Living RoomGuests have a dedicated, first floor living room. We have our own private downstairs space within the house, leaving guests to enjoy greater privacy upstairs. Calm, relaxing decor is complemented with original artwork, some by local artists. Large comfy sofas and nests of tables are handy for your teacup or wine glass - we even provide the glasses, corkscrew and recycling point upstairs; just bring your own wine! Tea is usually offered to newly arrived guests between 4-6pm with our renowned flapjacks. The recent addition of a wood-burning stove creates a really warm, cosy room and we encourage guests to make good use of this room.
There is a 270 degree view of mountains, sea-loch, island and sea from this room. On clear days it is possible to see the mountains of Harris in the Outer Hebrides. We have some of the best sunset views in the village; sunset mid-June is in the sea-opening of Loch around midnight. If the panorama outside is not enough, there is a large, flat screen TV with freesat satellite and DVD player, along with a selection of DVDs. TV reception is a problem in the village due to the mountains. Our satellite dish is some way from the house to get the required angle. Terrestrial reception is from the Hebrides and resembles snow!
We have white-tailed sea-eagles resident most of the year, when they are nesting on the Island we get regular sightings. The RSPB in partnership with the National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and local fundraising efforts are putting remote cameras on the island to view the nesting activities. Seals can be seen from our high vantage point: basking on the island rocks at low tide. Guests have also seen otters in the Loch using the higher powered monoscope. We have bird feeders in garden to encourage small birds and try to maintain a habitat for them. We keep a selection of reference books on birds and flowers to check on less familiar Scottish species.