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Balmacara near Kyle of Lochalsh, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 4 Guests

  • 2 Bedrooms

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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47 Customer Reviews

  • "This was our second stay at Craigard and we had an amazing week, in the warm, comfortable and spacious house."

    The location was ideal for exploring Skye and the beautiful villages amd beaches on the west coast. The house has everything we needed and the local shop is well stocked for any supplies you forget at the supermarket. The loch opposite the house offers spectacular views especially at sunrise and sun set. Craigard will always be our go to place if we are visiting Skye or this area. Our two young children (9 & 4) adore the house and have asked to return next year.

    Thank you for your kind feedback about our cottage Craigard we’re glad you enjoyed your second stay in the cottage and look forward to seeing you back for a visit next year Elizabeth Stewart Property Owner

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2023

  • "A Beautiful, well equipped cottage in a stunning location."

    Nice welcome pack of bread, milk, cakes and biscuits. Cosy but spacious and comfortable. Close to lots of places worth visiting. Would highly recommend to anyone wishing to visit the higlands.

    Thank you for the kind feedback about our cottage we’re glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you’ll return another time. Elizabeth Stewart. Property Owner

    Reviewed by KevinSep 2023

  • "A lovely well maintained and cozy cottage, a suitable base for both Skye and the mainland."

    A nice little greeting pack is a great gesture.

    Thank you for your kind feedback we’re glad that you enjoyed your visit and hope that you’ll return another time . Elizabeth Stewart Property Owner

    Reviewed by NormanSep 2023

  • "We've had a brilliant week in this lovely, cozy cottage."

    Well located to explore all that Skye has to offer. Wonderful views from this well equipped cottage.

    Reviewed by JaneAug 2023

  • "We would like to thank you for letting in to your cottage it was fantastic the ..."

    We would like to thank you for letting in to your cottage it was fantastic the best we have ever rented k Morrison oxford

    Thank you for your kind feedback about our cottage.We’re glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you’ll return again .Elizabeth Stewart. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AnthonyMay 2023

  • "We had a great holiday."

    The cottage felt very welcoming, not a sign of rules and regulations. The heating was very generous ( we had a chilly weeks weather) We loved the open fire in the sitting room, and found everything we needed in the kitchen and dining room. Beds comfortable, shower good.. We appreciated the very generous welcome pack, thank you. Would certainly recommend, and hope to return. Joan Mike Amanda and Howard.

    Thank you for your kind feedback about our cottage we’re glad you enjoyed your time there and hope you’ll return another time. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JoanApr 2023

  • "5*****"

    Reviewed by FlorianApr 2023

  • "Lovely, clean and cosy cottage, plenty of space, excellent facilities, easy parking and perfect location to explore Skye and surrounding areas easily."

    Owners have done a brilliant job and keen to make sure you have all you need. This was our second stay and if we visit again this cottage will be the first place we seek for our accommodation.

    Thank you for your kind feedback. We’re glad you enjoyed your stay in our cottage and we will look forward to seeing you when you visit again. Elizabeth Stewart. Property Owner

    Reviewed by AdrianApr 2023

  • "We made our booking at the last minute as we had to dodge bad weather where we live, to continue our holiday around the West Coast of Scotland."

    We were more than pleased to arrive to find such a welcoming home----a home away from home. It was a perfect layout for an adult couple with a dog. We had a secure front garden that had the most spectacular sea views and views towards Skye. On my morning walks from the front door, all I had to do was to cross the road to be at the waterfront and further down, a pebble beach where I saw otters swimming. The bedding was good and comfortable, the lighting was good as well. Downstairs, we most enjoyed an open fire in the living room at night and a coal burner in the dining room which lead to the kitchen. Even as a cook, I found everything I needed to prepare meals from scratch. There isn't a large surface to prep food, but the kitchen has everything you would need, and a lovely new washing machine and (finally!) a tall fridge/freezer. There is a separate bathtub and a cubicle shower with an aerated Mira shower head which provides the extra !oomph! to the water pressure and it's a great experience. The owners provided us a wonderful welcome basket and the first thing we did was to sit outside and soak up the sun with some wine. Might I add that it was 3 degrees C, but thanks to a sun-trap front garden with a bench and table, we were able to find a wonderful area to sit and watch the sea. There is a busy road, but don't let that put you off as the garden is secure. The most convenient SPAR is located less than a 2 minute walk along the road. They have a great selection of food: fresh/vegan options/meats/ even Stornoway black pudding. A great selection of wine and spirits too and many local items that are often missed in the big stores. They had everything apart from logs/coal at that time, but in future, I am sure they will. Co-Op is just 3.7 miles away and they have everything for the fireplace and burner. From there, you can access the Skye Bridge easily and it's visible from the garden. Note: great photo opportunity when you see the moon above the Skye Bridge! The owner stopped by when he saw me in the garden just to make certain we were happy with our stay. What a joy. We will be back! Thank you sincerely, Nikki, Martin, Miles (woof)

    Thank you for your kind feedback about our cottage.We’re glad you enjoyed your stay and look forward to seeing you the next time you visit . Elizabeth Stewart. Property Owner

    Reviewed by NikkiMar 2023

  • "Cottage was clean, comfortable and had a lovely welcome pack, which was much appreciated."

    The village location is brilliant, with a beach across the road and well stocked shop and pub a few doors away. Excellent location for exploring the amazing local area and all the activities it has to offer. All the furnishings are very cosy and the cottage is well equipped to serve the needs of a couple or family. We look forward to returning to the cottage soon.

    Thank you for your feedback glad you enjoyed your stay .Look forward to seeing you the next time you visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JudithFeb 2023

  • "Very good stay Well situated for the Isle of skye Bridge"

    Thank you for the feedback glad you enjoyed your stay in our cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LindaFeb 2023

  • "A brilliant cottage packed full of everything we needed, a lovely welcome pack and brilliantly located."

    We had a fantastic stay and coming back to the cosy cottage after exploring the area each day was the icing on the cake.

    Reviewed by RobertOct 2022

  • "An excellent cottage"

    Reviewed by MichaelOct 2022

  • "A comfortable cottage with excellent provision of facilities at all levels."

    Stunning views. Would recommend.

    Reviewed by AndrewSep 2022

  • "We spent a lovely couple of nights at this lovely cottage."

    it was very well equipped (except for wine and beer glasses) and we appreciated the welcome pack of goodies. It was ideal for our dog having the small enclosed front garden. The views to the sea and beyond are amazing and we were very lucky to get fabulous weather.

    Reviewed by LesleySep 2022

  • "Fantastic 3rd stay in this property which has everything you need for a cosy stay with a beautiful view."

    Reviewed by EmmaAug 2022

  • "Beautiful little cottage with a fantastic view over the water."

    Clean and cosy . It had everything you could need . Lovely thoughtful owners ,who left a welcome pack of treats for us to enjoy. Overall great location for exploring the area. Thankyou for sharing your property.

    Reviewed by SarahAug 2022

  • "Absolutely gorgeous place to stay a proper home from home."

    The house had everything you could need. The welcome gifts were lovely. Gutted to leave the place, would definitely come back. I would advise anyone that’s coeliac to bring a stock of food with as spa next door doesn’t have any. Co op in kyle of lockalash had a small stock.

    Reviewed by MariaJul 2022

  • "Cottage had everything you would be likely to need and more."

    Also lots of lovely welcome goodies which was very kind of the owner and added to the feeling of homeliness. Would definitely go again.

    Reviewed by BrendaJun 2022

  • "Lovely cottage so well stocked and great welcome pack."

    Owners were so helpful and kind.

    Reviewed by MoiraMay 2022

  • "Great, well-maintained and well-appointed holiday property."

    A minor criticism is that the beds are quite short and the bath is quite narrow, the latter not a problem because the shower works fine.

    Reviewed by JohnMay 2022

  • "A lovely comfortable cottage."

    Very well equiped. Wonderful views from the windows over Loch Alsh. Great location for touring Skye, Raasay and N W Highlands.

    Reviewed by SylviaMay 2022

  • "Clean , well stocked with linen and fresh towels and a homely feel loved it"

    Reviewed by DerekApr 2022

  • "Craigard is a lovely cottage in a beautiful and very convenient location."

    Everything was perfect. Cottage really clean, comfortable and very well equipped, owners clearly very thoughtful and helpful too. Quick and easy access to Skye and handy local facilities. So good, we’ve just booked another 5 day stay. Thank you

    Reviewed by AdrianApr 2022

  • "Very comfortable, well-equiped cottage."

    Excellent base for touring, especially Skye. Super woodland walks nearby which suited our two old dogs. Very good value for money.

    Reviewed by KathleenMar 2022

  • "Excellent property, everything provided for in the most beautiful location and amazing views."

    This is one holiday that we didn't want to end, and will be returning soon.

    Reviewed by KayNov 2021

  • "Lovely cosy cottage very well equipped the owners have thought of everything."

    Craigard is in a great location with stunning views and a shop and hotel within yards, it is on the main road to Kyle of Lochalsh so traffic and noise to be expected - didn't spoil our holiday but might not suit everyone.

    Reviewed by ElaineNov 2021

  • "Really amazing location to explore the isle of Skye and surrounding areas."

    Lovely cottage and lovely welcome gifts from owners. Lots of supplies/ towels/ kitchen equipment which was really helpful, and there is a local spar shop less than a minute walk away. Sofas and beds were not the comfiest though but otherwise excellent cottage and would recommend.

    Reviewed by JessicaOct 2021

  • "We have had many cottage holidays over the years."

    This was the most comfortable and had the best facilities of any we have stayed in. It's clear that the owners are considerate and thoughtful, putting customer care and comfort ahead of everything. The weather was absolutely dreadful during our stay; however we were able to relax in the cosy warmth of the cottage in spite of the rain. From the equipment for the kitchen and bathroom, to the tv and broadband set up, which was exceptional; and the whole layout and flow of the cottage, as well as the stunning views to Skye, this was our favourite ever.

    Reviewed by AlexSep 2021

  • "Fantastic cottage, facilities, welcome pack and stay"

    Reviewed by EmmaAug 2021

  • "Good cottage in a good location."

    Reviewed by DavidAug 2021

  • "An excellent cottage, with great facilities."

    Good location

    Reviewed by DianaMay 2021

  • "We loved the situation of this cottage , the views are unbelievable and made our week very special ."

    We felt very welcomed by the tea tray being set for us with shortbread biscuits too . The cottage was bigger than we were expecting ( the kitchen is short in food prep space ) and comfortable. We would definitely stay here again and we were sad to leave . The road is outside is busy .

    Reviewed by SheilaMay 2021

  • "We really enjoyed our stay at Craigard."

    The welcome pack of wine, shortbread and milk was much appreciated, especially the wine! Everything was very clean and the cottage is very well equipped with everything you might need. The bedrooms are very spacious and the bed very comfortable. Although the kitchen area is small it works well being connected to the dining room. All the rooms have excellent views over Loch Alsh. While we were staying both the stove and open fire were out of use but the electric heating kept us warm despite the weather being very cold for early May. The cottage is set just off a main road but that didn’t bother us and it was easy to get around. There’s a little garden to sit out in weather permitting. A fish and chip van arrived just over the road on Thursday evening from around 5.00 - 7.30 and they were excellent.

    Reviewed by HazelMay 2021

  • "Brilliant little cottage for 3+dog."

    More than we could have expected. Thanks for the welcome pack!

    Reviewed by TerryOct 2020

  • "Cosy, comfy and clean holiday cottage."

    Very well equipped with lovely views. The cottage was warm on arrival with biscuits, milk and a bottle of wine to welcome us. It's a great base to explore the surrounding area and the Isle of Skye. Highly recommended.

    Reviewed by SusanOct 2020

  • "The cottage was as described and well equipped."

    There was plenty of heating to keep it cosy and it was handy for all amenities. The road noise can be loud but has little traffic over night. My Mum and I had a lovely relaxed week.

    Reviewed by SusanSep 2020

  • "We had a fantastic week in this lovely cottage."

    The location is brilliant, and really close to the Isle of Skye. Although it is on a busy road the garden was very secure, which was important to us as we have dogs. The view across the loch is stunning and we were able to watch porpoise from the garden !! The cottage was immaculately clean and suited our needs perfectly.

    Reviewed by RoxannaSep 2020

  • "This a lovely cottage we have stayed there a few times over the years the area is outstanding, we had such good weather no midges we do travel about Fort Augustus Tain(pottery whisky) Plockton of course the views and food Ullapool lovely shops do try the seafood shack wow ,on a thursday night about 5pm a chippy van will pull up over in the lay-by lovely food and the girls are very nice ."

    We think the tumble dryer is not working not tumbling this is a small thing on a lovely week we will be coming back

    Reviewed by SueSep 2020

  • "There was nothing we didnt like everything was brilliant ."

    The cottage and the location were ammazing the owners left us little welcome pack and supplied all the little things u sometimes forget like washup liquid hand soap spare toilet rolls washing powder etc we loved our stay and would really recommend it for a relaxing break with plenty of lovely scenic walks xx

    Reviewed by VickySep 2020

  • "We enjoyed our holiday very much beautiful little cottage and very clean everything we needed very comfy bed and well stock lovely touch with bottle of wine and biscuits on our arrival ."

    Wouldn’t hesitate to book again and recommend to family and friends .

    Reviewed by LesleyAug 2020

  • "Very comfortable and home fro home"

    Reviewed by KarenMar 2020

  • "Best accommodation have stayed in for some time."

    Clean, plenty of bed linen, towels etc house was very comfortable and better than expected and would not hesitate to recommend to others. All in all a fabulous time was had and could not fault anything

    Reviewed by DaleSep 2019

  • "**Update to other reviews** It would seem that the mattresses on the beds have all been changed."

    All 3 (double and 2 singles) have very comfortable, quiet mattresses with pillowtops. The double bed is a little soft (for us, and that is a subjective opinion) but still comfortable. The location is superb, isolated but with the shop a couple of doors down you definitely don't feel cut off. Kyle of Lochalsh is a few minutes down the road, with food options and a larger grocery store. The bridge to the Isle of Skye is also there, with several choices of attractions to visit there. We also recommend the drive up to Plockton, and larger places such as Inverness or Fort William are a couple of hours drive. We fully intend to come back so will be exploring more in the future (our options are governed by having 2 dogs with us). The cottage itself is very comfortable and snug, with a great view. Everything we needed was here, including even a clothes washing machine and a seperate dryer (very useful). Lots of bedding and towels are here, although the washing facilities meant we could clean the items we used as required. A previous review mentioned the tv/media situation. The tv is fine, but (subjective) there is 'only' a SKY tv satellite box attached to it (providing Freeview channels, not SKY channels). If this is an issue for you it would be best to bring something that can hook up to the tv via hdmi, etc. in order to watch your own media. We travel heavy so brought along a games console to use as a media player. The internet/wifi in the cottage is very good, good enough to game online even. I did find that my BT (so I also assume EE) mobile phone signal was non-existant inside the cottage, but as soon as I stepped outside I got signal. My wife's 3 mobile signal was fine inside the house. All-in-all, a very relaxing stay in a great location, thank you. Oh......I assume this is a regular thing........a fish&chip mobile food truck stops over the road in the layby on Thursday afternoon/evening. Unfortunately that was the day we had eaten our largest lunch when out and about but I did 'have' to buy a portion of haddock and chips (there are multiple options, all cooked to order) and can heartily recommend it.

    Reviewed by AlanSep 2019

  • "The cottage was lovely and clean."

    It was exactly as pictured. The owners obviously take their time to look after it. It was comfortable and warm - the heaters are excellent. A few small points as a suggestion for improvement - the bed springs underpinning the double bed are extremely old and noisy - not great for sharing a bed with a restless sleeper. The glasses could be updated - nothing fancy but just a box load from Tesco etc would give more choice. We also bought a small DVD player while we were there which is usually included as the weather was terrible and the TV channels are limited. It cost less than £40 including the HDMI cables which would help families with children or couples when the weather is so bad you want to stay indoors. Overall we loved our stay and hope the small points help others.

    Reviewed by AnneAug 2019

  • "The Cottage was great, well located, well appointed and very clean The mattress in the main bedroom needs replaced urgently as long since last it’s best, springs sticking into my back did not make for a restful sleep and took the shine off the morning view of Lochalsh alsh."

    You should also highlight that the cottage is on the very busy A87 and not on the beach or a quiet road . The road is quiet at night so it didn’t bother us too much As long as the mattress is replaced we would book again

    Reviewed by MarkAug 2019

  • "To stay in Craigard cottage was very relaxing and nice."

    The house was totally equipped of all stuff we need, was clean and confortabile. The only disappoint concern the bed are not so comfortable, they should be changed...

    Reviewed by MicaelaAug 2019

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  • Two bedrooms: 1 x double and 1 x twin
  • Bathroom with bath, walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Sitting room.
  • Electric storage heating, woodburning stove, open fire
  • Electric oven and ceramic hob, fridge, freezer, microwave, toaster, kettle, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • TV and WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Travel cot and highchair are available on request
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Roadside parking for one car
  • Enclosed front lawned garden and patio area
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 0.2 miles and pub 3.5 miles
  • Please note: check in time 4PM
  • Please note: the property is situated near a main road

The property

Kyle of Lochalsh 3.5 miles.

Craigard is a stunning semi-detached croft house located in Balmacara, Scotland.

It is wonderfully presented throughout, with light colour schemes and plush furnishings, making the most of an ideal setting.

Share this lovely setup with your loved ones and spend some quality time in one of the most beautiful parts of the country.

Boasting wonderful sea views from the front of the property, with a patio area overlooking.

Sit out of a morning with a cup of tea and enjoy this picturesque setting.

Step into the lovely sitting room, which has the added benefit of an open fire for you to curl up in front of during the chilly evenings.

There is an open-plan kitchen and dining area, with seating for three people.

Gather around for a cosy evening meal, prepared in the modern fitted kitchen.

Housing all the appliances you could need, with your own private laundry facilities so you don't have to pack loads of clothes for your trip!

Upstairs, there are two bedrooms; one double and one twin, with a separate family bathroom.

The bathroom boasts a stunning walk-in shower and bath.

Relax and unwind in the tub and wash away the tiring events of the day.

While you're in the area, why not visit Caisteal Maol, a 15th-century ruined castle, situated on a hilltop, with incredible views across the coast and landscape.

Eilean Donan is a small tidal island, situated where three lochs meet.

Featuring an iconic castle, which often appears in photographs and films.

With a railway located in the Kyle of Lochalsh, you are ideally situated for travelling to neighbouring villages and towns for plenty of local attractions and sightseeing opportunities.

Craigard is the perfect choice for a remote Scottish holiday.

EPC Rating: Band E

EPC Rating: Band E

Short-term Holiday Let Licence No: HI-10127-F

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About the location


Isle of Skye 1 mile; Inverness 80 miles.

A bustling town in Wester Ross, Kyle of Lochalsh lies on the shores of Loch Alsh and is best known as the gateway to the Isle of Skye. It offers a range of shops, hotels and restaurants and boasts a busy harbour that plays host to a variety of cargo, fishing and occasional passenger vessels. Nearby, is Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland's most famous and popular sights, perched at the end of a stone causeway on the shores of Loch Duich. Further south is the Glenelg peninsula - a tranquil backwater which is beautiful, remote and relatively undiscovered. Travelling north from Kyle is the picturesque village of Plockton, famous for its palm trees, cottages grouped around a yacht-filled bay, and Highland cattle which wander the streets! Finally, cross the Skye Bridge to Skye itself and explore all that the “mystical isle” has to offer.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas