An Acail is the perfect escape for those keen on outdoor pursuits and wildlife. Situated in a rural but accessible spot on the Trotternish Peninsular the property provides both the location and all the facilities to help you enjoy a perfect outdoor holiday. The northern part of the Isle of Skye is one of the most impressive and picturesque parts of the island and boasts some of the finest walking and climbing including the Quiraing rock towers, The Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock to name a few.
An Acail is in the tiny crofting township of Bornesketaig - a small, friendly community located within the coastal township of Kilmuir, just north of Uig, the main ferry terminal to the Outer Isles. Uig amenities include a general store for groceries, a garage, cafe and restaurant. Portree, the island’s capital which is 20 miles south offers more extensive shops, restaurants and visitor attractions.
The area is beautiful, and offers something for everyone - from the dramatic mountains to the rocky coastlines and the traditional crofting villages of the north of Skye. With access to the seashore only half a mile from the house via a local jetty it is a great place to explore with a canoe or kayak. Also ideal for winter walkers keen to see Skye in all weathers and to try out some of the finest climbing and walking in Europe. The location also gives an opportunity to spot wildlife, try whale watching or keep an eye out for otters down at the shore.
People travel the world to see and hear Skye’s many resident rare birds - Golden Plovers, Curlews, Fulmars, Kestrels, Little Grebe, Corn Crakes and Skylarks. Sea eagles that nest on the high cliffs around the Trotternish peninsular close by can be spotted soaring above. Guides are available for climbs in the Cuillin Mountains and a local Ghillie can take you Fly Fishing. Skye’s outdoor centre - Whitewave is just a few miles away offering kayaking, canoeing, archery, mountain boarding, hill walking and climbing activities.
The property itself has two levels and benefits not only from the large open plan living room and fully equipped kitchen/dining area but also an additional snug room with extra TV and games. The main living room is furnished with comfortable sofas, TV, DVD and Hi-Fi - it also offers direct access through patio doors to the outside balcony area where you can sit and admire the spectacular views and stunning sunsets across to the Outer Western Isles. The property has three bedrooms; upstairs there is a large master bedroom with king size bed, a twin bedroom, and a shower room, all with extensive views of the Western Isles.
The large spacious bedroom downstairs has a double bed and the family bathroom next to it. Outside, the property has a large garden and faces the sea. There is a storage area which can be used for canoes, kayaks and bikes. Purpose-built facilities are provided for storing equipment and for washing/drying wetsuits, walking/climbing clothes. A porch and large entrance hall also provide plenty of space for walking boots, coats and gear.
In essence, if you are looking for a fabulous outdoor holiday An Acail is the ideal place from which to base your adventure.
One well behaved pet is welcome.
A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £100.00 is required at the property.
We stayed at An Acail for a week and it was simply blissful! The cottage is immaculate. It has a fabulous sized living room with doors out to a balcony with stunning views of Harris and every beautiful sunset we had the great fortune to see while there. There is also great sized kitchen and dining area; the kitchen has every gadget we needed, and more, making it feel like a home-from-home! Two bathrooms, 3 super bedrooms and a snug complete the cottage. We loved it! The cottage is 10 minutes from Uig and the lovely Uig Hotel where we enjoyed super hospitality and food. We travelled all around the island and had the best holiday. Returning each evening to An Acail was a dream. Beautiful scenery and beautifully peaceful. I feel we must mention the two girls who live near by who were just delightful and kept our teenage boys company/on their toes, so if you have children, your luck is in with willing friends for them for the duration of your stay! We would totally recommend it.
Had a great week in April weather was mixed but didn't stop us , this property is beautiful it was like home from home peaceful , views, sunsets ,walks we all love the Isle of skye, owners of the property were lovely and there if you needed them sure they are very proud of their property a must to stay in , large family house x
Very well appointed and extremely comfortable holiday cottage. Nicely positioned to Uig (general store) and further afield to Portree (Cooperative grocery). We spent the New Year's week there and it was perfect. On clearer days, the Outer Hebrides views are spectacular from the lounge and upstairs bedrooms. All beds are very comfortable with high quality linens. Extremely spacious interior (huge bedrooms!) and nice "great room" due to lounge, dining, and kitchen all being open to each other.
An Acail is a really well fitted and furnished house that was a pleasure to stay in. Despite some rather wet and windy weather we were warm and dry because of excellent double glazing and the efficient heating system. The whole house was really clean and everything was in good condition. All beds comfortable and all equipment worked well. It's in a delightful location which is both good for walking and exploring by car, or simply looking out of the window at the scenery. Highly recommended.