This unique off-grid, off-road property is situated on the southern tip of the Isle of Raasay, IV408NY. Built by Tom Newton in the mid 1980s, it stands 4m above the high tide line and faces SW with spectacular views of the Cuillin on Skye and fantastic wildlife watching opportunities. It will be available for holiday lets from Spring 2012. We plan to launch a separate website very soon, but you are welcome to contact us any time if you would like more information.
Rubha na Cloiche is a much loved hideaway and the focal point of over twenty years of family holidays. All supplies arrive either down the hill in a wheelbarrow (approx 300m, quite steep) or by boat if the weather is clement. So we keep things to a minimum, and nothing goes to waste, which with a family of four growing children has developed into an exact science…but even in the most ferocious storm we are warm and cosy as long as the solid fuel Rayburn is working away to provide warmth, hot water for baths and cooking (supplemented by two gas rings). Water is piped from the nearby burn and there’s also fresh crystal clear spring water for drinking and cooling (eg drinks to the perfect island temperature), just paces away from the house. We have a landline with broadband and a solar powered battery unit for essential recharging purposes, but with no mains electricity supply, candles are the main form of lighting, also torches and low voltage lighting run off the solar energy supply. The house is an open plan design approximately 25 sq m with a height of 6m allowing for a sleeping and bathroom area on a split level floor (14 sq m). The seaward facing window is entirely glassfronted, and the other three walls of 3ft thick stone. We have additional turf roofed storage areas outside – a larder, a boat house and a fuel shelter. The house is fully kitted out with bed linen, kitchen equipment and an essential library – scroll down for thumbnail images of interior.
The vigilant eye will see constantly changing scenes of wildlife and nature, whether seals, otters, shoals of mackerel, seabirds, eagles, dolphins or whales – all have made their appearance at one season or another. With these, together with the tidal ebb and flow, the subtle play of weather patterns, of light, water and air, and the eternity of the stones, you cannot fail to be inspired by your surroundings. You may feel cradled or intimidated by Nature depending on the weather, but either way it will make a lasting impression on your mind’s eye.