Matheson's Croft House Avernish - Loch Alsh
Skye & Lochalsh

About Matheson's Croft House

Matheson's Croft House - Skye & Lochalsh

Location: Avernish - Loch Alsh - Skye & Lochalsh

Sleeps: 4

Price From: £600 p.w.

Christmas: £840

New Year: £840

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Matheson’s Croft House, Avernish near Dornie

Sleeps 4 - No Pets

Overlooking Loch Alsh and set in a secluded spot, the croft has been beautifully restored keeping much of the original character.  With stunning views from the croft across Loch Alsh and towards Loch Duich and the famous Eilean Donan Castle.

It’s style, an eclectic mix of old and new with reclaimed wooden floors throughout, period property fireplaces and loads of charm.  Matheson’s Croft House lends itself to being an ideal base for those who want to get out and about and explore.

Kyle of Lochalsh, the closest small town has a selection of unique shops, cafes restaurants and a supermarket for stocking up.

Just twenty minutes’ drive and you can be in the Isle of Skye, often referred to as the Misty Isle, there is something for everyone here…white coral beaches and dramatic coastlines.

Swim in the Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle, if you’re looking for the most wonderful of views, a walk up the ‘Old Man of Storr’ is a must.

A trip to the ancestral home of Clan MacLeod, Dunvegan Castle and their beautiful gardens are not to be missed!

With an array of walking routes, Skye offers some of the best climbing in the UK, the Cullins are home to twelve Munros.

Discover the West Coast with ease, visit Lochcarron, Shieldaig, Applecross and Plockton and soak up the stunning views.  There are Munros around Torridon to trek, look out for the sea eagles, otters, red deer and dolphins all regular visitors to the area!

For the ‘foodies’ amongst us a visit to the Applecross Inn for the freshest of seafoods is not to be missed.  For ‘fine dining’ head to the 5-star Torridon Hotel and dine in their 3 AA Rosette restaurant.

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  • Cosy lounge with open fire, reclaimed wood flooring and wood panelled walls.  Sofa and arm chairs. Freeview HD TV, Netflix, Blu-Ray DVD player, selection of DVDs, WiFi access, HiFi system with speakers in the lounge and kitchen, internet radio, attachment for Ipods, MP3 players, laptops etc.  A selection of books and games supplied.  Window with traditional shutters overlooking the garden and Loch Alsh.
  • Kitchen/diner with oil fired Rayburn, fridge/freezer, washer/tumble drier, microwave and all the usual kitchen equipment.  Ironing facilities, both indoor and outdoor drying available.  The window overlooks the garden and has traditional wooden shutters.


  • South facing double bedroom has a view over the garden and Loch Alsh.  Hard wood flooring, traditional wood panelling to walls and coombed ceilings, cast iron fireplace and wooden shutters to the window.   
  • Twin bedroom again south facing with views over the garden and Loch Alsh. Hard wood flooring, traditional wood panelling to walls and coombed ceilings, cast iron fireplace and wooden shutters to the window.  Hairdryer.  Cot available.  
  • Bathroom with original cast iron bath and shower over, traditional wash hand basin and toilet.
  • Cot and high chair.
  • Outside shed available for bike, kayaks etc. 
  • Garden furniture.

Included in the rent

  • Bed linen and towels. 
  • Electricity, oil central heating and fuel for the fire.
  • WiFi access.

Good Housekeeping Deposit

A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £75.00 is required at the property.

Best Features

  • Traditional croft house, completely renovated to a high standard
  • Wonderful uninterrupted views of Loch Alsh and Loch Duich
  • Ideally located for touring the Isle of Skye and west coast



STL Licence No:  HI-10260-F  EPC Rating: E


Matheson's Croft House Reviews

The latest reviews of Matheson's Croft House...

Reviewed this property on 04/07/2023
And awarded it
Superb location and the cottage (croft) is well equipped. Beautiful views across the loch. Cooking with the Aga was fun and a bit of an art form. The last 50m of track looks challenging but is easily passable. It was an ideal base for exploring Skye. One minor plea, a small welcome pack of tea/coffee and milk would welcome and is common amongst other properties of this standard.

Reviewed this property on 21/06/2023
And awarded it
Lovely cottage with a fantastic view! You have to go outside to get the best view though. We saw deer nearly every day. Usually very early in the morning and it's very important to not make any noise. We also saw an otter in the water(binoculairs) AND a small group of porpoises one evening! It's a lovely & quiet place. Kyle of Lochalsh was a bit of a disappointment. But for a nice bite to eat you can go to The Clachan in Dornie. You have to make a reservation though. Eilean Donan Castle is a must as it's very nearby and it's worth the visit. There are a few lovely walks in the neighbourhood.It was lovely to be able to cook on a Rayburn. Our advice is to extend the worktop on the left side of the sink, it would make it more workable to do the washing-up. There is no dishwasher, which was a bit of a bummer(but we knew that beforehand).But there were not enough glasses so we kept having to wash the same glasses all the time. And that's not particularly a nice thing to do while on holiday. We had asked the caretaker on our second day there if we could get more water-& whisky glasses. We did get the whisky glasses, but never got the water glasses. The bed was fine but the double duvet was not wide enough for 2 people. Other than that we really enjoyed our stay. And we can recommend this cottage to anyone who seeks rest, wildlife and a fantastic view. Adrian & Harriet (from Holland)

Wilderness Cottages Replied...

Thank you very much for your feedback, it has been very helpful. There are now additional glasses and a new duvet in the cottage. Thank you

Reviewed this property on 17/10/2022
And awarded it
Absolutely outstanding holiday. The house is perfect and cosy with such amazing views and so handy for days out to Distilleries, castles, beautiful beaches etc. Wi-Fi excellent and the music system is great . I can honestly say it's the most relaxing environment to clear the head and just chill out . Definitely be back

Reviewed this property on 11/10/2022
And awarded it
We have been before in the Matheson and like the first time our stay was very nice. If you like remote, cosyness, yet all you need in reach, choose the matheson.

Reviewed this property on 08/09/2022
And awarded it
Lovely, cosy cottage tucked away right at the end of the little road. You can really get away from everybody here. Rayburn boiler took a bit of getting used to but turned out to be very good. Heating easy to adjust via thermostat, had a good deal of wet weather. There is a back gate which allows access to the loch but have to navigate high grass and then slippery, seaweed covered rocks. Great base for mountain walking and cycling, with very easy access to Skye. WiFi in the cottage was a godsend, mobile phone signal was variable. We enjoyed two wonderful weeks here and would highly recommend but you do need a car. Cottage caretaker was very helpful at the start when the boiler tripped. Staff at Wilderness cottages made booking and then altering our booking very easy. Thank you!

Reviewed this property on 24/08/2022
And awarded it
Matheson's croft is a very well equipped cottage which fitted all our needs and everything of the equipment worked perfect. At our arrival things were prepeared to make us a perfect stay, kitchen, gear, dishes and bathroom were very clean. We also want to support the "no pets statement". There is a good selection of DVD and books for rainy days. Furniture is comfortable, especially beds and sofa and decoration of the walls is nice to look at. The Rayburn has been easier to use than expected as this was new to us. This remembered us on times we were cooking on a wood fired oven at home. Otherwise outside the house some improvements can be done. First of all an access to the lochside should be made, a door through the fence and cut clear a walkway. Unfortunately a note about the fenced off lochside is missing in the house description. Also some gravel can be added in front of the back door, there is a puddle that slowly dries after a rainy day. Probably the cleaner of the house will estimate this too, of course we changed footwear on the doorstep, but some dirt always finds it's way to the inside floor. So the outside is why our rating is one step down from excellent (house excellent, outside good).

Reviewed this property on 08/04/2022
And awarded it
Very warm, cosy, great views, well located for touring Skye, comfortable and beautifully isolated. Shops are just a few miles away in Kyle of Lochalsh, close enough to get ice cream back before it melts. Loved it, and will definitely be booking for a stay here again.

Reviewed this property on 17/03/2022
And awarded it
We had a wonderful relaxing stay in this remote but quite accessible home. Clean and tidy with everything you could need, the open fire and AGA Rayburn were excellent companions for a cosy night in.

Reviewed this property on 28/12/2021
And awarded it
Had a lovely christmas at mathesons croft, from the beginning was great communications and lots of information. The cottage itself was lovely and so peaceful. The views over the sea and moutains where amazing to look at every morning. Only slight downside was the long rough track down but after a few go's you got used to driving along it. Otherwise was the perfect getaway. Also a massive thanks to Jayne the cleaner/caretaker for looking after us. Would highly recommend and will visit again hopefully soon

Reviewed this property on 27/09/2021
And awarded it
Clean, cosy and secluded cottage, but we found it dark inside during the day. Whilst it was possible to see the sea from the upstairs windows, the trees and bushes have obviously grown considerably since the description claiming ?uninterrupted views? was written.

Reviewed this property on 08/09/2021
And awarded it
Would highly recommend the cottage, lovely secluded location with great views. It is very comfortable and the wi-fi was brilliant for our teenager daughter to keep in touch with her friends. It had all the amenities needed. We stayed for 2 weeks and had the bonus of mostly sunny weather. Lovely location near to Isle of Skye which was well worth visiting.

Reviewed this property on 06/07/2021
And awarded it
An absolutely wonderful cottage, cute, romantic, and well-decorated with a good shower and comfy beds. The garden is full of wildlife, and has the most astounding view over Loch Alsh- you can see Eileen Donan Castle lit up at night, and watch terns fishing in the day. The scenery and local walks are glorious. Ten out of ten all round.

Reviewed this property on 16/10/2019
And awarded it
Lovely cottage, cosy, warm and comfortable, in a wonderful setting. We were sad to leave and would definitely be happy to return one day.

Reviewed this property on 07/10/2019
And awarded it
A wonderfully peaceful and remote stay with all the comforts you'd want. From plenty of hot water, comfortable beds and most unexpected, a fully functional and easy to use entertainment system. Warm, cosy with the best access to Highland and Skye hiking. Highly recommended.

Reviewed this property on 31/05/2019
And awarded it
We had a very enjoyable 2 week holiday at Matheson's Croft House which is quite well equipped with what is needed. It sits in a very quiet area right by Loch Alsh. We occasionally saw deer in the woods nearby and a sea eagle on one occasion.

Reviewed this property on 09/04/2019
And awarded it
Lovely cosy cottage. Fabulous views and easy access to Skye, local shops. Some great walks nearby. Two close encounters with otters and deer in the garden..what a treat.

Reviewed this property on 16/01/2019
And awarded it
First time booking with Wilderness Cottages. Extremely helpful and efficient. Cottage was delightful. Perfect location, beautifully furnished and equipped, and immaculately clean. Just ideal for a restful break in Scotland and close to so many great places to visit. Warm, cosy and welcoming.

Reviewed this property on 19/11/2018
And awarded it
We were so pleased we chose to stay in this lovely house which is privately situated with amazing views of the loch and Eilean Donan Castle. The house is warm, well equipped and very comfortable, the Rayburn was easy and enjoyable to use. There is a really nice feeling of hospitality and welcome which the owners have managed to instil. We felt at home from the moment we arrived. Wildlife abounds, herons and deer are in the garden and down the lane, other than the sounds of the loch and the wind blowing in the trees, it was so peaceful and relaxing. For us, it was perfectly situated, near enough to Skye so we could visit and do a few walks but away from any honeypots. Locally, the Balmacara Estate provided beautiful walks which we had to ourselves and a standout moment was watching an otter in a nearby sea loch, catch his lunch and swim to a private spot to eat it. A magical week in a great cottage.

Reviewed this property on 25/09/2018
And awarded it
Matheson's Croft House was even better than expected after reading all the positive reviews. The house comes with everything you will need for a pleasant stay, even spare light bulbs. And those views! What a wonderful way to wake up in the morning after a good nights sleep in one of the comfy beds. Loved the Rayburn, which comes with a good manual, and the fireplace. Would love to go back!

Reviewed this property on 13/09/2018
And awarded it
Matheson's Croft House is an idyllic holiday home right on the banks of Loch Alsh - you couldn't ask for a more breathtaking view and a better home base for exploring the west coast and Skye. The house itself has every convenience you could hope for, including a Rayburn oven which makes the most scrumptious roasts, and lovely open fireplaces. It was wonderful to wake up every morning to complete peace and quiet and the most beautiful views from all the windows. We also spotted red deer and herons a few times in the garden. Don't hesitate -- just book. We hope to return sometime soon, as we left completely rejuvenated and in love with the west coast.

Reviewed this property on 12/09/2018
And awarded it
We've just returned from a brilliant week at Matheson's Croft House. The location is amazing - right on the edge of the Loch and totally secluded but within an easy drive of Kyle and Skye. The house is well furnished and was spotlessly clean throughout. Fresh milk in the fridge on arrival was a nice touch. Our kids loved the garden with the tree swings and so much space to explore. We'd definitely return! One suggestion - the track to the house has a big pothole which could do with some attention.

Wilderness Cottages Replied...

Dear Mr Hibbert-Green, thank you for your feedback and review, we can confirm that the road was repaired in Spring 2019, so access is fine.

Reviewed this property on 24/08/2018
And awarded it
What a beautiful house and what a beautiful location! We loved it very much and we felt comfortable right from the beginning. Hopefully we will be back!

Reviewed this property on 08/08/2018
And awarded it
No complaints at all, we loved the quietness, nature, darkness at night, etc... Lovely places to go from here, Plockton, Torridon, Isle of Skye, Glenelg ferry, Armadale etc.

Reviewed this property on 22/07/2018
And awarded it
A beautiful cottage in an idylic situation. So peaceful and quiet and the views each morning to wake up to were wonderful. Well equipped and very comfortable. Lovely garden. Could use a dishwasher maybe in the kitchen. Loved the aga. Further garden furniture would also be great. Overall a lovely week in a beautiful part of the country.

Reviewed this property on 19/11/2017
And awarded it
This lovely, cosy cottage is a delightful spot for a tranquil holiday. With a very well laid out interior the croft house is perfect to while away the hours with a good book in front of a roaring fire. The local wildlife include seal, deer and a myriad of birds.

Reviewed this property on 15/10/2017
And awarded it
The house was so cosy, very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the open fire place, there was enough wood and coal. There was enough storing place. All the rooms were very spacious and tastefully decorated, especially with pictures. And we loved the garden with all the birds even in October and the wonderful views to the loch and castle and Skye.

Reviewed this property on 06/10/2017
And awarded it
Beautiful little cottage on the shore of lochalsh. Great wildlife saw a couple of red deer within five minutes of arriving.Great views of the loch mountians and Eileen Donan castle, very comfortable and cosy all the comforts of home and a great base for days out to Skye, Plockton, Kyle and gairloch. Would recommend and would love to visit again.Thanks for a great week

Reviewed this property on 19/07/2017
And awarded it
A comfy, cosy and beautiful cottage in an idyllic location. The cottage was spotless and well equipped and was surrounded by wildlife and stunning views. We had a wonderful fortnight at Matheson's croft and would love to return very soon. Thank you so much for a great holiday.

Reviewed this property on 20/04/2017
And awarded it
Stayed at Mathesons Croft House in Nostie. Amazing cottage great location total isolation. 5 *

Reviewed this property on 14/04/2017
And awarded it
This is such a lovely, well appointed house in the perfect location for some of the most incredible walks and scenery. From booking it to the morning we left, everything went smoothly. We had a fantastic family holiday and can't recommend it enough!

Reviewed this property on 29/09/2016
And awarded it
A great cosy cottage and we loved the access to the loch side. It felt like our own private bay. Good base for visiting Skye, Plockton etc. My only minor criticisms are the track leading to the cottage is a bit over grown and scratched the side of the car and a few more basics in the kitchen would be good. There was a rolling pin which seemed impractical in a holiday let yet no plastic containers for packed lunches. We loved the holiday, big comfy beds, great location and the best view from a shower I have ever had ! Hope to return soon.

Wilderness Cottages Replied...

Dear Miss Smith, thank you for your review and for the feedback on the cottage, the owner has confirmed that the bushes on the access road have been cut back this Autumn, and so there should no issues with access.

Reviewed this property on 20/04/2016
And awarded it
The cottage is superb. At the very end of a single track road, it is extremely peaceful and secluded with stunning views over the loch. The cottage is tastefully decorated and has everything you need for a home away from home - although we did find using the Rayburn for cooking a challenge at first! Comfy sofa and beds and a real fire in the lounge. The Wi-Fi is a great bonus too. The area is fantastic for walking or driving and admiring the scenery. We will be back!

Reviewed this property on 09/11/2014
And awarded it
Wonderful house with spectacular views and a very peaceful setting. The internet was a bonus. House is very well equipped for self catering and had everything we needed. The weather was very mixed but the house was always lovely and warm, made even more cosy with the log fire. We all thoroughly enjoyed the local walks, especially Glomach Falls where we saw lots of deer. Heavenly.

Reviewed this property on 08/09/2014
And awarded it
Hi Really enjoyed our stay lovely cottage in great location. Thanks Steve

Reviewed this property on 18/08/2014
And awarded it
Lovely, cosy and clean cottage with great views from all rooms! Had some lovely local walks, visited Skye (and the Talisker distillery), Applecross and much more. The availability of the internet was a bonus...and my husband loved the 'gadgety stuff'. Saw lots of wildlife in the local deer galore, and otter by Eilean Donan and a pine marten! Amazing!

Reviewed this property on 29/06/2014
And awarded it
Matheson's Croft House is a little jewel hidden away on the banks of Loch Alsh. The cottage has been very carefully and tastefully renovated; the furnishings are comfy but not fussy. The kitchen is extremely well equipped, and what a treat to have a chance to learn more about a Rayburn! Everything was very clean and in excellent condition. We loved the view across the loch.

Reviewed this property on 30/04/2014
And awarded it
Great cottage. Great location for visiting the numerous sites in the area. The cottage was well kitted out and maintained to a high standard. Our 4 yr old daughter loved everything... Sheep sleeping in the garden, looking for 'things' in the rock pools, the compost heap, exploring the heather hillocks, watching the deer on the drive, the silence at night, the shutters in the bed room and that her toys had their own bed! Wife loved the aga and the weather, I loved it all-rain or shine! Bliss

Reviewed this property on 22/08/2013
And awarded it
A very quiet peaceful stay. Slip road to cottage might be slightly off putting to visitors, but, after the first day you'll get to know every bump and pothole by heart. Don't let this put you off. If you are not used to Rayburn/AGA cooking beware. Keep it simple. The shore line/bay is a superb extra, fishing from the rocks is great fun. Beware the midges on the shore. All in all a great time was had, would like a return visit.

Wilderness Cottages Replied...

Wilderness Cottages can confirm since the date of this review, the slip road to the cottage has been repaired, and is now perfectly suitable for all cars. Should you prefer to talk to us about your vehicle before booking please contact us on 01463 719219.

Reviewed this property on 06/08/2013
And awarded it
This was our second visit, the property and location are excellent. The cottage is first class and the property gives direct access to views to Skye and Eileen Donan castle. I would highly recommend this to families, so much to see and do in and around the cottage. We will probably go back for a third time!

Reviewed this property on 19/11/2012
And awarded it
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful! An amazing cottage in an excellent location.

Reviewed this property on 18/10/2012
And awarded it
A perfect mixture between romantic en modern luxury. Delightfull panorama and the house itself is tastfully decorated, clean and equiped with the up to date audio, video and other luxury. A place to come at rest and to feel at home.

Reviewed this property on 06/09/2012
And awarded it
This was a far cry from my previous accommodation in the area 25 years ago (A bunk house in Glen Torridon). We arrived to find a magnificent croft overlooking Loch Duich in perfect order. The property was spotlessly clean throughout and has obviously had much time and effort spent to get it to the high standards we found. Although this was a wet August the croft felt warm & cosy after a day in the hills. My only comment would be that low 'sports cars' might have issues with the access track

Reviewed this property on 28/08/2012
And awarded it
Quite simply the best house we have stayed in and the best scenery you could possibly imagine. As an outdoor activity family we have been able to satisfy all our needs, sea kyaking, walking etc. The house was furnished to a very high level, and was a stones throw away from the loch. We were able to see varied wildlife including otters, sea eagles and even roe deer in the garden. At night with the clear sky the milky way was above the house and we saw several shooting stars. We will be back again

Reviewed this property on 30/10/2011
And awarded it
An absolutely beautiful cottage in a fabulous location. I am a keen walker and this cosy cottage was perfectly situated for the mountains around Glen Sheil, Skye and Torridon. The cottage was well equipped with comfortable beds, a perfect kitchen and an unlimited supply of fire wood and coal. I will definately be booking again.

Reviewed this property on 24/08/2011
And awarded it
We had a fantastic week at Matheson's Croft. It manages to be perfectly secluded with views across Loch Duich to Eilan Donan castle, yet in the middle of nowhere. Mum saw Red Deer in the garden one morning, we had regular visits from a hawk, the next door neighbour saw an otter one morning. Perfect peace and quiet. The house itself is small but beautifully turned out with high-end fittings and furnishings. The owners have made a lovely job of it all. Highly recommended.

Reviewed this property on 23/11/2010
And awarded it
Oct 2010 Matheson's Croft House: was amazing, location, views, the croft, very clean and very well designed. To us Dutchies it was good fun cooking with the Rayburn. A logfire and comfy interior made it extra special. Seals can be seen from the garden as deer, Golden eagle and a great mixture of little birds. A trip to Plockton and the Inn is a must when there is live(Galic)music and good food. We had a wee drop of Talisker whiskey at the distillery and was a nice outing on Skye. Hope to come back.

Reviewed this property on 19/09/2010
And awarded it
A really comfortable, cosy and well appointed cottage in a great location for seeing the sights of Skye and this part of the mainland. We would go there again at any time of the year.

Reviewed this property on 12/09/2010
And awarded it
We had a great holiday in early September. The house has loads of character and is a perfect location only a stones throw from the lochside. It is also in an ideal location for touring this beautiful region.

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