House in Portree, Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands, Scotland - Listed Building In A Conservation Area With Sea And Mountain Views. Close To Local Amenities
About Finlay MacLeod
I am a retired teacher living in Edinburgh. My widowed mother lives in Portree and we find the mill a lovely base for family visits or just a break.
Finlay MacLeod purchased this House in 2003
Why Finlay MacLeod chose Portree
Lucy and I have family and friends who live in and around Portree and we stay regularly in the mill. It has become in part a family home for us and as well as a conservation project. We have owned Number 1, the Old Mill (an Sean Mhuilean) since 2003. We did a lot of work in 2005 changing the layout of the middle floor and installing central heating. In 2012 we carried out further extensive work with 2 new bathrooms on the ground floor and installed an air source heat pump system complemented by heat recovery ventilation. In the long term we will restore the lime mortar pointing on the outside of the building.
What makes this House unique
The mill and the neighbouring cottages were build in 1805. They appear to be the first buildings erected on Scorrybreac Road and were part of an ambitious programme of building by James Gillespie Graham who was Lord MacDonald’s Superintendent of Works. James Gillespie Graham went on to have a very successful career particularly in Edinburgh. There he was responsible for the lay out of much of the later New Town. Pictures and more information can be seen in the mill.
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Well worth it!
Wow! What a stunning location! It was incredibly easy to get to and very close to all the shops. The home was easily one of the coolest places I have ever stayed - the layout is fantastic. It does include stairs so keep that in mind but each level of the home is well decorated, very clean, and well taken care of.
The owners communicate beautifully and we felt very prepared for our trip. There were wonderful directions to walks nearby, shops, and recommendations to restaurants.
I have used VRBO before but this was by far one of my favorite experiences. If I ever visit Portree again, I would absolutely stay in this location again!
The Old Mill is one of the best holiday accommodations we’ve stayed in. It was not only easy to find and check in, but it was perfectly located for touring the Isle of Skye. The Mill is exceptionally well-equipped, clean, and comfortable. Finlay has done a remarkable job of restoring and renovating the Old Mill, and we especially appreciated the story of the mill he provided us.
Wonderful week in Skye
The property is fantastic. Beautifully restored and extremely comfortable - it had everything we needed for a great week.
dramatic and comfortable space
Architectural character abounds in integrating components of the old mill into contemporary living space. Exciting, uncommon design yet immensely comfortable and practical. Connected by a free standing metal spiral staircase with gentle risers and carpeted steps, each floor has a distinctive character and purpose: large bedrooms and bathrooms on the private ground level; light filled spacious living areas on middle level; a loft effect to top level that can be whatever you want it to be - an area for lounging or sleeping, to doing laundry, to gazing out to the harbor and hills from a large dormer window. Lacquered black support beams and stone walls painted white - even the original mill stone - remind you that you’re living in a 200 year old structure.
Beautiful place with everything you could need
We stayed at the Old Mill for 1 week a friend and I as a base for mountain walking. Firstly there is plenty of space, in this we had a floor each and shared the middle floor. Everything in the house is very well considered, and overall the house is very well presented. There are some really interesting features such as the grind stone for the mill and its supporting beams for the mechanism.
Location wise it could not be better for getting Into the centre of Portree is a 2 minute walk for your restaurants and bars.
Facilities are all great quality and everything needed, microwave, freezer, washing machine. A big dining table, great for sharing meals but also getting the maps out to plan trips over a dram. One of the showers is a powerful rain shower and it is really excellent to get refreshed after a days walking. Plenty of toilet and wash rooms. We didn’t try the burner as it was warm anyway but its an excellent feature and looks like it would be a good one as the flu is enormous.
Parking right outside is good too for loading and unloading. Wifi, TV etc are all good.
Overall an excellent place to stat with everything you could need in a very clean, well equipped and attractive property in a great location.
Thanks Lucy and Finlay!
A week of fine weather in Portree, staying at the lovely and comfortable Old Mill
We had a wonderful holiday in the Old Mill. It is so comfortable. The kitchen had everything we needed, and the location is very convenient, only a few minutes to walk to Portrees best restaurants. Finlay was a great host, and we enjoyed talking to him and hearing about his family history in Portree. We did a lot of hill walking and enjoyed them all, including the Quairang, and Old Man of Storr, but favourites were Ben Tianavaig, and loved a day trip to Isle of Raasay. Our favourite beer was from Cuillin Brewery. Great stuff! Look forward to another stay in the near future, and we would definitely come back to the Old Mill! Thanks again, Finlay and Lucy.
The house is on the coast, 50 metres from the shore. Portree is a small harbour town in a splendid setting. Skye offers the opportunity for many coastal and mountain walks.
Road (using Skye Bridge): Inverness 112 miles; Edinburgh 235 miles; Glasgow 210 miles; Kyle of Lochalsh 34 miles.
Train: the nearest stations are Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig (for ferry to Armadale).
Bus: regular direct buses to Glasgow and Inverness.
Air: nearest airport is Inverness (112 miles).
Car hire: available in Portree and Inverness.
Portree is the main settlement on Skye, 34 miles north-west from the Skye Bridge.
The centre of the village is 5 minutes walk from the house. There is a range of shops in Wentworth Street, a fishmonger on the pier, and a very good butcher beside the excellent Isle of Skye Baking Company off the Dunvegan Road. There is a large supermarket on the road out of the village and a smaller one within walking distance. There are banks and a Post Office. A small market for local produce is usually held in the village square on Thursdays in the summer. There are a number of local cafes and restaurants. We recommend Sea Breezes for locally caught fish and Café Arriba for coffee and cake or lunch. Further afield is the renowned 3 Chimneys Restaurant.
There is information in the house and available from the local tourist office in the village about: walking and mountain climbing; local guides; historic buildings and castles; watersports; boat trips and wildlife.