£57 / night
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A traditional old Scottish Highland home welcomes you ... ceud mile fàilte – Home 8697096 House

  • 4 bedrooms
  • 7 sleeps
  • 7 nights min stay

A traditional old Scottish Highland home welcomes you ... ceud mile fàilte – Home 8697096

  • House
  • 4 bedrooms
  • sleeps 7
  • 7 nights min stay

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House / 4 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 7

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 0.5 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from owner


With stunning views down the Sound of Sleat to the south west and directly across the sea to Skye, Bac na beàrn is a traditional old Highland home. It’s solidly stone built, slate roofed, with central heating, and with double glazing where it matters, warm, comfortable, relaxed, and with many original features. It's a great base to experience the seas, mountains and wildlife of this unique and outstandingly beautiful part of Scotland, including nearby Skye.

It's a “family house”, not tarted up with stuff like wet rooms or a pool to lounge by. The sea is only a few hundred metres away and there's a decent-sized garden. There's an old Rayburn in the kitchen and an old caravan in the garden which need to be removed. There’s irregularity in the dining room floor which needs attention and which results in grit accumulating in the window bay (it’s on the list!). A couple of carpets are rather worn, dining room chairs need reseating, and some painting needs freshening.

So if you’re looking for an aseptic, soulless, and squeaky clean holiday unit with fully matching cutlery then this is not for you. But if the character and feel and history of a house appeals to you you’ll enjoy being part of that here. Bac na beàrn is a living family holiday home, comfortably part of the natural landscape. Not perfect, but then who is?

Stand in the garden of Bac na beàrn on a bright, clear day and you'll see for miles down the Sound of Sleat, past the coast of Skye and on to Eigg and beyond, the many small islands shadowed in the sun-sparkled water. Just round the first headland to your left is Sandaig, called Camus feàrna (Bay of the Alders) by Gavin Maxwell in his book of his life there with his otters, "Ring of Bright Water".

Then there’s the serene calm of Glenelg, silence broken by the whoops and skirling of sea birds, by the splash of a fish, an otter or seal, or the scutter of some animal – a pine marten at dusk, perhaps - through the bracken, by the friendly greeting of a stranger passing on the road – but never by roar of traffic or razored by sirens.

On occasion, of course, the wind beating up the Sound may sting the rain horizontally into your face. Being out in a Highland storm, though, is excitingly different from the sodden misery of rain in the city. Here you have scents of bog myrtle and heather, damp peat and salt spray, spume and seaweed, natural aromatherapy bringing you fully alive while calming and relaxing you also. Raw nature, such as you'll find in the west Highlands, has this effect.

You’ll want, then, a home from home, a place to return to, shrugging your rain jacket to the floor as you enter, your boots tumbled in the scullery, padding through with a hot drink to the double-glazed warmth of the sitting room to watch the sea and the wind arguing over the scurrying white horses below. As a very satisfied guest remarked "Don't think Hilton, think old aunt Hilda's farmhouse and you'll be fine!"

There’s a comfortable sitting room with a modestly-sized flat screen TV and DVD player. There’s any number of DVDs and plenty of board games. There’s a bookcase with a miscellaneous range of fiction and non-fiction titles and a number of books, pamphlets and maps relevant to the area and beyond.

There’s much handsome pine panelling throughout the house, including over almost the entire bathroom where you’ll also find an ancient cast iron bath with its original ingenious pillar plug, deep and where almost anyone will be able to lie full length, a glass of whisky comfortably within reach. There’s currently only one lavatory.

The dining room shares the wonderful light and view down the Sound of Sleat and to Skye and is light and airy and with a handsome Victorian oak table and matching mirrored sideboard. The carpet is worn but functional, another replacement issue in the process of being addressed.

If you prefer to eat in the kitchen next door, there’s a long, plain refectory-style oiled yew table. It's a well equipped kitchen with fridge freezer, ceramic-hobbed cooker, food processor, slow cooker and so on - even a mandolin, a microplane, and solar-powered kitchen scales - yes, the sun does shine in Glenelg from time to time.

The utility room has an automatic washing machine, a tumble dyer and there's full central heating. There's a decent wireless broadband connection typically offering upwards of 20Mbps download speed and some 2.2-2.9Mbps upload.

It's a family holiday home, not a sterile house for transient visitors, and so you'll find it has what you'd expect to find in a place such as this which you want to treat as your own home for the period you're visiting.

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  • Great for children of all ages
  • Pets welcome
  • Cot available

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 2: King Bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
    Bedroom 4: Single Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • Sea view
  • Bicycles available
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • TV
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

If you're fond of walking then having no car is fine but a car does make it easier to explore further afield. That said, there are buses both over the hill and beyond and people here are often good about offering lifts. You can also hire bicycles (one of the sheds by the lagoon, physically immediately below Bac na beàrn though you'll need to walk round by the church or by Quarry) to get around. I understand that kayaks and RIBs may also be available though I don't have any details as yet.

Interaction with guest

As we live at the other end of the UK direct interaction is rare although you might get a visit from a Glenelg resident on occasion, checking that all is fine. However, I am available by email or phone and you shouldn't hesitate to get in touch if you need information or help. I make a practice of telephoning shortly after your arrival to welcome you and check that everything's in order for you. Guests regularly comment that I'm very accessible and promptly responsive and that I deal with things straight away.


Check in time: 16:00, Check out time: 10:00
If you have any questions about check-in or check-out times, please contact the owner/manager.
This rental can only be paid for online through HouseTrip using your credit/debit card or PayPal (never by bank or wire transfer).
No smoking at this property


Change of plans? No problem. You could receive a partial or full refund, depending on when you cancel.

Booking confirmed

100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).

24 hours after booking

100% refund of the amount paid (minus the booking fee*) if cancelled at least two weeks before check-in.

2 weeks before

No refund if cancelled less than 2 weeks before check-in.

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House rules

Pets are allowed but should be kept downstairs. Dogs in particular need to be well behaved and owners should be very alert to the risk of their chasing sheep in such case they - the dogs, not the owners - risk being shot. Please ensure the garden gate is closed at all times when not in use.

Smoking is fine outside but not either in the house or in the doorways or porch, please.


About the owner

Murdoch M.
Average reply time:
3 hours 21 minutes
Response rate:
Calendar updated:
20 Jun 2019
Years listed:
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Languages spoken: English


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Guest reviews

1 review

Very Good

“A great base in fabulous scenery with a helpful owner”

Reviewed 10 Apr 2018

We loved our stay and can thoroughly recommend both Glenelg and Bac na beàrn. The scenery was stunning, lots of great short and long walks, with a great pub for food and beer 100 yards from the house. We took the small community run ferry for days out onto Skye. Murdoch was very helpful, and provided a mine of information before the stay and even phoned during the week to check that everything was OK. The house was great to live in for the week, it was warm and cosy. The kitchen was well if eclectically stocked with with all manner of pans and dishes. The oven was very efficient and we were able to self cater very effectively. The was a big and elegant bath but the only downside there was no shower.

Owner's reply: Thanks Bob - glad you all enjoyed your visit both to Bac na beàrn and the wider area. It's important, I think, to make sure that everything's in order for guests and to deal promptly with any issues that arise, hence my "checking up", as you might say. Comment about a shower noted - in fact adding a shower as a separate room is part of a - necessarily long-term - plan with an intermediate one being adding one first to the bath area. Thanks again. Murdoch

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