Osdale Cottages - Hen Harrier View ref: UK5851

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

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Barbecue 
  • Bike Store 
  • Detached Property 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Stairgate 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Green Scheme 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Open Plan 
  • Parking - On Site 


Hen Harrier View was the original outbuilding near the home of the then owner and it was home to a horse and judging by the shoes found during the restoration it was a large one, along with a cow, cart and the fodder for the winter months. The detached building was made in traditional stone and the original large doorway provided access for the cart onto a cobbled surface made from stones, either from the nearby stream or beach, giving a dry and solid floor. This 16ft doorway has now been replaced by glass panels and framed in massive green oak pillars that capture the stunning views towards the waters of Loch Dunvegan and the hills beyond.
You may catch sight of some of the wide variety of birdlife the island has to offer including golden and white tailed eagles, hawks, skylarks, hen harriers, curlews and wheatears, this really is a paradise for ornithologists! There are walks straight from the front door which take you up the hills towards Macleod’s Table, and from the top you can see the outer Hebridean Islands shimmering in the sunshine. There is a plethora of wild flowers underfoot including orchids, bog asphodel and carnivorous plants such as butterwort and sundew. Down towards the seashore on the edge of Loch Dunvegan there are the remains of a Pictish Broch with a fallen standing stone. Peat, a fossil fuel, is still cut in the traditional way here using a peat iron in the spring time and left to dry all summer to provide free winter fuel.
Amongst the many attractions are historic sites, castles, standing stones and Talisker Distillery to name just a few. Mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, hill walking and climbing, sea trips and pony trekking are just a few of the many activities available. For the less energetic, sit back, relax and unwind and just be amazed with the dramatic scenery and seascapes. All in all a tranquil place to experience. Beach ¾ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
Hen Harrier View can be booked together with Eagle Farmhouse (UK5850) to accommodate up to 8 guests.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
Living area: With wood burner, 20" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
Dining area.
Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
Bathroom: With bath, shower attachment, toilet and tiled floor.
Bedroom 1: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

First floor

Bedroom 2: With double bed.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


Partial electric underfloor central heating (ground floor), electric heaters (first floor), gas, electricity, bed linen, towels, Wi-Fi and logs for wood burner included. Travel cot, highchair and stairgate available on request.


Large natural garden with sitting-out area, garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    1.5 miles
  • Distance
    21.5 miles
  • Restaurant
    1.5 miles
  • Nearest railway station
    Kyle of Lochalsh
  • Pub
    1.5 miles
  • Railway station distance
    47.0 miles
  • Lake
    0.5 miles

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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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