Contemporary design cabin with cinematic views over Loch Pooltiel and beyond (sleeps 6)
If wild landscapes, moody seas, expansive skies and shooting stars sounds like heaven – with the odd storm for good measure – this is for you. The lodge, inspired by traditional Scottish longhouses, sits on Skye’s west coast, with sweeping views as far as the Outer Hebrides from every room. Combining contemporary design with antique accents, the space sleeps 6 in extremely comfy style (2 kings, 1 twin). Come with friends or family; just come.
Whilst you should bring outdoor gear to make the most of the rugged surrounds (walking boots, wetsuits), nature also comes straight to your door. Deer wander by the deck and the dining table overlooks Loch Pooltiel, where you’ll see dolphins, sea eagles, basking sharks, even the occasional whale. As the evenings draw in, get cosy on the big sofa and watch the weather roll off the Atlantic through the floor-to-ceiling windows – dramatic in winter and the midnight sun in summer.
Getting here: you’ll need to drive.
The cabin is extremely well insulated, heated by an air-source pump and triple glazed to withstand the wind and winter months.
- Run free. Kids will adore wild swimming or just splashing in the loch, streams and sea, depending on the time of year. There’s great fishing too, if you can bring rods.
- The circular walk from Ramasaig, up to Hoe Point and Waterstein Head, takes in the abandoned village of Lorgill – whose residents were shipped off to Nova Scotia in 1830 – via stunning cliffs and coastal paths.
- Dunvegan Castle is touristy but a great day out. Children can climb up to the turrets, play hide and seek in the gardens, and meet the resident colony of seals. Nearby are The Fairy Pools, beautiful rock pools of crystal clear spring water fed by a series of waterfalls.
- Hire bikes locally and just explore.
- Just a 5-mile drive (or taxi) away is the award-winning Three Chimneys, where you’ll receive the warmest Scottish welcome. Start with whiskies in the lounge — they have the full gamut — and order loch-fresh oysters dressed in gin granita. Sounds crazy but it works.
- Take a south-coast road trip to the village of Carbost. It’s best known for Talisker distillery, but for the drivers and non-drinkers, there’s the excellent Caora Dhubh Coffee Company (10/10 flat whites and millionaire’s shortbread) and The Oyster Shed (sweeping views and even better scallops).
- From the pontoon at Carbost, you can catch a boat over to the smaller, wilder isles of Canna and Rum.