History

A charming and historic family house dating from the late 18th century and early 19th century and situated amidst the stunning scenery of the Island of Skye with a wonderful southerly outlook over Loch Slapin and standing within lovely garden and grounds
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Strathaird House was at one time the principal house on the Strathaird Estate. The Strathaird peninsula was historically a heartland of Clan Mackinnon. The Estate was purchased by the John Muir Trust in 1994 and the Trust also own the neighbouring estates of Torrin and Sconser.

 

Strathaird House has been in private ownership since the mid 1970’s.
Replacing an earlier Mackinnon house, unusually the present day house comprises two houses set side-by-side as one,
the western stone faced end – housing The Library – being built around 1790. The eastern half the The Lodge and was built in the Georgian style being completed in 1827. The houses are only joined at ground floor level.

History

A charming and historic family house dating from the late 18th century and early 19th century and situated amidst the stunning scenery of the Island of Skye with a wonderful southerly outlook over Loch Slapin and standing within lovely garden and grounds

Strathaird House was at one time the principal house on the Strathaird Estate. The Strathaird peninsula was the historic heartland of Clan Mackinnon. Strathaird House has been in private ownership since the mid 1970’s. Replacing an earlier Mackinnon house, unusually the present day house comprises two houses set side-by-side as one, the western stone faced end – housing The Library – being built around 1790. The eastern half with The Lodgeat the rear was built in the Georgian style and completed in 1827. The houses are only joined at ground floor level. It is said that the owner of the house instructed his architect in 1790 and, once the part with the stone façade had been constructed, decided he didn’t like it and it was in the wrong place. He then built the typical regency fronted white house, leaving a corridor connecting the two on the ground floor only, and occupied it some while later. Rumour has it that he left his long suffering wife in the old house and decamped next door in isolated splendour. That may be a local myth but it gives an interesting insight into life over 200 years ago and – some might say – provides one way of keeping a marriage sweet!

The sunken garden to the front of the house was built in the early 19th century and a large number of specimen trees are still standing in the woods from the same period.
The Strathaird Estate surrounding the house was purchased by the John Muir Trust in 1994 from Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull fame. The Trust also own the neighbouring estates of Torrin and Sconser.

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  • A wonderfully scenic winter stay in a well equipped spacious and welcoming house. which makes it so easy to feel at home. Particularly enjoyed watching the morning sun on the hills behind followed by exploring the area on foot and in the evening relaxing in front of that log fire in the library 
    Great location for all the delights of Skye .

    Pat James
  • Classic, classy, characterful and complete, beautifully appointed, tasteful interiors combining with the dramatic views to  Blaven and the Cuilins make for an unforgettable stay. Tucked away in a most secluded yet accessible corner of Skye. A perfect blend of comfort and drama.

    William Goldie
  • A wonderfully scenic winter stay in a well equipped spacious and welcoming house. which makes it so easy to feel at home. Particularly enjoyed watching the morning sun on the hills behind followed by exploring the area on foot and in the evening relaxing in front of that log fire in the library 
    Great location for all the delights of Skye .

    Pat James
  • Classic, classy, characterful and complete, beautifully appointed, tasteful interiors combining with the dramatic views to  Blaven and the Cuilins make for an unforgettable stay. Tucked away in a most secluded yet accessible corner of Skye. A perfect blend of comfort and drama.

    William Goldie

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