"Grianal" was built in the 1920s, and is named for Loch Dunvegan`s first safe anchorage (Eilean Grianal, or Island of the Sun). Visitors can use the driveway to park, or a parking place 40 metres from the property. Dunvegan is a village with lots of walks available for visitors to explore this rugged corner of the Isle of Skye. For those interested in history, nearby is Dunvegan Castle and many even older remains for those with a desire to explore.
Only one room is available with a double bed. This means I can accommodate two people maximum. If this first season goes well I will let out another room next year.
There is the living room, the visitors bedroom (with lock) and the front porch, most of the time visitors will have the front room to themselves. We will very occasionally be sharing the living room, where there is access to the kettle and toaster. The bathroom is also shared. Water can be had from the bathroom or kitchen. There is no fridge space for visitors food and no meals are to be made in the kitchen-for insurance reasons. Contact me for access and key details.
I will not be around much, I work in the village a mere five minutes walk away, a work contact number will be here. Visitors will be pretty much left to themselves. Breakfast will be set up early in the morning and ideally visitors should arrive around 6.00pm and be out by 10.30am, I aim to be around after six pm. When I am around I am happy to advise on walks and local history. I have lived on the Island for 33 years and have a good general knowledge of the place.
I am a member of the local Mountain Rescue Team. There may be times when I am not back from a call-out and will need the visitors to fend for themselves. Everything needed will be clearly visible in the living room, extra milk and orange juice in the fridge. There is a drying rack and a drying room for wet gear. The washing machine is only available for those staying more than one night.
Unfortunately, for house insurance purposes, only I myself can light the stove or the open fire. If I am not around, simple to use electrical heating is available. The insurance policy also means visitors CANNOT USE MY KITCHEN FOR COOKING MEALS (capitals intentional), sorry, but there are plenty cafes and restaurants in the village. Muddy outdoor boots should be changed when coming in for training shoes/shoes/slippers-it makes for a clean stay.
Unfortunately, I have to charge £10 cash for lost keys-it is expensive getting new keys cut on Skye.
- 5.00pm arrive and 10.30 leave.
Please note that I am insured only to provide Bed and Breakfast.
Arriving with a load of food and trying to take over my fridge and kitchen is not cool. There are plenty places to eat in the Dunvegan area at a wide range of prices.
I first came to Skye as a rock climber and mountaineer, something I have been doing for 40 years now. The Island had such a massive impression on me that I became determined to live here and did in 1984. I have had lots of different jobs, most prominent was that I ran a leather-work business for around 15 years and still undertake interesting commission, like reproducing antiques. I am a qualified technical illustrator and still work in this field when possible. In 2002 I won the Winston Churchill Fellowship award for my design/invention- The Secure Casualty System- which led me to a placement with Yosemite Search and Rescue Team in California, USA. I also dabble in writing science fiction, my first printed novel is available here-