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

Bedrooms 2
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.

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 deposit 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
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Speaks English, Danish
Calendar last updated:
14 December, 2017

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
House Rules:
  • 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 teh 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
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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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Fantastic house and a wonderful view.

  • 5 of 5

We have had a wonderful stay at the Backrest. The house was perfect. We look forward to visit it again someday.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Looking forward to having you back soon :)
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Great location and fresh well appointed accommodation- ideal place to come to

  • 5 of 5

Everything was thought of and the house is nice and bright with lovely views - perfect house in ideal location

  • Review Submitted: 21-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks and see you in 2019 ;) - We open diary at beginning of 2018
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Beautiful property with stunning views

  • 5 of 5

We have had a wonderful relaxing stay at The Backrest. The views are stunning, we enjoyed watching the seals and eagle spotting, which we felt very lucky to see.

It was lovely to come back to a lovely warm house, after being out and about all day in the ever changing weather! (That’s part of taking a holiday on Skye!). The house has everything that you may need, a lot of thought has gone into the layout and good quality furniture to make it a very comfortable stay. Look forward to returning to this beautiful home.

Thank you Mette and Sonia.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. Looking forwards to having you back next year :)
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Wonderful accommodation, outstanding location

  • 5 of 5

The Backrest is a fantastic place, extremely well furnished and set in a quite beautiful location. The owners have thought of just about everything to make your stay as good as it could be. From the back friendly furniture (as a sufferer of back pain over the years) to the cosy beds and indulgent bath, this place is the perfect way to unwind and enjoy the best of Skye. Not too far too drive to any of the main visitor attractions on Skye but sufficiently tucked away to feel a sense of comfortable isolation. Perhaps the highest compliment I can pay, is that we've already booked in for next year. Thank you Mette

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes your booking is in diary for next year already !!! :) Thank you for the nice words. So pleased you had 2 great weeks.
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Relaxing holiday, amazing views

  • 5 of 5

The backrest is a modern and clean property with everything you need and nothing unnessecary. We loved it! We enjoyed the views out of every window especially in the living room and the upstairs shower and the ever-changing landscape . We felt in heaven from the first moment and loved the sheep around the house. There are plenty of things to explore. We recommend:

Dunvegan gardens

Coral beach

and if you like arts and crafts don`t miss:

Dragonfly studio

Shilasdair shop

Skye Weavers

Whatear Textiles

Dun Studio

Ellishadder Cafe

Island at the edge

Raven press Gallery

The Handspinner having Fun


Hebridean Alpaca Company

(unfortunatly there was no time and space in the bag to visit more this year)

All these studios are run by very special and welcoming people who create beautiful things in good quality.

We also highly recommend John the fishmonger on wednesdays. Very good service and good quality: please support!

The last night we saw a falling star :-)

Hope we can come back again

Monika and Katrin

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! you packed a lot into your holiday. I think you will need to come back for a rest ;) Thank you for a lovely review.
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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

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
6 Jan 2018 - 23 Feb 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
24 Feb 2018 - 9 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
10 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
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

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

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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