Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Scotland: Our Cottage on Skye

 We all loved the little cottage in Digg that we called "home" for several nights while on Skye. It was the typical "but-n-ben" style -- a bedroom and living room downstairs with a hall in between. This cottage had a lean-to addition on the back so there was also an adorable kitchen, a handy laundry area, and a full bathroom. There were also two bedrooms upstairs.

Trip planning from afar is not always easy, and you have no idea if the nice things you see on the website might be surrounded by ugliness when you arrive. All you can do is research and pray!

So, we were pleasantly surprised to discover we were staying in one of the prettiest parts of the island!!! (And, best of all, just up the drive from the best tearoom ever!!!)

 Look at the glories of the summer sunset from the front of the cottage! Far in the distance can be seen the mountains of the mainland.

The cottage was in lovely condition. The bright, sea foam green seemed appropriate and there was a tiny little entrance to leave wellies and wet coats.

The children could roam about to their heart's content.
If the weather was poor, they stayed inside and played in the wee living room.

Every night the washing machine and dryer were kept busy trying to keep up with our laundry!

Here is a little view of the length of the cottage from the downstairs bedroom through the hall to the living room.

From the back you can see the lean-to addition with the skylights for the bathroom, laundry, and kitchen.

The children loved having the upstairs rooms to themselves.

These dogs must be named "Gog", and "Magog," don't you think? (Anne of Green Gables in case you aren't familiar with that....)

 Our first evening there it seemed like we should sit ourselves down to a proper Scottish dinner of three courses.

Andrew helped me get the kitchen up and running to its full max!

Michael set up the portable dining room table and collected chairs.

We started with tinned tomato soup and toast triangles:

Then moved on to a curry with stir fry and naan bread (these curries come in bottles and you just add chicken). And I think there were store bought meringues with real cream and raspberries for dessert!

Best of all, we were gifted with two gorgeous days of weather while on the island -- a real treat! I just couldn't get over the beauty everywhere we looked!

Digg is just the most adorable little hamlet!!!

And that was our cottage. Up next: Sheep Safari!


southseaislandhome said...

Gog and Magog indeed! Just how I would picture them. What a beautiful place - like something out of a picture book. And you could make any dinner out of a tin or jar look glamorous!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful place. I understand it can be tough living in a small place like that, but it is amazing after so many centuries little hamlets like Skye have not grown larger. Maybe I have just lived in too many large cities.
Thanks for sharing.
blessings, jill

SueJ said...

I thought I recognised the location! We hope to be passing that way en route to the ferry at Uig & a crossing to the Outer Hebrides (or maybe on our way back) sometime in May. The photo on my blog header was taken from Skye looking out towards North Uist! ...... About 2 headlands further south than the one Staffin is on I think .

Pom Pom said...

What a gorgeous spot! Your cottages was absolutely storybook!
Thank you for sharing, Heather!

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...
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Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I have the note with the photo on it you sent me tacked to my kitchen bulletin board. When I see it, it makes me want to go to Scotland!

I will get to the Post Office soon, hopefully next week. I hear there is snow possible Friday night and an even bigger snow possible Sunday night!

Amanda said...

That looks so charming, Heather! I've always been intrigued by Skye, and even more so now... perhaps Charles, Eleanor and I will go check out this cottage in person someday. :)

HeatherMavis said...

Thrilling! Of course, Gog and Magog!
God's blessings abundant and overflowing!
You all should do guided tours.

elizabeth said...

wow, how very beautiful!!! I am so glad for this trip for you all! And what a wonderful meal!! yum!!!

Susan said...

thank you for all these Scotland posts. Next time I am blessed to be there, I must get to this lovely spot!

reader19 said...

That post was a mini-vacation...how simply lovely!!! Ahhh!

Anonymous said...

That looks like a lovely spot. After years of holidays on the Outer Hebrides, I will admit that Skye, in my mind, is the stepping-stone to my heart's desire across the Minch. But it is a very beautiful place in its own right.

A wee story about Skye: a friend who grew up in Harris was told by his parents that Skye was where the dog had gone when he died! Not sure how the theology of that explanation accords with Free Church dogma... pardon the pun!

GretchenJoanna said...

My daughter and I spent just two nights in a B&B on Skye years ago - your photos brought back my wonderful memories. Skye was the favorite place we stayed during our three weeks in Britain.