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Boatman's Cottage

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Balmacara near Kyle Of Lochalsh, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 2 Guests

  • 1 Bedroom

  • 1 Bathroom

  • Pets Yes


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

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27 Customer Reviews

  • "Comfortable and convenient small cottage very close to the loch, with great views and with walks straight from the doorstep."

    A bit too close to other cottages to have a real "wilderness" feeling, but saw dolphins and sea birds from the window and just outside. Well placed for day trips to Skye, to Eilean Donan, and many scenic locations around Kintail.

    Delighted you enjoyed the cottage and its location. Thanks for visiting and enjoying all the beautiful scenery in the surrounding area. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Peter4.4Oct 2023

  • "The only downfall for this property was the mould in the bathroom."

    Although clean there was mould on the roller blind and in the corner. But it did not detract from the overall enjoyment of our experience.

    Thanks very much for your feedback, these things are good know. Delighted that you enjoyed your stay, thanks for visiting. Property Owner

    Reviewed by William4.1Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful location couldn’t be better."

    The bed is the most comfortable bed ever shame we couldn’t get it in the car!! LOL Mainly spotless just the bathroom tiles felt grubby but realise they are old and property is in process of being updated.Windows in conservatory need some work but again realise it’s a work in progress and doesn’t distract from the property at all. Potato peeler blunt and missing a potato masher but otherwise well equipped although dinner plates a little small. Would definitely go again as it really is an idyllic place.

    Delighted you had a great time and enjoyed the wonderful location. Thanks for your comments, it's all helpful to know especially when planning maintenance. The dinner plates are a little smaller than average however they were bought to fit the dishwasher so guests have the option to use this facility if they wish. Very glad you found the location idyllic, thanks for your visit. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lynda3.8Sep 2023

  • "We had a lovely stay the weather was not so cracking but we had fun days out."

    went over to Tain and up to Ullapool and went over to Plockton for some lovely meals our dog had a great time as well we have used the cottage over a lot of years even booked 2024 thank you A for the use

    Thanks for the lovely review and glad you had some great days out. Delighted you will be returning again next year. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Sue5.0Sep 2023

  • "Excellent cottage in an idyllic location."

    Very well equipped, with all the necessities of comfortable living provided. Dog friendly with a lovely woodland walk straight out the front door. Ideal for two people and their dog. This cottage provided the base for a week of unforgettable memories. Thank you.

    So great to hear you had such a lovely week. Holidays and journeys are all about experiences and the memories they provide so delighted this week at Boatman's Cottage was ideal for you. Thanks for the great feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Yvonne5.0Sep 2023

  • "Location was stunning ,with the loch across the lane ."

    To awaken each morning,to see sunrise,& to watch the sky at the end of the day,creating shadows over the hills on Skye.was just wonderful .We envied the residents next door. The cottage was clean & comfortable & ideal for a short break . We were able to make the most of a fabulous week,by walking the woodland trails shown in the Balmacara leaflet. We swam in the loch , saw dolphins playing,& even spotted sea eagles on two occasions..Skye was incredible,& easy to reach. We expect that the owner will tidy up the exterior over the winter., but it wasn't a problem,as one reviewer made it out to be. But overall we had a fabulous holiday. Many thanks

    I'm delighted that you had such a wonderful week and were able to experience all those aspects of your holiday from Boatman's Cottage. The location is very special and it's great that you were able to take benefit from that in so many ways. Thanks for your lovely review. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Glen5.0Sep 2023

  • "The location was excellent and we enjoyed staying at Boatman’s Cottage which was ideal for us."

    The property is generally well maintained and comfortable although there are a few areas which need some attention ( eg window frames and exterior woodwork) .

    Thank you very much for your feedback. Delighted that you enjoyed your stay and the location especially. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Andrew4.7Aug 2023

  • "We absolutely loved our stay, the location is perfect and the cottage is very cosy."

    We saw otters and dolphins in the loch while we were seated in the sun porch. Very clean, everything worked, very comfortable. A little piece of heaven which we definitely recommend and would love to come back

    Delighted that you had such a wonderful stay. Lovely that you saw the otters and dolphins. Thanks so much for your feedback and would love to see you again. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Eric5.0Jul 2023

  • "Comfortable accomadation in a brilliant location."

    Stunning scenery on doorstep if you want a quiet holiday location with a view this is it.

    Delighted that you had a great holiday, thanks very much for the feedback, much appreciated. Property Owner

    Reviewed by David4.7Jul 2023

  • "First impressions count."

    This was my second visit to the cottage, so I thought I knew what to expect. I was shocked to see what looked like a building site. I soon realised that the work was actually being done next door but the area was generally untidy and the cottage I was aiming for looked derelict as I approached it. The exterior paintwork was very tired, with window paint peeling, the door dirty and roughly finished. The concrete sills were black and the paving approaching the door dirty. The "garden" was a small area of grass that hadn't been cut for weeks and the cuttings from the last cut were still there. Potted plants/shrubs looked neglected. Having got over the shock of the arrival, the interior was very much as I remembered. It was adequately equipped and clean where it mattered. The Sykes app was extremely useful in reporting minor issues and I was grateful for a call from the owner. Overall, thanks in part to the glorious weather, a good week and the views were as good as I remembered.

    Thanks very much for your comments which are very helpful. We needed to accommodate a break in the maintenance schedule earlier this year but this is being caught up with now. I'm sorry your impressions on arrival were not as good as they could have been. It was good to chat with you during your stay and I'm glad you had an enjoyable week's stay. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ian4.7Jun 2023

  • "Due to wall to wall sunshine and the beautiful location it was the best holiday we have."

    Ever had and congratulations on one of the firmest beds we have had in a holiday cottage would reccomend the cottage to anyone. Max

    Delighted that you enjoyed your stay so much. Thanks very much for your review and feedback. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kathryn5.0Jun 2023

  • "Boatman’s cottage was rundown since Sykes took over, the previous owners kept ..."

    Boatman’s cottage was rundown since Sykes took over, the previous owners kept it tip top The small garden was overgrown and bush blocked view over loch The window frames were rotten and require replacing The facility’s were very limited, no Wi-Fi, no hairdryer, no tea spoons and sparse cutlery, only two cushions were provided Required major TLC On the whole we were disappointed, fortunately the view was the saving grace

    Thank you for your comments. The garden and some maintenance on the window is due to take place later this month. There is no wi-fi mentioned in the property description and I understand that there are a good number of teaspoons provided as this has been checked, they are a little larger than average. The following items have all been added/replaced since the change of ownership....Bed, mattress, duvet and all linen, towels, dinner service and many kitchen utensils, toaster, cafetière, rugs in lounge and sun room, television, shower curtain, a number of lampshades and decorative items. The constant upkeep of a property is acknowledged and this is undertaken where possible within any constraints that may occur. Thanks again for your feedback and hope your holiday in many other ways was enjoyable. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ron4.1May 2023

  • "The bathroom in particular was not very clean, there was a lot of black mould visible, the shower curtain was not particularly clean, I had to clean the shower head as it was full of black mould and not at all pleasant, I really wish I had taken a photograph of it but sadly didn't."

    The cutlery and crockery were of the bare minimum and nearly all of the mugs were chipped. The location of the cottage was absolutely beautiful so it was a shame the interior did not deliver. All in all it was not up to the usual standard that we have previously had with Sykes Cottages.

    Thank you for your feedback, it is much appreciated and apologies for any inconvenience. It is useful to have the information to make improvements and have ordered some replacement mugs and shower curtain in the meantime. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Ernest2.8May 2023

  • "Excellent Cottage with full facilities."

    Excellent location with majestic panoramic views. I would highly recommend this property. The bathroom could do with a little TLC. All in all an excellent place to stay.

    Many thanks for your comments and feedback, very helpful. Very pleased that you enjoyed your stay and the lovely views. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Kevin4.7Oct 2022

  • "Great location, nice floor plan with the things we needed."

    Access to washer and dryer was awesome, the front porch and view was wonderful. Would be nice to have had wi fi - Will recommend - thanks

    Thank you very much for your comments, much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed your stay and will recommend the cottage. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Lona5.0Aug 2022

  • "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 Lorraine4.7Apr 2022

  • "Fantastic location, the cottage was a great base to explore this amazing area and very close to the Skye bridge."

    The cottage was clean, comfortable bed, washing machine, and dryer was a bonus. The only downside was no enclosed outside space for our little dog but with the amazing views and superb woodland walks right on the doorstep this really isn't a problem.

    Thanks for your kind review, delighted you enjoyed the facilities and the location. Property Owner

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Mar 2022

  • "What can we say an amazing one weeks stay Absolutely loved every minute View ..."

    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 Debbie5.0Dec 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 Lorraine4.7Dec 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 Gavin5.0Dec 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 Samantha5.0Oct 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 Judith5.0Oct 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 Thomas3.8Sep 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 Dave2.8Aug 2021

  • "Superb location"

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

    Reviewed by Jonathan4.4Aug 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 Cheryl5.0Aug 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 Paul4.1Jul 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, 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 isle of Skye 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 Castle, 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.

EPC Rating: Band D

EPC Rating: Band D

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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