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Cnoc na Gaoithe, The Born Free Cottage

Kensaleyre near Portree, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles (Ref. 1044766)

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2 Customer Review(s)

  • Lynn

    “Lovely cottage, stunning location.”

    Beds are so comfortable. Just a delightful cottage, can't wait to go back.

    Beds are so comfortable. Just a delightful cottage, can't wait to go back.

    - Lynn, July 2021

The property

Portree 7.3 miles. Enjoying stunning views over Loch Snizort Beag on the Isle of Skye is this wonderful detached cottage, Cnoc na Gaoithe -The Born Free Cottage.

Generously gifted to the international wildlife charity Born Free Foundation as part of a legacy, the proceeds from your booking at Cnoc na Gaoithe in this scenic corner of Scotland will contribute to their vital conservation and welfare work to protect endangered and mistreated animals all over the world.

Featuring contemporary and homely interiors with welcome features such as a woodburning stove, a utility room and ground-floor living, this charming cottage is perfect for a variety of groups.

Be welcomed into the entrance area before making your way into the lovely sitting room, with two sofas adorned in classic tartan throws, a wall-mounted TV and a woodburning stove, it is the perfect environment to unwind after a day outdoors, while a pretty window seat area offers a lovely spot to admire the views over the loch.

Venture into the kitchen/diner to find a white fitted kitchen equipped with everything you could need, with laundry appliances resting in the utility room, and a dining table and chairs positioned in the window. Take the timber stairs up the first floor to find the lovely twin bedroom, with dual aspect Velux windows illuminating the space with natural light.

Back on the ground floor, find two double bedrooms along with two shower room, so there's plenty of space for all to rest and then get ready in the morning before the day's activities begin.

The garden offers a delightful place to enjoy the views of the water and enjoy the fresh air, with picnic benches for warmer days.

Walkers can look forward to many dramatic hikes up the surrounding mountains such as the Old Man of Storr, The Storr, Beinn Edram and Quiraing, with the spectacular views well worth the effort to reach the top.

Visit the beautiful observation point of Kilt Rock & Mealt Falls to see for yourself the panoramic views of waterfalls, cliffs and seascapes, offering a great stop to incorporate into a coastal walk.

Make a trip over to Coral Beach in Claigan to enjoy the secluded shores with clear blue waters to watch the sea birds and seals before walking out to the little island at low tide.

The nearest town to the cottage is Portree where you can find plenty of shops for all your self-catering needs, along with friendly pubs and bars to enjoy, well established restaurants and some heritage too at the Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre.

Admire the colourful houses down by Portree Harbour and take a stroll up to The Lump offering a great vantage point for views of the harbour and home to a 19th century watchtower.

Be sure to find time to visit the Gavin Maxwell Museum, situated on the tiny Island of Eilean Bàn, midway between the mainland and the Isle of Skye.

The Long Room was recreated by Virginia McKenna, Born Free Co-Founder and Trustee who acted in many iconic films, including Born Free and Ring of Bright Water.

Discover the beautiful Isle of Skye from this wonderful property Cnoc na Gaoithe


  • Three bedrooms: 2 x ground-floor double, 1 x first-floor twin 2 x ground-floor shower room with walk-in shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility room
  • Sitting room with woodburning stove
  • Electric heating
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, TV, WiFi
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking for two cars
  • Front patio with picnic bench and two handmade bespoke benches
  • Two well-behaved dogs welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 6.7 miles, Pub 7.3 miles
  • Note: The garden is not enclosed
  • Note: The twin bedroom has low sloping ceilings
  • Note: There is restricted head height in one of the ground-floor doorways however it is signposted
  • Note: In both double bedrooms, the beds rest against the wall offering access from one side only
  • Note: A new house is currently being built next to the cottage and this may cause some disturbance, however, the neighbours are committed to keeping noise to a minimum where possible

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About the location


Fort William 108 miles; Inverness 113 miles.

Set round its natural harbour on the stunning and tranquil Isle of Skye, charming Portree boasts an excellent range of shops, hotels and restaurants. Cultural attractions are plentiful; the Aros Centre is well worth a visit with its programme of concerts, theatre and cinema. Sports enthusiasts are also well catered for, with sea kayaking, rock-climbing and a good choice of well-marked walks. The rock formations are particularly spectacular; Trotternish Ridge stretches for 31km of continuous cliffs, with many fantastic rock forms and pinnacles. Dunvegan Castle and the Talisker Distillery Visitor Centre are just two more reasons to visit this magical isle.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter
  • Off-season
  • Last minute
  • Christmas