An Gearasdan (The Barracks), An Gearasdan, Glenelg, near Kyle of Lochalsh

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This prize-winning contemporary home is privately owned and lies next to the ruined Hanoverian red-coat barracks that gave it its name. Literally 'the barracks' in Gaelic, An Gearasdan enjoys stunning vistas over Glenelg Bay and the Isle of Skye, and in 2008 was given the RIAS award for 'New Life for an Old Building.'
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A picture-perfect setting, fresh interior design and centuries of history make this airy comfortable house a peaceful haven to escape to. With plenty of beds it has space enough for two families or a large group of friends.
Accommodation details

  • 2 storey

  • Sleeps 10 - 4 doubles plus double sofa bed

  • Cloakroom, utility room

  • WC

  • Shower room

  • Lounge (Sky TV)

  • Family shower room

  • En suite bathroom off master bedroom

  • Upstairs kitchen

  • Dining table to seat 10

  • Wood-burning stove with well stocked log shed

  • Eco-friendly air-source pump heating system

  • Picnic furniture and wooden verandah

  • Library of books and family games

  • EPC Rating: D67

About the area
Glenelg is a relaxed picturesque village, shielded by high mountains and looking out towards the sea. Its seclusion makes it a paradise for rare wildlife. Look out for pine martins and peregrine falcons inland or keep an eye on the sea for a glimpse of otters or minke whales. Glenelg has a good village shop and post office for essentials, and the famous Glenelg Inn serves delicious local produce.
Things to do

  • Cosy up with a copy of Ring of Brightwater, Gavin Maxwell's book about the otter he brought back from Iraq. Maxwell wrote the book from his cottage at nearby Sandaig. The whole area is still full of the wildlife he loved.

  • The Balmacara Estate is about an hour's drive away. Here you'll find acres of woodland walks as well as beautifully preserved 18th century farm steadings.

  • Visit the Iron Age brochs close to the barracks, inland along Gleann Beag. These tall Pictish towers are some of the best preserved in Britain.

Getting there
Take the main road to the Isle of Skye via Kyle of Lochalsh (A87). Turn off for Glenelg at Shiel Bridge. As you come into the village proper, on your right you will see a wooden gate with a sign saying ‘No Entry to Bernera Barracks' - An Gearasdan is just along this track about 100 metres. < Less


CD playerChild's cotChild's highchairColour televisionDishwasherDogs AllowedDVD playerFreezerMicrowaveNo smokingProperty available for winter breaksRadioShaver pointWasher drierWiFi

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Facilities nearby

Bird-watchingCycling FishingHorse-ridingSailing/water sportsSwimmingCostal holiday

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