About the Isle of Scalpay off Skye in Scotland
FAQ for Isle of Scalpay Holiday Cottages
Listed below are a number of frequently asked questions about the Isle of Scalpay self catering holiday accommodation. If your question is not listed then please contact us as we would be happy to help.
How do I book a cottage? How much is the deposit?
To secure a booking we require a deposit of 25% of the total and we will send you an invoice once we have received this payment.
The balance becomes due 6 weeks prior to arrival when we will send you a statement. We also ask that you complete a booking form and read our booking terms.
What does the rental price include?
A welcoming plate of homemade cakes; fresh flowers around the cottage; your bed-linen and towels; cleaning products & toilet paper; sufficient firewood to last you the week and a reasonable amount of electricity are all included in the rental of your cottage.
Trout fishing is also included & we are very happy to loan spinning rods on request. There is a complimentary boat trip, part of the fun,to get you on and off the island on the day of your arrival & departure. This takes approximately 20 minutes. The day of your arrival on Skye 5pm and on the day of your departure leaving Scalpay 10am. Suitable waterproof, warm clothing & footwear are strongly advised. Weather conditions at sea can be unpredictable. In the very rare event that we consider it to be unsafe to ferry you across we will refund a pro-rata nightly rate towards Bed & Breakfast. To date this has never been necessary. Delays due to weather can happen but are rare during the summer. However, it is a fact that you should keep in mind.
. Dogs are permitted at £20 per animal per week, . In consideration for other guests we request that pets do not go onto the furniture or into the bedrooms.
Can I take my car over to Scalpay and if not where do I leave it?
Scalpay is a car free island. You will be able to leave your car in the off-road parking place, on the Isle of Skye, where we leave our own cars. Local traffic on Scalpay consists of 2 tractors, 1 truck and a quad bike & we use these to transport your belongings & provisions to & from your cottage!
Can I book trips to Skye and/or sea excursions ?
Boat trips to Skye & sea excursions can be arranged with Nick here on Scalpay. The sea excursion takes you to see the seals on neighboouring islands & or the Viking selltlement, the sandy bay or wherever you would like to go or do.(50.00GBP for a sea excursion 2 - 3 hours). These costs could be shared with the other cottage. Please note that these may be subject to tides and weather conditions.
Can I hire a boat?
You are welcome to book excursions with us or bring your own boat or kyak by arrangement.
Are there beaches on Scalpay?
Children love to explore the many rock pools, search for fossils along the shores & paddle from the pebble beaches. There is a small sandy beach (at low and mid tides) on the far side of the island which makes a lovely day's outing and is an ideal bbq destination.
Is the island suitable for bikes?
If you wish to bring your bike we recommend that it is a mountain bike with appropriately tough tyres as it is all rough track.
Are dogs allowed?
Yes.A maximum of two dogs are permitted at £20 per animal and we ask that they are kept under control at all times and do not chase the farm animals or wildlife. For the sake of good hygiene we request that they are kept away from the bedrooms,beds & soft furniture in the cottages.
What kind of fishing can I do on Scalpay?
There are brown trout in all the main lochs on the island, the nearest is about a 30 - 45 minute walk up the hill. We are happy to loan spinning rods on request with a small returnable deposit in case of damages
Can I have fishing lessons?
Sea fishing trips (highly popular with the children) for mackerel can be arranged. Darrows & lifejackets will be provided.
How do I go about getting provisions?
Typically our guests prefer to stock up on a week's worth of provisions before arriving on Scalpay. There is a good butcher in Kyle of Lochalsh who also sells fresh fish & a well equipped Co-op in Broadford next to the petrol station. If you require additional food items whilst on Scalpay you can book the boat for a return trip to Skye or we are more than happy to shop for you when one of the islanders is on Skye.
Delicious home grown vegetables from the walled garden are seasonally available to purchase and many of our guests enjoy trying their hand at catching their supper in either the sea or the fresh water lochs. There are also cockles & mussels to be gathered & fresh prawns can be purchased from local fishermen. If you fancy living like the islanders and baking some of your own bread Nick has some fantastic tips.
Is there mobile phone reception & Wi Fi on the island?
Scalpay is the ideal place to get away from it but yes mobile phone reception is good on the whole, especially outside. It may vary with different providers.There is Wi Fi in Scalpay House but not in the cottages. These days it is seldom that we can get away from IT. Scalpay gives you just that unique opportunity, allowing you to spend more time with your friends & family. However,if you do need it we welcome you to visit us in Scalpay House where we will be happy to connect you!
Is there a washing machine in the cottage?
The Garden Holiday Cottage does not have a washing machine but the Scalpay laundry, very nearby, is available to use. The Keepers Holiday Cottage has its own machine & to save energy all linens are air dryed outside.
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- Scalpay House, Broadford,
- Isle of Skye, IV49 9BS
- +44 (0) 1471 822 276
"An absolutely perfect holiday in every way. We will definitely be back!" Guest Comment from the Keepers Holiday Cottage in 2008