Barefoot Luxury Stay AT
The Isle of Coll is an island so far to the north, off mainland Scotland and at the edge of Europe, that it is separated from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This Hebridean secret is a restorative place, a place to come and attend to the inner being as much as to the stunning environment: the peacefulness, the turquoise water and pure air… for some this defines barefoot luxury!
The 18th-century castle marries modern functionality and beauty within the restoration of its original structure and decoration. The building has been brought back to its former stature by the new owner who uses it as a family home and an artists’ residency for part of the year.
This is not a place of conventional luxury, its opulence is of a wilder kind, yet the castle is very comfortable, warm and welcoming in winter, and vivid and light filled through the summer. The luxury of this place is bound up with the pursuit of experience and silence, and removing inner stress from life–to live simply and unrushed amongst great beauty and splendid nature. It is a place of quietude as well as of astonishing storms that beat against the stones of the massive castle walls: there are days of near absolute stillness, soft zephyrs of breeze whispering through the sunlit Machair, as well as days of raging elements with the sound of waves and wind on the nearby shore.
All these are reasons to enjoy a stay in a lived-in clan castle at the edge of the world under the Northern Lights in winter or the Equinox in summer.