Cottage on Isle of Raasay in spectacular location!
Cottage on Isle of Raasay in spectacular location!

Entire home/flat

7 guests

3 bedrooms

5 Beds

Entire home/flat

7 guests

3 bedrooms

5 Beds

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About this listing

The best location on the island for views, our holiday cottage faces a wonderful Highland setting. The cottage itself can be considered rustic, and it is remote. It is a bit dated in a way we really like and want to maintain. You will be comfortable, but please be aware it is an old house. If you are looking for a fully modernised or luxury holiday home, this may disappoint. If you like unusual houses, lots of space, and beautiful scenery then this will be your kind of place.

The space
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: 3
Bed: 5
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/flat
Self check-in: Lockbox


Extra people: £4 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee: £30
Weekly Discount: 12%
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The space

This is an updated crofters cottage which has two double and one small single bedroom upstairs. Downstairs there is a drawing room with stove, kitchen, and next to this a sun room. Additionally there is a pantry and a small bathroom downstairs. There is a small garden and a beautiful open and usable grassy and mossy area that overlooks Skye and the mountains.

Guest access

Please note instructions in House Manual section about gaining access to the house. You will be renting the entire property and have sole access to the garden and surroundings.

Interaction with guests

Our friends Olly and Val on the island will be available as primary contacts, and I will be able to take calls or messages. I live in England and so will not be present on the Island. Val lives in a neighbouring house in Balacuirn and her nephew Olly is often in the area.

The neighbourhood

The Isle of Raasay is a stunning location with a small friendly community mostly located in the only at the south of the island. Here there is a hotel, ferry terminal and shop and post office. There are also nice craft shops dotted around. During your stay you will experience expansive skies, unusual birds, unique landscape air, and water, and a general feeling of space and health that is genuinely rejuvenating.

Getting around

Our cottage is rather remote being in the middle of the island just off the small road heading to the north of the island. You may only see sheep and cows that graze near the house for days on end - perfect!

Other things to note

The water is fed from a nearby spring. If there is a group of more than 3, then water should be used more carefully. The same goes for the hot water, which provides a single bath at a time, and after it will take 1.4 hours to reheat in the hot water tank.

The cottage is basic but is comfortably furnished - please don't expect a brand new house furnished like many rental with cheap IKEA furniture. Some of the furniture belonged to my grandparents and is quite old and can be delicate. There are some classic retro items here and there. Additionally, the house has no gas central heating but has electric heaters in all rooms. Outside can get very wet and slippery so caution must taken not to slip over.

Please plan your trip carefully, being sure to check the ferry times between Skye and Raasay. There is a well-stocked village shop with post office in the village of Inverarish. We recommend using this ship as it has good products, and it is good to support this local business.

House Rules
No smoking
Check in is anytime after 4PM

Ensure you check the car ferry service schedule before booking. Search on-line for Calmac Ferries Raasay to Sconser for an up to date timetable. The ferry is regular and reasonably priced, but stops running weekday evenings to Raasay at 1845! Saturdays it's last sailing is at 2100.

You should be happy to collect the house keys from a secure key box at the cottage and let yourselves in. The code is 6007. We will be available by phone and our agents are on the island and can assist you where necessary.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector

6 nights minimum stay

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

31 Reviews

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Katharine User Profile
May 2017
Spectacular location, very peaceful. Cosy house. We wee very happy here for a week .

Karen User Profile
May 2017
We were looking for seclusion, peace, quiet and beauty and that's just what we found! Raasay is perfect for an escapist holiday and the house is in simply the most amazing location, the best on the island we think. The weather was awesome, we swam, slept, and ate outside. The sunsets are incredible from the house looking over to Skye. We walked and rarely saw a sole. The house is old and quirky, full of interesting things there are no mod cons and that made our stay even better. Perfect thank you! Tip - although the local shop is well stocked it is expensive (£2 for 6 eggs, £3 for a cider), we brought most of our food and drink from the mainland!

Glen User Profile
April 2017
We had a fantastic week in Raasay and walked the length and breadth of the island. We love the stunning views from the cottage to the Cuillins and Trotternish ridge in Skye. It is breathtaking. The cottage is rustic as described but has everything you need.

Wendy User Profile
April 2017
We went to Raasay for the first time this April , on the recommendation of Pete Irvine's 'Scotland the Best' (Raasay is his number one island) and we really enjoyed staying in Oliver's lovely house. The location of the house and the west facing views from the sun room are wonderful and there are several walks that can be taken directly from the house (e.g. to Inbhir beach, and up Dun Caan and back via Inverarish). We did have a car with us, which enabled us to get to the north of the island, although we could have hired bikes from Raasay House (including electric ones, handy for those hills). The house is very pretty, and is well stocked with interesting books, maps and essentials such as towels, shampoo, dishwasher tablets etc. The only thing we couldn't find in the cupboards was black pepper, which we then kept forgetting to buy at the (fantastic) Raasay Stores. Raasay is a fascinating and beautiful island and we could easily have stayed longer than the 5 nights. Thank you Oliver.

Zoe User Profile
April 2017
We loved this place. Plain simple stylish and so homely. The island is beautiful. I am really hoping we can come again. I have done a lot of aibnbing and I think this has been my favourite.

Heather User Profile
March 2017
Oliver's place has the most superb view over Raasay and we were constantly drawn to the window just to stare and admire the beauty of the place. The mountains on Sky were topped with snow during our stay adding to the contrasting colours. We stayed on Raasay during the early spring and nature was a big part of our experience from the Cows, sheep and birds around the house, to the seals and buzzards on our walks, rides and drives around the island. the volume and varieties of tree lichens were incredible (if your into that sort of thing - which i am!) We had planned to stay for 9 days but stayed for 12 (promptly arranged by Oliver) and never left the island once. The house is comfortable, we loved the conservatory room and spent lots of day-time hours in there with pots of tea and books and the silence was fabulous. If you want solitude and beauty then this is the place for you. Ferries to sky are pretty much hourly though so if you needed to explore further its only a 20minute ferry ride away.

Nanna F. User Profile
February 2017
We stayed for 9 nights in the old crafts cottage and spent 9 days gazing over the beautiful lochs and snow capped mountains from the lovely sunroom. The house was wonderfully secluded but only a short (and beautiful) drive to the village stores. We drove and walked all around Raasay which is a stunning island. In the evenings our dog would curl up by the fire and we would read book after book. Very relaxing and refreshing holiday place. Oliver was great at communicating with us before arrival and sorted out any issues we had promptly and professionally. Thank you!

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Oliver User Profile

Hi i live in Cambridge with ny partner and our two young children. I work as an historian who works on early trade and government among other things.

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