About the property
- Cottage430 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
Sleeps 2. Adjacent to ancient woods, 10 minutes' walk to the sea
10% discount on stays of 2 weeks or more.
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.
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.
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.
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- English, French, German
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
What a wonderful place!
Wonderful views, well equipped and very comfortable.
Wonderful place to relax and enjoy the endless beauty of skye
I stayed a wonderful week on Skye. The cabin is perfectly situated with a great view towards Elgol and over to the Black Cuilings, the sea and enjoy spectacular sunsets. The place is very calm and nature starts almost at your doorstep.
The cabin is very well equiped, very clean and a great place to start hikes in the Red Hills, explore the Sleat Peninsula or go into the Black Cuillins.
Thank you Dorothy and Andy for share this hidden gem with me.
Relaxing Remote Location
The cottage was in a wonderful remote location with great views towards the Cuillin Hills.
It was very comfortable & warm, stocked with a variety of local books of interest on Skye, there was everything required for a comfortable week, exceptionally warm when the log burning stove was burning.
Various wildlife could be spotted including the golden eagle and just before leaving on our last morning 2 dear ambled across the land in front of the cottage, definitely recommend, thank you to Dorothy & Andy for making our stay so enjoyable.
Excellent, comfortable and fantastic hosts.
The situ of the cottage is amazing with stunning views, in what we found to be the quiter area of Skye. But in saying that, there was still lots to do.
The property is modern, very clean and well stocked. We loved the wine & homemade cake as a welcome. We found everything we needed & even extra firewood if we needed.
The cottage is a short walk from Dunscaith castle where we were lucky enough to see an otter & lots of other wildlife.
Beautiful property in a stunning location
We had a wonderful stay at this cottage on the Isle of Skye. The location is beautiful as the property overlooks the sea and you can see the Cuillin in the distance. We had a lovely relaxing week looking at the view out of the windows and keeping warm by the log burner. The property has everything you need and we would highly recommend staying here.
True 'Escape' from it all.
First impressions of the cottage were wonderful - arriving there felt like stepping into another world. Modern, warm, very comfortable and every detail considered - the property has been designed so thoughtfully.
The location is beautiful - with a view that makes it hard to leave to cottage at all!
Dorothy and Andy were great hosts - flawless communication and very welcoming. The cottage is full of interesting reading material about the Island.
Exploring Skye was a joy. The sights are beyond words. We wish we had spent more time in Sleat (where the cottage is) - next time we will!
You will not leave dissapointed. This place is a true escape and an idyllic spot to recharge and reflect.
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.
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**NOTE** THE WEBSITE QUOTES ARE NOT ALWAYS ACCURATE FOR STAYS OF LESS THAN 1 WEEK. PLEASE CONTACT US FOR PRICES AND AVAILABILITY. Spring-Summer-Autumn: minimum price is one week's rental i.e. shorter stays cost the weekly rate. Changeover day is Saturday. Discounts of up to 15% (depending on the season) on stays of two weeks or more at Christmas and New Year and other times of year - please contact us for more information. Price includes bedlinen, towels, electricity and firewood. Refundable security deposit: £100 Check in is after 4 pm; checkout by 10 am If you have to cut short your stay there is no refund on the rental fee.