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Boatman's Cottage

Balmacara near Kyle Of Lochalsh, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles (Ref. 1061188)


Very good

Sykes rating

  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor accommodation
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Seaside

Reviews & Ratings

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11 Customer Reviews

  • "We had a very relaxing week."

    The location of the cottage was ideal. It was quiet but if you wanted busy it wasn’t far away. We also enjoyed the various walks from the cottage. It suited the two of us and our dog, perfectly. It had everything we needed. The bed was very comfortable. The only thing we missed was a sofa but the two chairs were comfortable enough. We also loved the sunroom at the front. There was always something to look at. We also think that wi fi would be something to think about to add to the cottage. Thank you.

    Delighted that you had a relaxing week and thank you for your comments. There is now a sofa and the chairs in the sun room have been replaced too so hopefully these will be good improvements. As there is no phone connection wi-fi options are limited for us however 4G is normally strong enough on Vodafone for streaming/videoconferencing etc if required. Thanks again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LorraineApr 2022

  • "What can we say an amazing one weeks stay ..."

    What can we say an amazing one weeks stay Absolutely loved every minute View of the Loch every morning was out of this world Everything we could possibly require for the duration of our stay A diamond of a self catering cottage

    Thank you very much for your kind review. It's great to know that you enjoyed your stay at Boatman's so much. It is a beautiful view! Property Owner

    Reviewed by DebbieDec 2021

  • "A lovely cottage superb views."

    Nice comfy bed

    Thank you for your review and for staying at Boatman's Cottage. So pleased you enjoyed the views and the comfy bed. Property Owner

    Reviewed by LorraineDec 2021

  • "What an absolute pleasure to stay here stunning views, ideal for getting to ..."

    What an absolute pleasure to stay here stunning views, ideal for getting to most places within a few hours stunning scenery, only negative was no signal maybe an optional extra if you want it,, the bed was so comfortable, everything you need,

    Thank you very much for your response. Delighted that you enjoyed the scenery and found the cottage comfortable. Vodafone signal is normally strong enough for most requirements. Property Owner

    Reviewed by GavinDec 2021

  • "A recycling bin along side the general bin in the kitchen please A shower screen if one would fit instead of the curtain, wasnt a big deal but you fight with the curtain sticking to you and hit the hand rail with other arm, sorry."

    Overall a lovely cottage and a comfy bed thank you

    Thank you very much for your suggestions, much appreciated. I'm glad that you had an enjoyable stay and you liked the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by SamanthaOct 2021

  • "Boatman's Cottage is perfect for exploring this part of Scotland's glorious west coast."

    Within easy reach of Skye, Lochcarron, Glenelg and Applecross, it's a lovely warm cosy base to come back to. The bed is so comfortable and the sun room is wonderful for soaking up the scenery and watching the wildlife.

    Delighted that you had such an enjoyable stay at Boatman's Cottage. As you say there is so much beautiful scenery both at the cottage and nearby. Thank you for your visit and feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JudithOct 2021

  • "Amazing location 10yards from the waters edge, less than 3 miles from the Skye ..."

    Amazing location 10yards from the waters edge, less than 3 miles from the Skye Bridge and also situated on a woodland walk

    Thank you for your comments and you enjoyed the cottage's location so much. Thanks for your visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by ThomasSep 2021

  • "Decent cottage, great location - a thorough clean, including windows would improve it."

    Instructions on changing temperature of shower would have been useful, as water very hot and couldn’t seem to alter it - TV very temperamental too - would be better to be simple and reliable.

    Thank you for your feedback. The cottage is professionally cleaned internally between each guest however will take your feedback in to consideration as it is good to constantly review. The window cleaning procedures have been updated as well recently. For the benefit of future guests the television is operated by a Sky Q remote, instructions are included in the welcome notes. Also the shower has been reported as working well by subsequent guests and the temperature control is good. Thank you again for your feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by DaveAug 2021

  • "Superb location"

    Delighted you were pleased with your stay and enjoyed the location. Thank you for your comment. Property Owner

    Reviewed by JonathanAug 2021

  • "Location of cottage was stunning & really peaceful."

    Whilst still close enough to local amenities & to explore parts of Isle of Skye.

    Delighted you enjoyed the peace and the stunning views during your stay. Thanks for your comment. Property Owner

    Reviewed by CherylAug 2021

  • "There is no doubt that you are paying for the view and location of this cottage, which are both fabulous."

    The cottage itself is adequate for two people, but did feel like it needs a bit of TLC. Whilst not a big deal, this was the first cottage we’ve stayed in where there was not some kind of welcome pack and a message from the owner or manager checking things were all okay. Wardrobe needs attention as the doors or top draw do not open freely and it is somewhat wobbly. Bedside table had a layer of dust on it which we had to clean off before use. Kitchen has most of the basic cutlery and appliances and the lounge area was also okay. Sunroom was nice and offered great views over the loch. I think if it had been a wet week then you’d struggle to dry boots and clothes as there is little provision for that. 4G on Vodafone is good if needed. We enjoyed our stay but would not return to this property.

    Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent stay at Boatman’s Cottage, it is very helpful to have your review to help with continuing improvements. With regards to the sticking wardrobe door this has now been attended to. The cottage has only recently been purchased and was returned to the rental market during the recent relaxation of Covid guidelines. For the benefit of future guests I think it is worth pointing out that the following items are all brand new as of May 2021: Bed, mattress, duvet and all linen Towels Dinner service and many kitchen utensils Toaster and cafetière Rugs in lounge and sun room Television Shower curtain A number of lampshades and decorative items Should drying facilities be needed there is a dryer (separate to the washing machine) provided, a clothes airer and a shoe/boot rack all available in the cottage. These are mentioned in the welcome booklet along with other items that can help arriving guests. Thanks again for your feedback and your visit to this beautiful corner of Scotland and I am glad that you enjoyed your stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by PaulJul 2021

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  • All-ground-floor: One king-size bedroom (can be made as a twin on request)
  • Bathroom with bath, shower over, basin, heated towel rail and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with electric coal-effect heater
  • Utility
  • Sun room
  • Electric central heating with electric woodburning-effect stove
  • Electric oven, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for one car
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 1.3 miles, pub 1.5 miles
  • Note: Although this property is all-ground-floor, there are three steps up to the front door.

The property

Boatman's Cottage is an endearing bungalow located in Balmacara near the Isle of Skye.

Boasting marvelous views of Loch Alsh and walking routes available from the front door, this detached property offers a tranquil getaway to the Scottish Highlands for a couple, or two friends.

Take three steps into the sunroom and porch area,...

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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