Kelpie Cottage ref: UK12464

Glendale, near Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Lochalsh and the Western Isles

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Self Catering



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  • Detached Property 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Rural Location 
  • WiFi 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Working Farm 
  • Fishing Nearby/On-site 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Open Plan 
  • Parking - On Site 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Kelpie Cottage is special. It has been lovingly created by the owner from an old crofting byre, and has so much character and history that the owner, who lives adjacent, will be more than happy to tell you about if you are interested. It’s one of the last houses before reaching the iconic Point Neist Lighthouse. Situated in the very small crofting community of Waterstein in the far north-west of Skye, Kelpie Cottage overlooks Loch Mor and Waterstein Head beyond. To spend a week at Kelpie Cottage is a gift. Even though you’ll have Wi-Fi and TV, it’s an opportunity to switch off from the world, step back and enjoy the simple pleasures around the croft and local area.
The detached cottage has a simple layout all on one level. Upon entering through the large wooden door, the hallway leads off in three directions. To the right is the large kitchen/living/dining room, with more than enough space for two people to relax in, enjoy good food and watch the suddenly brilliantly simple world pass by out the windows. Back to the hallway, there is a large bathroom with a shower cubicle and freestanding bath, and at the opposite end of the house is the spacious master double bedroom. Outside the cottage, the garden (shared with the owner) has been beautifully landscaped and reminiscent of a cottage garden in southern England. A pleasant surprise considering it is the wild north-west of Skye.

Beyond the garden, the cottage sits within a working croft, grazed by sheep, which are kept for their wool. The owner uses the wool to create beautiful art pieces inspired by the local landscapes. Throughout the winter the owner offers crafting lessons free of charge if you’re staying in Kelpie Cottage. Through doing this and being at the croft you’ll learn so much. Lambing is also a popular time to book a week at Kelpie Cottage in March. You’ll be able to visit the lambing shed day or night to see 65 lambs being born – an experience you’ll cherish forever.

This is really the most spectacular location, and one you will want to keep returning to after visiting once. A short walk away is Point Neist Lighthouse, an excellent place to spot whales and dolphins, as well as resident sea eagles and otters. Kelpie Cottage overlooks the fresh water Loch Mor which is excellent for water sports, so you’d be welcome to bring along canoes and store them at the croft. And last but not least, from the cottage doorstep you will be able to see the Northern Lights throughout the winter, albeit when there’s no cloud cover.

Close to the cottage you have the larger, but still very small, crofting community of Glendale with cafés and a shop. A little further away is Dunvegan with its restaurants, more cafés and a castle. Coral Beach is close to Dunvegan and the Talisker Distillery is not too far away. You’ll visit for a week, and wish you had spent two at Kelpie Cottage. Beach 16 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 10 miles.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Step to entrance.
All on the ground floor.
Open plan living space.
Living area: With 32" Freeview TV.
Dining area.
Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
Bathroom: With freestanding bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

First floor

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included.


Large lawned garden and 1-acre grounds (shared with owner). Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: No children. There is an unfenced pond in the garden, 100 yards away.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    3 miles
  • Distance
    10 miles
  • Restaurant
    10 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Pub
    10 miles
  • Railway station distance
    57.0 miles
  • Lake
    300 yards

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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