Sandaig Bay

The Eilanreach Estate
The Sound of Sleat,
Western Invernessshire

Keeper's Cottage, sleeping 6
South Cottage, sleeping 4
North Cottage, sleeping 6
Tigh na Drochit, sleeping 6


The beautiful Eilanreach Estate in the West Highlands of Scotland encompasses rugged mountains which, in places, rise to over 3000 ft, rushing streams, woodland, a dramatic waterfall and a rocky coastline which stretches for 10 miles. Situated 20 miles south of Kyle of Lochalsh, it borders the Sound of Sleat, facing westwards over 3 miles of sea to the spectacular peaks of the Cuillin Mountains on the island of Skye and southwards to the smaller islands of Eigg, Rhum and Muck.

Although it may appear remote the Estate is easily accessed by car from the A87 at Shiel Bridge on Loch Duich by following the 9 miles of road which winds up and around Mam Ratagan (look out for wonderful views of the Five Sisters of Kintail) to Glenelg (hotel-restaurant, PO and well-provisioned general store) before continuing on for a final mile to Eilanreach. At this point the road divides: one fork runs for 4 miles alongside the shallow river Glenelg through Glenbeag past the remains of two well-preserved Pictish brochs ending up at a croft which stands at the foot of the hills: the other 'main' road (single-track with passing places) twists and turns for about 8 more miles down the coast and finally finishes at the villages of Arnisdale and Corran on the shores of Loch Hourn opposite Knoydart.

Sound of Sleat Loch Hourn

The coast for the most part is rocky but there are sandy/shingle beaches at Arnisdale and Sandaig Bay. Gavin Maxwell, author of Ring of Bright Water, rented a cottage for 20 years at Sandaig Bay. He called this isolated home Camusfearna and from it he wrote colourful descriptions of his life with the otters and other wild animals. From April to September a 6-car turntable-ferry operates the narrow crossing between Glenelg and Kylerhea (a Forestry Commission otter haven) on the Isle of Skye. Once on Skye you have a wide range of museums, restaurants and tourist attractions on offer.

At Eilanreach three of the Estate cottages are grouped together about a quarter of a mile from the shore of the Sound of Sleat. They have all been renovated and refurbished by their owners and now have excellent modern kitchens and are comfortably snug all year round. Tenants have use of a coin-operated automatic washing machine, tumble drier and freezer.

Heating is by electric and night store heaters and open-fire (initial supply of coal included). Bed-linen and towels can be hired. Pets are welcome.

Sandaig Bay View towards Glenelg Sanaig Bay Road to Arnisdale

Accommodation, 4 Cottages:

Keeper's Cottage, sleeping 4 (6)


Keeper's Cottage is a solid, detached stone house standing securely within its private grassy garden with views over woodland and fields to the Isle of Skye.


Sitting room


dining area Kitchen
Bedroom Bedroom

South and North Cottages

South and North cottages South Cottage

South and North Cottages are the most charming and the oldest of all the Estate cottages. They have been thoroughly renovated and modernised inside and are now very much in demand as holiday homes.

South Cottage, sleeping 4

Sitting room Sitting room



Right; South Cottage.


Bedroom Bedroom

North Cottage, sleeping 6

North Cottage


Right; South and North cottages.


Right; North Cottage.

Kitchen Sitting room
Bedroom Bedroom

Tigh na Drochit, sleeping 6

Tigh na Drochit Tigh na Drochit Tigh na Drochit Setting

Tigh na Drochit means The House at the Bridge, which perfectly sums up the position of this superb new property. It stands, detached, beside the bridge over the river on the Eilean Reach Estate at Glenelg on the west coast of Scotland, just a short distance from the Sound of Sleat and with magnificent views across this to the mountains of Skye beyond.

Built on the site of an old cottage, no effort has been spared in creating a most comfortable cottage with all modern conveniences. The spacious living area has a log burner to supplement the oil central heating; there is a well-fitted kitchen and utility room, three bedrooms, one en-suite, and a family bathroom. In short, a perfect and convenient base for a wonderful holiday in magnificent surroundings.

Glenelg is reached from the road to Skye at Shiel Bridge, over the dramatic Mam Ratagan. It is a charming wee village on the waterside, which has an excellent shop and a renowned inn serving superb food, both of which are within walking distance of Tigh na Drochit. Through the village to the north, you will come to the ruin of the Bernera barracks, built when the Hanoverians were subduing the Highlands after Culloden, then on to the little turntable car ferry, a community run service which plies in summer between Glenelg and Kylerhea on Skye. This is a trip well worth making, perhaps best experienced in the Kylerhea- Glenelg direction, for the road on Skye down to the ferry is truly breathtaking. There is also an otter hide at Kylerhea for these graceful creatures can often be spotted in the Sound.

The little road past the cottage comes to an end at Corran after a scenic route along the Sound, but there is a branch which leads inland from the Bridge which takes you to the magnificent Pictish brochs on the way to Balvraid. (There are more Pictish ruins over the hill near Letterfearn which makes another great walk.)

There is scope too for mountain biking or road cycling, and riding stables over the hill at Shiel Bridge. Skye, with all its attractions, can be reached via the Skye Bridge in less than an hour, passing the iconic Eilean Donan Castle on the way. Climbers and walkers can tackle either the Cuillins on Skye or the Five Sisters of Kintail which dominate Glen Shiel to the south.

First £25 of oil-CH and electricity included!included and bed linen and towels may be hired. Sorry, no pets or smoking is permitted in the cottage. Wi-Fi is available, subject to provider.

Single Storey:

Kitchen Sittingroom Bedroom Bedroom
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