Seascape and Skyescape, Isle of Rona, near Skye
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This is a really magical place for a castaway experience! The varied terrain of this wee island, situated between Skye and the west coast of Scotland, belies its modest size of just 5 miles long. But what a 5 miles! In places wild and rugged, Rona also hosts magical mossy and rich woodland, secret lochs, pirates' coves, rocky hills and of course even in its hidden wooded depths, being half a mile wide at most, there's the ever-present backdrop of the sea.
With just one permanent residence and a population of two, some of the island's main attractions are no shops, no roads, no stress! Just bring your food and drink for the stay and immerse yourself in island life. Nature lovers will find an abundance of wildlife in this peace and tranquility; the Rona red deer herd roam the island, the sea eagle is a regular visitor which together with the resident otter and seal population make up some of the marine species to spot from the shore - even dolphin, minke whale and basking sharks may be seen from land or farther afield on a boat trip on the island launch MV Rona.
The island has a palpable and rich history to explore amongst the ruins of deserted settlements last occupied over a hundred years ago. From your doorstep to the extremities of the island, signs of Rona's past can be discovered in every direction; to the north, for 150 years the lighthouse has warned ships sailing in the waters that stretch uninterrupted to the North Pole. Other favourite sites to explore include Church Cave, a steep and rocky climb down to a dramatic cliff-side place of worship for the bygone population on the east side of the island, An Tempeaull, a ruined chapel overlooking the Sound of Raasay right at the southern tip and the Danish Princess' grave in the north west.
There is wonderful and challenging walking to all parts of the island - a climb to the island's highest point reveals an awesome 360 degree panorama encompassing the mountains of Skye and mainland Scotland, and photographers will relish the variety of subjects to be found from vivid lichens to wide seascapes - almost a full microcosm of Scotland's dramatic features are to be found here in miniature.
Guests are welcome to bring kayaks over on the boat allowing the freedom to explore the island's coastline and smuggler's bays or even circumnavigate the island from your holiday cottage. Diving enthusiasts can book a trip on the estate launch to find fresh scallops - or if you prefer to stay dry, fishing trips and wildlife watching trips can also be booked. The owners are passionate about the growing list of local produce available, from Rona venison to seafood and seasonal vegetables so foodies will find high quality ingredients - or can try to catch their own - landlubbers can fish from the shore adjacent to the cottages or try your hand catching crab and lobster in the pots provided.
But the beauty of the Isle of Rona, is that just 'doing nothing' is an experience in itself: a roaring fire with a glass of the local dram, beachcombing, enjoying fresh seafood, watching the sunset over Skye's Old Man of Storr, listening to the autumn stags or simply stargazing in this magical location.
- 2 semi-detached cottages
- Sleeps - 2 (each)
- Bedrooms - 1 double (each)
- Bathrooms - 1 (each)
- Washer dryer
- DVD player, i-pod dock, CD player, radio
- WiFi available at Rona Lodge
- Log burning stove
- Sea views
- Garden furniture
- Barbeque available on request
- Pets welcome
- Short breaks available
- Portree (Isle of Skye) - 10 miles
- Inverness Airport - 100 miles
- Kyle of Lochalsh station - 40 miles
- Beach combing
- Wildlife - deer, otters
- Boat trips, Sealife - seals, minke whales, dolphins
- Birdlife - sea eagles
- Fishing trips, Panoramic views
- Fresh local produce, Rich history
Each cottage has a front entrance to a tiled hall with a large cloakroom cupboard. The living room/kitchen/dining area is open plan with bespoke oak kitchen area, folding oak dining table and comfortable leather sofa and armchair. There is a wood-burning stove and wonderful views out over the sea.
The double bedroom has a comfortable double bed, wardrobe and bedside drawers and enjoys sea views. The bathroom is spacious with WC, wash basin and shower.
Seascape and Skyescape are semi-detached and can be rented together for a family or group of 4, but can also retain a high degree of privacy for individual bookings.
The private ferry charter to Rona departs from the pier in Portree on the Isle of Skye. To reach Portree, follow the A87 via the A82 north from Glasgow, or via the A82 south west from Inverness.
Heating and logs for the fire are included in the rental price (the cottages are part powered by a wind turbine).
Bed linen is provided. All cleaning/laundry materials are included.
Cost and availability:
These hideaway cottages on the remote and beautiful Isle of Rona are rented out throughout the year.
Check in Saturday approx noon, check out approx 9.30.
Short breaks possible - please enquire.
The charter boat from Portree usually departs for Rona approx 9.00am and takes about an hour. On arrival at Big Harbour you'll be met by the island's manager who will transport your luggage and supplies to your cottage at Dry Harbour. There may be a short delay whilst your cottage is prepared for you, but tea and coffee are available in a cosy shoreside bothy with wood burning stove at Big Harbour. You may gain access right away if your cottage has been empty previously but if not you can usually get in by noon. Your cottage is approximately 1km walk with stunning views along the way.
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Seascape and Skyescape, Isle of Rona, IV51 9RA Scotland