Location

Set in the beautiful Braes area, just seven miles from the island capital Portree, the property makes an excellent base from which to explore Skye. The district of Braes is made up of nine crofting townships. At Balmeanach a spit of land reaches into the narrows of Raasay. This is An Aird and makes a delightful walk right from the bungalow into an area rich in wildlife, geology and history. Within view of the house is where in 1882 The Battle of the Braes took place resulting in laws being formed giving the people crofters rights for the very first time. Walking along the shoreline you will find niches where the fishermen kept their boats over the centuries. Looking out to sea from the windows of the house it is possible to sight porpoise, dolphins, whales, basking sharks and otters plus lots of sea birds including Sea Eagles soaring overhead.

Portree, the capital of the island, offers all the benefits of a small town with a tourist information office, the Aros Heritage Centre with a sea eagle exhibition and many other attractions. Portree is a small fishing port from where you can take a boat trip to the shores of the nearby islands of Raasay and Rona, and view the wildlife (including sea eagles) or do a spot of sea angling.

North Skye is full of interesting places to visit. There are Castles and Museums, Gallerys and Potteries, Exhibitions and Craft Markets. Pony trekking is popular for the children and the not so young. There are also water sports such as canoeing, shore fishing and fresh water angling for brown trout and salmon.

Unlimited scope exists for hill walking or rock climbing in the Cuillin Hills where the spectacular views are second to none. All of this and more is within easy reach of “Taigh an-Sithein”, Gedintailor, Braes, and when it comes to dining out you will be spoilt for choice with many fine hotels and restaurants, offering the very best in Highland fayre and local produce, perhaps washed down with a wee dram produced by Talisker, the island’s own whisky distillery.