Gillean House, Achnacloich has a fabulous location right by the sea-shore on Tarskavaig Bay, Sleat – with, at low tide, one of the few sandy beaches on Skye – facing West to the Outer Hebrides.
There are stunning views across the sea to the nearby islands of Eigg and Rhum, and a perfect panorama of the full range of the Cuillins. And on a clear day, even the peak of Beinn Mhor in South Uist, almost 70 miles to the West, can be seen! The vistas are ever changing, with quite spectacular sunsets as the sun drops behind the Cuillin hills. Inland you are surrounded by fields, where the local crofting township graze their flocks of sheep. In the hills that rise behind, herds of red deer roam free.
Gillean House is a 200 year old farmhouse, which has been renovated to 21st century standards. All rooms have storage heaters, plus the lounge has the latest log burning stove, and the kitchen is always cosy with its twin oven Rayburn cooker. The 2 bath/shower rooms both have under floor heating too. So Gillean is a house that can be enjoyed in high summer or the depths of winter. There are 4 bedrooms, 3 upstairs and one downstairs, a large kitchen/diner offering both the Rayburn cooker and a ceramic hob plus electric oven, a lounge with its log burning stove, and a very large indoors “barn” attached to the kitchen, with table football for the “occasional” rainy day. Outside the “ barn” is a decked veranda, from where one can watch the sun set over sea and mountain.
For families with children, the beach and sea shore are literally a couple of minutes walk away, and the Gillean burn just across the adjoining field runs into the sea just a couple of hundred yards from the house. The area abounds with wild-life, including seals, otters, and deer. For bird-watchers, there are herons in the bay, golden eagles up the glen inland, and the sea-eagles based on Rhum sometimes make a spectacular appearance. Tarskavaig Bay is one of the finest locations on Skye for kayaking, with its gently sloping beach, and the shores on Loch Eishort providing wonderful excursions.
Finally, to ensure everything runs smoothly, we have local house managers in the nearby village, available whenever needed.”