Creagan Mhor, a mile from the village of Glenelg, is one of the most spectacularly positioned houses on the entire north western seaboard. This renovated 1865 church manse stands proudly at the top of the Sound of Sleite (Gaelic for smooth or even), a short kayak ride from the wild and beautiful south eastern side of Skye. The house looks down the Sound with breathtaking views of Skye, Gavin Maxwell's Sandaig, Eigg, Rhum and Ardnamurchan point. In fact there are spectacular vistas from every window in the property.
The house itself, set in nearly an acre of highland garden with a path winding down to the beach, is marked on Admiralty maps, as occasional ships and yachts make their slow but steady progress through one of the most stunning waterways on earth, south or north towards Rhona, Kyle and Applecross and beyond. The area is rich in wildlife. Dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, otters, golden eagles and many seals are commonplace.
Glenelg and its surrounds boast some of the most spectacular scenery in the world from the spiritual grandeur of Loch Hourn and Britain's last great wilderness Knoydart, to the legendary hikers' challenge of the Five Sisters of Kintail and of course the majestic Cuillins. The ferry to Skye runs in season and you can be there in minutes for a day's walking, climbing, cycling or sightseeing. But you may however prefer to stay in Glenelg. It's the sort of place people fall in love with. Bing Crosby stayed in the house while on a golfing tour in 1947!
Creagan Mhor (meaning large rock, which you can't miss on the beach) is situated half way between the village and the original ferry to Skye and is quite simply unique. Lovingly renovated to a high standard, it is warm, spacious, friendly, bright - and magical.
- Sleeps - 14
- Bedrooms - 6
(4 doubles, one ensuite, 1 twin room,
1 children's room - 4 singles)
- Bathrooms - 3
- Washing machine and
- 2 dishwashers
- SKY TV/video/DVD/stereo
- Wifi is available but
- Log fire
- Oil central heating
- High chair and
numerous cots available
- Well behaved dogs -
- An acre of highland garden
with a path to the beach
- Short breaks on request
- Cooks and informal boat trips
can be arranged on request
- Inverness airport -
an hour and a half away by car
- Local station is Kyle -
about 45 mins away by car
- Sleeper train from
London to Inverness
- Glenelg Inn
- Walking, Cycling
- Gavin Maxwell's Sandaig - 5 miles
- Boat trips
- Beaches, Wildlife spotting
- Golf courses on Skye - 30/40 miles
- Seal spotting - Kyle 20 miles
and Plockton 30 miles
- Glenelg village has a well-stocked
shop and a health centre
Creagan Mhor is a large family house sympathetically decorated to reflect the beauty of the environment. The house has taken a decade to restore and the owners have tried to replace as many of the original features as possible - even down to handmade extra thin astragals on the windows. From the spacious entrance hall, there is a huge cream kitchen/diner attached to an additional airy dining room. The curtains throughout the house are handmade and extra thick to keep in the warmth. The large handmade refectory table (an ash tree from Inverie) and benches seat 10/12 as well as the dining table (8) which is through an archway into the dining room. Huge windows mean there are spectacular views of mountains and glens wherever you look. The kitchen has two dishwashers, two sinks, two fridges and an oil fired Rayburn, there is also a gas hob and oven. The sitting room has wonderful views to the water, a log fire, two large comfortable sofas and chairs, a large window seat and TV (Sky) and an extensive DVD collection. The back door gives access to the large boot room with sink, washing machine and dryer this also leads to the kitchen - it's an ideal space for dogs to sleep as it can be closed off.
The extension to the house is found off the dining room and leads upstairs to a separate double room and twin bedded room with family bathroom. Upstairs in the main house there is a double room with a Super King size bed and ensuite, with views out to sea, a large double room, again with views out to sea, another double and a children's room with four single beds. All the double rooms have cot space and all the linen is 100% Egyptian Cotton. There is also a large family bathroom with huge heated towel rails. The bath is original and was once used by Bing Crosby who visited the area to play golf. Two of the three showers are electric so no matter how wet the walk, or how cold the swim there's always buckets of hot water to go round!
From the A87 heading towards Skye and Kyle you will pass Loch Cluanie on your left. Round the corner from Sheil Bridge is the left turn signed Glenelg. Take the road over the mountain (Mam Rattagan). It is single track in some places and can be dangerous in the winter. As you come to the bottom of the Mam you will pass a sign for Moyle on your left then about half a mile on the road forks. Take the right fork, signposted Galltair and Ferry. Pass a wooden bridge on your left. Then a row of white cottages on the right, then a single white cottage called Ravenscaraig on the right. The next gate on the left is Creagan Mhor - a big white house at the bottom of the field.
Oil central heating and logs for the fire are included in the price. Bed linen is provided.
Well behaved dogs, downstairs only please.
Cost and availability:
Creagan Mhor is rented out throughout the year. Change over day is Saturday, leave by 10 am, arrival time 4pm.
Short breaks on request.
Cooks and informal boat trips can be arranged on request.
To book this idyllic self catering house with views over the Sound of Sleite, click the enquiry button below and see availability and prices.
direct to the owner
Creagan Mhor, Glenelg, Kyle, Ross-shire IV40 8JZ Scotland