Inverarish village from the ferry terminal
The beginning of Calums Road, we are at the end !


Entire home/flat

8 guests

4 bedrooms

5 Beds


Entire home/flat

8 guests

4 bedrooms

5 Beds

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About this listing

Nestled in the hills of the North End , remote Arnish Cottage has views through ancient woodland across the sea to the ISLE OF SKYE. Arnish sits at the end of CALUMS ROAD and is a traditional Hebridean cottage, sympathetically modernised.

The space

Nestled in the hills of the North End , remote Arnish Cottage has views through ancient woodland across the sea to the ISLE OF SKYE. Arnish sits at the end of CALUMS ROAD and is a traditional Hebridean cottage, sympathetically modernised.

Arnish is a charming four bedroom off grid Cottage. Three rooms are double and one twin. Two of the doubles and the twin lie under the eaves upstairs with the last bedroom downstairs. Also downstairs is a modern bathroom with bath and shower. The cosy lounge has a woodburner, TV, books and games. In the kitchen you will find a large table, great for family gatherings and a Range for cooking. A warming LPG stove sits within a sweet little fireplace. Entering the cottage you will find a fair sized boot room. There is a pretty cottage garden of a good size surrounding the property, this is totally at your disposal. The area is fenced off and dog friendly. Having been owned previously by a deep sea diver, the cottage and garden contain some fascinating nautical memorabillia.

Guest access from Calums Road comprises of a shared driveway, leading to your own parking space, enough for two cars, with additional space if required. There is well fenced off croft land around the property which guests are welcome to explore with their dogs . Please be aware that we use this area and have two dogs. There a three wild cats that sometimes sleep in the shed abutting the garden, they seldom come into the garden and keep well away from inquisitive dogs.

We can meet you from the ferry and take you on tours if you are without transport. As we are situated nearby to the property we are available for interaction with guests. If you wish for total peace and privacy this is respected by us. We can show you spectacular walks and give advice on places of interest. Picnic lunches can be provided.

Arnish cottage is hunkered down against a backdrop of ancient Birch covered hills and grinning rocky outcrops, just a few minutes walk to the sea. The area is a Geologists dream. Challenging but beautiful landscape makes it the perfect playground for cyclists, walkers and the adventurous of heart. The remoteness provides an atmosphere  perfect for a  retreat.
If you feel a shadow pass over you on a walk by the sea, look up, it may well be a sea eagle. The given name of the area Arnish, means Eagle Headland.
Raasay itself is an island bedded down in the waters between the spooning landscapes of Skye and the West Coast Peninsulas. Its diverse landscape encourages an abundance of fllora and fauna. Marine life such as dolphins, seals and even whales show themselves in these waters. Deer dot the landscape, resplendently silhouetted atop the hills at dusk. At each seasons change Raasay opens her box of treasures and showers the Isle with seasonal gifts. During the warmer months the woods and grasslands are busy with wildflowers, Primroses carpet the woods, to be replaced nearer Autumn with pockets of Chanterelle mushrooms. Orchids and foxgloves seem to love it here.
The North End of the Island is the starting point for many amazing walks, and Arnish the last resort for accommodation. Thereafter lies 6 miles of amazing landscape to be explored, including a group of small islands, some of which you can cross to at low tide. The village has a lively community shop, where you can pre order provisions for your stay. The wonderfully gracious Raasay House is a 18th century mansion and provides variety of facilites and events alongside a cafe and bar. Raasay itself is only 20 minutes by ferry from the Isle of Skye so there is much to explore.

Arnish is the end of the road so you cant miss us! There are regular ferries to and from Skye and a bus service from the ferry terminal at Sconser to Portree and Kyle Of Lochaish. Timetables for the ferry can be obtained from Caledonian McBrayne, Copies are also in the cottage for your information.

Heating is supplied by a wood burning stove in the lounge and LPG stove in the kitchen. A radiator in the bathroom picks up any excess power from the wind turbine and solar panels. You will be supplied with a basket of logs on your arrival and additional logs can be obtained at £5 a basket. Please be aware that wood burners are not suitable for the very young to be left unsupervised around. There is constant hot water supplied by an Instant Water Heater. As is typical in many parts of Scotland, the water comes from a local source. We have a Berkey water filter for drinking water. Bath and shower water may appear discoloured on occasion.
Please dress sensibly for this part of the country. We are 10 miles from the village,this is where the shop and post office are. Although you will be provided with a small welcome pack of essentials on arrival , please make sure you have other provisions you might need for the beginning of your stay. You can pre order your requirements from the village shop, alternatively let us know and we can pick up your supplies. There is no chemist on Raasay. There closest are in Broadford and Portree where there is a Boots.

Other things to note

NB . When purchasing food please be aware that although the oven hob is a gas the main oven is electric. You might want to consider your food choices as being off grid means that power can occasionally be insufficient to run the oven without putting the generator on. We are happy to do this but wish that you are aware that living off grid grid requires some flexibility regarding power. Don't worry your favourite seasonal meals for Thankgiving, Christmas and New Year safe . There is plenty of power during the winter months.


The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 4
Bed: 5
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and cat(s)
Room type: Entire home/flat

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Extra people: £10 / night after 2 guests
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 3PM

Arnish cottage is off grid, so we would expect guests to respect there are certain restrictions regarding elecrical appliances. A wind turbine and solar panels provide enough power for basic amenities. Watching TV and use of the washing machine, charging up laptops, ipads and phones are all fine (although we don't advise having everything on at one time). Sensible lighting of the cottage please, turn lights and electrical appliances off when not in use. Hairdryers and games consoles are unsuitable as they will cause huge strain on your power source. No shoes upstairs please, no dirty shoes in the cottage.
Please be advised that we share the landscape with other creatures such as, free range pigs, wild deer, and sheep. If you are at all unsure of your dogs behaviour concerning these animals please keep them on a lead when leaving the property . There is plenty of land other than the garden for them to cavort off lead whilst insuring their own safety and that of the local animals. We hope that you will enjoy staying in our dear cottage and that you will treat it like your own. Nicky, Mary and Maya look forward to welcoming you.


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Safety features
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Carbon monoxide detector
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Bridget User Profile
May 2017
The cottage was cosy, the welcome wonderful and the location was fabulous. Can't praise this place enough for offering a break from the usual holiday accommodations as it is unique and so, so wonderful!

John User Profile
May 2017
To say we fell in love with Raasay is not an understatement. Nicky's description of the unique beauty of of Raasay is spot on. After the short 20 minute ferry ride from Sconser, it was a slow (and thrilling) 30 minute drive up the coast to the Arnish. The road is narrow, winding through an incredible range of breathtaking scenery including the flower gardens behind the Raasay House, a small spruce forest, traditional fields with sheep grazing along the roadside, runes of Brochel castle clinging to the coast, and finally the craigs and boulders along the last 2 miles of the historic Calum's Road .. all the time overlooking magnificent views of the Sound of Raasay. Each time we took the journey we found ourselves stopping for photo after photo. The cottage itself is cozy with comfortable furniture, plenty of warm blankets, and a log-fire stove keeping the living room toasty on cool evenings. There is one bedroom on the ground floor and 3 more upstairs. The bathroom is modern and clean. The description of the cottage is off-the-grid, but that doesn't mean we lacked any convenience. There are a combination of gas/electric appliances in the kitchen, a decent supply of hot water, and even WiFi. We ended up baking scones every morning and heading to the Raasay House for great meals every evening. You can even get a great cup of coffee in the Raasay House cafe (and be sure to visit the library while you are there). Back at the cottage, there is an herb garden just out front door and footsteps away are the start of amazing hikes. We ended up hiking Eilean Fladday at lowtide one day, and 3 hours sailing in the waters with Captain David at the Raasay house another day. The residents of Raasay were all warm and welcoming and although only there for three nights we soon got to know many on a first name basis. It truly is a magical place, and I hope to is not too long before we can return.
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Response from Nicky:
Dear John and Kathryn thank you for the beautiful description of your stay on Raasay, you did us proud with your review. Thank you once again
May 2017

Erin User Profile
May 2017
We could not have been happier with our stay at Arnish cottage. The photos don't even do the natural beauty of this place justice! We initially booked our stay here to have close proximity to Skye, but Raasay turned out to be much more beautiful and secluded than Skye! Do yourself a favour- load up on groceries and petrol before getting the ferry from Skye and just stay put once you get to Arnish cottage. There is so much to explore on foot from the cottage. The house itself was extremely comfortable for us (5 people), and Nicky, Maya, and Mary could not have been lovelier hosts. We will be coming back for sure!
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Response from Nicky:
Thank you so much . We loved having you to stay. Please do come back . Loved Gavins comment
May 2017

Alison User Profile
May 2017
I don't think I could possibly give a review that is good enough to do justice. The standard stuff: The house was so clean---and I know we arrived just a few hours after a previous group with dogs. You never could tell---the house was spotless. The house is so nice---there are thoughtful little details in every corner. It feels like a *home*, not at all like a vacation rental. The little family details in the house make it feel really special here. The house is very comfortable, and fully equipped with everything you need (hot water bottles for all the beds and loads of blankets). The shades easily close out all the light allowing for great naps for our babes and nice sleeping in! The kitchen hob is a dream. The views from the sink while washing dishes are amazing. The views from each bedroom are gorgeous. I could go on for days. The details: Nicki, Maya, and Mary are so kind. I read the amazing reviews before we came, but still my expectations were far exceeded. They made us feel like we were their family or their close friends visiting. There were amazing smelling wild flowers waiting for us and some goodies in the kitchen and yummy greens from the garden. When we realized we forgot a few things for our meals, they helped us get them, including fantastic fresh eggs from the neighbor's chickens. We were visiting for our son's 6 birthday, and they brought him a card and a gift---he felt so special. (But, of course, they gave us all the space and privacy we needed.) Their suggestions for hikes were so helpful! They really did everything they could to make our stay a success and super special.
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Response from Nicky:
Thank you so much for your wonderfully worded review, we are so grateful for your feedback and such a pleasure to meet you . No white cord but Woody! He is safe til I send to you . Love form us all x
May 2017

Kate User Profile
April 2017
We love Arnish Cottage and we love Nicky, Maya and Mary. This was my second visit and I will be going back for my third. "The Ladies of Arnish" (as they are now affectionately known by my clan) could not be better hosts. Effective communication before you leave your own front door to when you return home ensures hassle free travel with the guarantee that you arrive on the right island. Once at Raasay the ladies know every inch making an easy mission of finding everything from a cheeky hot chocolate to a wild cliff path walk. My first trip was with the younger members of my family, comprising freind, hubby and three young boys. It had been a great success full of energy and adventure. This time my visit was with my eldest daughter and her partner. I admit that I was a little nervous that I had built expectations based upon an earlier "one off" special time. But my angst was unfounded and the cottage was just as I remembered, comfortable living room, books, board games and roaring fire ..... snuggly "I dont want to get out of " beds, ......a cosy kitchen that is equipt to prepare a banquet and pretty gardens filled with herbal bounty while seemingly growing the impossible in a challenging environment. There is a feeling of wellness and completeness here that I defy anyone not to feel. Arnish itself has been home to owners and crofters who bore influence upon the history of the whole Island. Nicky, Maya and Mary continue contribution to centuries of heritage demonstrating that this island can and should support a population. The Arnish Ladies possess refreshing passion for the place within which they live and they work tirelessly to ensure that their responsible, sustainable provision gives us visitors the opportunity to have an "easy" stay with "minimum impact" in this special place. Though my review paints rosy and I am obviously smitten, exuding a little envy, this tiny island holds more than you can imagine with light always changing so that no day or picture is ever repeated. We have tested the resources of Arnish cottage on Raasay and have spent both active outdoor times and battened the hatches for peace. If you are looking for a place where all comforts are catered for with attention to design and detail then this is the place. Whatever your "thing" or need, coasteering, proper hill cycling, quiets walks, wild walks with views, seclusion, romantic cosiness, family event, fishing, art, good company, place to write a book, sleep until its dark again, watch the stars, have a bake in, make pickles and preserves, chat with the birds, forage for dinner ........or just take time to catch your breath ...our friendly ladies make all possible for you and I feel incredibly fortunate that they want to share their haven. Thank you Nicky, Maya and Mary, have a spectacular summer showing your visitors the wonders of Rassay and be sure you bring tranquility...
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Response from Nicky:
Wow Kate, you can write girl! Soaked up every word of your review and all our hearts are filled with joy that your stay was so memorable . We blooming well loves yer.
April 2017

Agata User Profile
April 2017
Nicky and the Gang are fantastic hosts! We loved everything about the cottage and the way these people took care of us. Beautiful views, incredibly crisp and clean air, plenty of attractions to explore around, wild animals, exceptional silence and many more fantastic memories. If you are looking for secluded, beautiful place to stay - this is it!
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Response from Nicky:
Hi Agata thank you for your review. You were all great
April 2017

Meaghan User Profile
April 2017
It's hard to put into words how gorgeous this corner of the earth is once you finally arrive! It's a long windy drive after you get off the ferry and is so pretty. Nicky, Mary and Miya could not have been more warm and welcoming. Set up was great, nice clean beds, good kitchen and bath. It's secluded and rustic in an awe inspiring way. Definitely want to go back!
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Response from Nicky:
Thank you very much
April 2017

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