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Family Friendly Traditional Cottage with Amazing Sea Views, Isle of Skye

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Mrs Marion MacLeod
Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 April, 2017

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Isle of Skye in Highland

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • beach
  • mountain
  • near the sea
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • village
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with 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 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Jay Be Sprung Matress Folding Bed suitable for adult/child
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Jay Be Sprung Matress Folding Bed suitable adult/child
  • Bedroom 1 - King size 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)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • 4 garden chairs
  • limited accessibility
  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
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.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(15 traveller reviews)

Family Friendly Traditional Cottage with Amazing Sea Views, Isle of Skye
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 18 reviews

Wild, peaceful perfection

  • 5 of 5

This cottage was perfect; ideally suited to explore the island and so well appointed that we started referring to it as Mary Poppin's carpet bag; it had everything we could possibly need!

More than that was the stunning views out the windows that seemed to change every 5 minutes, each more lovely than the last. Yes it was stormy and grey but we also had stunning blue skies and everything in between and somehow any blustery weather only added to the joy of our weekend.

We loved our time in the cottage, I highly recommend it!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi C Thank you for your kind words on Eilean Isay cottage and delighted you enjoyed your stay despite the inclement weather. Look forward to welcoming you back some day to Skye. Enjoy the remainder of your trip Best regards Marion Macleod
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Relaxing week at cosy cottage in stunning location

  • 4 of 5

Our group of two young couples had a great week at Eilean Isay which offered a cosy haven in one of the most beautiful spots on the beautiful island of Skye. We took advantage of the breathtaking views over the Loch & far out to see at every opportunity, enjoying breakfast & later stunning sunsets at the wooden bench in the garden. The log fire kept us warm in the cosy living room on cooler, soggier days! It's a pleasant 10-15 min stroll down to the waterfront Stein Inn & the exquisite Lochbay restaurant, and you can book an excellent boat trip with Gordon (Diver's Eye) down on the front as well.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your excellent review of Eilean Isay - I am delighted you enjoyed the cottage along with the amazing views out to sea. A plus point for visitors is very often the easy walk down to Stein with its lochside pub and restaurants. I look forward to welcoming you again some time in the future back to Waternish and Eilean Isay cottage. With best regards Marion MacLeod
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Fabulous position, amazing views

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay at Eilean Isay even though the weather was less than perfect with it raining every day! The cottage was private, cosy and when the rain did stop, the views were spectacular and ever changing. It was a short walk down to the pub, The Stein Inn but be warned that although they are dog friendly during the day, they don't allow them in after 6.00pm. It's pretty quirky in there, but the beer is good and the food welcoming, if not necessarily the owners! On the evening we arrived my husband had to wait in the pouring rain with our equally soggy dog for me to arrive in the car after he wasn't even allowed to stand in the covered entrance. Not a great start! The Loch Bay restaurant, on the other hand, was superb and the food amazing. The chef is Michael Smith who was formerly at the Three Chimneys. All in all, we had a great time and the cottage was ideal for a get away from it all type holiday. Bring milk and provisions though as its a fair way back to the nearest shop. Oh, and take a boat trip with Gordon, in Stein. Brilliant!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Yvonne Thank you for taking the time to write such a good review and I am delighted you enjoyed your stay at Eilean Isay cottage. So disappointing about the weather but unfortunately we have had this very unsettled summer so far. As regards the Inn, hopefully in the future, they will make some provision for dogs to shelter from the rain whilst their owners are having a meal inside. Can appreciate they will not want pets around whilst serving food as I am sure some people would object. Glad you enjoyed the sea food restaurant - it is getting rave reviews since Michael Smith joined them and the fact that it is within walking distance, is always a plus. Hope to see you back in Skye some time in the future. With best regards Marion MacLeod
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A good holiday despite the rain

  • 5 of 5

Although the weather wasn't always good the cottage had amazing views across the water where we could see a variety of bird life . The cottage is very spacious clean & well equipped. The beds were comfortable as was the longe furniture. The lawn was full of wild flowers & there was plenty of seating outside as well as parking. Marion was brilliant at booking our stay & answering all our queries . She sent an email during our stay asking if all was well which was nice. Would love to stay there again as its just what we wanted a quiet place comfortable accommodation & great views .

  • Review Submitted: Aug 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Chris Thank you so much for your lovely review of Eilean Isay. Reviews are much appreciated and plus points (along with minus ones) are always given my full attention as I strive to make the cottage a home from home for guests - you obviously enjoyed the amazing view as much as I do and I have many return guests who return each year because of this. Hope to see you again some day at Eilean Isay. With best regards Marion MacLeod
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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.

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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!

  • Review Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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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
1 Miles
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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Isle of Skye, Scotland

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 32
2 Apr 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 33
7 May 2017 - 27 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 34
28 May 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 35
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 36
3 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 37
1 Oct 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 38
29 Oct 2017 - 20 Dec 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £10

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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