Accessed down a hill away from the main road, Oir na Mara sits on the shore of Loch na Cairidh just metres from the sea with unrestricted views across the water towards the island of Scalpay opposite and the island of Raasay to the north with the extinct volcano of Dun Caan rising from it.
Oir na Mara can be found on the A87 only 20 minutes drive from the Skye bridge, 5 miles from the local town of Broadford and 20 miles from Portree (the capital of the island) while the ferry to Raasay is located 7 miles away in Sconser. Shops in Broadford are easy reach for those forgotten essentials.
Lying within easy reach of all areas of Skye, it provides the perfect base for time spent either exploring the island and everything that it has to offer or for doing absolutely nothing at all!
The shore infront of Oir na Mara is the perfect habitat for a huge variety of animals. Seals are a common sight in the water while occasionally sea otters can be spotted in the sea or coming ashore infront of the house. White tailed sea eagles appear from time to time in the skies above us as well as a vast variety of sea birds such as the resident heron. Dolphins and even a whale or two have been known to pass us by!
A private carpark down a hill from the main road provides the first glimpse of the property and 5 steps down the hill get you to the front door.
The rocky coast is only a few metres away and is accessible from the house via 5 stone steps. Perfect for sea kayakers, open water swimmers and watersports enthusiasts alike. Just remember to be safe and have a spotter present when entering the water.
Oir na Mara is only 20 minutes drive from the Skye bridge and 5 miles from Broadford.
Drive along the A87 from Broadford and follow it along the coast with the sea on your right through the villages of Strollamus and Dunan. Ard Dorch is the next village along the road. Coming up over the brow of a small hill, the road will flatten out and straighten up for a very short stretch with a sharp corner to the left into Loch Ainort. Oir na Mara is situated on the right-hand(seaward) side of the corner, just after Scalpay View bed and breakfast. Blue and White reflective strips on the gate posts will help identify the turn. Follow the sinage down to the private carpark ready to enjoy your stay.
Approximately 30 minutes drive from Portree puts Oir na Mara in easy reach of the capital of the island.
Driving along the main A87 from Portree south towards Broadford, follow the road as it winds along the cost through Sconser and down into Loch Ainort. As you start to drive out of the Loch, you will pass through Luib with the island of Scalpay infront of you. You will enter the village of Ard Dorch just before turning round a sharp right-hand corner. As the corner opens up to almost look towards broadford, Oir na Mara will be down on the left towards the sea. Keep an eye out for the sign as well as blue and white reflective strips on the gate posts at the pull-in area then follow the sinage down to the private carpark ready to relax.