Architect: Mary Arnold-Forster
Tokavaig, Isle of Skye
Viewing Day: Saturday 21st April
Occupying a truly magical position overlooking Loch Eishort on the southern end of Skye, this beautifully conceived house was designed by architect Mary Arnold-Forster for her own use. The house is situated in an area of the island known as ‘The Sleat’ – the garden of Skye – surrounded by native woodland, against the backdrop of The Cullins rocky mountain range.
The orientation of the house has been devised to capture the wonderful views across the water to the small islands of Rhum and Canna.
The ground floor is largely open-plan, containing a kitchen, dining area and seating area centred around a wood-burning stove. Double sliding doors open to the west-facing deck and garden, with views of the water. External slatted shutters, fixed on tracks, can be drawn across the large windows. There are four bedrooms in total – two double and two twin rooms – three of which are positioned on the ground floor.
The first floor has a larger reception room at one end, with an extraordinary picture window that looks out towards the hills behind the house, and a master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite bathroom.
The house has underfloor heating throughout and is otherwise heated by the wood-burning stove, which has a flue that rises centrally through the upper-floor landing.
Skye is an inspiring wilderness surrounded by stunning landscapes, and an extraordinary place for wildlife watching. Otters, seals, whales, dolphins and red deer, amongst others, roam wild in and around the island. Skye is a world-class destination for walkers and climbers, with The Kintail hills, Cuillin Range and The Trotternish Ridge on the doorstep. The Cuillin Range has 12 Munros – peaks above 3000 ft (914m) – for the more experienced climbers.
In recent years Skye has built a reputation as a real foodie destination, with particularly notable restaurants at Three Chimneys (once voted in the top 50 restaurants in the world), and the Michelin-starred Kinloch House Hotel restaurant. There is a wonderful seafood cafe on the pier at Kyle of Lochalsh, that serves fresh fish in the summer season.
Tokavaig is accessible by road via the Skye Bridge, around two and half hours from Iverness Airport. From March/April to October there is a ferry service to the island via the Glenelg to Kylerhea ferry. Trains either run from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, or from Fort William to Mallaig, where you can hire a car to complete the journey. Sleeper trains leave from London Kings Cross and arrive in Inverness at around 8am.
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.
Having qualified as an architect in 1992, Mary Arnold-Forster has spent the last two decades working on projects on remote and wild sites across the highlands and islands of the west coast of Scotland.
Working independently, and in conjunction with Dualchas Architects, she has focused on creating quiet, restrained and beautifully crafted structures, based on a rigorous study of site, context and landscape. Arnold-Forster’s practice is grounded in a belief that architecture should not only be fit for purpose, but should lift the spirits.