About the Isle of Scalpay off Skye in Scotland
Media & Press for Isle of Scalpay Holiday Cottages
Situated in the Inner Hebrides on the West Coast of Scotland, sheltered by the Cullin Mountains of Skye lies the small, private island of Scalpay. A trip here offers exceptional Highland wildlife, remote and romantic holiday cottages on the shore, spectacular Highland views and a peaceful haven with no roads, shops, pubs or urban disturbances. Undisrupted Scottish nature built up over many decades of gentle, sympathetic farming and land management.
We invite you to browse through the pages of our press section and find out more about the Isle of Scalpay and our beautiful Scottish Island Cottages, our island ethos and our commitment to quality.
Should you wish to contact us to discuss an idea for an editorial or request a press facility trip we would be delighted to hear from you.
Journalists and editors only, please contact:
0777 924 1635 |
About the Isle of Scalpay & Scalpay Cottages
The Isle of Scalpay is located to the south of the Isle of Raasay between the Isle of Skye and the mainland of Scotland boasting spectacular views of the Cuillin Mountains, Highlands and Islands, especially from its peaks on a clear day one can see the Isles of Lewis and the Outer Hebrides in the distance. (Please note that Scalpay, Skye is not to be confused with the second isle of Scalpay which is off the Isle of Harris, in the Outer Hebrides).
Scalpay is a place of great natural beauty. The principal residents of the island are the Red Deer, Otters, and the many varieties of birds while the small human population have their own pace of life to do their own thing. One often easily forgets what date and day of the week it is, let alone what time it is. With summer evening light stretching late into the night, it is hunger which at last prevails to remind one that it is dinner time. Scalpays residents grow their own vegetable crops, have planted trees and keep vehicle use to a minimum often choosing a wheelbarrow to carry luggage & shopping in preference to the ancient Suzuki Jeep that is used for larger or heavier loads. There is no traffic on the Isle of Scalpaybecause there are no roads. Access to the island is via a private boat and visitors must leave their cars on the Isle of Skye. The total vehicle count on the Isle of Scalpay is two tractors, one truck (the little Suzuki Jeep) and a quad bike. Some tougher mountain bikes occasionally visit toobut no cars.
Henrietta, our experienced travel consultant, has intimate personal knowledge of the island and will assist clients with all matters of their booking prior to arrival. While our team on Scalpay combine high levels of personal service whilst being discreet and understated, as is their way, leaving visitors in peace to relax and enjoy this unique chance of complete escape and quiet.
Our three secluded, self catering cottages are idyllic and unique in beautiful tranquil locations, perfect for those who wish to truly stop, relax and enjoy nature or honeymoon in this exceptionally romantic destination. Refurbished to make the most of both the ambience and the aesthetics of their stunning surroundings, the interiors have been done up with rigorous attention to detail & high standard, offering comfort with a home from home feel.
Scalpay cottages are justifiably earning a reputation as a unique experience and are kept as a closely guarded secret amongst our visitors and guests. We are building up a high level of repeat business with a very loyal customer base who seek true tranquillity and peace, which is becoming more and more sought after in a growingly hectic world. Our cottages include the converted Keepers Cottage, an exceptionally appointed coastal cottage offering stunning views with direct access to its own private bay and beach. The stunningly refurbished Garden Cottage is located within the gardens of Scalpay House, overlooking the sea. The large area of foreshore at the front of the cottage provides excellent bird watching in the summer months when many varieties of migratory birds come to feed and nest on Scalpay. The Narrows Cottage is the most remote of our cottages, located four miles from the main house although it overlooks the water at the closest point to the Isle of Skye and the Red Cuillin Hills. The cottage is reached either by track from the harbour or by boat onto the beach in front of the cottage. Electricity is supplied by diesel generator and hot water and heating by bottled gas.
Holidays on Scalpay begin and end with an invigorating boat trip over to/from the island and guests are greeted with fresh flowers from the gardens of Scalpay House and a welcome home baked tea. Additional services include boat excursions and fresh home-grown vegetables from the Walled Garden when in season. Guests, especially children, are positively encouraged to get involved with local island life should they wish to, with many delighting in the participation of gathering the sheep for sheering or feeding any orphan lambs.
Wildlife experiences often involves heart-stopping moments as baby otters play meters from the shore, or a pod of dolphins swim across the bay. The Scalpay Experience definitely offers a breathtaking wow factor for most visitors.
Isle of Scalpay Press Articles
Scalpay cottages are proactively seeking to generate positive editorial coverage in the quality UK national newspapers and magazines both about the island and about individual properties by hosting journalists to visit our cottages, by responding to journalist enquiries and by seeking opportunities to feature properties in the pages of appropriate publications.
Please find below articles featured in the National Press or quality magazines:
'Exclusively Yours' Article from 'Its Mals Life' - Spring 07
On the Isle of Scalpay, between the Isle of Skye and the Applecross Peninsula, there are 200 acres of pretty woodland, lochs and burns - and just five houses. But it's not so much what this island has got but what it hasn't got that makes it so special. There are no pubs, shops, or roads, just dirt tracks for the island's only trffic - two tractors, one truck and a quad bike. Although you won't have the island completely to yourself, with 14 miles of shoreline, you're guaranteed to find a quiet, secluded spot.
'The bargain hunter's guide to private getaways' - Article by Beverley Fearis in the Guardian - June 2006
It's not officially all yours, but on the Isle of Scalpay, between the Isle of Skye and the Applecross Peninsula, there are 200 acres of pretty woodland, lochs and burns, and just three cottages. With 14 miles of shoreline, you're guaranteed to find a quiet, secluded spot. The Narrows Cottage is the most isolated and has stunning views over its own private bay.
From £140pp per week, based on two sharing.
The full article can be found here: www.guardian.co.uk
Print Quality Photos from the Isle of Scalpay
We are happy to provide you with high resolution print quality photos for the majority of the photos that you see on this website. In addition, we have a seperate photo library to call upon should we need to call upon it.
Please contact Veronica Bennett on 0777 924 1635 or email with your needs.