Property Details

Strathaird House, Strathaird, Broadford, Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire, IV49 9AX
6 bedroom country house for sale
Guide Price £650,000


  • The house was extensively refurbished and modernised in 2004 and now provides very easily managed and comfortable accommodation over about 3,800 sq.ft.
  • In Total of about 6.50 Acres
  • 6 Double Bedrooms
Under Offer
A charming and historic family house dating from the late 18th century and early 19th century and situated amidst the stunning scenery of the Island of Skye with a wonderful southerly outlook over Loch Slapin and standing within lovely garden and grounds.
Strathaird House was at one time the principal house on the Strathaird Estate. The Strathaird peninsula was historically a heartland of Clan Mackinnon. The Strathaird Estate was sold in 1978 by the Johnston family to Ian Anderson - a well known musician with Jethro Tull. The estate was then purchased by the John Muir Trust in 1994 and the Trust also own the neighbouring estates of Torrin and Sconser. Strathaird House has been in separate ownership since the mid 1970’s.
Replacing an earlier Mackinnon house, unusually the present day house comprises two houses set side-by-side as one, the west portion being built around 1790 and the east part is built in a lovely Georgian style and was completed in 1827. The houses have been joined at ground floor level.

In 1824 the geologist John MacCulloch explained this rather unconventional arrangement: the older house (now stripped of harling) was externally ‘ fair, and large, and new, and clean’ but inside ‘the masonry was bad, and therefore the owner would not allow the house to be finished’. Although he might have had it rendered water-tight for ten pounds’, he started instead to build a new house beside it, a neat Georgian box similar to Upper Ostaig. Re-visiting a few years later, MacCulloch found the new house ‘standing by the side of the original, like a calf by its cow; the same bare gable, exposed to the same never ending rains, and all things else fitting. Whether it smoked and leaked also, no one knew; for he could not be “fashed” to leave the old one’. Over the subsequent years both houses have been altered and extended. In 2004 the current owners undertook and completed an almost total refurbishment of the house.

Strathaird House is approached by a tree lined tarmac surfaced driveway which is about 200 yards long. At the top of the drive there are attractive circular stone pillars on either side of wrought iron gates. The gates open into the garden and grounds that surround the house. The driveway opens to a spacious gravelled area in front of the house where there is car parking for number of cars. The house looks out over the front lawns and gardens which contain herbaceous borders and many fine tree and shrubs.

The principal rooms are within the Georgian part of the house and enjoy classical elegant Georgian features and design.

The house was extensively refurbished and modernised in 2004 and now provides very easily managed and comfortable accommodation over about 3,800 sq.ft.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of these details, it should be noted that the measurements are approximate only. Floorplans are for representation purposes only and prepared according to the RICS Code of Measuring Practice by our floorplan provider. Therefore, the layout of doors, windows and rooms are approximate and should be regarded as such by any prospective purchaser. Any internal photographs are intended as a guide only and it should not be assumed that any of the furniture/fittings are included in any sale. Where shown, details of lease, ground rent and service charge are provided by the vendor and their accuracy cannot be guaranteed, as the information may not have been verified and further checks should be made either through your solicitor/conveyance. Where appliances, including central heating, are mentioned, it cannot be assumed that they are in working order, as they have not been tested. Please also note that wiring, plumbing and drains have not been checked.