Take a look around Strathearn

Quality Bed and Breakfast accomodation on the Isle of Skye.

'Strathearn', 9 Kildonan, is a spacious modern bungalow. Situated in the small crofting township of Kildonan (a settlement of just 15 or so homes) the house offers peace and tranquility to those who seek it. Built on a hillside, its elevated position offers panoramic views across over Loch Greshornish and further across The Minch to the Western Isles, some 12 miles away. We also enjoy fabulous sunsets and occasionally the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).


Accommodation

All accomodation at Strathearn is at ground floor level. We have an Air Source central heating system and guest rooms have additional panel heaters with individual controls. Guests are able to relax in the sun room where there is a selection of books and games.

On our croft land we grow our own vegetables, have a polytunnel, pigs, chickens and ducks. We have a pet cat Silvy, but she is not allowed in the bedrooms. We have mown a path around the croft and down to the sea which you are welcome to access but please watch where you walk as the path is uneven and there are bog areas and ditches. Outside seating is available to enjoy the magnificent views and there are some sitting areas within the croft area.

We offer a drying/laundry service.  Bikes and walking gear can be left in the garage.

On the first day of your stay your room will be available after 4pm. On the day of your departure please vacate your room by 10.30am.

Parking is available next to the house for cars and motorbikes.


Sleeps

Our guest accommodation comprises 3 rooms, 2 rooms with 1 king size double bed (5ft by 6ft 6ins)and 1 room with 2 single beds (3ft by 6ft 3ins) which can be joined to make a large double. All rooms have ensuite facilities with large walk in shower (shower chair available if required), vanity sink unit and toilet. There is ample wardrobe and storage space and room to relax and enjoy the  views across Loch Greshornish to the Outer Hebrides.

All bedrooms are comfortably furnished with tea/coffee making facilities, home made cookies, TV with DVD player, hairdryer, clock radio, and even binoculars so you may see that elusive otter or seal at the water's edge! We have midge blinds in the bedrooms so that you can open the window in the evening without unwelcome guests!

 


Dining Options

Breakfast is served in the dining room which has a fridge for guest use. Breakfast options include porridge, cereals, fruit, home made bread, toast, oatcakes, preserves, granola and yoghurt.

Cooked choices include home made sausage, (usually)  our own cured bacon, haggis, our own hen or duck eggs, tomatoes and mushrooms. Lighter options available on request include Scottish cheese and hot smoked salmon. We try to source as much food as possible from local suppliers and Liz enjoys baking and cooking.

Home baked cakes and tea/coffee is available between 4 and 6pm daily in the sun lounge or outside weather permitting, enabling guests to relax and enjoy the view after travelling or sightseeing.

Please inform us if you have special dietary requests.

 


Local Attractions


From Strathearn there is a circular walk around the loop road giving views to Uig bay and the Trotternish ridge. There is a path up to Flashadder Dun with its ancient remains and 360 degree views.

Edinbane 2 miles away offers 2 bars/restaurant with live music provided in the Edinbane Inn. There is also the famous Edinbane Pottery.

In the Waternish area there are various restaurants and hotels serving a variety of meals including locally caught seafood. We can give you further details of these when you arrive. There are also craft shops and outlets selling local products.
Other dining, shopping and leisure attractions are available in Portree 11 miles away, the island capital.

Dunvegan Castle is situated approximately 9 miles away and the Coral beaches another few miles along the coast.

A visitor to Skye cannot miss the Cuillin ridge, whether you view it from the road as you drive across the island or get closer by walking into and up the mountains. We have guides and maps and personal recomendations to help you plan your route.

The Trotternish mountain ridge can be seen from the croft and the drive and short walk to view the spectacular Quiraing  and Storr rock formations should not be missed.

If you wish to explore further afield, ferries depart from Uig and a trip with or without the car offers an opportunity to see the Outer Hebridean islands of Uist, Harris and Lewis.

There are lots of places to see and explore on the Isle of Skye depending on your personal interests. We are happy to advise and make suggestions to enable you to make the most of your visit.

Our Greenish Statement

Our aim is to use resources efficiently and effectively, with minimum environmental impact. This is not an excuse to be mean, just sensible. We value your help.

Electricity is our main energy source due to our rural location. You may have noticed our Solar Panels utilising any sunlight to provide power and heat the water, every little helps.

Central heating is powered by an Air Source Heat Pump system . This comes on in the morning and evening if needed controlled by a thermostat in the hall. Please use the thermostatic valve of your radiator to regulate the warmth of your room. However as guest comfort is a priority each bedroom has an extra thermostatic convection radiator if needed.

Stand by wastes energy.
Please don’t leave things plugged in and not used, like phone or computer chargers.
The TV set has a mains on/off switch, use this rather than stand by when finished watching TV.
These simple measures also reduce fire risk.

To reduce unnecessary washing, towels will be changed every 2 or 3 days depending on your length of stay. However if you require a more frequent change please leave towels on the shower floor. Bed sheets will be changed every 4-5 days. Please ask if you require a more frequent change.
We try to line dry washing as much as possible.
We have provided good quality soap and shower gel in larger bottles to minimise waste.

Waste
At Strathearn we re-use and recycle as much as we can. We follow the local council’s guidelines for recycling. Please leave any newspapers, cans and glass or plastic bottles by the side of your bin.
We compost all vegetable waste. We have provided a dish for you on your tea tray to put used teabags on.
Newspaper may end up as paper bricks for our stove.

Food
We use local produce whenever possible, for example eggs usually come from our own hens and ducks. We have a polytunnel and raised beds for vegetables. Bacon and haggis are from our local butcher. We have pigs (seasonal) so our own home cured bacon and sausage is usually available. Animal welfare regulations do not allow pigs to be fed kitchen waste. The pigs do enjoy apples but please ask us first before you give them any food.

Getting around
Most of us use cars, they are very convenient and necessary. However there are some local walks and bike hire is available on the island. An open top bus tours the north of the island in the summer months starting at Portree. There are ferry services to various places.

We hope you find this information useful, thank you for helping us to make the best use of energy.

Ideal for...

  • Walking we have maps and guide books available
  • Cycling
  • Relaxing
  • Exploring in all directions!
  • 9 miles east of Dunvegan with its historic castle and lovely coastline
  • 11 miles north west of Portree, the capital of Skye offering shopping, harbour with boat trips, walks, leisure centre and the Aros centre including the Sea Eagle exhibition, cinema, cafe and shopping
  • 19 miles from Uig and the Ferry to Uist and Harris