£129 / night
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Varis Holiday House, Balmacara - views to Skye – Home 4974803 Bungalow

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 6 sleeps
  •  min stay varies

Varis Holiday House, Balmacara - views to Skye – Home 4974803

  • Bungalow
  • 3 bedrooms
  • sleeps 6
  •  min stay varies

Excellent Excellent – based on 18 reviews

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Bungalow / 3 bedrooms / 2 bathrooms / sleeps 6

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 10 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car advised
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden

Description from manager


Welcome to our spacious comfortable 3 bedroomed bungalow. The elevated position gives views over the Skye and the Glen Elg peninsula. The house was awarded 4 stars by VisitScotland in its first season and continues to impress guests.

The large main room is comfortably furnished with a multi-fuel stove, sofas, chairs, TV and the large dining table. The main window looks out onto Lochalsh with views to Skye and Glen Elg. We have provided a telescope and binoculars.

A smaller cosy sitting room has the satellite TV and the WiFi hub. There is a selection of books and games available.

There are three bedrooms which can be configured as one double and two twins or two doubles and one twin. They all have oversized crisp white cotton linen for that touch of luxury, plenty of storage and blackout blinds/curtains.

The kitchen is very well equipped with good quality equipment to enable visitors to take full advantage of the wonderful local produce available. You'll find tea, coffee, sugar and some oil and spices in the cupboards.

There is a shower room and a full bathroom.

A utility room has a washing machine and tumble dryer and there is plenty of both indoor and outdoor drying space.

A lockable garage is available to store outdoor equipment such a bicycles and kayaks and has extra drying space.

An outdoor table and chairs are provided in the enclosed south facing garden so you can enjoy this secluded spot.

There is plenty of space to park.

Wifi, a cot, highchair, towels, linens and a modest stock of wood for the fire is available free of charge. We make an small charge for dogs who are welcome subject to a few rules (not permitted in bedrooms or on furniture). Assistance dogs are of course free of charge.

Skye Bridge, Plockton and Eilean Donan Castle are all within 5 miles.

Pets welcome (additional charge of £25/dog : we will accept 2 dogs and exceptionally three). No smoking inside the house please.

Short breaks welcome off season but, sorry, Saturday to Saturady bookings April to October except for late availability.

Weekly bookings only April to October with a changeover Saturday usually but do contact us for short stays out of peak season and we can discuss.

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

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 2: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 3: 2 Single Beds
    Beds in other rooms:
  • 1 Family bathroom, 1 Shower room


  • Wi-Fi available
  • Mountain Views
  • Private garden
  • Climbing frame
  • Sea view
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Clothes dryer
  • Iron
  • High chair available
  • Satellite TV
  • Stereo system
  • Telephone
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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  • Parking
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Getting around

The house is just 500m above the A87, the main route to Skye so you can readily arrive by long distance bus from Glasgow, Edinburgh or Inverness. But to be frank, public transport in the Highlands isn't great so we recommend your own transport. There is an extensive set of paths/mountain bike trails above the house.

Interaction with guest

We are always just a phone call away in case of difficulties and are happy to suggest things to see/do in the area to supplement the extensive literature available in the house.


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

No refund If you cancel, any money you have paid cannot be refunded.

Check-in date

House rules

We accept up to 2 dogs automatically : talk to us in advance if you'd like to bring more but this is entirely at our discretion. We are always mindful of our neighbours.

Dogs are not permitted in bedrooms (we have lovely pure white cotton linens) or on the furniture.


About the manager

Debra Storr
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Calendar updated:
15 Oct 2019
Years listed:
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English


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Guest reviews

18 reviews

Very Good

“Great base for exploring”

Reviewed 8 Apr 2018

At the top of our list when booking was outlook from the property. We were not disappointed, the view from the front window was outstanding. Couldn’t quite see Skye Bridge from inside but the views across the loch to the island were just gorgeous. Ever changing and one you just couldn’t tier of watching. Although we did spend time over on Skye, lovely walks up Old Man of Storr and around Elgol, the majority of time was spent walking the area immediately out of the front door. Amazing walks through the forest tracks and over to Balmacara Square including some challenging scrambles down through the forest towards Kirkton (we are not in our first flush of youth!). The property itself is first class and equipped with everything you could possibly wish for. There is an abundance of local maps detailing walks etc with information on all local amenities. We couldn’t fault the property and would absolutely recommend it to anybody wanting a comfortable well equipped base to either venture from or just sit and enjoy the fabulous surroundings. Our only drawback to the holiday was finding somewhere to eat out that would take dogs, we had our Border Terrier with us and we really struggled to find somewhere that catered for us. That said there is a well stocked Spar at the bottom of the track (although a little pricey even for a captive audience) and there is a Co-Op in Kyle of Lochalsh about 5miles away and Varis House kitchen is so well equipped it wasn’t really that much of a hardship to cook in the property.

Response from the manager Thank you so much : yes, we often get 'complaints' of slow starts to the day as people spend too much time just watching out of the window. Hope to see you again soon.

“Holidays in Scotland”

Reviewed 24 Sep 2015

We liked the seize of the house and the rooms. The kitchen is well equipped and the utility room as well. So are the other rooms.The view from the living-room is fantastic even if there isn't any sunshine. Debra gave us a warm welcome with a nice bottle of wine and some cookies. Even tea, coffee and a lot of other stuff was provided. We had a wonderful time there.

Response from the manager Thank you. Glad you had a good stay.


Reviewed 3 Jul 2015

Varis is in the perfect location for exploring the surrounding area, within very easy reach of Balmacara Square, Plockton, Skye, Eilean Donan Castle etc. The house itself was in lovely condition, with beautiful views over the loch, and as soon as we closed the gates it was safe for our two dogs to roam around the generous garden. The owners seemed to have thought of everything, making the house really feel like a home from home - the Welcome folder was full of really useful and helpful information about places to visit and places to eat, though we tended to cook our evening meals at the house. The kitchen has everything you could need and it was a pleasure to look out over the loch while having our meal. There is an extremely well-stocked Spar (with Post Office) within easy walking distance, next door to the Balmacara Hotel where there is a very popular restaurant, a friendly bar and an outdoor seating area overlooking the shoreline. We will definitely be back!

Response from the manager Thanks so much. Glad you enjoyed your stay.

“It was a fabulous location”

Reviewed 3 Jul 2015

We really enjoyed our holiday. The bungalow was lovely, very comfortable and in a fabulous location. It was very quiet and peaceful. There were lots of lovely walks around the area and we enjoyed watching all the birds in our garden. We were able to tour around and the scenery is absolutely terrific. The local supermarket had a good selection of beer! Our hosts were very obliging to us as we had to cancel our first holiday we booked due to a surprise stay in hospital and they kindly allowed us to re-book without losing our deposit, which was a very generous thing to do. The only slight criticism is that when we stayed we had a very cold snap of weather and it wasn't always as warm as we would have liked in our bedroom although the lounge was lovely and warm.

Response from the manager Thanks for that. Sorry about the cold bedroom : guests can control the heatng and in addition, just in case of need, there is a very efficient fan heater provided. I must put a note about the fan heater in the House Folder. Thanks for the prompt.

“Lovely setting for a relaxing holiday”

Reviewed 28 Jun 2015

The house was ideally situated for visiting Skye and Wester Ross, it was in a nice secluded position far enough from the road to be quiet and was very well appointed,the attention to detail was very impressive,the beds were very comfortable and everywhere was very clean.

Response from the manager So pleased you enjoyed your stay. There is plenty to do in the area - rain or shine.

“Excellent holiday cottage”

Reviewed 29 Sep 2014

Varis is a very well equiped bungalow with a fine view of loch Alsh. The owner was very helpful. I would recommend Varis to a friend. Kevin

Response from the manager Thank you your review. We are pleased you enjoyed the house and its views and look forward to welcoming you back.

“Lovely house in a great location!”

Reviewed 29 Aug 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at Varis. It's in a good central location that is perfect for exploring the area. The house had everything we needed and was clean and nicely decorated. The beds were comfy and there were loads of wardrobes for storage space. The local shop is within 5 minutes’ walk of Varis and is well stocked with everything you could need. We have family in the area that we visit each year, so hopefully we will stay again!

Response from the manager Those comments are very much appreciated and we will continue to work to make Varis a great place to stay.

“A clean and comfortable home from home.”

Reviewed 29 Aug 2014

Really enjoyed our stay at Varis during August 2014. The house was very clean and well equipped with all the things you could possible need and more. The views were stunning and there were easily accessible walks on the doorstep. It is in an ideal location for exploring the Isle of Skye and surrounding area. The property provides extremely comfortably facilities which creates a home from home feeling when staying there. The snug has Wifi facility and the bedrooms are spacious with extremely comfortable beds and luxurious bedding. The kitchen provides all the usual home comforts and there is also a large utility room which is useful for storing/drying outdoor clothing. The owner has thought of all of the needs of the visitor and has provided extensive information about the local area and walks available. This is definitely a property I would revisit and would recommend it to other visitors to the area.

Response from the manager Thank you. We look forward to seeing you again.

“Everything we needed - and more”

Reviewed 29 Aug 2014

A very enjoyable time at Varis. House was so clean and comfrtable, Everything we needed and more was thoughtfully provided. Beds so comfortable and even the weather obliged by being sunny. Lovely situation with view of Lochalsh

Response from the manager Thanks. Glad the weather obliged too!

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If you’ve already booked, go to Manage your holiday booking to view the property manager's contact details or send them a message.

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Or send the property manager an enquiry through the Contact the owner/manager form if you’d like a quote or more info first.

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You can also request a quote from the property manager through the contact form. The owner will email you the total cost for your dates and a link to book and pay online.

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If you’ve been sent a quote, simply accept it and pay online through the email we sent you. You can also do this in Manage your holiday booking.

Only bookings paid for through our site are covered by our trusted Payment Protection.

Why can't I call the property manager before booking?

You can exchange contact details with the property owner/manager once your booking is confirmed and you’ve paid in full. Paying and communicating only through our platform allows us to ensure that your booking is covered by our Payment Protection policy.

If you have any questions before booking, you can send the property owner/manager a message via the contact form on their listing. Once you’ve booked, you can discuss the rental and make arrangements for your trip by logging into Manage my booking.

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In most cases, you don’t pay a damage deposit up front. Instead, we save your payment details securely and you’re only charged in the event of damage to the property.

Occasionally, you will pay a damage deposit up front as part of the total rental cost. In this case, the owner has 10 days after you check out to report any damage. If they don’t, we’ll return your deposit. If their claim is successful, we’ll deduct the agreed cost and return the remainder.

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We’ll automatically charge the balance payment to the same payment method 10 days before it’s due. Go to Manage my holiday booking to see when the payment will be taken.

How can I retract my booking request?

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Go to Manage your holiday booking to cancel your booking. Here you can view your cancellation policy to see if you’ll be refunded.

How do I edit my booking?

You can request to change the dates or number of people on your booking via the Manage your holiday booking page. To change your holiday dates use the Edit booking button. If you need to change the number of guests staying then send the property manager a message.

If the property manager agrees, they’ll send you a revised quote outlining the changes. You can review and accept/decline this from the Manage your holiday booking page. You’ll have 48 hours to take action before the revised quote expires.

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