This delightful Victorian gatekeeper's cottage, located in the centre of the Isle, ten minutes drive from Portree, nestled in 24 acres of woodland in the grounds of the Skeabost Hotel, provides the ideal location and comfort for your visit.
The Gate House is one of the best examples remaining on Skye of the classic stone - built, slate roofed Victorian cottage, orginally built to house the gate- keeper to the private house, now the Skeabost Country House Hotel, built by the Macdonald family in 1874.
The privately owned cottage is located in 24 acres of beautifully planted woodland and only 40 metres from the celebrated River Snizort, Skye's most acclaimed salmon river. Many of our Gate House visitors are indeed dedicated fly fishermen and women who return to us every year to fish the river.
But not only fly fishers are attracted to the cottage as there is an abundance of bird life and other wild life in the surrounding area. In March the wild hare fight their battles in the cottage's private garden and from time to time the Red Deer use the garden on the way to drink at the riverbank.
The garden is visited by a wide variety of birds - from wrens and tree-creepers, finches, visiting siskins, meadow pippets, many species of tit and others. A glance skyward will often be rewarded with the site of golden eagles or sea eagles. The eagles are a valued sign to our fishermen that the salmon are running as they follow the progress of the fish up to their spawning grounds, the propect of a fish supper uppermost in their minds no doubt.
Skeabost Bridge is very well located being in the centre of the isle. It's only a ten minute drive from Skye's main town of Portree, not to mention road access to both shores of Loch Snizort. A trip up the east side takes you to the delightful and mystical Fairy Pools (surely inhabited by fairies,goblins and hobbits) near the port of Uig and wonderful hill walking at The Quiraing, the Old Man of Storr and the Trotternish ridge. The west shoreline will lead you to the delightful old fishing village at Loch Bay in Waternish replete with pottery, an artist's studio and Skye Skins (a small sheepskin processing tannery) Further north you can visit the last standing castle at Dunvegan with its beautiful gardens. A week in Skye can go quickly and may well be the reason our visitors come back to us so often. Failte gu.
|The Gate House||£420 Per unit per week|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.