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The only word I have to describe this property is TERRIFIC!! For hikers and sight seers this is the perfect haven for a wonderful experience on Skye! First, it is ideally located just slightly north and west of Portree on the A87 which provides easy access to the west and back through Portree to the A863 which covers the south part of the island. We hiked every day of our week on Skye and found that the hikes were always a short distance from our VRBO. Secondly and equally important was this beautiful accommodation. This is a modern, nicely appointed home with all of the amenities that make it a very comfortable stay. With the exception of a few evening meals in Portree, we ate in most every meal. The kitchen was nicely laid out for meal preparation and we had all of the kitchen utensils, plates, bowls, and silverware, that one would want. There was even a knife sharpener for those chefs that know their way around good cutlery. The bed rooms were nicely furnished with very comfortable soft sheets and very nice comforter. After a hard day of hiking we loved the great showers and the very comfortable bathroom with an outstanding heated towel rack. There were even laundry facilities on the property which allowed us to wash our clothes after a day hiking in the bogs. The mud room in the entry was terrific and was a great place to dry boots and rain gear after a day on Skye. There were four of us and the living and dining rooms were a wonderful place to eat and gather to compare adventures and hiking stories. To summarize, this is a wonderful VRBO that offered all that we needed and more during our stay in Skye and we would come back in a heartbeat.
Balmacara Cottage is central to everything a person wants to do on Skye. Classic Cottage with modern conveniences. A great conservatory to unwind in at the end if the day or coffee in the morning before heading out. You can catch red deer feeding out the window. Mr. Matheson the owner and Fiona the housekeeper are very responsive and make you feel welcome. 5 minutes into Portree, less than an hour to Dunvegan or Talisker. You can hit all the high points and be home for dinner.