Isle of Skye Self Catering – Ardranach Cottage

Ardranach Holiday Cottage Bernisdale IV51 9NS

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A beautiful detached self catering cottage on the Isle of Skye with Open Fire, Rayburn and Conservatory oozing charm and character.

Nestling close to the shores of Loch Snizort on the Isle of Skye this cosy self catering Holiday cottage is a gorgeous place to stay and relax. Its Remote Northerly location make it great for Star Gazers and this chancing their luck to see the Northern Lights

The cottage has an oil fired Rayburn in the kitchen ensuring a warm welcome at any time of year, off-road parking and is located just ten minutes drive from shops, banks and fuel in Portree the capital of the Isle of Skye. Ardranach Cottage and Portree form the perfect base for exploring the Isle of Skye. Whether you prefer a relaxed holiday, or an active one, the options are many and varied. Nearby is Dunvegan Castle, the historic home of the Clan Macleod or perhaps treat yourself at the Three Chimneys Restaurant in Colbost, a top Scottish restaurant.

Its Remote Northerly location make it great for Star Gazers and this chancing their luck to see the Northern Lights

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  • Cottage, Sleeps 2, Traditional Detached, Island Location, Loch Views, Conservatory, Fridge / Freezer, Dishwasher, Washing / Dryer, Car Parking, TV / DVD, Central Heating, Log Fire, Oil Fired Rayburn, Bedding and Towels, Pet Friendly, Pub / Inn 1 mile.
  • Locality of Skeabost

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    Nearby is the Skeabost Country House Hotel open to non residents with a fine dining room, conservatory restaurant or bar. Golf is available at the hotel on a well-maintained 9 tee course. The Hotel is located in private grounds on the edge of Loch Snizort. Originally built as a hunting lodge by the MacDonalds, it is steeped in history and has an enchanting period feel flattered by roaring open fires.

    Skeabost offers 8 miles of the best salmon and trout fishing on Skye if you are a keen fisher.

    “Views of Loch Bay, Trumpan and Ardmore point”

    Welcome to Skye the Island and Lochalsh

    One of the largest and best known Scottish islands, Skye is particularly famous for its mountain scenery. Many people come here to climb or walk in the Cuillin Mountains and the Quiraing. Here the stark rise of the jagged Cuillin ridge drops to the gentle white of a soft sand beach inlets, bays and islands create a complex lacework pattern with the sea. Tiny villages and historic keeps are familiar and fascinating. And time means nothing, because beneath every footstep lies 500 million years of history. Discover the compelling past, the dynamic future and through the essence of this remarkable land create unforgettable memories to live with you forever The Cuillin Hills, the Red Hills and Blaven have long been favorites with climbers and walkers. If you don’t fancy the high places, the deeply indented coastline means you are never far from the sea.

    “Loch Harport top left and the delightful capital Portree top right” “The trotternish peninsula bottom right and the old man of storr bottom left”

    The Beautiful Staffin beach looking North (right) and the colourful Portree Harbour (left)

    Fantastic days out on the Isle of Skye

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    Neist Point and its lighthouse

    Well worth a visit and an easy 50 minute drive is the spectacular Neist Point offering spectacular views over the Moonen bay to the outer Hebrides islands, with the chance of seeing whales, dolphins and porpoises. The area round the point teems with sea-birds including black guillemots, gannets, razorbills and shags. Neist Point is also home to several species of rare and unusual plant, including alpine plants such as saxifrages. The sheltered bays of Neist Point are excellent places to fish, with at least a dozen species of fish being caught in Moonen Bay. The descent to the lighthouse is steep but safe with a concrete pathway and railings and is highly recommended for the anybody without any serious health issues, the rock formations around this point are similar to those of the giants Causeway in Northern Ireland and Staffa off the Isle of Mull.

    Panoramas of Neist point

    Talisker Whisky Distillery

    One of the most popular choices for a day out on the Isle of Skye is a trip to Talisker whisky distillery Tel 01478 614308, it is the only distillery on the Isle of Skye, set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins. This alluring, sweet, full-bodied single malt is so easy to enjoy, and like Skye itself, so hard to leave. The distillery offers guided tours whisky nosing and has lovely gift shop and is a must for all whether you enjoy whisky or not

    The Talisker Whisky distillery beside Loch Harport is well worth a visit”

    Beautiful Talisker bay and Coral Beach

    There are a handful of excellent beaches on Skye, so if the weather is good after you have visited Talisker distillery and you are looking for a beautiful cove it is well worth visiting Talisker Bay, accessed via a lovely tree lined track, a small hamlet and open track finally reaching the bay (approx 3/4 mile walk) This wonderfully isolated sandy bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland and you may well decide to return or spend the rest of the day here on a warm sunny day

    One of the jewel’s in Skyes crown “Talisker bay” and it’s lovely tree lined walk”

    There is also the beautiful Coral Beach near Dunvegan (Approx 30 minutes from the cottage) one of the gems on Skye. Coral Beach offers a combination of good accessibility and white sand making it a great place to go on a sunny day. Despite it’s name and the presence of gulf climate on Skye, the beach is “not made of Coral” and is actually composed of pieces of desiccated, sun bleached algae. Even on a sunny day there are lot’s of places to hideaway for the crowds for Beach games and BBQ’S.

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    Another jewel is Coral Beach near Dunvegan “Panorama and make up”

    The Isle of Raasay

    A trip to the Isle of Raasay is also recommended for the walker and tourist alike Raasay (or Ratharsair in Gaelic) is an island between the Isle of Skye and the mainland of Scotland. It is separated from Skye by the Sound of Raasay and is accessed by ferry from Sconser. The ferry operated by Caledonian Mcbrayne is a short 15 minute crossing and runs regularly throughout the day, the island has a small fishing community of around 150 people and along with outstanding scenery its most prominent features are the extinct volcano Dun Cann 443 metres and Beinn na Leac 319 metres and a number of deserted villages

    “The Isle of Raasay looking from Sconser (left) and some of it’s it’s lovely scenery (right)

    Dunvegan Castle

    Just 20 miles away from Ardranach Cottage is Dunvegan Castle the seat of the Macleod of MacLeod, chief of the major arm of the Clan MacLeod. It is reputed to be the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Europe. Unlike many other Scottish castles (which have come into state ownership or that of the National Trust), Dunvegan remains in the private ownership of the MacLeod family. The castle houses a number of family and clan relics; chief among them is the famous Fairie Flag of Dunvegan and the Dunvegan Cup. Legend has it that this magical flag was given to the clan by the queen of the fairies in reward of a favour they had done her, and that waving it would enlist the fairies help in time of need. The flag is said to have been waved on two occasions, with a single use remaining. The flag is displayed in the castle’s drawing room, mounted in a picture frame. It is in a state of considerable decay.

    Boat trips to see the seals

    Along with visiting Dunvegan castle you can also either carefully climb over the rocks….or take pleasure boat trips from the castle to see it’s local inhabitants “the seals” you will usually find them sunbathing / or having a fresh water shower!! on the rocks in the bay.

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    Trotternish & the magical Faerie Glen

    A short drive to the North East leads you to the Trotternish peninsula, offering fantastic views of the Isle of Lewis and the smaller inner Hebridean Islands of Raasay and Rona from the Northern West tip. Here you can visit the excellent Skye Museum of Island life and enjoy Ross-shire’s dramatic Coastline from the Staffin Kilt Rocks along with lot’s of Sea Eagles and wildlife. Many people go to Trotternish to walk the Quiraing based around the outstanding Old Man of Storr. Of particular interest in this region is the Faerie Glen near Uig. Its bizarre conical mounds and mini lochs make it similar to a miniature Highland landscape of grassy, cone-shaped hills, streams and pools formed during the last ice age. Here you can be a “miniature mountaineer” or hill walker for a few hours without the aches and pains, climbing miniature peaks and ridges. You will see lot’s of wildlife and birds living in this amazing terrain. There is also stone circle and a beautiful brook, the perfect spot to picnic in sunny weather.

    “The magical Faerie Glen in frosty December”

    Culture, Wildlife and Nature

    Wildlife abounds on this whole Island, with birds from the tiny Goldcrest to magnificent Golden Eagle, mammals from Pygmy Shrew to Red Deer and fish from Saithe to Salmon. If you are lucky you might catch sight of the elusive Otter playing on the shore. The wide range of geology and topography provides habitats for many wild flowers. Sometimes referred to in Gaelic poetry and song as Eilean a’ Cheò (The Misty Isle), Skye is renown for its natural beauty, history and wildlife.

    As you travel around the Island it’s not unusual to hear snatches of Scottish Gaelic, the indigenous language of the area. Gaelic culture and heritage pervade the atmosphere, each part of the Island having its own tales of times past and plans for the future.

    Whether you’re a potential first time visitor or one of the many people who are drawn back to Skye time and again we hope you will find our information and links useful.

    “Candid sheep at Neist point (left) and the spectacular Cuillin mountains (right)

    Activities on your doorstep

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    Due to its popularity with tourists, you will find many craft shops and cottage museums. As for sports, you can visit the swimming pool in Portree, play golf at Sconser and Skeabost or go pony trekking. Water sports available on the island include diving, canoeing, windsurfing and yachting. Skye is also the ideal place for fishing and bird watching. But if it’s whisky you want, why not visit the Talisker Distillery.

    Evenings out and local area information

    The nearest inn is the is the Skeabost Country House Hotel open to non residents with a fine dining room, conservatory restaurant or bar, within walking distance of the cottage. There is a local fresh fishmonger who normally calls in the area every Tuesday or Wednesday offering the catch of the day!

    Other Local attractions / activities include the SkyeSkyns exhibition tannery and shop. Dunhallin Crafts, the Hallistra Pottery and Shilasdair Yarns knitwear also Dandelion Designs craftshop and gallery. For the more adventurous, there is also a Dive Centre and the excellent boat trips are a must for anyone in love with the coastal scenery and marine.

    The nearest Petrol station, shop, tourist information, museum and castle are in the capital town Portree (6 miles). The which has shops, supermarkets, restaurants, swimming pool, Leisure Centre, cinema, doctor / vet.

    The nearest golf course at Skeabost Country House Hotel Golf is available at the hotel on a well-maintained 9 tee course. There is also Sconser Golf Course (20 miles). The Cuillin hills (30 miles) Fishing permits available locally. Seaside, beachside and hillside walks…on your door step or just round the corner. Further information on the Isle of Skye available on www.skye.co.uk and The Road to the Isles.

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    Ardranach Cottage is double glazed with total control central heating, its thick stone walls keeping the cold winters and oppressive summer heat waves away. Beautifully furnished with a Fully equipped kitchen including an oil fired Rayburn, microwave, Fridge / Freezer, washing machine and seating area.

    Spectacular sunsets can also be enjoyed from the dining area in the adjacent south facing Conservatory.

    The conservatory opens into a walled garden with outdoor table & chairs. The lounge has a feature Victorian fireplace with remote control colour Sky TV and satellite channels, DVD, CD player, a selection of books to keep any bookworm very happy, walking and tourist guides, maps and games.

    The upper level is accessed by a practical 2 stage stair case to open plan study area with a reference section where you will find leaflets, brochures, business cards and local restaurant menus to help you get the most out of your stay on Skye. Last but not least, a tastefully decorated Double bedroom and Luxury shower room with Shower Cubicle, Wash Basin and W/C