After 2 days staying at Seafield House and sailing with Seaflower Skye, I emerged having felt as though I had been tucked away in a magical land of herons, seals, sea eagles, dolphins, deer, and a deep peacefulness from being surrounded by the sea and atmospheric mountains.
Sitting right on the shore of Portree Bay, Seafield House is a large self catering Georgian house with a real sense of history and family. I loved the sense of space within each room in the house, which can sleep up to 10 people. I fell in love with Seafield after spending hours writing and painting at the beautiful antique writing desk, cosy evenings by the open fire, just watching the water and skies change from the comfort of the living room. Not to mention being able to walk out of the front door and watch an incredible sunrise from the waters edge. The feeling of quiet and seclusion is quite marked, especially considering its really convenient location just minutes away from from the lovely little village of Portree.
On my first day I arrived early to make the most of the daylight and was greeted by some gorgeous winter sunshine so I took the opportunity to explore around the shoreline and take a long walk around Portree, heading back after sunset to a welcoming open fire.
The next morning I was whisked off from Portree Harbour by Ewen and Janice from Seaflower Skye
who couldn’t have done more to make me feel welcome. We sailed beneath mist capped hills, hearing incredible tales of the surrounding isles. We sailed past Rassay, stopping briefly to say hello to Ewen’s brother, David, who was in the midst of catching langoustines. One of the highlights of Seaflower is that they serve the familys catch on board for lunch.
I have heard vaguely of the Isle of Rona before but it became increasingly intriguing through Janice's stories and I was beginning to look forward to going shore. We sailed into the natural harbour at Rona whilst a sea eagle circled above us, seals who were lounging on the rocks lifted their head to see what was happening and deer watched from the hillside above.
After a lunch of fresh seafood, baked breads, fresh salads and cheese and ham, I was ready to see the island. I took a walk to the viewpoint at the top where I could see all around to Gairloch, Torridon, Skye Raasay and also down to the 2 secluded cottages on the island which are rented out. There used to be a larger population on Rona after people were cleared from Rassay onto Rona but since 1943 here has been only one family living there. We sailed back later that afternoon for my final night at Seafield. Although I would have happily stayed longer, two days was long enough to feel totally revitalised by this incredible experience.