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Mrs Marion MacLeod

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Eilean Isay Self Catering Cottage In Waternish Near Dunvegan, Isle Of Skye

11 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Scottish Highlands & Islands Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cosy 2 public/2 bedroom spacious traditional croft-house with sea views

The traditional stone built croft cottage has 2 public rooms - lounge with cosy wood burning stove (initial supply of logs and coal supplied) Wi-Fi enabled satellite TV/DVD player, i-pod docking station, dining room seating 6 people also with satellite TV, library of books, games, puzzles, DVD's, videos, maps, details of the many local forestry/coastal walks. Both public rooms and bedrooms with sea views. All electricity, heating, Wi-Fi, bed linen and towels included in tariff. Large enclosed garden which dogs love, with panoramic views across Loch Bay and onwards to Outer Islands - amazing sunsets.

There is also free internet and Broadband connection. There is a payphone in the cottage which accepts incoming calls but whilst the mobile connection is poor inside the cottage, mobile signal can be found in the garden.

There are two large comfortable bedrooms - one double (King size bed) and one twin - both having extra fold-down single beds. Bed linen and towels are all supplied. Electric blankets on the bed with extra blankets supplied for the chillier evenings. Again both bedrooms with sea views.

Fully equipped kitchen with large fridge freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer,microwave, toasty maker, coffee machine, electric kettle etc.

Waternish is the central of the most prominent peninsulas to project north west into the Minch. It is an extremely pretty area and very green. There are a series of scattered settlements here including Bay, Lusta, Stein Hallin, Halistra and Trumpan. There are several places worth a visit whether it be historic or just local attractions. These include 'Fairy Bridge' dating from the early 1800's and apparently named because it was believed to be the haunt of fairies and where the then Chief MacLeod was given the famous 'FairyFlag' by his fairy wife (before she left him returning to her own people) to be waved only three times if the MacLeod Clan were in danger. The flag has been waved on two occasions and is now kept in Dunvegan Castle. Dunvegan Castle (about 15 minute drive) is the ancestral home of the chieftains of the Clan MacLeod. The castle can trace its history back to around 1200AD.

Also to be found in the Dunvegan area the beautiful Coral Beach - one of the best beaches in Skye with great views of the highest sea cliffs in Skye, Dunvegan Head.

The historic Trumpan church in Waternish was the scene of a bloody massacre of the MacLeod clan by the MacDonalds in the middle of the16th century. There is an excellent picnic area here where you can enjoy superb views. Nearby you will find the path leading to the Waternish lighthouse for those of you who enjoy walking.

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  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Mrs Marion MacLeod (Owner)
Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

About Mrs Marion MacLeod

My parents were both born in Skye - my mother in Waternish and my father in the South of Skye in a now deserted village called Kilbride near Torrin. My husband was born in a cottage in Camus Lusta in Waternish. All fluent gaelic speakers.

Mrs Marion MacLeod purchased this cottage in 1936

Why Mrs Marion MacLeod chose Scottish Highlands & Islands

Eilean Isay has been in the family since 1936 when it was built with stone brought down from the quarry by horse and cart by my husbands ancestors. Could not anticipate not being able to spend time in the lovely cottage - my second home! After the fast pace of city dwelling, there is nothing more relaxing than to sit outside the cottage and take in the amazing surrounding scenery and just chill out.

What makes this cottage unique

The views from Eilean Isay are truly spectacular and to watch the sun set across Loch bay is truly amazing - one couldn't help but fall in love with the peace and tranquility of this location. Even on the darkest of nights, this has got to be one of the best places on the planet to stargaze or to see the distant lights of passing ships sailing across the Minch.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Marion,

Just to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your cottage. That view will stay with us forever.....we are really missing it now!!


Apr 2013
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based on 11 traveler reviews

Eilean Isay Self Catering Cottage In Waternish Near Dunvegan, Isle Of Skye
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 14 reviews

Very comfortable - great views

  • 4 of 5

Everything is clean and tidy and well equipped. We had a great time and watching the sunsets from the bench in front of the house was a great experience! The Stein Inn is excellent.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review and I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Eilean Isay cottage. Cottage is indeed well equipped as I know visitors expect the same high standards as they enjoy at home. The sunsets in Waternish I think must be amongst the best in the world and I am delighted that you enjoyed them. Hope to see you back on Skye again some day. Regards Marion MacLeod Owner
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Fantastic Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

We have been back to this cottage several times now, and never tire of the beautiful views or the lovely welcoming and cozy feel of the place. The beautiful big garden is ideal if you have children or pets, and the location is ideally situated close to a fabulous local pub and restaurants. The house is always clean, comfortable and well equipped. As soon as we get home from our holiday we are booking the next one here, and cannot wait to be back at Eilean Isay again. Feels like coming home!

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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Superbe séjour

  • 5 of 5

Un superbe séjour avec une vue sur l'île de Skye magnifique. Le cottage est charmant. Et parfaitement propre. Bref un lieu idéal pour les amoureux de la nature sauvage.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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Home from Home

  • 5 of 5

This is our 4th visit to Eilean Isay and that says it all!! The location is truly breath taking especially as the day we arrived it was a beautiful sunny day and you can see across to Harris. The house is warm, clean and very cosy with a wood burner for the colder evenings. Whilst a get away from it location there is a pub within 1/2 mile in the small harbour. Dunvegan is only a short car ride away and Portree a little further. Booking is easy and we are very pleased to take our 2 dogs.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Owner's Response: Hi Thank you for your kind remarks on Eilean Isay cottage - the fact that this is your fourth visit surely speaks for itself and I am delighted you love the cottage as much as we do! Hope to see you back again next year! With best regards Marion MacLeod
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A rural idyll

  • 5 of 5

This property was just as described by the owner and it was clean and well maintained and had all the kitchenware one could ever need! It was warm and cosy and there were plenty of games, DVDs and videos to keep us entertained.

We had our dogs with us and as the garden is large and completely enclosed, we had no concerns that they might escape!

This was our first time visiting Skye and its beauty took my breath away several times over each day. We were blessed with a superb bright and dry October week.

My favourite time of day was in the morning sitting with a cup of tea, on the bench outside the front door of the cottage with the only sound being the birds and looking over the bay to the Outer Hebrides far in the distance.

We only managed a fraction of the walks recommended ( there's lots of info at the cottage) and will need to return! The only thing I would recommend is , if taking 'town' dogs, bring an extendible lead as one is never sure when a sheep will appear, even on the beach! We saw lots of seals and birds of prey when out and about. There is a wealth of 'Geocaches' on the island which kept our children interested on the walks too.

My husband had organised a sunrise and sunset 'one to one' with a local photographer and learned a great deal from him.

I can honestly say that we all - children and dogs included- had a really lovely holiday.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Owner's Response: Hi I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much at Eilean Isay - we are constantly striving to improve the cottage and are always so pleased that guest appreciate our wonderful view across Loch Bay as well as the cottage facilities. Hope to welcome you back to Eilean Isay some time again in the future. With best regards Marion MacLeod
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Stunning location, cosy, well equipped cottage

  • 4 of 5

We have just returned from a wonderful week in Skye. The cottage is well located with fabulous views of the bay, just a short walk from the Stein Inn which serves hearty food and local ale. The cottage is clean, cosy, well equipped with cooking utensils, has Sky TV and a good selection of DVDs and books.

The bathroom and bedrooms are spacious and comfortable with plenty of storage space. We highly recommend the cottage and hope to return ourselves.

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Owner's Response: Hi Thank you for your kind comments on Eilean Isay - I am delighted you enjoyed your holiday in Waternish and look forward to welcoming you back again some day. With best regards Marion MacLeod
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Stein Inn, Waternish
Nearest Ferry
30 Miles
Nearest Train
55 Miles
Kyle of Lochalsh
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
Car: recommended

Situated in an elevated position above Loch Bay in 5 acres of surrounding croft-land with panoramic sea views across to the Outer Hebridean islands, this cosy 2 bedroom holiday cottage was awarded 3 stars by Visit Scotland in 2011.

The magical peninsula of Waternish on the North West coast of Skye is approached by the Fairy Bridge from the main Portree-Dunvegan road. The breathtaking vista takes in Loch Bay and Dunvegan Head reaching out beyond the islands of Loch Dunvegan to the Outer Hebrides and the Atlantic Ocean.

This spectacular peninsula is the perfect base for lovers of the great outdoors exploring the rich history and wildlife of the area as well as offering a wide range of activites including hill walking, mountain climbing, artists, photography, cycling, whale/dolphin watching, bird watching (sea eagle/golden eagle/buzzards) It is also a keen photographer's dream with a panoramic seascape stretching from west to north, the view from Waternish over Loch Bay Islands to the archipelago of the Outer Hebrides is simply magnificent. Allegedly the most photographed sunset in Europe

The area has many visitor attractions including Skyeskins(Tannery), (5 star rated) who offer free guided tours round their exhibition sheepskin tannery, Shilasdair - a wool dye house, two potteries, three art galleries,craft shops plus a diving centre, boat trips, jetty and moorings, historic Stein village conservation area with its 18th century pub Stein Inn (which is a short 10 minute walk from the cottage) where you can enjoy a drink by the lochside and the wonderful Loch Bay Seafood restaurant - with its locally caught fresh seafood.

This is an ideal base for a family holiday. Very large enclosed garden (pet friendly) with garden furniture and terrace allowing guests to enjoy breakfast or a barbecue whist admiring the stunning views across the loch and in the evening the unforgettable sunsets and amazing dark skies with no light pollution.

Pets by arrangement.

The main town in Skye is Portree - approx. 30 minute drive which has several banks, a large supermarket, gift shops, butcher/bakers, tea rooms, several excellent hotels - the short drive to the Cullin Hills Hotel in Portree is worth going if only for the views across Portree bay to the lovely harbour with its many fishing boats and yachts. Here you will also find the Tourist Office. Aros Visitor Centre offers museum, cinema, concerts, restaurant/coffee shop. Portree also has indoor swimming pool and excellent library located in the High School. The famous Cuillin Hills located in the South of the island are a climbers paradise and a boat trip out to the beautiful Loch Coruisk on the 'Bella Jane' is a must see.


Rates & Availability

Dunvegan Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Rate 26
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 2 2016
7 night minimum stay
Rate 27
Sep 3 2016 - Oct 28 2016
7 night minimum stay
Rate 28
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 23 2016
4 night minimum stay
Rate 29
Dec 24 2016 - Jan 7 2017
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $13

During months of May - October, cottage is let out on weekly basis (Saturday to Saturday) but short breaks are available October - December & January - April. Payment for property hire is acceptable in British Pounds Sterling and extra allowance should be made for foreign currency exchange. Non refundable deposit of £100 is required within 4 working days with balance payable 6 week. Holiday insurance advisable.

£100 deposit (Sterling) with balance due 6 weeks prior to holiday either payable by internet banking or by cheque.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Scottish Highlands & Islands Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Mountain
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Heated Towel Rail
  • Large Bathroom has bath with overhead electric shower, wash hand basin with electric shaving point and w.c. Heated Towel Rail. Towels included in tariff.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Jay Be Sprung Matress Folding Bed suitable for adult/child
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Jay Be Sprung Matress Folding Bed suitable adult/child
  • Bedroom 1 - Double Bed sleeps 2 plus Fold Down Single 'Z' Bed Bedroom 2 - Twin Beds sleeping 2 plus Fold Down Sprung Matress Single 'Z' Bed suitable for adult/child Bed linen included (duvets with duvet covers, sheets, pillowcases and bedspreads) - beds have electric blankets and extra blankets for chillier evenings. Spacious comfortable bedrooms with sea view, fully carpeted with electric panel heating. Plentiful storage including wardrobes with coat hangers, dressing table and chest of drawers in each room. Hair dryer. Travel Cot (please request)
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
Payphone, Free Broadband/Internet Access, Satellite TV x 2, DVD Player, Video Player, I-Pod dock C D Player, Radio, Games/Puzzles/Children’s Videos, Maps/Local Information/Places to Visit, TravelCot/HighChair Outside Drying Area, Garden Furniture, Small Barbecue.

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