Eagles soar over the loch, orchids bloom, corncrakes nest in the wildflower meadows. Lap it all up from your stone cowshed studio – simple and rugged from the outside, cosy and contemporary within. The open-plan living area focuses on a wood-burning stove, while double-glazed patio doors and windows pull in the light and the views, and keep the gales out. The kitchen area is made from Caithness slate and oak – local materials and craftsmen were used for almost everything (and that includes a potter for the crocks); the breakfast bar overlooks the track to The Byre (same owners) and the beautiful bay. You sleep on a comfortable sofabed downstairs and relax on a tiny mezzanine (a good blue sofa, pot plants, excellent books) reached by a removeable ladder. The slate shower room offers gorgeous soaps and plentiful towels. This is a fabulous spot on the Waternish peninsula – spot whales, otters, seals, basking sharks – while the crofting township is made up of musicians, potters and fishermen, two excellent restaurants and the oldest pub on Skye. A hideaway for lovers of landscape and good design.