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Boatman's Cottage

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

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor accommodation
  • Icon/Feature/Ground floor bedroom Ground floor bedroom
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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, complete with seating overlooking the fantastic panoramic views, where better to kick your shoes off and take in the scenery?

Moving through the property, an open-plan living area greets you, where you will find everything you need to get settled in this delightful area.

The living space comprises a sitting area with a TV and comfortable reclining chairs with footrests, perfect for relaxing on after a long day of exploring Skye, as well as an electric coal-effect heater for you to cosy up in front of.

From here, dining seating for two invites you to catch up on the day's events while enjoying a delicious meal which has been rustled up in the kitchen.

The kitchen hosts all the necessary amenities to assist you in your self-catering requirements, including a ceramic hob, electric oven, fridge and a dishwasher, as well as there being a handy utility room just off the kitchen where you will find a washing machine, tumble dryer, and a freezer, to freshen your clothes and store your food.

Completing the living areas, the bedroom invites you to retire after exploring what the Highlands have to offer; the room hosts a king size bed, that can be split in to two single beds if preferred, a freestanding wardrobe for you to unpack your belongings, while just through the hall the bathroom hosts plenty of space for you to prepare for your day, including a bath, shower over, and a pleasant heated towel rail, along with a basin and WC.

Should you not feel like cooking one evening, a short drive will take you to the nearby town of Kyle, where you can collect a takeaway from Kyle Chinese Takeaway to enjoy looking over the loch, or dine out at Hector's Bothy, serving both a lunch and evening menu filled with fresh seafood and locally sourced ingredients.

For activities while you are staying at the property, visit the Isle of Skye Golf Club where you can play 9 or 18 holes among the vast greenery, or for the thrill-seekers, Sea Kayak Plockton is just another scenic drive away where you can Kayak in the sea along with instructors from the picturesque beaches of Plockton.

Walkers will relish in the delights of the Highlands, with The Plock: Kyle's Community Parkland less than four miles from the property, the raised piece of land is home to many biodiverse habitats while each route you take shows off the magnificent scenery, from rocky coves to wildflower meadows.Lochalsh Woodland Walks are directly accessible from Boatman’s Cottage with beautiful views of the sea and Syke from many vantage points in the woods.

These walks are part of the Balmacara estate which celebrates Highland culture and wildlife through numerous activities and sites within its extensive boundaries. Branching slightly further afield, discover Leitir Fura an abandoned settlement site now home to a grand woodland boasting plenty of foot and cycling paths, or for a more relaxed stroll, the Attadale Gardens are also reachable from the dwelling, home to a plethora of plants and sculptures for you to enjoy on your walk.

Brush up on your history while visiting by exploring Eilean Donan Castle and Strome Castl, these are two wildly different but equally as stunning castles, popular among tourists, Eilean Dolan, having been featured in many films and TV programmes, being set where three lochs meet and Strome Castle, built in the 16th century is known for its pretty views over Loch Carron.Both of these castles entice you to learn more about the Highland's fascinating history.

For a scenic holiday to a superb area of Scotland, choose Boatman's Cottage.


  • 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.

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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