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Varis Holiday House, Balmacara - views to Skye

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Front of house - set against woodland overlooking Loch Alsh with views to Skye
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Bungalow -
3 Bedrooms , 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 6
Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
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 we...
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Listing #HL4974803
About the Manager
Debra Storr (Property Manager Debra Storr)
Languages spoken:English
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:June 2014
Interaction with guests
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.
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Skipton, United Kingdom
Reviewed 9 April 2018


VarisHolidayHouse, VR Owner at Varis Holiday House, Balmacara - views to Skye, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018


Reviewed 30 May 2017

I was predisposed to be impressed with Varis before we even arrived. Debra (the owner) sent me an email with very helpful information regarding where to purchase food locally and information for visiting Skye. The food info in particular was very welcome - often that...More

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VarisHolidayHouse, VR Owner at Varis Holiday House, Balmacara - views to Skye, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Thanks so much. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 19 May 2017

Second visit to Varis and every bit as good as last year the new windows have improved the views so much. Accommodation is brilliant and the cottage is very clean with crisp white linen,very comfortable beds and the kitchen is very well appointed. Wonderful weather...More

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VarisHolidayHouse, VR Owner at Varis Holiday House, Balmacara - views to Skye, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2017

Thanks Barbara. Returning this year was itself a great endorsement and I'm glad you found everything in order. See you again soon, I hope.

  • Alarm Clock
  • Blender
  • Books
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Central Heating
  • Cooker
  • Cots:(1)
  • Dining Seats (6)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Freezer
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Garage
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • King Beds:(2)
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (10)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Ocean Views
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Private Garden
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower Rooms (1)
  • Single Beds:(2)
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • Washer
  • Water Views
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets not allowed
    Smoking not allowed
    Check in: 4:00 PM
    Check out: 10:00 AM
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...
    1 Full bath
    1 Shower
    2 Kings
    1 Crib
    2 Twins
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About the neighbourhood
The house is the last in a small cluster of houses elevated on the hill overlooking Kylerhea - the strait between Skye and mainland Scotland. Our guests love watching the every changing view and the boats navigating this highly tidal water.

Paths lead direct from the house into an area of mixed forestry and an extensive network of paths across the Lochalsh penisula. Views from above the house reach to Torridon, Kintail, Knoydart, and the Skye Cullins.

The National Trust for Scotland manage the adjacent Balmacara Estate and there are lovely woodland walks by the shore nearby for those who prefer gentler exercise (and for shelter when its windy).
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.
Car advised
How to get there
Airport: Inverness: 130.0 km
Railway: Kyle of Lochalsh: 6.0 km
Ferry: Armadale (Skye) : 45.0 km
The house is set 500m away from the A87, the main route to the Skye Bridge. Most visitors will want to have a car as public transport is sparse. Travelling to Kyle of Lochlash by train takes visitors on one of the world's best railway journeys but local car hire must be booked in advance.

From Inverness there is a choice of routes by car either taking the A82 along the shore of Loch Ness before heading west along the A887 before joining the A87 or via the A9, A835, A832 and A890 Loch Carron route .

Similarly, from Edinburgh, the choice is between 1. crossing the Queensferry Bridge and taking the A9 north to Dalwhinnie via Perth, Pitlochry and Blair Atholl before heading west onto the A86 to Spean Bridge before heading along the Great Glen on the A82 before heading west on the A...
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 10.0 km.
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