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Varis Holiday House, Balmacara - views to Skye

Front of house - set against woodland overlooking Loch Alsh with views to Skye
Certificate of Excellence
16 reviews
Front of house - set against woodland overlooking Loch Alsh with views to Skye
Relax in our comfortable seating with our signature Harris Tweed and a real fire.
This largest bedroom has a 6ft super king bed and plenty of space for a cot if required.
Real log fire
The TV room/Snug makes the house popular with families.
This bedroom can be configured as a double (6ft) bed or two single beds, made up with cotton linen.
This twin bedroom is made up with crisp pure cotton linen and with blackout blinds.
Well equipped kitchen to take advantageof super local produce.
There is ample drying space both inside and out
View over Lochlash to Glen Elg penisula and Skye from the house
Well behaved dogs are welcome in public areas at a small extra charge
Eilean Donan Castle is just 5 miles away - get up at dawn for the best photos.
View over Lochalsh towards Skye.
Deer come close to the house. This very wet one hopped over the fence into the garden
There is a network of livestock and traffic free paths direct from the house.
The delightful Glen Elg Ferry in its new 2014 livery.
The Skye Bridge is just 5 miles away.
Otter at Glen Elg.  The area is great for wildlife watching on and off the sea.
The house has plenty of space for families to gather or escape for a while
House in the snow.
Being close the to coast, the house is rarely inaccessible but the area is lovely in the snow.
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3 Bedrooms , 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 6
Kyle of Lochalsh, Lochalsh, Scottish Highlands, Scotland
Welcome to our spacious comfortable 3 bedroomed bungalow. The elevated position gives views over the Skye and the Glen Elg peninsula. The house was awarded 4 stars by VisitScotland in its first season and continues to impress guests.

The large main room is comfortably furnished with a multi-fuel stove, sofas, chair and the large dining table. The main window looks out onto Lochalsh with views to Skye and Glen Elg. We have provided a telescope and binoculars. A smaller cosy sitting room has the satellite TV and the WiFi hub. There is a selection of books and games available.

There are three bedrooms which can be configured as one double and two twins or two doubles and one twin. They all have oversized crisp white cotton linen for that touch of luxury, plenty of storage and blackout blinds/curtains.

The kitchen is very well equi...
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About the Owner, Debra S
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 95 %
Response Time: Within a few hours
Calendar Updated: Today
Listed since : Jun 2014
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 16 reviews and 1 property
Interaction with guests
We are always just a phone call away in case of difficulties and are happy to suggest things to see/do in the area to supplement the extensive literature available in the house.
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Reviews from our community
Excellent - based on 16 reviews
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Romford, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2017 for a stay in April 2017

I was predisposed to be impressed with Varis before we even arrived. Debra (the owner) sent me an email with very helpful information regarding where to purchase food locally and information for visiting Skye. The food info in particular was very welcome - often that is one of the first niggles to sort out when visiting a 'new' area, and...

Management response:

Thanks so much. We hope to see you again soon.


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Babs J
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 18 May 2017 for a stay in May 2017

Second visit to Varis and every bit as good as last year the new windows have improved the views so much. Accommodation is brilliant and the cottage is very clean with crisp white linen,very comfortable beds and the kitchen is very well appointed. Wonderful weather so we really enjoyed the evening sun in the garden with pre dinner drinks and...

Management response:

Thanks Barbara. Returning this year was itself a great endorsement and I'm glad you found everything in order. See you again soon, I hope.


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Greenock, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 May 2017 for a stay in February 2017

We visited the house for 1 week over my youngest daughter's 5th birthday as she loves fairies (and there are fairies on Skye hehe) Booking the house was really easy and I was delighted that we could bring our doggy too.... On arrival the house was spotless, and a lovely welcome note including a few balloons, marshmallows and sticks (for...

Management response:

Thanks Cat. It's great to be able to make children feel especially welcome.


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  • Alarm Clock
  • Blender
  • Books
  • Cable/satellite TV
  • Central Heating
  • Cooker
  • Cots:(1)
  • Dining Seats (6)
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Full Baths (1)
  • Garage
  • Hairdryer
  • Highchair
  • Internet Access
  • Iron
  • Kettle
  • King Beds:(2)
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room Seats (10)
  • Local Guides/Maps
  • Microwave
  • Mountain Views
  • Ocean Views
  • Parking
  • Playground
  • Private Garden
  • Refrigerator
  • Shower Rooms (1)
  • Single Beds:(2)
  • Stereo System
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Telephone
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • Washer
  • Water Views
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets allowed
    Smoking not allowed
We accept up to 2 dogs automatically : talk to us in advance if you'd like to bring more but this is entirely at our discretion. We are always mindful of our neighbours. Dogs...
    1 Full bath
    1 Shower
    1 Crib
    2 Super Kings
    2 Twins
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Rates are calculated based on the latest information provided. Please contact the manager/owner to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.

Dates Min stay Weeknight Weekend night Per week
Default 3 nights
₹ 12,672
£ 140
₹ 14,482
£ 160
₹ 54,308
£ 600
4 Aug 2018 -
31 Aug 2018
August 2018
7 nights -- --
₹ 81,462
£ 900
1 Sep 2018 -
28 Sep 2018
Sept 2018
7 nights -- --
₹ 63,359
£ 700
29 Sep 2018 -
26 Oct 2018
Oct 2018
7 nights -- --
₹ 63,359
£ 700
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Please note: rates may have been converted from the original local currency to Indian Rupees and are approximate rates that may change due to exchange rate fluctuation. Please contact the manager to confirm actual rates for your requested dates.
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About the neighbourhood
The house is the last in a small row of houses elevated on the hill overlooking Kylerhea - the strait between Skye and mainland Scotland. Our guests love watching the every changing view and the boats navigating this highly tidal water.

Paths lead direct from the house into an area of mixed forestry and an extensive network of paths across the Lochalsh penisula. Views from above the house reach to Torridon, Kintail, Knoydart, and the Skye Cullins.

The National Trust for Scotland manage the adjacent Balmacara Estate and there are lovely woodland walks by the shore nearby for those who prefer gentler exercise (and for shelter when its windy).
Getting around
The house is just 500m above the A87, the main route to Skye so you can readily arrive by long distance bus from Glasgow, Edinburgh or Inverness.
But to be frank, public transport in the Highlands isn't great so we recommend your own transport.
There is an extensive set of paths/mountain bike trails above the house.
Car advised
How to get there
Airport: Inverness: 130.0 km
Railway: Kyle of Lochalsh: 6.0 km
Ferry: Armadale (Skye) : 45.0 km
The house is set 500m away from the A87, the main route to the Skye Bridge. Most visitors will want to have a car as public transport is sparse. Travelling to Kyle of Lochlash by train takes visitors on one of the world's best railway journeys but local car hire must be booked in advance.

From Inverness there is a choice of routes by car either taking the A82 along the shore of Loch Ness before heading west along the A887 before joining the A87 or via the A9, A835, A832 and A890 Loch Carron route .

Similarly, from Edinburgh, the choice is between 1. crossing the Queensferry Bridge and taking the A9 north to Dalwhinnie via Perth, Pitlochry and Blair Atholl before heading west onto the A86 to Spean Bridge before heading along the Great Glen on the A82 before heading west on the A...
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive, Horse Riding Nearby, Watersports Nearby, Nearest Beach: 10.0 km.
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