This is a special place – a thrilling landscape of boundless peace and ever-changing light. You’re surrounded by much wildlife: killer whales, Golden eagles, red grouse, otters, seals on rocks and in the water, snuffling badgers, red deer – around 120 species live here. As for Doune, it sits in a unique spot on the Sound of Sleat with views across to Skye, Rum and Eigg.
You can see it all from the dining room hub, pine-clad from top to toe and hewn from the mottled stone of a former blackhouse, with a stove to keep you warm and games in case it rains. The food is delicious – freshly baked rolls, crab from the bay, roast lamb from the hill, chocolate tart with homemade ice-cream and the best rhubarb cheesecake, plus oatcakes of course.
Once here you’ll be part of a tiny community of happily stranded souls and Martin, Jane and Liz look after you with great generosity. Bedrooms along the veranda are simple; cabins with mezzanine bunks for children, showers and armchairs for watching the weather. The walking is magnificent, swimming sublime and boat trips can be arranged.