For 2013 we are running 2 Island Hopping weeks starting 15th June and 24th August.
A chance for photographers, painters, walkers and relaxers to visit the Small Isles of Rum, Canna, Eigg and Muck as well as some of the most beautiful remote parts of Skye and the mainland lochs, with plenty of time ashore.
The actual itinerary will be dictated by the weather, but we aim to spend a whole day on each of the Small Isles, Skye and Knoydart. The use of Mary Doune gives us up to 7 hours on each island. Whether your passion is wildlife, history, mountain tops or tea shops there is lots to see and do. Then it's back for an outstanding meal at Doune Dining Room.
Accommodation is in either Doune Bay Lodge (6 guests in single or twin rooms) or Doune Stone Lodges (3 double or twin rooms).
Doune Bay Lodge is situated at the Southern end of Doune Bay, looking West across the Sound of Sleat to the Skye Cuillin.
Tucked just 20 metres back from it's own beach (sandy below mid-tide), for these weeks the Lodge offers accommodation for 6 guests, all rooms with single occupancy if required. All have excellent sea or hillside views. The Lodge is lined in pine throughout, the feel is warm and welcoming. Downstairs the open plan living area furnished with comfy sofas and chairs, provides plenty of space for relaxation, discussion or activities. Games and books are provided in case of poor weather, but please do bring your own favourites. The kitchen area has hot drink making facilities. The utility area has 3 showers, 2 toilets, handbasins and drying facilities. All rooms have power sockets available for computer/camera/battery charging, but as power is limited please do not bring high wattage appliances such as hair dryers.
Outside there is a full length verandah with a few steps down to the grassy foreshore above the beach.
All holidays are fully catered. Excellent home cooked meals are available in Doune dining room, a walk of only 100 metres along a rough footpath.
Doune Stone Lodges nestle between the hillside and the sea. Rebuilt from the ruins of a cottage which stood empty for 140 years. They are traditional in appearance, but modern in comfort. The windows look out over the moored boats and Dun Head, where there are the remains of a pictish, vitrified fort.
The view extends over to Skye and provides fabulous sunsets on a summers evening. Each stone lodge offers a comfortable double or twin room, en-suite toilet and shower and a porch.
They are thoughtfully designed and fitted out in pine, in our own individual style. Easy chairs allow guests to relax in the privacy of their rooms.
Hot drink facilities are provided.
All water and space heating is by gas. Electricity is provided by diesel generator and is switched off at night. There is a secondary battery lighting system with emergency lighting in all rooms. All gas and electric is included in the price.
All holidays at Doune are fully catered, with all meals being taken in Doune Dining Room, which is adjacent to the Stone Lodges.
"The walking was wonderful, but it was really
just a way of filling the time before the next sumptuous meal"