Strathaird House is situated within its own grounds of about 6.50 acres in a spectacular location with southerly views over Loch Slapin towards the islands of Rum and Eigg and beyond the Ardnamurchan Peninsula.
Strathaird House is approached by a tree lined tarmac surfaced driveway which is about 200 yards long. At the top of the drive there are attractive circular stone pillars on either side of wrought iron gates. The gates open into the garden and grounds that surround the house. The driveway opens to a spacious gravelled area in front of the house where there is car parking for a number of cars. The house looks out over the front lawns and gardens which contain herbaceous borders and many fine tree and shrubs.
The principal rooms are within the Georgian part of the house and enjoy classical elegant Georgian features and design.
Ground Floor: Reception Hall, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Kitchen/Breakfast Room and Scullery.
Strathaird is a peninsula on the island of Skye, situated between Loch Slapin and Loch Scavaig on the south coast of the island. Strathaird House is beautifully situated in an elevated position to the west of Loch Slapin. Broadford is about 11 miles to the north which has excellent local services including a supermarket, 24 hour fuel station, primary school, medical centre and hospital. The famous Blaven (Bla Bheinn) ridge, just partly visible from the house, is regarded by many to be the most beautiful mountain in Scotland. It is an area of wild natural beauty and stunning mountain and sea views. Portree the island's capital is 36 miles from Strathaird and offers more facilities including secondary schooling. The house is approximately 18 miles from the Skye Bridge.
Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides and is renowned to attract people from all over the world. Skye offers such a great variety of outdoor pursuits including walking, climbing, shooting, fishing, golf and water sports. There are many areas of great natural beauty and no part of the island is far from the sea. The climate is mild, with Skye enjoying a more clement winter than most parts of the mainland and spring and early summer months are often blessed with spells of long sunny weather.
From Kyle of Lochalsh (20 miles) there is a regular train service to Inverness from where Inverness Airport serves a number of UK destinations.
The Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides and one of Scotland's best known islands, is renowned for its spectacular scenery, vibrant culture and heritage, and diverse wildlife. The island's dramatic scenery is dominated by the Cuillins, a wild and rugged range of mountains rising to more than 3,000 feet above sea level. The island was recently voted the 4th best island in the world by National Geographic Magazine.
Portree is the principal town on the island which has a picturesque harbour and provides a good range of shops and professional services. There are also ferry links from Mallaig to Ardvasar in the south the island and from Uig on to the Outer Hebrides in the north. There are excellent sporting opportunities in Skye and on the mainland, with Red and Roe deer stalking and Salmon fishing available on surrounding estates as well as wonderful sailing all around. Award-winning restaurants on Skye are enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.
The island is peppered with wonderful walks along a coastline which includes cliffs, caves and beaches. The Cuillins attract hill walkers and mountaineers from all over the world, and for the country sportsman, the dramatic island landscape is also host to some of the most exciting deer stalking in Scotland. The long sunny summer days and warm current of the Gulf Stream ensure Skye's waters are a rich feeding ground for fish.
The village of Elgol is about 5 miles south of Strathaird House. It has a population of approximately 150, a significant proportion of whom are Gaelic speakers. The village is the terminal for three privately owned boat operators providing boat trips to Loch Coruisk and also the Small Isles, (Rum, Eigg, Canna and Muck) along with two coffee shops and a restaurant.
Strathaird House was at one time the principal house on the Strathaird Estate. The Strathaird peninsula was historically a heartland of Clan Mackinnon. The Strathaird Estate was sold in 1978 by the Johnston family to Ian Anderson - a well known musician with Jethro Tull. The estate was then purchased by the John Muir Trust in 1994 and the Trust also own the neighbouring estates of Torrin and Sconser. Strathaird House has been in separate ownership since the mid 1970's.
Replacing an earlier Mackinnon house, unusually the present day house comprises two houses set side-by-side as one, the west portion being built around 1790 and the east part is built in a lovely Georgian style and was completed in 1827. The houses have been joined at ground floor level.
In 1824 the geologist John MacCulloch explained this rather unconventional arrangement: The older house (now stripped of harling) was externally ' fair, and large, and new, and clean' but inside 'the masonry was bad, and therefore the owner would not allow the house to be finished'. Although he might have had it 'rendered water-tight for ten pounds', he started instead to build a new house beside it, a neat Georgian box similar to Upper Ostaig. Re-visiting a few years later, MacCulloch found the new house 'standing by the side of the original, like a calf by its cow; the same bare gable, exposed to the same never ending rains, and all things else fitting. Whether it smoked and leaked also, no one knew; for he could not be "fashed" to leave the old one'.
Over the subsequent years both houses have been altered and extended. In 2004 the current owners undertook and completed an almost total refurbishment of the house.