Holiday House Details
Hamara Lodge
(28 reviews)
From £905 per week
Sleeps 10
4 bedrooms
2 doubles, 2 family rooms

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From DateTo DateWeekly RateDeposit
Sat 07 Sep 2019Fri 20 Sep 2019£1,015£305
Sat 21 Sep 2019Fri 04 Oct 2019£1,015£305
Sat 05 Oct 2019Fri 25 Oct 2019£1,015£305
Sat 26 Oct 2019Fri 08 Nov 2019£905£275
Sat 09 Nov 2019Thu 19 Dec 2019£905£275
Fri 20 Dec 2019Fri 27 Dec 2019£1,025£310
Sat 28 Dec 2019Fri 03 Jan 2020£1,205£365
Sat 04 Jan 2020Fri 07 Feb 2020£1,100£330
Sat 08 Feb 2020Fri 03 Apr 2020£1,100£330
Sat 04 Apr 2020Fri 24 Apr 2020£1,100£330
Sat 25 Apr 2020Fri 22 May 2020£1,100£330
Sat 23 May 2020Fri 29 May 2020£1,300£390
Sat 30 May 2020Fri 19 Jun 2020£1,300£390
Sat 20 Jun 2020Fri 04 Sep 2020£1,300£390
Sat 05 Sep 2020Fri 25 Sep 2020£1,300£390
Sat 26 Sep 2020Fri 02 Oct 2020£1,100£330
Sat 03 Oct 2020Fri 23 Oct 2020£1,100£330
Sat 24 Oct 2020Fri 06 Nov 2020£1,100£330
Sat 07 Nov 2020Sun 20 Dec 2020£1,100£330
Mon 21 Dec 2020Sun 27 Dec 2020£1,300£390
Mon 28 Dec 2020Sun 03 Jan 2021£1,400£420
Mon 04 Jan 2021Fri 05 Feb 2021£1,150£345
Sat 06 Feb 2021Fri 19 Mar 2021£1,150£345
Sat 20 Mar 2021Fri 16 Apr 2021£1,150£345
Sat 17 Apr 2021Fri 28 May 2021£1,150£345
Sat 29 May 2021Fri 04 Jun 2021£1,350£400
Sat 05 Jun 2021Fri 18 Jun 2021£1,350£400
Sat 19 Jun 2021Fri 10 Sep 2021£1,350£400
Sat 11 Sep 2021Fri 24 Sep 2021£1,350£400
Sat 25 Sep 2021Fri 01 Oct 2021£1,150£345
Sat 02 Oct 2021Fri 22 Oct 2021£1,150£345
Sat 23 Oct 2021Fri 05 Nov 2021£1,150£345
Sat 06 Nov 2021Mon 20 Dec 2021£1,150£345
Tue 21 Dec 2021Mon 27 Dec 2021£1,350£400
Tue 28 Dec 2021Mon 03 Jan 2022£1,450£435


House sleeps 8 + 2

At the heart of an historic estate, this former Clan MacLeod hunting lodge dates back to 1770. It now comprises a spacious house and fully enclosed walled garden, reached by private drive through wooded grounds. The 5 bedroom Lodge offers traditional comfort with a relaxed and welcoming attitude. The rooms are large and airy with wonderful views. A generous farmhouse style kitchen opens onto the pretty walled garden with its ancient apple and pear trees. The inviting open fire in the sitting room is perfect for relaxing after busy days eagle or whale watching around this spectacular coast.

Dramatic sunsets are beautifully framed from the sea view windows of the front rooms. The bedrooms are large and light, decorated throughout with local art and photography. This traditional island house has a comfortable relaxed feel – an ideal base for exploring the world famous wildland nearby, as well as the whole beautiful Isle of Skye and enjoys stunning views of the Western Isles. Despite its secluded location, the Lodge is just 5 minutes stroll from the local shop/PO and cafe. Award winning or family friendly dining is available locally; adjoining deer fenced young woodland is perfect for dog walking (and kids love seeing cows, sheep and geese at a safe distance in the surrounding fields).

Hamara Lodge is an unique and characterful, relaxed, private, spacious (and very affordable) home-from-home for your large party of family or friends; a great self catering base for enjoying all that Skye has to offer.

Nearby attractions include: dramatic Neist Point Lighthouse (also one of the best places to watch whales, dolphins and sharks from land in Britain); unique Coral Bays; Dunvegan Castle and Gardens (oldest continuously inhabited castle in Britain); seal watching boat trips; marvelous hill walking, wildlife and bird watching; and a wealth of artists and craftspeople drawn to live and work in this remote and beautiful area.

Neist Point Lighthouse (2 miles), Dunvegan Castle (9 miles), Diver's Eye Boat Trips, Coral Bays, Talisker Distillery, Cuillins.



Ground floor:

House sleeps 8 + 2

Large porch/boot room, hall, sitting-room (open fire), dining-room (seats 14), country kitchen (with door to walled garden, boot sink, laundry drying cupboard).

First floor:

Front landing - master bedroom, triple room, bathroom (bath, shower, WC). Garden landing - 2 double rooms, bathroom (bath, shower, WC, heated towel rail). All bedrooms have WHBs.

Hamara Lodge is happy to accept up to 2 infants, however there is only 1 cot, 1 high chair supplied.

Extra beds can be made available at an extra charge of £30 per person, per week.

Fully enclosed walled garden with outdoor table and chairs, large lawn, additional front lawn, heritage apple trees, private drive and wooded grounds, sea views.

Short and Special breaks are available by arrangement.


  • Village shop and Post Office 1/4 mile
  • Licensed café/restaurant 1/4 mileGallery/café
  • Three Chimneys Restaurant 3 miles
  • Skye's Oldest Bakery 8 miles
  • 1 cot
  • 1 High chair plus 1 pushchair
  • 32 inch Flat screen TV
  • CD player/radio & kids' board games
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • DVD player & selection of DVDs
  • Electric oven and hob
  • Enclosed walled garden
  • Fridge/freezer
  • Garden furniture
  • Heating and energy included
  • IPod dock
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Microwave, food processor & cofee machine
  • Open fire - starter pack of kindling/coal provided
  • Portable radio
  • Unlimited free Wi-fi
  • Washing machine
  • 2 Pets only - £20.00 charge per Week per Pet
  • Reviews

    (28 reviews)
    Hamara Lodge reviews
    Hamara Lodge is reached by a secluded avenue and overlooks the bay. You can get down to the lovely beach via the field or the lane. It is really spacious and an exciting place to stay. We all loved it. There were lots of sofas in the sitting room, a spacious dining room with lovely views and a really well equipped kitchen with a coffee machine to cater for crowds. It is comfortable but not luxurious and might be a bit damp in the winter, but that made it all the more relaxing for a family party. Glendale has a fascinating history, a superb village shop with nearly everything you need, two cafes, and excellent walking. You escape the summer crowds into your own terrain and the walled garden is delightful. We would definitely come again.
    Dr Milbank - July 2019
    I spent all of my childhood summer and Easter holidays at Hamara Lodge. It was, and is, a magical place for family holidays. The setting at the head of Loch Poolteil, looking out to the Outer Hebrides, is unrivalled. The house has been sympathetically modernised without destroying its character. The walled garden is safe for children of all ages, whilst retaining a wild element for the more adventurous. I could not recommend the place more highly.
    Mr Miller - May 2019
    Had a great peaceful week away in Hamara Lodge. House was perfect for our needs and the enclosed garden was brilliant for my dogs. Would certainly recommend and it’s only a 5minute walk to the beach which my grandson loved
    Mr Molyneux - October 2018
    Hamara Lodge is a beautiful and well-kept house, excellent value for money compared to other houses of that size on the island! Will definitely be staying here the next time we visit!
    Miss Mcginn - September 2018
    Wonderful was perfect for our family of 8. Few probs with washing machine and heating but quickly sorted by the lovely Roddy.
    Mr Robinson - April 2018
    I have known Hamara Lodge for over half a century. My parents took a lease there in the 1950s and, as a consequence, I spent all of my summer and Easter holidays there. The house is basically the same; some might say that it has been improved with the addition of a second bathroom and an extra (downstairs) bedroom. It is very comfortable to stay in and extremely well-equipped. The garden, always a challenge, has been allowed to fight back in recent years, but it is still a lovely place to be on a hot summer's day. However the unique charm of Hamara Lodge is its position at the head of Loch Pooltiel and its staggering views of the bay, the Minch and the Outer Hebrides. it is difficult to think of anywhere that could better this.
    Mr Miller - September 2017
    The lodge was kitted out with everything we needed. It was a warm and welcoming place to stay. It was nice and clean. We especially liked the rustic look and the open fire was just what we needed after a long days fishing. I would definitely stay again.
    Mr Robson - August 2017
    Hamara Lodge is in a beautiful location and, considering its age, in very good structural condition. Approaching from the private drive the dazzling white exterior raises expectations of the interior. There were several areas that needed attention including the storage heating and a missing key to the back door. All of these were reported to the estate office and are in the process of being attended to. Storage heaters are being replaced and the replacement oven/stove arrived when we were there (it wasn't installed though but the existing one was serviceable if at times temperamental. We washed all the glasses, crockery and cutlery on arrival (including a pile of wine and champagne glasses we found on the grounds!). The location is off the beaten track but I enjoyed driving on the single track roads (having grown up driving on similar). Notes in the guest book complained of this. Note that there is NO bar or restaurant within walking distance so if you fancy a pint with the locals and a walk home Glendale is not for you. (The welcome folder mentions a restaurant that closed 2 years ago - and it's still listed on TripAdvisor - I've sent a message. Now for the pros: Hamara really should be considered a "get away from it all retreat". We absolutely loved the coal fire and spent most (late) evenings sitting in from of the fire and discussing the day and planning the next. It's a great location for exploring Skye if you don't mind driving - make sure you stock up in Portree on all the essentials. We had a great time trekking/hiking/scrambling using Hamara as a base and, last but not least, was a great day fishing with "Wild Skye" from Carbost. Stephen the skipper was an absolute gent and we caught enough mackerel for dinner including sashimi (and breakfast and dinner the next day).
    Mr Todd - June 2017
    We had a wonderful stay at Hamara Lodge. We were a big group of friends and found the house very spacious, had all the utilities we needed and clean. We had a challenge where we lost electricity in the sockets but the owners were quick to arrange for a fix the same day. One of the bathrooms didn't have hot water at all so would recommend looking into that but it didn't soil our stay at all as everything else was great. The surrounding area was breathtaking and we found the house not too far from any sights we wanted to see. Thank you again and we would recommend the house to our friends.
    Mrs Pazitka - April 2017
    This house is not luxurious but it has everything you need and is clean and comfortable. For our party which included children and dogs it was ideal as you could be reasonably relaxed rather than worrying about what they were touching or whether they might mark something. The views from the house were stunning and there were lots of lovely walks nearby. The wifi was a bit temperamental and there was no phone signal which mostly bothered my teenage granddaughter but the rest of us not so much! We enjoyed a fantastic lunch at the 'Three Chimneys' where the food was excellent and the staff friendly, informative and very attentive. The walled garden was great for dogs and children although one of the gates was missing so it wasn't completely secure. All in all we had a great family holiday here!
    Ms Leiper - April 2017
    We have just spent a thoroughly enjoyable week at Hamara Lodge. It is in a great location with a small shop, cafe and beach within easy walking distance. It is in a fairly remote part of the island which suited us fine but Dunvegan is only 20 minutes away by car. The house itself is big enough to accommodate a large group pretty comfortably. This isn't 5 star comfort but that is reflected in the very reasonable price . Certainly it has everything you need if what you want is somewhere warm to crash out after a long day out - the real fire in the living room is a great bonus and the big kitchen (dishwasher and washing machine further bonuses) allows plenty of space for cooking for a big group. The oven is a little temperamental - allow extra time for cooking in it. And the garden is absolutely perfect for dogs and children to run about in safely. All in all we really enjoyed our stay and would quite happily return sometime.
    Mrs Turner - March 2016
    A little expensive unless you are able to fill the lodge. Easily takes 5 couples and some children - ideal for family reunions. The décor and style match that of an older property, which to us was a bonus. The very large garden allows you to keep the children safe when out playing. If its peace, tranquil walks and scenery your after then this place has it all.
    Mrs Ford - September 2015
    Hamara Lodge is a fabulous house to stay in for a holiday. It is full of character, very spacious, beautiful views and a fantastic location. Perfect for a family get away as we did to celebrate my 60th Birthday
    Mr Pass - July 2015
    The house was not fussy, but relaxed and well-equipped. It is set in beautiful, rugged countryside with stunning views out over the sea. Lovely walled garden.Highly recommended!
    Dr Hill - May 2015
    Hamera Lodge is an excellent base for touring Skye though the 8.3 miles of single track road to Dunveggan does become wearing after a few trips. The lodge itself was spacious and had the five bedrooms we needed to accommodate a party of eight including five friends from France. The accommodate whilst spacious was not luxurious and perhaps the owners could do more to improve some furnishings in the bedrooms and equipment in the kitchen. Although we had booked for eight only seven were able to come but even so it was difficult to store much food in the fridge freezer which seems more suited to small family home. Those issues are of course minor and overall we had a great time at Hamara Lodge and found the residents of Glendale very welcoming. I would recommend the local bakery at Dunveggan but would advise that they run out early in the day. The best bakery on Skye appears to be The Isle of Skye Bakery Company in Portree which produces high quality artisan breads and a mouth watering range of preserves, cheeses, chutnies, meats and oatcakes. The artists gallery above the Bakery's tea room is also well worth a visit even if it isn't raining! Our week on Skye was unseasonably cold with strong winds, hailstones and plenty of rain. After a day out exploring it was nice to return to the lodge and light the real fire in the lounge so that after dinner we look out over the minch and try to pretend that it wasn't as cold as it looked. We took a number of trips around the island and on the only good day of the week, weatherwise, we took a boat trip from Elgol to the Scottish Mountaineering Club hut. We had a couple of hours on shore which allowed us to walk up to Loch Coruisk. We had also planned to a bus trip from Uig to North Uiste and Harris but found that Calmac no longer offer these because they can't find anyone to deliver the trips on the islands. Clearly that's a business opportunity for some enterprising islander. I'd certainly recommend Hamara Lodge to large parties who want to experience something of the atmosphere of an old hunting lodge.
    Mr Craik - May 2015
    The house was perfect for our group (we were 8 adults, two toddlers and several dogs). The enclosed garden was great for the kids and dogs and there was loads of room in the house for everyone to spread out or come together and be social. The beach was a few minutes walk away with a sheltered little bay which was a sun trap and we even enjoyed a quick dip and some swimming one day. We took our bikes though found it rather hilly. The views if you made it up the hills were breathtaking. We went to the Old School Restaurant one night for dinner and that was lovely- friendly service and delicious food. The only downside was the extremely erratic wifi which the owners tried to rectify and was done so on our last day. It didn't affect our enjoyment- just don't rely on it! All in all our week away was a perfect mix of time for relaxing, stunning scenery and comfortable accomodation.
    Mrs Mcclelland - May 2015
    Hamera Lodge is a wonderful getaway from real life! The house is wonderful in its quirkiness and the views are just gorgeous on clear weather days. The garden is such a joy and wonderful for dogs and children alike! We really loved our time there. As constructive feedback, it might be worth checking all lamps and radiators before people arrive as some of these were not working. Also some of the equipment in the kitchen could be updated, though we enjoyed the endless supply of crockery and cutlery that was available! We would absolutely recommend Hamara Lodge for anyone wishing to escape.
    Mr Bennett - April 2015
    I loved every second. From the inspiring views over the bay to the roaring log fire in the misty evenings. Ideal large party property with plenty of space and bedrooms. Very secure garden suiting pets and children alike. Remote and idyllic. It was perfect for our 25th wedding anniversary celebrations and every single person we met was lovely. I will be back.
    Mrs Easton - August 2014
    Hamara Lodge is a big, traditional and basically well-equipped holiday house in a lovely location down a short wooded drive and with superb sunset views at the front across Loch Pooltiel to the Outer Hebrides beyond, and a very pretty big walled garden at the back. It was ideal for our family get-together, with the advantage of great weather and plenty of swimming in the loch - wetsuits recommended!
    Mr Mykura - June 2014
    Quaint, large, characterful house with decent sized rooms. Not luxurious but very well equipped and warm. Wifi was good for such a remote location. Enclosed garden great for kids/dogs. Beautiful sea views from front of house. Great for a very peaceful holiday and can well recommend. Biggest downside was noisy mice 'dancing' all night above front double bedroom ceiling and behind panelling - I guess October is 'that' time of year!. DVD player scart lead into TV was faulty making picture very red/pink and unviewable - despite reporting this to caretaker on the Monday we had no response or action before we left on the following Saturday.
    Mr Elcome - October 2013
    Our 2nd stay at Hamara was every bit as good as our 1st stay, the additional family room is particularly good for our large party. Bedrooms are a great size, having 2 bathrooms with showers is great for big parties, the kitchen is well stocked with utensils, crockery and cutlery and the coal fire is simply fabulous. The secure back garden is great for kids and dogs alike, do be aware that surrounding area is working farmland so sheep are plentiful. The only additional things that I can think of to improve our stay would be central heating and a small porch at the back door, but that's me being really picky. Cannot recommend Hamara highly enough, and we look forward to our next stay over New Year.
    Ms Fleming - October 2013
    The view from the front door seems to change every half hour. One morning we woke up to see a beautiful rainbow in a mist covered sky. The clouds race across the sky and when it does clear the clean blue and the view across to the other islands is breathtaking. The sunset are wonderful too. You can feel the history and the atmosphere and its well worth doing some reasearch before coming to learn about the house and the area. THe house was plenty big enough for the 12 of us and we all really enjoyed our stay. The house is loved and run by the Glendale estate and does not claim to be 5* luxury and little drawback niggle like 2 bathrooms for such a large crowd but these can all be worked out and around. Everything is provided to make a large crowd happy with comfortable beds and the house is clean and well equipped . The garden is a joy and having wifi great for keeping in touch and looking up what you may want to visit on Skye from day to day. FRom my hunting there are very few homes on Skye that can fit in such a large group , and this home is really very reasonable. The estate want to share this part of Skye with a many folk as they can and therefore endeavour to keep the rent modest. The local shop is full to bursting with all sorts of goods and all the cafe locally are smashing. Being able to leave the front door and walk down to the sea or on the hill is lovely . A holiday here will refresh and uplift .
    Mrs Harvey - August 2013
    We have been visiting Skye regularly since the late 80's and for almost as long wondered what it would be like to stay at Hamara Lodge. Although only able to view it from the main road, I was so taken with the look of the walled garden and general aspect that I had always said that should I ever win the lottery I would pop a letter thro' the door asking the owner to 'name your price'. I know now that being part of the Glendale Estate it could never be sold no matter howmuch I offered. Pity. So, anyway did Hamara live up to my dreams? Mostly. Atleast 95%. Firstly, how can anyone fail to be totally blown away with the location. That view of the house as you round the bend of the drive for the first time is something I think I will always remember. It was wonderful. Hamara is capable of sleeping atleast a bakers dozen, more if you are very friendly and democratic so my wife and I did tend to rattle around a bit,there just being the two of us. We sellected the front double bedroom to use which was clean,comfortable with wonderful views to the sea and cliffs. The kitchen had a farmhouse feel about it and is fully equipped with everything even a bakers dozen may need. There are two sitting rooms, one with tv and one where cards and board games could be played . The TV room has an open fire and in addition is filled with a disperate mixture of furniture, some more comfortable than others. Because they have to cater for so many people, fitting in all the chairs is difficult and they end up around the wall a bit like a waiting room. Still, there's nothing to stop you re-arranging to suit your own needs. There is a supply of coal provided which ran out halfway thro' the week and we weren't being excessive with it. Which brings me to my biggest gripe, hot water. There are two large water tanks heated on a timer with the option of a boost button but it was never enough. We didn't do any long hard walks this visit to the island but had we done so I would have wanted a long hot top-upable bath to come back to and that just wouldn't happen unless there was a hot water supply I never found. If the house was ever full there must be a danger of people coming to blows over who used up all the hot water. Sorry. But that said, the gardens are magical and so sheltered. We sat out on a nunber of occassions watching bats and swifts swooping over the lawn and once we sat and watched a cuckoo cuckooing, something I've never seen before. Heard 'em but never seen 'em. All in all we had a lovely week and would love to return . Thanks Hamara.
    Mr Ward - May 2013
    great place. We have been going to Skye for 20 years and always wanted to stay at Hamara lodge. Well worth the wait.Having wifi was a god send
    Mr Ward - April 2013
    Hamara Lodge is a lovely typical highland house. The 4 bedrooms are huge and nicely furnished and with 2 bathrooms both equipped with showers there were no fights for them, even when we had people over visiting. The living room and dining rooms were again large rooms with ample seating, and the coal fire in the living room was an absolute delight. The kitchen again was a great size with plenty of storage. The secure gardens was ideal for the children and the dog that came with our party. Off course the house wasn't perfect, the décor could do with some updating, the heating apart from the coal fire is by electric storage heaters, a bigger freezer perhaps might be beneficial but small insignificant things that in no way spoiled our stay or would indeed stop us from renting again. While the location maybe considered isolated it was perfect for us. A lovely beach and shore front not even 5mins walk from the house provided entertainment for children and dog alike. There is a local shop and post office approx 10mins away. Dunvegan is approx a 20min drive away where we found a lovely little Bistro (The Waterside Cafe Bistro) that provided good service and food with a smile.
    Ms Fleming - December 2012
    Pretty house with a lovely view and fantastic garden. I wouldn't say it is quite up to the normal Cottages and Castles standard, but this is reflected in the price. House seems to be residing in a 70s timewarp with money seemingly being spent on signs advertising the house rather than the house itself. Quarter of the house is locked away and this space could be used to make the house a bit easier for 10 people to stay in. Kitchen fairly well equipped but struggles to cope with the max capacity of 10 people with a small fridge and missing some equipment, eg scales. The house was clean and well maintained. The winner about this house is that it is cheap and has a fantastic garden. Good directions from CKD. Close to the pier which has excellent mackerel fishing. We were a young group of friends and had a great time.
    Owners Response: "Thanks for your comments. In fact, the new signs cost just £100, while we spent £10,000 on the fabric of the building last year. The house is from the seventeen seventies, and our limited budget as community owners means we have to prioritise the fabric of the building over ideal décor – we keep our prices affordable to reflect that! Prospective guests can check out the comprehensive pictures on our website ( to see more of the traditional interiors. At the time of your stay, only one bedroom was locked, awaiting refurbishment – this room is now available as a family bedroom. We have noted your comment, and purchased scales, new catering-size pots, and so on, as well as updating all cutlery and crockery to better serve large parties. While the new fridge-freezer is fairly modestly sized (for holding a full mainland supermarket shop!) we do encourage our guests to take advantage of the excellent local food to get a real flavour of Skye. Full details of what’s available locally, (including local fresh baking, eggs, fish and organic vegetables) are provided in our Welcome folder, and on a new page of our website. We’re glad you enjoyed your holiday at the Lodge, and hope to see you again in the future!"
    Miss Lawson - August 2012
    A wonderful house and garden in a superb location. Close to the sea with stunning views out over Loch Pooltiel and North Uist.
    Mr Sparshott - August 2011
    Getting to Hamara Lodge is the first adventure, situated as it is miles down a single track road. The house is big and would have offered room for more than the four of us, it is ideal for a stay with friends or extended family. We enjoyed the cozy living room in the evenings and the kids tried to make friends with the sheep in the meadow next to us. The stunning views and the isolation make it feel like a real holiday away from civilisation. The decor of the house is plain but serviceable and there is plenty to do in the neighbourhood and nothing to far away on the island. For hikers (which we are not!) the lodge is an ideal starting point for some beautiful hikes. For us it was a big success!
    Mrs Kucher-hogg - August 2010