Tarnershiel, or "the house on the hill" as it is known locally, commands one of the most outstanding views in the Western Isles.

Ullinish Country Lodge, a delightful and historic 6-room hotel, is just 300 yards away (although out of sight of the house), and Skye's main town, Portree, is a short drive away over the hills.

Also nearby is the small village of Struan, where there is a restaurant, a craft shop, and a garage for petrol.

Dunvegan is eight miles north of Struan, famous for Dunvegan Castle, home of the MacLeod Chiefs for over 700 years and said to be the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland.

With its gardens and historic rooms it is well worth a visit, as are the frequent cruises that tour Dunvegan Loch to view the seals.

Just beyond Dunvegan is the Coral Beach at Claigan and on the other side of the Loch the world-renowned and award-winning restaurant "Three Chimneys".

The Cuillins, one of the finest mountain ranges in Britain, the lighthouse at Portnalong, the great cliffs of Loch Bracadale and MacLeod's Tables can all be seen clearly without setting foot outside the house. Sunsets over Loch Bracadale are an unforgettable experience, and on a fine day you can see over the Minch to South Uist. At low tide the walk from Tarnershiel across the causeway to Oronsay is a magical journey through this landscape.

The house is substantial, offering four bedrooms: two doubles and two with bunk beds. Up to eight people can be accommodated comfortably. The ground floor features a large family room, with dining and kitchen areas, a bathroom and separate shower-room. All windows are double-glazed. All facilities are electric, including storage heaters, fridge, washing machine, tumble-dryer and cooking range. Linen is provided and there is a telephone and TV in the house.