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Balmacara near Kyle of Lochalsh, Northern Highlands & Cairngorms National Park (Ref. 1003305)



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  • Sleeps 4

  • Bedrooms 2

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

Reviews & Ratings

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "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

  • "An excellent cottage, with great facilities."

    Good location

    Reviewed by DianaMay 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
  • 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.

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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.

Note: The woodburning stove/open fire is out of action until further notice

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas