Strathaird House is situated within its own grounds of about 6.50 acres in a spectacular location with southerly views over Loch Slapin towards the islands of Rum and Eigg and beyond to the Ardnamurchan Peninsula. 10 miles from the township of Broadford with its supermarkets, restaurants and hotels, the Elgol road takes you past spectacular mountain and loch views. Elgol village is about 5 miles to the south of Strathaird House and has a population of approximately 150, a significant proportion of whom are Gaelic speakers. The village is the harbour for two privately owned boat operators providing boat trips to Loch Coruisk and the Small Isles of Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck. It also has two coffee shops and a superb, highly recommended restaurant. The view from Elgol Harbour across to Loch Coruisk and the Black Cuillin is regularly voted amongst the most beautiful in Britain and attracts photographers from all over the world.
The Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly island of the Inner Hebrides. Named by Vikings for the “Misty Isle”, visitors from every corner of the globe enjoy Skye’s delights and often encounter four seasons in a day. Being one of Scotland’s best known islands it is renowned for its spectacular scenery, vibrant culture and heritage, and diverse wildlife. There are many areas of outstanding natural beauty and no part of the island is far from the sea. The island’s dramatic scenery is dominated by the Cuillins, a wild and rugged range of mountains rising to more than 3,000 feet above sea level. The island was recently voted the 4th best island in the world by National Geographic Magazine.
The climate is mild with Skye enjoying a more clement winter that most parts of the Highlands. Spring and early summer months are often blessed with long spells of sunny weather. Skye offers an unparalleled variety of outdoor pursuits including walking, climbing, shooting, fishing, golf and water sports. There are excellent sporting opportunities in Skye and on the mainland. with Red and Roe deer stalking and Salmon fishing available on surrounding estates. The dramatic island landscape is host to some of the most exciting deer stalking in Scotland. The sea lochs provide wonderful sailing opportunities all around the island and whales, dolphins and a vast array of birdlife are permanent residents. The long sunny summer days and warm current of the Gulf Stream ensure Skye’s waters are a rich feeding ground for fish and gentle giants like the basking shark.
The Cuillins are probably the British Isles’ most formidable mountain range and provide Alpine challenges to hill walkers, mountaineers and rock climbers alike. Whilst no place for the ill-equipped novice, there are several local guide outfits who offer expert instruction for those less experienced who still want to try the higher routes. The island abounds with wonderful and gentler walks along straths and glen and a coastline which includes cliffs, caves and beaches.
The closest range of local amenities to Strathaird House can be found in Broadford with Skye’s capital, the town of Portree being 25 miles further to the North. With its picturesque harbour and a super range of shops, arts and crafts galleries, pubs and restaurants, its certainly worth a visit. For those who enjoy a drop of the “water of life” Skye and Raasey now boast three Whisky Distilleries. The long standing and world reknown Talisker is made at Carbost in central Skye with two eagerly awaited newcomers being Torabhaig in Sleat and Raasay a short ferry ride across from Sconser on Skye. All three distilleries offer informative and fun tours which are a great way of learning about the history and culture of the area.
Skye has an enviable reputation for its range of award-winning restaurants which are enjoyed by locals and and visitors alike. From the Three Chimneys near Dunvegan to Kinloch Lodge at Isleornsay and all points in between the choice, quality and range of food on offer is simply great. For those staying at Strathaird the short drive to the little gem that is Coruisk House at Elgol will not disappoint.
For those wishing to see more of the Hebrides and Highlands there are also ferry links from Mallaig to Armadale in the south the island and from Uig on to the Outer Hebrides in the north.
Getting to Strathaird
By Air – Inverness City is the capital of the Highlands and has daily connecting flights from Luton, Gatwick and Manchester (providers include Easyjet, British Airways, Eastern Airways or Highlands and Islands Airways Ltd.) Car hire is available at the airport and from the city centre.
By Boat – Guests can take the car ferry the short hop from Glen Elg to Kylerhea, or longer Calmac service from Mallaig to Armadale (booking advised in high season) and enjoy the beautiful scenery.
By Car – Strathaird House is a two and a quarter hour drive from Inverness and five hours from Glasgow.
By Train – Travel by train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh(20 miles from Strathaird) and connect with the sleeper service operating from London Euston
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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 libraryGreat location for all the delights of Skye .
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.