Balmeanach Hideaway

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Sleeps: 8 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3


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Balmeanach Hideaway is a delightful, secluded holiday home surrounded by glorious countryside near Balmeanach and Loch Caroy in the north of Skye, 14km from the famous Dunvegan Castle, 15km from the majestic Cuillin hills and across the island from its bustling capital Portree. The house is very comfortable, drowned in natural light and offers generous living spaces, four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Balmeanach Hideaway is perfect for families or groups of friends that want to laze or walk on sandy beaches, dive, sail, surf, canoe, cycle, hike, play golf, eat well or just explore this astonishing island.

The Isle of Skye is a truly magical place, the largest of the Inner Hedbrides and home to some of Scotland’s most iconic and dramatic landscapes. Skye is enchanting, captivating and absolutely fascinating. In the north of Skye, you will be near gorgeous villages including Ose, Bracadale, Struan and further norther, Edinbane. Balmeanach is ideally located to explore Skye’s three northerly peninsulas, Trotternish, Waternish and Durinish, which between them offer some of the finest dining in Skye. Portree is 24 km away. With the island only being fifty miles long and twenty-five miles wide, you will get the opportunity to see much of the island though. The majestic Cuillin mountain range boasts twelve munros and a superb range of scenic walks.

The ground floor living spaces enjoy a lovely flow plus there are two bedrooms on the ground floor. The living area is spacious and bright with plenty of glass doors and windows to let in the unique sparkle of the Skye light. Comfy modern sofas and chairs are the perfect resting places after long hikes in the mountains. You can crank up the wood burner if a rural chill descends and to add atmosphere while snuggled up, watching a movie on the large television. The living area leads through to the smart dining area with its modern table, benches and chairs. This is open to a modern kitchen with all the appliances you would hope for for a self-catering break. The downstairs bedrooms are both beautifully appointed doubles with comfy beds, luxury linens, delightful soft furnishings, and a family shower room to share. These rooms are perfect if you have any guests with mobility issues.

Upstairs, you will discover another two calm and peaceful double bedrooms, both with double beds adorned with pretty soft furnishings. One comes with an ensuite shower room and the other with both a bath and shower where you can soak away what’s left of any stress. All of the bathrooms are immaculate and offer the best of fittings.

You will enjoy beautiful views of the mountains and countryside from Balmeanach Hideaway. There is plenty of space outside for family games if you still have any energy! It is a fabulous base for exploring this magical island.

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What you should know…

  • The house enjoys two bedrooms on the ground floor, ideal for any guests with mobility issues
  • You will definitely need a car in this location. There is plenty of parking space
  • The house is very remote and peaceful. You will enjoy a very private holiday here

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet Laptop Friendly Workspace Coffee Machine Satellite TV DVD Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating Parking Space

The House

Ground Floor
- Living room with a wood-burning stove
- Dining room
- Two double bedrooms
- Kitchen equipped with an oven, 4 induction hot plates, microwave, freezer, grill, electric coffee machine and a small dining table
- Bathroom with a shower/WC

First Floor
- Double bedroom with an en-suite with a shower/WC
- Double bedroomwith an en-suite with a bath/shower/WC

Outdoor Grounds
- Patio with terrace furniture
- Beautiful view of the mountains and the countryside
- Reserved parking (8 cars)

Additional Facilities

- Wi-Fi
- Central heating and underfloor heating
- TV's
- Blu-ray player
- Washing machine and dryer
- Logs (free)


About the surrounding area of Balmeanach Hideaway
Watersports Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Cycling Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
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Balmeanach Hideaway enjoys a wonderfully secluded location close to Balmeanach and Loch Caroy in north Skye, 14km from Dunvegan and 24km from Portree.

Dunvegan is great with a good range of shops, cafes and restaurants. It is famous for its eight-hundred-year-old mythical castle and gardens. You can wander around its impressive gardens, grab a bite to eat in the cafe and catch a boat to see the Loch Dunvegan seal colony. The castle has been home to the Clan MacLeod the whole time. Though it may look like one castle, it is actually six buildings that were built in ten stages. The Keep was built in the mid-14th century and is the oldest part still standing. Dunvegan rests in the sea loch between the Waternish and Durinish peninsulas. There are wonderful walks, fishing and the Giant MacAskill Museum. North of Dunvegan, the Claigan coral beaches are perfect for picnics and the Dunvegan bakery is a perfect stop for provisions. The town is rich in eateries from quirky cafes to smart restaurants. Not far from Dunvegan is one of Skye’s most famous Michelin-starred restaurants, The Three Chimneys.

The Isle of Skye offers incredible walks and iconic landscapes. The Waternish peninsula is amazing. You can also explore the fabled ‘Garden of Skye’ on the Sleat peninsula, enjoy action-packed fun on Raasay and taste the finest malt whiskies. Skye’s most majestic geological features include the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the Cuillin. The island’s varied habitats mean that you could easily see otters, dolphins, golden eagles, white-tailed sea eagles and puffins. The capital of the island is Portree. Other villages in the north worth a stop are Uig and Staffin. Talisker Bay is lovely with a unique panorama. Basalt cliffs rise dramatically on either side of the bay.

Portree is surrounded by hills, Ben Tianavaig to the south, Suidh Fhinn or Fingal’s Seat to the west and the smaller Ben Chrachaig to the north. Further north is the Old Man of Storr. Portree is only about two hundred years old, originally a fishing village created by the then Lord MacDonald. It is brimming with cafes, restaurants, banks, churches, gift shops, a cinema, a swimming pool and a tourist information centre. The town hosts numerous annual events such as the Portree Show, the Isle of Skye half marathon and the island’s largest event, the Skye Highland Games. It is very pretty with rows of colourful cottages lining up.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Inverness Airport

(208 km)

Nearest Ferry Port Uig Skye Ferry Terminal

(45 km)

Nearest Village Dunvegan

(9 km)

Nearest Town/City Inverness

(197 km)

Nearest Restaurant Old Byre Skye

(2.6 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Stein

(18.4 km)

Nearest Supermarket Fasgadh Stores

(9 km)

Nearest Beach Varkasaig Beach

(10.4 km)

Nearest Golf Isle Of Skye Golf Club

(35 km)


 Ah, bonnie Scotland! A wild and beautiful part of the world, where you can explore the rugged highlands or enjoy the colour and vibrancy of cultural capitals like Edinburgh and Glasgow. But how do you know you’re getting the very best out of your trip? That’s where we come in. If you’ve had a browse through our range of luxury cottages and castles in Scotland, you’ll know there’s some great places to stay, but to find all the great things to do, see and eat you’ll need our handy Scotland travel guide  – so read on and enjoy! 

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Best Suited For: All Ages

Balmeanach Hideaway is superb for a family holiday. It is very spacious, enjoys gorgeous views and is totally secluded. There is plenty of space for family games outside.

Skye is absolutely incredible with a rich history, prehistoric sites, brooding castles and dramatic scenery. If you do take a little one, you may want to visit Staffin’s Dinosaur Museum or go hunting for dinosaur prints around the island.

The Skye Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir is fascinating. It was opened in 1965 to preserve a township of thatched cottages, each one depicting the conditions people lived in on the island at the close of the nineteenth century. The old Highland houses are quite basic but gave warmth and shelter to people who spent most of their time outdoors.

The mystical Faerie Glen is a delightful miniature landscape of grassy, cone shaped hills with walking paths. You turn right off the main road from Portree, just before Uig and the strangely shaped, Tolkienesque hillocks are impossible to miss as the road winds its way through the centre of Faerie Glen. It is a perfect place to picnic, perhaps by the stone circle and brook.

The island is blessed with beautiful, peaceful beaches including Coral Beach, Redpoint Beach, Gairloch Beach, Firemore Beach and Applecross Beach. Boat trips are popular including Calums Plockton Seal Trips who take you on one-hour safaris to spot seals, dolphins and porpoises. You will also see much wildlife on a Misty Isle Boat Trip. If you are lucky, you might spot basking sharks, Minky whales and the rare sunfish. In the sky, you might spot golden eagles, oyster catchers and buzzards.

Armadale Castle and Grounds offer twenty thousand acres of stunning grounds with the castle ruins being surrounded by a forty acre woodland garden. You will discover the The Museum of the Isles with six galleries and a children’s trail. This takes you through one thousand five hundred years of history. There are many nature trails taking you beyond the elegant gardens into beautiful woodlands. There is a guided treasure hunt for children.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Watersports
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities

Onsite Facilities

  • DVD


At Oliver’s Travels, we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to travel services, we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team, who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Arrival time 4:00 pm
Departure time 10:00 am
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Heating costs included? Yes, included in the rental price
Linen & towels included? Yes, included in the rental price
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included
Minimum stay 3 nights. All other durations on request
Changeover day Flexible
Pets welcome? Not allowed
Smoking Allowed? Smoking & Vaping are not permitted
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, loss of personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 23rd 2024 - Mar 2nd 2024 £1,396 £1,584 £1,771 £2,147
Mar 2nd 2024 - Mar 23rd 2024 £2,044 £2,319 £2,594 £3,144
Mar 23rd 2024 - Apr 13th 2024 £2,568 £2,913 £3,259 £3,950
Apr 13th 2024 - May 11th 2024 - - - £3,144
May 11th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 - - - £3,144
Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 - - - £3,950
Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - - - £4,612
Aug 24th 2024 - Sep 21st 2024 - - - £3,950
Sep 21st 2024 - Oct 26th 2024 - - - £3,144
Oct 26th 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024 - - - £3,002
Nov 2nd 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 £1,396 £1,584 £1,771 £2,147
Dec 21st 2024 - Aug 26th 2025 £2,568 £2,913 £3,259 £3,950

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 23rd 2024 - Mar 2nd 2024 €1,519 €1,723 €1,927 €2,336
Mar 2nd 2024 - Mar 23rd 2024 €2,224 €2,523 €2,822 €3,421
Mar 23rd 2024 - Apr 13th 2024 €2,794 €3,170 €3,546 €4,298
Apr 13th 2024 - May 11th 2024 - - - €3,421
May 11th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 - - - €3,421
Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 - - - €4,298
Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - - - €5,018
Aug 24th 2024 - Sep 21st 2024 - - - €4,298
Sep 21st 2024 - Oct 26th 2024 - - - €3,421
Oct 26th 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024 - - - €3,266
Nov 2nd 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 €1,519 €1,723 €1,927 €2,336
Dec 21st 2024 - Aug 26th 2025 €2,794 €3,170 €3,546 €4,298

Prices based on an occupancy of 8 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Feb 23rd 2024 - Mar 2nd 2024 $1,643 $1,865 $2,086 $2,528
Mar 2nd 2024 - Mar 23rd 2024 $2,406 $2,730 $3,054 $3,702
Mar 23rd 2024 - Apr 13th 2024 $3,023 $3,430 $3,837 $4,651
Apr 13th 2024 - May 11th 2024 - - - $3,702
May 11th 2024 - Jun 22nd 2024 - - - $3,702
Jun 22nd 2024 - Jul 13th 2024 - - - $4,651
Jul 13th 2024 - Aug 24th 2024 - - - $5,431
Aug 24th 2024 - Sep 21st 2024 - - - $4,651
Sep 21st 2024 - Oct 26th 2024 - - - $3,702
Oct 26th 2024 - Nov 2nd 2024 - - - $3,535
Nov 2nd 2024 - Dec 21st 2024 $1,643 $1,865 $2,086 $2,528
Dec 21st 2024 - Aug 26th 2025 $3,023 $3,430 $3,837 $4,651

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

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