Skiary, Loch Hourn

Skiary is the last surviving building of an ancient highland crofting village. Tom's grandparents bought the land and cottage over 25 years ago and established its reputation as Britain's most remote guest house. Tom remembers his childhood holidays at Skiary fondly, and in 2009 he and his partner Claire embraced the challenge of taking over the family business.

There is no road to Skiary, the 22 mile stretch of single-track road ends at Kinloch Hourn. Visitors must proceed by a twenty minute walk along the picturesque loch-side footpath, or can be collected free of charge by boat.

The house itself has no electricity, instead parrafin lamps are used for lighting and a Rayburn stove for hot water. We have a telephone.

Guests sleep in three cosy twin rooms, with a shared bathroom and sitting room. Meals are eaten in the greenhouse, accompanied by stunning Loch Hourn sunsets and views of the many birds, seals and red deer.