CEUD MILE FAILTE – Welcome to Skye Crofters Cottage, Balmeanach, Struan, Isle of Skye. We hope you enjoy looking through our website and discovering what this lovely cottage and island has to offer.
The cottage is situated in an area of outstanding beauty and surrounded by wildlife and birds and the odd wee 'midgy'!
Having recently bought Skye Crofters Cottage in September 2016, we are determined to maintain the high level of standards the cottage has to offer, and continue the true highland hospitality experience!
We are a local family and good friends of the previous owners. Crofters cottage is beautiful and a place we often admired and fell in love with from the planning stage right through to building and it's completion. It's a dream come true that we now own it!
Iain, my husband grew up at Shaggary House – close to the cottage and I, Marie, was brought up in Ullinish, a small crofting township in the village of Struan, 5 miles away. It'll be very much a family orientated business, roping in our daughter Iona and son Colin to help out! Our family home is in Feorlig, approx. 2 miles from the cottage – close by should any emergency develop!
The cottage was built in 2009 in the style of a traditional blackhouse using stone sourced from blackhouse ruins around the Bracadale area. The stone walls were built by a local stonemason.
The roof of the cottage is traditional in style but not in materials, which were sourced in Holland and chosen for its lasting properties and durability, which suited the exposed location of the cottage.
As you walk through the cottage, you'll feel a lovely warmth underfoot. This is due to our unique under floor heating system, which uses a geothermal unit and 320 meters of piping which is connected, using modern technology, to an underground well.
Having our own spring water supply means that we don't have to use the mains water supply and our guests are able to enjoy drinking fresh Skye water without the use of chemicals. Ideal with a dram!
Hope to see you soon,
Iain & Marie MacPhie