strictly a NO smoking house. Due to the location of the property mobile signal may be limited and at times even unavailable. Outside: Plenty of parking is available at the back of the house. The garden is private and all fenced in to keep the sheep out but you do get occasional woolly visitors so open the gate and give them a friendly "shoo" out! Utility Room: Washing machine, tumble dryer, iron and ironing board. Inside and outside drying areas. Hair dryer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: You will arrive to a clean house, fresh Egyptian cotton duvet covers/sheets, fluffy towels, rubber ducks (!!) and tea towels. Beds will be made up using luxury feather/down duvets. If you require microfibre duvets please state at the time of booking.


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Eco and back friendly modern house, amazing views from all rooms, by Dunvegan
average rating of 4.9268293 based on 82 reviews

A perfect place

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed a wonderful week at The Backrest. The property is well laid out, extremely comfortable and equipped with everything you could possibly need. We enjoyed the fabulous walking and wildlife wrapped up in our waterproofs before returning to luxuriate in the large bath and settle down in front of the wood burner. Much time was also spent gazing at the spectacular views out of the living room windows. A perfect holiday. We will return.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really pleased you had a good time. Just a shame your dad couldn't manage the journey. Hopefully he can join you next time.
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Great house, comfortable and stylish

  • 5 of 5

Amazing house, well set up for holiday makers but also feels like a home

Incredible scenery and setting - amazing to be sat at the table having dinner and watching the seals playing in the bay

Highly recommend it as a base to explore Skye but also a lovely place to relax, sit by the fire and take in the views

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. Please you had a great time and that the seals put on a performance!
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Skye perfection!!

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at Skye via the ferry from Mallaig. The journey along the road to the isles was beautiful, sunny, historic and set us up nicely to be awed by the scenery on our way to the Backrest. The house exceeded our expectations in every way, as did our holiday. After days spent walking (sometimes not seeing another soul!) the house was a pleasure to return to. The fittings throughout were first class and everything was pristine. We were lucky to see seals, eagles, red deer, the Northern Lights and lots and lots of sunshine and stars.

Mette responded to any messages quickly and we loved his & Sonia's sense of humour apparent on the labels dotted about!

We would recommend this house except that we don't want it to be so fully booked so that it is a struggle to fit us in again :-)

If you like the outdoors, walking etc or just plain relaxing and recharging this is the place for you!

  • Review Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much. Sounds like your husband enjoyed his surprise holiday on Skye :) The walks and the wild life on the island is just amazing. Second to none. Really pleased you had a fab time. I am however really jealous that you saw the Northern lights. Lucky you! - We missed them last time we stayed as we on that very evening decided to have an early night. It was all over the papers the next day but we slept through it all with the blackout blinds down......ha ha! Oh well, next time!
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Excellent property, very well maintained, very clean with everything you could require.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in the Backrest. A lovely, very well finished property with beautiful views from the full length windows.

The property is well situated to visit many of the beautiful areas of Skye but also a wonderful place to just sit in front of the wood burner and watch the ever changing weather from the comforts of the warm snug house.

The owner told us they had high standards and you couldn’t get much higher, it is almost as if the house is brand new.

The house has everything you would require, very good appliances in a splendid Kitchen, lovely furniture and great beds with equally good bed linen.

A truly wonderful property, we will be back.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you enjoyed your week. Thanks for looking after the property so well. Looking forward to having you back ;)
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Another great stay at the backrest

  • 5 of 5

This was our third visit to the backrest and it did not disappoint. The weather was cold but dry and we were able to explore our usual favourites. However, this time we had our 4 month old daughter with us so exploring was much less than normal. The backrest was excellent for both our dog and our baby as the comfort provided by the backrest make it very enjoyable to stay indoors :-)

  • Review Submitted: 08-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really pleased you enjoyed your 3rd (!) stay :)
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Fantastic Stay

  • 5 of 5

Superb Holiday home in a wonderful location. A fantastic modern house that we will be booking again and again. The owners are lovely and nothing was too much trouble. If you want to go on holiday, on Skye, don't book anywhere else.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: That you very much :) and thanks for looking after the house so well. You got 1st place from our house keepers!! Looking forward to having you back for your next holiday on Skye.
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Nearest Airport
133 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3.3 Miles
Old School Restaurant
Nearest Ferry
55 Miles
Nearest Golf
28 Miles
Isle of Skye Golf Course
Nearest Train
48 Miles
Kyle of Lochalsh
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
The Three Chimneys
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Coral Beach
Car: necessary


Open the door, walk about 100 metres and you're on the shore line of Loch Dunvegan where you can cast your fishing rod or just mooch about and will most likely have seals for company.

Coral beach is a must. just stunning with the vibrant blue water and black rocks against the white beach. Nice circular walk here.

Tallisker beach with its grey sand looks fab agaist the dramatic cliffs. Visit at low tide or get here for amazing sunsets.


Access to Skye is either via the bridge at the Kyle of Localsh or, via ferry from ferry from Mallaig to the south of the island.

'The Backrest' is approximately a 45minute drive from the bridge or a 1hr 20min drive from landing in Armadale.

If it's your first visit to Skye we recommend arriving one way and leaving the other for a full Skye experience.


Three Chimneys Restaurant - 1 mile

Dunvegan (vlilage shops, bakery, post office, eating places, pub, petrol) - 2 miles

Glendale (large village shop, eating places) - 4 miles

Coral Beach - 5 miles

Portree the island capital - 22 mlies

Old Man of Storr - 30 miles

The Cuillin Mountains - 28 miles

Neist Point - 8 miles

Tallisker Distillery - 25 miles

The Oyester Shed, Tallisker (great for buying seafood) - 25miles

Uig Ferry port - 32 miles

Kilt Rock - 30 miles

The Quiraing - 40 miles

Further Details:

Skye maybe an island but it's most definitely not short on access to all the usual stuff you expect to find on the mainland. Groceries are easily accessible either via the exceptionally well stocked local stores in Dunvegan or Glendale where some of the fresh selections we consider to be even better than the supermarkets. If it's bigger stores you want, the Co-op at Portree or Broadford (which you'll pass en-route to the house) stock all of the usual suspects and have long opening hours. You won't go hungry or thirsty - the local store in Dunvegan has an unrivalled range of Scottish bottled beers, we know!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Isle of Skye, Scotland

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
24 Mar 2018 - 27 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Sep 2018 - 26 Oct 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
27 Oct 2018 - 21 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
5 Jan 2019 - 22 Feb 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Feb 2019 - 8 Mar 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Mar 2019 - 5 Apr 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Apr 2019 - 3 May 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
4 May 2019 - 28 Jun 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Jun 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
31 Aug 2019 - 27 Sep 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
28 Sep 2019 - 25 Oct 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
26 Oct 2019 - 20 Dec 2019
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
21 Dec 2019 - 3 Jan 2020
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £75

Booking Notes:
Please write (or e-mail) clarification that you want to go ahead, then we'll send you bank details for payment plus our t's and c's. 50% of the rental cost is needed to secure booking. You'll get a booking confirmation and details of any balancing payment including the housekeeping deposit* which is due 6 weeks before your arrival. On final payment we'll forward details on how to access the house.
Cancellation:+6wks = full refund,<6wks = no refund. We advise taking out hol insurance.

Changeover Day:
Saturday change over. Departure by 10am please and arrivals after 3pm.

Notes on prices:
*A housekeeping bond of £75 is required with your balancing payment, or £125 if we've agreed to you bringing your dog(1 well behaved dog by prior agreement only). Our t's and c's provide details of things we'll deduct for, if all's fine we'll return this within a week of your departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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