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Black Shed - Cabin in Highland, United Kingdom

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Not suitable for children

Not suitable for pets

A contemporary bolthole at the end of the track, with big views over northwest Skye

This might be called a shed, but is most definitely not your common or bottom-of-the-garden variety. It sits on the side of a remote hill, and outside, free-range chickens and Hebridean sheep strut their stuff under a vast sky with Loch Dunvegan shimmering below and Macleod’s Table rising to the south. A more traditional agricultural shed used to stand on this spot, but your creative hosts Blair and Tim paired up with local architects to replace it with the stylish cabin design you see today. Airy interiors have a chic uncluttered simplicity, made up of pine-clad walls, textured concrete floors and big windows to frame the view. There’s local art, an excellent bathroom with a big walk-in shower, a fully-loaded stainless steel kitchen, and you're welcome to sample the contents of the vegetable garden.

With a wrought iron king-size bed in the bedroom and an extra study area, there's plenty of room for two. Outside, there are a couple of decked terraces for good weather - one at the front where you can lose yourself in the view, another at the side where you can catch the sun. And if the sun doesn’t shine, it doesn’t matter at all. You can either watch storms pass, a strangely addictive experience, or chill out on the sofa with books, music or movies. There are cosy rugs, a wood-burner and even underfloor heating for especially chilly days, so come in winter and have the island to yourself; you might even see the Northern Lights.

Our guests say...

A perfect getaway and opportunity to be at one with nature. A very well-presented and cozy cottage, with the most stunning views from all angles. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and we thank Blair and her family for being so helpful throughout.



We had the most beautiful time. The Black Shed is an absolute must. First time in Scotland, and it’s everything you could ever imagine. We loved that we were in the middle of nowhere, there’s a few local shops. Some beautiful restaurant. Some days we stayed in from of the log fire, others we drove to different place around the island.



Amazing location and really beautiful building to stay in. We loved everything about it. The hosts Blair and her family were also lovely.



Black Shed exceeded our expectations in every way... it's set in the most beautiful location, we loved the Isle of Skye! Black Shed itself is immaculately well put together - great decor, perfectly clean, bigger than it looks in photos and strikes a balance between being well kitted out but still feeling simple and contemporary. It was flawless and we had the most special week's holiday!!



Our stay at the Black Shed was wonderful. It's the most beautiful "shed" we've ever been in, with stunning views, and great recommendations from Blair; it's a truly special place.



We have had a perfect break away staying at the Black Shed. Amazing accommodation and fantastic location. Our hosts thought of everything and arriving to home made scones, freshly laid eggs, milk and bread was a nice surprise. The weather was wild and stormy and made for spectacular viewing out of the large glass floor to ceiling windows! The animals were also very friendly - rabbits, deer, goats and the twin kittens - linguine and bolognese!



The Black Shed is a true reflection of the beautiful and magical island it's situated on. Every detail has been thought of and accommodated for- from furnishings created by local crafters to fresh produce and baked goods from the croft itself and nearby bakers. Blair and Tim were wonderful hosts and very knowledgable on places to visit, the best restaurants and they even pointed us to some historic sites we would have completely missed! The shed itself is perfect for all weather- with the surrounding land to explore on a sunny day if you don't fancy a car trip, and warm and snuggly with the wood burner on the more typically Scottish days. The sheep alone are entertaining to watch as they patrol around the croft. The location in Dunvegan is ideal for visiting some great parts on island. It's perfect for exploring all northern and middle points of the island, with Portree, Uig, Glendale Talisker and its distillery no more than a short car ride away. Along with breath taking scenery such as the Jurassic coast of Storr, Neist Point lighthouse the Fairy Pools at Glen Brittle (if you are brave enough to take a dip, it's very worth it). Thank you for a truly amazing holiday!



We had a wonderful week on Skye, and enjoyed luxurious comfort in a fantastic location. Skye is stunning, majestic and full of magic.



We had an amazing time – the Black Shed is in a phenomenal locale, and our hosts had thought of everything.



"Wonderful stay. Beautiful accommodation. Great location. Very peaceful and relaxing holiday"



"The black shed is a wonderful retreat. The scenery all around is splendid. The shed is stylish, amazingly well designed and extremely comfortable. It is well equiped with everything you could possibly need including wonderful little extras such as delightful locally made soaps, rugs, pottery and art work. Our hosts provided tasty homemade bread, scones and pizza. There was also a wee whiskey. The isle of skye is wonderful and our sightings of golden eagle, sea eagle, otters seals and deer made it even more special. Blair and Tim have created an amazing space to share..we had a magical holiday and will return."



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The important stuff

  • Check in is from 4pm
  • Check out is before 10am
  • Sleeping arrangements
  • One kingsize double


  • Smeg electric cooker
  • Kettle
  • Toaster
  • Hand blender
  • Under counter fridge with small freezer section


  • Washing machine and over head Sheilas maid for drying
  • Electric shower
  • Flushing toilet

Heating, lighting & bedding

  • Under floor heating and wood burning stove
  • Electric lighting
  • Organic cotton with feather pillows and duvet and locally woven blanket.
  • Feather free option for those with allergies - available upon request.


  • Books
  • Apple TV (to be used with your own iTunes account)
  • DVD player and DVDs available
  • Free WiFi


At Black Shed

Just walk off the croft - climb up the Macleods tables to the top - watch out for the deer, eagles and other wild life.

Down to the shore to spot seals, otters and a large variety of sea birds.

Enjoy sitting by the burn that runs through the bottom of the croft - great for glimpsing wild flowers growing in the river bank and seeing the little brown trout flash through the water.

Stroll down the road to the world famous Three Chimneys restaurant for a meal or just to admire the coast line.

Places to Visit

Dunvegan village and Castle

Portree - main town on Skye for shops,restaurants, markets and harbour

Skye Skyns - tannery

Shilasdair - yarn dyers

Skye Weavers - pedal powered weavers

Dunvegan Show in July - great local event

Explore the east coast north of Portree: the Old Man of Storr with its wind-sculpted rock pinnacles that tower above the water; the dinosaur footprints at Staffin beach; the Quiraing on the Trotternishh ridge, a wild primeval landscape, where Victorian gentlemen used to play cricket! Views stretch back across the Sound of Rassay to the mainland.

If you want to check out the mainland, head north to Applecross for lunch at its eponymous inn. You cross the highest mountain pass in Britain to get there, the views on in good weather are spectacular. For the long way home, head south to Glenelg; there’s a lovely pub on the water for a drink, then the tiny Kylerhea ferry back to Skye. You’ll pass Kinloch House on your way home, another of Skye’s best restaurants.

Outdoor & Active

Bring a canoe and launch off the beach or the jetty at Colbost - get really close to the seals and picnic on one of the little islands close by.

Hire a bike and see the scenery close at hand.

Climb up Macleod’s Tables, the flat-topped mountains directly behind you. Views from the top stretch over Skye and off to the Outer Hebrides in good weather.

Check out Neist Point and its lighthouse a few miles west at Glendale. The view is another blinder and you may spot minke whales passing through.

Food & Drink

At Black Shed

On arrival Blair will provide you with milk, homemade bread, scones, eggs from the croft and a nip of whisky. 

Extra bread and scones can be ordered and, with advance notice, pizza.

If your stay is for a special occasion, Blair can cater for most special requests with some advance notice. Order wine, champagne, local treats, flowers and more.

For all the basics, 3 or 4 miles away in Dunvegan there's the local garage, fruit and veg shop and Fasgadh (for general groceries, wine etc.)

Restaurants & Cafés

Ellishadder Art Cafe

Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant

The Glenview Restaurant

Three Chimneys - an award-winning restaurant within walking distance

Red Roof Cafe (and live music)

Old School Restaurant

Small and Cosy Teahouse

Windrush Cafe

The Isle of Skye Baking Company

Meet your hosts

The Black Shed came about as part of a renewal of the whole croft and was built to replace an old agricultural shed that was falling down. Working in partnership with local architects Rural Design, it was completed in 2008, and Blair and Tim have been running Black Shed as a self catering property since 2010.

Wildlife & Environment

The Black Shed is on a working croft with a variety of animals including hens, ducks, Mrs Goose, a small flock of Hebridean sheep, Jess the Collie and Boots the byre cat. The Red Deer are regular wildlife visitors along with rabbits and numerous birds including sea eagles, swifts, herons and cuckoos. If you're staying up late you can spot owls and plenty of bats in the amazing starlit skies. Down by the shore there are plenty of seals, many species of sea birds and even the occasional otter can be spotted if you're quiet enough!

Getting there

2 Skinidin, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, IV55 8ZS

By public transport

The nearest train station is an hour away in Kyle of Lochalsh. Although there is a bus stop in the village, Black Shed is very remote and not really suitable without a car.

By car

After you cross the Skye bridge at the Kyle of Lochalsh follow the A87 via Sligachan to Dunvegan. Coming into Dunvegan on the A863, take the left turn at Lonmore onto the B884 - follow this road towards Glendale. The first small township you come too is Skinidin. Turn left after the bridge at Skinidin where there is a sign for the Black Shed and a sign for 'Brunigill Farm' Eggs for sale. Follow the track past Brunigill Farm and past No. 3, continue over the cattle grid and up the hill to No. 2 Skinidin. Please do not rely on your satnav!

Booking Terms

Canopy & Stars low price promise
Book with us in confidence knowing you won’t find that place cheaper elsewhere. All of the prices we display are set and matched by our Owners. (In this world of foreign currency, we do have to say 'subject to exchange rates' for some of our European places.)

What does ‘from price’ mean?
Our ‘from price’ is based on a four night stay in low season and designed to help you to compare different prices across our collection. Some of our Owners vary their nightly rates and check in days throughout the year, so it may differ from the rate quoted below the calendar. It is quite common (although by no means universal) for places to charge a little more in peak season or for shorter stays, to cover changeover costs. Consider booking longer stays during the cooler months if you’re looking for the lowest nightly rates.

Agency Terms & Conditions

Except where otherwise specified, we Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd Company No 09088366 of Merchants House, Wapping Road, Bristol, BS1 4RW act only as an Agent in respect of all bookings we take and/or make on your behalf. Sawday’s Canopy & Stars is part of the Alastair Sawday’s Group of Companies. We accept no liability in relation to any contract you enter into or for any services or arrangements you purchase (“Booking(s)”) or for the acts or omissions of any supplier(s) or other person(s) or party(ies) connected with any Booking. For all Bookings, your contract will be with the supplier of the Booking in question, and in most cases this will be the owner of the property you’ll be staying at (“Owner(s)”). When making your Booking we will arrange for you to enter into a contract with the Owner of the Booking. Your Booking with us is subject to these Agency Terms & Conditions and any specific booking conditions of the relevant Owner(s) you contract with. The Owner’s booking conditions may limit and/or exclude the Owner’s liability to you.

You may decide to make more than one Booking with us at the same time. The price charged in total for more than one Booking will always equal the prices charged separately for each individual Booking. All Bookings are available to be purchased separately at the same price as they are when more than one Booking is made. This means that any multiple Bookings do not constitute a package as defined in the Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992.

By making a booking, you agree that:-

  1. you have read these Agency Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them;
  2. you consent to our use of your information in accordance with our Privacy Policy;


  1. you are over 18 years of age and where there may be age restrictions in place, you declare that you and all members of your party are of the appropriate age.


The Canopy & Stars online booking system enables Guests to make Bookings 24 hours a day. A Booking is confirmed on receipt of a 25% non-refundable deposit for all Bookings with check in dates of more than 10 weeks away. For all Bookings that have a check in date of less than 10 weeks before check in, payment for the Booking will be required in full and the entire Booking will be non-refundable. The Canopy & Stars telephone booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm. When using the online enquiry form, for those Properties without online booking, please allow 24 working hours for us to contact you by telephone to confirm the Booking. If we are unable to reach you by phone we will attempt to contact you by email. We will contact you during Canopy & Stars working hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm). Online or email enquiries will be dealt with in the order they are received, but please be aware that we cannot guarantee reservation of your selected dates until the receipt of suitable payment. Therefore, if possible, we do recommend that you book on the Canopy & Stars website using the online booking system.


1. Booking and payments


1.1 In order to confirm your chosen Booking, you must pay a non-refundable deposit as required by the Owner of the Booking in question (or full payment if booking within 10 weeks of the date of your check-in).


1.2 Your Booking is confirmed and a contract between you and the Owner will exist when we receive payment of the deposit and send you a booking confirmation on the Owner’s behalf. This booking confirmation will normally be sent out within 24 hours in the case of email and seven working days in the case of post, and will contain the details of your Booking and of payments made and due. If you have not received your booking confirmation within the specified time, please notify us as soon as possible by email ( Please check your confirmation carefully and report any incorrect or incomplete information to us immediately. As we act only as booking Agent, we have no responsibility for any errors in any documentation except where an error is made by us.


1.3 Where a deposit has been paid, full balance payment will be due 10 weeks in advance of your check in date and a reminder will be sent to you two weeks prior to this date, where applicable, by email. We automatically take the balance payment using the same card as used to make the deposit payment. It is your reponsibility to advise us if we should use a different card and to contact us by telephone (0117 204 7830) to arrange for alternative payment method. If the balance payment does not successfully go through as there is a problem with your card, such as it expiring, then we will contact you to try and take alternative payment. If we have been unable to take payment after two weeks of the balance due date, then with regret, we will notify the Owner who may cancel your Booking.


1.4 Except where otherwise advised or stated in the booking conditions of the Owner concerned, all monies you pay to us for a Booking will be held on behalf of the Owner(s) concerned.


1.5 Credit Card payments are processed via Alastair Sawday’s Publishing Co. Ltd who provide merchants services facilities to Sawday’s Canopy & Stars Ltd.


2. Cancellation and Amendment by You


2.1 Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent to us by email ( and will be considered and responded to within one working day of receipt. You are also advised to confirm all changes to our Customer Services Department by calling 0117 204 7830. Please ensure that you have received written confirmation of any changes to your Booking prior to travel. Whilst we will always try to help, we cannot guarantee that such requests will be met.


2.2 Amendments and cancellations can only be accepted in accordance with the booking conditions of the Owner of your Arrangements. The Owner may charge the cancellation or amendment charges shown in their booking conditions (which may be as much as 100% of the cost of the Arrangements and will normally increase closer to the date of departure). The Owner may charge cancellation or amendment charges in accordance with its own booking conditions, however for the sake of convenience only, we have outlined the Owner’s charges at clause 2.3 and 2.4 below. Please note that these are the Owner’s own cancellation and amendments charges, not Canopy & Stars’, and therefore the Owner may vary their charges as they wish, without notice to us. The correct charges will be notified to you at the time of your cancellation or amendments.  


2.3 Owner’s General Cancellation Charges:

2.3.1 Cancellation by you at any time will result in your deposit being forfeited, as all deposits are non-refundable.


2.3.2 All monies paid for a holiday (deposit and balance) are non-refundable within 10 weeks before check in date.


2.3.3 Cancellation of any holiday after it has been paid in full and at a date 10 weeks or more in advance of your check in date, will result in forfeiture of your deposit (or an amount equivalent where one was not paid as the holiday was paid in full) and the balance being returned to you. 


2.3.4  Cancellation insurance is available but will be a third party arrangement and not involve Canopy & Stars or the Owner in any way.


2.4 Owner’s General Amendment Charges:

2.4.1 Alterations to your Booking can only be made more than 10 weeks prior to the check in date, after which time alterations will be treated as cancellation. All alterations are subject to availability and may incur a £30 adminstration fee.


2.4.2 Differences in the total amount payable resulting from alterations will be refunded to you in the case of a decrease in price and paid by you in the case of increases in price.


Special note: Generally Owners will charge the above cancellation and amendment charges, however we must stress that these are a guide only and charges may differ from those shown here depending on the Owner. The exact charges will be notified to you by the Owner at the time of cancellation and/or can be found in the Owner’s own booking conditions which are available from the Owner on request.


3. Changes and Cancellations by the Owner

We will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if the Owner needs to make a significant change to your confirmed Arrangements or to cancel them. We will also liaise between you and the Owner in relation to any alternative Booking offered by the Owner but we will have no further liability to you.


4. Complaints

Because the contract for your Booking is between you and the Owner, any queries or concerns should be addressed to them. In the event that you have any complaint about your stay, please notify the Owner as soon as possible. If you don’t follow this procedure there will be less opportunity for the Owner to investigate and resolve your complaint and so make your stay as enjoyable as possible. Delays may also mean that amount of compensation you may be entitled to may be reduced. Whether or not your complaint is dealt with satisfactorily, please also contact us as we appreciate all feedback. It’s important to us and the Owner to know that you’ve enjoyed your stay or if anything could have been improved.


5. Pricing

Canopy & Stars reserve the right to amend advertised prices at any time on behalf of the Owner. We also reserve the right to correct errors in both advertised and confirmed prices.Special note: changes and errors sometimes occur.


6. Information & Accuracy

The information and prices shown on this website are varied from time to time and may change between the time you first view a property and make a Booking. You should check that all the details are as you expect prior to making a Booking. It is always possible that, despite our best efforts, some of the properties (including the features and extras available) may be incorrectly described and/or priced. If we discover this is the case after you have made a Booking, we reserve the right to contact you with details of the correct information and/or pricing and will give you the option to:

(1) proceed with the Booking based on the correct information and/or pricing, which may require the payment of an additional amount by you;


(2) subject to availability, change your booking dates to dates when the pricing can be honoured ad so no additional charge to you. In the event that a lower price can be offered for alternative dates then the difference would be refunded;


(3) cancel the Booking. If we do not receive your instructions within 5 days of contacting you, we reserve the right to cancel your Booking without liability to you.


7. Our Responsibility for your Booking

Your contract is with the Owner and its booking conditions apply. As Agent, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of the Booking. Our responsibilities are limited to making the Booking in accordance with your instructions and acting properly in accordance with our legal duties as an Agent. We accept no responsibility for any information about the Booking that we pass on to you in good faith. However, in the event that we are found liable to you on any basis whatsoever, our maximum liability to you is limited to twice the cost of your Booking (or the appropriate proportion of this if not everyone on the Booking is affected). We do not exclude or limit any liability for death or personal injury that arises as a result of our negligence or that of any of our employees whilst acting in the course of their employment.


8. Pets

Not all properties accept pets. If you wish to take your pet on holiday, please advise us before booking and we can check whether pets are accepted at the property. You must obtain the prior consent of the Owner before taking any pets to the property. A nightly charge may be made by the Owner for each pet and additional terms may apply.


9. VAT

Many of the Owners of properties in the Canopy & Stars portfolio are not registered for VAT in which case no tax is payable. Where VAT is payable, the tax is included in the advertised holiday rental price.


10. Visa, passport and health requirements.

Unless you tell us otherwise, we assume that all members of your party are British citizens who hold or will hold full British passports valid for the entire duration of the Arrangements you chose to purchase. Information on visa, passport and health requirements, where given and applicable, is so given on this basis. Requirements may change and you are therefore strongly recommended to check the up to date position with the Owner of the Booking, Passport Office, appropriate embassy or consulate or your doctor as applicable in good time before the commencement of your holiday.


11. Insurance

You are strongly recommended to take out personal travel insurance for all members of your party. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance you purchase is adequate and appropriate for your particular needs. Please read your policy details and take them with you on holiday.


12. Special requests

If you have any special requests (for example dietary requirements, cots or room location), please let us know at the time of booking. We will pass on all such requests to the Owner, but unfortunately, we can't guarantee that they will be met and we will have no liability to you if they are not.


13. Group Bookings

Not all Owners accept Bookings for a single sex group (for example, a stag or hen party). Guests wanting to make such a Booking should check with us beforehand to enable us to check whether the Owner is prepared to accept the Booking. We will then advise you accordingly. In event that an Owner does not accept this type of Booking then it is with regret, that the Booking may be cancelled and cancellation fees may apply. It is the Guest’s responsibility to enquire with Canopy & Stars and/or check on our website beforehand to make sure that this type of booking is permitted.


14. Maximum Numbers

Please note that except by prior arrangement confirmed in writing, only the number of persons specified on a booking confirmation may occupy  a property. Most owners reserve the right to refuse admittance or revoke a booking if this condition is not observed and you are unlikely to receive any refund.


15. Your Responsibilities

Please note that you have a contract with the Owner of the property. As such you are under a responsibility to behave in a proper, appropriate and legal manner whilst staying at the property with due respect to the Owner, the Property and other guests and their property. You are responsible for informing the Owner of any losses or damage to the property as soon as possible. Please note that you will be liable to pay the Owner for any losses or damage to the property caused by you or a member of your party (except reasonable wear and tear). Some Owners will also require damage deposits. You must also leave the property by the check-out time specified on your booking. If any guest behaves inappropriately or improperly (of which the Owner will be the final judge on their Property), or illegally, the Owner reserves the right to ask the guest and their party (at their discretion) to leave the Property before the end of the holiday period and/or refuse any future bookings from you.  Any refund for so doing will be at the entire discretion of the Owner. In addition, the Owner reserves the right to sue the guest for any loss, damage or injury caused to the Owner, the Property or to other guests and/or their property. As agent, we will have no liability to you in these circumstances. 


16. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

These terms and conditions have been drafted in accordance with and are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales have exclusive jurisdiction in relation to any and all disputes arising out of these Agency Terms & Conditions.


17. Discrepancies

In case of a discrepancy between these Agency Terms & Conditions and any other Canopy & Stars literature, these Agency Terms & Conditions shall prevail.


18. Validity clause

In the event that a court finds that a condition in these Agency Terms & Conditions is illegal or void, the illegal or void provision will be severed from the remainder of the Agency Terms & Conditions, which will continue to be valid and have full force and effect.