Skye Shepherd Huts
Skye Shepherd Huts, 1 Heaste, By Broadford, Isle of Skye IV49 9BN
Bedded down within this landscape, Skye Shepherd Huts is an effortlessly beautiful glamping site that sits subtly among the surroundings. The huts are comfortable, quaint and tremendously warm – including a double bed, wood-burning stove and heaps of extra blankets during winter.
The views, as you would expect, are suitably awe-inspiring. To the east, a wild grass-covered moor looks back towards the mountains of Knoydart on the mainland, while those facing south offer shimmering, uninterrupted view of the Isle of Rhum. Sunrises are something of a speciality here. And as for starry nights, you're all but guaranteed to see the Milky Way (cloud permitting) and, occasionally and more unpredictably, the Northern Lights. There’s a truly wonderful sense of isolation here – silence, but for the wildlife, and starry nights that the rest of the UK simply can’t compete with.
There are just two huts on the site in total, a small and manageable number for owner Janet to take care of. She prefers this more small-scale, personal approach – no doubt a trait that’s owed to living in such an unpopulated part of the world where a sense of community still thrives. It means she can offer the full B&B experience, too, arranging a time that’s convenient with you and appearing with a wicker basket bulging with whatever selection of hot goodies you’ve chosen from the menu (be sure to try the porridge with Talkisker whiskey – breakfast of champions!) Janet’s home is really just an extension of the campsite. The shower and toilet room are in the hallway of her house and her BBQ is available for you to use if you want, but somehow it all still feels wonderfully at one, with everything spotlessly clean and well prepared for your arrival. It’s all just a scamper down the white pebble path from your hut.
For outdoor enthusiasts this really is paradise. Walking routes range from easy ambles along the coast, to challenging scrambles among the menacing Cuillin range, while mountain biking and sea kayaking are just beyond your doorstep. Dog-walkers, who like bagging peaks with their pooch, are also in luck – Janet loves dogs and welcomes them just as much as any human (providing them with extra blankets and treats too!) She’ll even offer to dog-sit if you fancy heading out for dinner (there's a surprising array of decent dining destinations in the vicinity). It’s an attitude that springs from her more regular companions on site, the three D’s of Skye Shepherd Huts – dogs, ducks and donkeys. You’ve never really been on holiday until you wake up to one of Janet’s home cooked brekkies and a donkey scratching his ears on the door of your digs – the perfect start to a day spent exploring this most spectacular of settings.
The Owner Says
Skye is a fantastic place to holiday, so why not add to the adventure by staying in one of our two beautifully appointed shepherd huts? On a traditional highland croft in Heaste, Isle of Skye, the huts are very cute and cosy retreats, and unique to the area. Super-romantic, and perfect for honeymoons! We have lots of pets, and extend a warm welcome to pet dogs that are on holiday with you.
Despite being small, you will find that everything you could need has been incorporated in your wee cosy hut. Each hut has a wood-burning stove with free fuel, electricity, hot water, double bed (no twin bed option), tea- and coffee-making, fridge, crockery and cutlery, additional heating, bed linen and towels, electric blankets, hair dryer and wee DVD player, topped off with spectacular views in all directions. There is no wifi in the huts, so you really can get away from it all, but there is good 3G coverage for EE Orange, 3 and O2, and free wifi is available in most eateries and cafes on the island if you need it.
The toilet and shower room, along with drying facilities are just 50 m away from your hut, in the entrance hall of our house. There is also a summerhouse, where you can take in the view, and relax in the evening, no matter what the weather.
Hearty, and healthy, breakfasts are an important start to your day, and a comprehensive breakfast menu is given to you when you check-in. You order your breakfast the evening before, and it is delivered to your hut at an agreed time each morning. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, with minimum fuss. A continental breakfast of croissants and coffee is included free of charge - a full cooked breakfast is available at just £5 per person (minimum 2 people).
With a good local knowledge, we are happy to recommend some beautiful places and walks to visit, away from the busier, well-known tourist attractions. Skye is a very 'foodie' island, with lovely local produce available for you to sample in the many relaxed local eateries. There are 2 more formal award-winning Michelin * restaurants, The Three Chimneys is about 45 minutes from here, and Kinloch Lodge owned by renowned Cook and author Lady Claire MacDonald only 20 minutes away. Many other hotels serve excellent meals too, set in lovely surroundings, if you are here to celebrate something special, or just want to treat yourselves.
Should you need assistance of any sort, do not hesitate to ask, I am here to help to make your holiday special.