Gàrradh an Fhàsaich ref: UK30716

Glendale, Isle of Skye, Lochalsh and the Western Isles

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Self Catering



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  • Detached Property 
  • Highchair 
  • Sea View 
  • Open Fire 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Romantic Getaways 
  • Rural Location 
  • Stairgate 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Entrance Ramp/Level Access 
  • Parking - On Site 


Gàrradh an Fhàsaich is a characterful cottage built in the early 20th century attached to an extensive smallholding. The name Gàrradh an Fhàsaich in Gaelic means Garden of the Desert or Wilderness Garden. This lovely cottage is set in maturing gardens of 8.9 acres that have over a thousand trees of different ages all planted by the owner and family. Over 50 species of birds have been sighted from the garden area.
The accommodation is rustic and has charm. The living room is very inviting with a cosy open fire and is ideal for relaxing in after a day out exploring. There is a characterful cottage kitchen which has a door out to the garden. The handy porch is perfect for storing muddy boots after an adventurous day out with the family. The property is perfect for couples or small families. Those with dogs will particularly enjoy the cottage, grounds and surrounding location. The wild garden attached to the cottage has been created with natural footpaths for visitors to follow and explore the mainly native plant species.
The cottage is set in Fhàsaich, which is a cluster of houses on the eastern side of Glendale. Set just off the road, but because of its sunken nature and being surrounded by trees, you feel completely isolated when in and around the cottage. Situated on a little plateau, the garden isn’t enclosed, but is very private. There are mature trees and shrubs around the property, but there is still an exceptional view down across your very own woodland to the Hamara river in the base of the valley, as well as out to sea. There’s a lovely little spot in the garden that is a few yards in front of the house, where you can sit out and look down over tiny Glendale, the bay of Loch Pooltiel and gaze westwards towards the isles of North Uist and Benbecula of the Outer Hebrides.

Being based at Gàrradh an Fhàsaich is to enjoy a wee slice of heaven. It’s an incredibly tranquil place to spend time and enjoy as a retreat from the fast pace of modern life. It is situated in one of the best settings on Skye, and you’re close to many famous spots. Neist Point Lighthouse is only 10 minutes away and there is a restaurant close by in the village open during the day and a world class smart restaurant 3 miles away. Dunvegan Castle and Coral Beach are a little further away and you can be over at the well-known Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the Cuillin Hills in less than 30 minutes. After exploring this island, returning to the sanctuary of Gàrradh an Fhàsaich is a pleasure. It’s a wonderful base for a holiday on Skye. Beach 2 miles. Village shop 1 mile, further shops and restaurants in Dunvegan 7 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Living/dining room: With open fire, 30" Freeview TV and wooden floor.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge and washer/dryer.
Bedroom 1: With single cabin bed.
Bathroom: With shower over bath, toilet and wooden floor.

First floor

Bedroom 2: With double bed.
Bedroom 3: With single bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
Maximum occupancy 3 guests.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate.


Garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and chiminea. Access to 4-6 acres of grounds with sitting out area and picnic table. Private parking for 1 car; additional on road parking, 50 yards away. No smoking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    7 miles
  • Distance
    7 miles
  • Restaurant
    2 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Pub
    7 miles
  • Railway station distance
    54.0 miles
  • Lake
    2 miles

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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