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Vernon's review of Calath luxury self catering Skye Scotland
Self Catering Skye


luxury self catering Skye Scotland

Calath luxury modern self catering with fantastic view - sleeps 6 + 2


Calath is situated within 20 minutes' walk from the village of Carbost on the west coast of Skye. It is a modern house designed by the award winning architects Dualchas, completed in 2003. The house has three large double bedrooms and can sleep up to eight people comfortably. There is a large open plan dining/lounge area where the views to the loch and of the whole of the Cuillin ridge must be seen to be believed.

The world famous Talisker Distillery is in the village of Carbost and offers fascinating tours of the whisky making process all year round. The Old Inn is a handy traditional pub for a drink or meal. There are often local musicians playing here in the evenings throughout the year.

Skye is a paradise for walkers of all abilities. Calath is situated only nine miles from Sligachan and ten miles from Glenbrittle, both popular access points for various walks in the Black and Red Cuillins. Ascents of these peaks are a great challenge for experienced hillwalkers and rockclimbers, whilst gentler walks can be enjoyed into the corries around their base. There are also many spectacular coastal walks in the area when the clouds are down.

Skye has a denser population of golden eagles than anywhere else in Britain, as does the even larger and more magnificent white-tailed sea eagle. Both these birds can be spotted in the area around Carbost and Glenbrittle. Buzzards and herons can often be seen from the kitchen window in the house.

Skye has become renowned for its fine restaurants and sea food with a lot of the businesses doing their best to use locally sourced ingredients. Locally,The Old Inn in Carbost is only twenty minutes' walk away serving the usual pub grub, the Sligachan Hotel is nine miles away, also serving pub meals and has a huge range of malt whiskies. The world famous Three Chimneys restaurant is near Dunvegan, whilst Portree has a great range of dining options.

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The kitchen area is well equipped with a large oak table which can seat up to eight comfortably. There are high quality appliances with a five burner gas hob an electric oven, microwave, fridge and full size dishwasher to make your stay easier. The large areas of black granite worktop and the white kitchen units make it a pleasure to cook.

Views from the dinner table with a choice of the whole Cuillin ridge or an uninterrupted view of the loch. The patio doors in the dining area lead out to an area of decking, ideal for sitting in the morning sun or for enjoying an al fresco breakfast. Calath has its own private spring water supply from the same source that goes into the production of the world famous Talisker whisky.

The lounge has a wood burning stove set on a granite hearth with oak flooring and a massive picture window framing the view to the mountains. Entertainment in the lounge is provided by an iPod compatible music system allowing you to enjoy your own music choices, also an LCD TV with SKY Free-view channels and a DVD player. A phone is available with free local and national calls in the evenings after six pm and at weekends. Wireless broadband is also provided, allowing internet access if you bring along your laptop.

There are three double bedrooms, two with kingsize beds and one twin room with two singles. There are also two foldaway single beds available. The ensuite is downstairs with a large luxury bath, upstairs next to the twin room is the other toilet and shower room.

The downstairs areas of the house have underfloor heating while upstairs is heated via radiators. A washer dryer is provided in the utility room where there is also a ceiling mounted clothes dryer. For outside drying of clothes a whirligig is available. There is plenty of space for hanging coats and for dirty footwear in the porch area.

Upstairs there is a seating area with a view to the loch. A few items of fitness equipment are available for use if the mood takes you. Or maybe you would prefer just to take it easy, relax and enjoy the views.

A bench seat outside is an afternoon suntrap to enjoy an early evening drink before dinner or a well deserved beer after a day spent walking in the mountains.

The house comes with a supply of firewood for the wood burning stove. Sheets, duvets and towels are all included, as are electricity charges.

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Talisker single malt scotch whiskies are characterised by a powerful and peppery taste that has more than a hint of the sea and is moderately peaty. It is with good reason that it has been referred to as "the lava of the Cuillins". It is consistently regarded by experts as one of the very best single malt whiskies available.

good area for sailing and boat trips

The whole of the Isle of Skye is fantastic for walkers, from the gentle shore walks to the extreme ascents of the Cuillin Mountains.

good area for fishing

The fishing is good, there is loch fishing and a wide variety of coastal fishing.

buildings of historic interest close by

No visit to the Isle of Skye is complete without a trip on the award winning Bella Jane, the only regular fulltime service from Elgol to Loch Coruisk and the longest running boat trip in Elgol and the Isle of Skye.

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Great dining is an essential part of the Skye experience. The restaurants are too numerous to mention, but Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant is a must, and Three Chimneys for a very special occasion. Portree offers a number of good, informal, spots.