Balmore Cottage ref: UK33390

Harlosh, Isle of Skye, Lochalsh and the Western Isles

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Romantic Getaways 
  • Rural Location 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Newly Listed Property 
  • Heritage Collection 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Balmore Cottage is tucked away in the north west of Skye on the relatively unknown Harlosh peninsula. The cottage enjoys an enviable location only a couple of hundred yards from the sea and panoramic views taking in the iconic Cuillin Ridge as well as Macleod’s Tables. Harlosh is both a peninsula and a crofting settlement on north west Skye. It’s just over five miles south from the village of Dunvegan, and close to lots of big, well-known sights like Dunvegan Castle, Coral Beach and Point Neist Lighthouse. A little further afield and to the south, you have the Cuillin mountains waiting to be explored with countless hiking routes leading the way. The Fairy Pools are an easy drive down the west coast of Skye from Balmore Cottage, and the Talisker Distillery is basically en route! Honestly, the list goes on.
Balmore Cottage is in an excellent spot to explore all of the big-hitters on the island. A week probably isn’t enough, considering you’ll want to spend some down-time at the cottage as well as exploring every corner of it. The cottage itself dates back to the 1800s, possibly the beginning of the 19th century. Its exact build date is unknown, but the owners can deduce earlier 19th century rather than later because during renovations the structure of the roof indicated an original thatch instead of slate roof, and thatch was more associated with the original blackhouse-style not the latter croft cottage of the late 19th century. Simply put though, it has a rich heritage and it’s stood on the peninsula for many, many years. The owners have done a tremendous job renovating the cottage and decorating it to a very high standard. There’s an excellent kitchen and shower room with underfloor heating in the extension to the original cottage. In the main, old part of the building there’s an excellent living/dining area with a wood burner, and two spacious bedrooms, one a double and the other a single.
It’s an excellent standard of accommodation and you’ll be pleased to have Balmore Cottage as your base for Skye explorations and relaxations.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

All on the ground floor.
Living/dining room: With wood burner and Freeview TV.
Kitchen: With breakfast bar, electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washer/dryer and doors leading to the garden.
Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
Bedroom 2: With single bed.
Bathroom: With shower cubicle and toilet.

First floor

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Electric heating (in living room and bedroom 1), under floor heating (in kitchen and bathroom), electricity, bed linen, towels and broadband included. Intial fuel for wood burner included.


Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
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  • Nearest railway station
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  • Lake

About the local area

Skye is one of the largest and best known Scottish islands and is particularly famous for its spectacular mountain scenery. It is also home to some dramatic history, diverse wildlife and rugged mountain beauty. The island of Skye makes for a great holiday destination with many visitor attractions, endless walking routes and fabulous restaurants.

Due to its popularity with tourists, you will find many craft shops and cottage museums. As for sports, you can visit the swimming pool in Portree, play golf at Sconser and Skeabost or go pony trekking. Watersports available on the island include diving, canoeing, windsurfing and yachting. Skye is also the ideal place for fishing and birdwatching.

Skye is easily accessible by either road or ferry. The road bridge is accessible from the Kyle of Lochalsh on mainland Scotland making it ideal for a day trip as well as a longer stay.

Lochalsh is truly highland territory full of clans and castles, hills of heather and views of lochs to the sea beyond. Visit the village of Plockton, a picture perfect location or Scotland's highest waterfall, The Five Sisters of Kintail. Where ever you go you are sure to be surrounded by some truly awesome scenery.

The Western Isles is a chain of islands also known as the Outer Hebrides. The main destination is the Isle of Lewis, a fairly flat island with many spectacular sandy beaches, a rugged coastline and a landscape that is worth investigating. Visitors will enjoy lots of activities including fishing, cycling, walking and bird watching. There are many other standing stones and archaeological monuments to visit too.

The rest of the western Isles can be explored using Lewis as a base. Most of the surrounding islands are covered in a blanket of peat meaning they are teaming with wildlife. Spot birds such as Kittiwakes, Guillemots, Kestrels, Hen Harriers and Redshank. With any luck you may even see otters, seals, eagles or dolphins off shore. In the summer months there are many colourful wild flowers to be seen and if you visit later in the season you can enjoy the heather in full bloom.

Things to do nearby

Talisker Distillery Visitor Centre

The only distillery on the Isle of Skye, set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins.


VisitScotland's only traditional exhibition tannery. Discover how leather is made in free guided tour of workshops. See widest range of natural sheepskins and leather goods.

The Red Hills - Isle of Skye

The red hills of the Isle of Skye, also known as the Red Cuillins, are certainly no less worthy of attention than the Black Cuillins.

Islands Cycles

Bike hire, sales and repairs. The only one on Skye. 01470 552223

The Duirinish Coastline

Duirinish has one of Britain's most dramatic sections of coastline.

Raasay House

A unique island experience with spectacular views and lots to do. Discover amazing wildlife and the rich history of Raasay.

Dunvegan Castle

Dunvegan Castle, located just a mile and a half north of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland.

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