Fiskavaig Studio Shelter

Nestled within the rolling hills of Scotland's Isle of Skye, the Fiskavaig Studio Shelter is a modest, low impact getaway overlooking the Loch Bracadale. The compact cabin is made of simple materials, including aluminium, oriented strand boards, and cement wall panels. The interior is an open plan, made up of a bedroom with king-size bed on one end and a living area on the other, separated by an eat-in kitchen, while a Charnwood stove and Swedish waterless toilet aid in its eco-friendly nature, There's no shortage of rugged scenery on the property. The front door leads out to The Cuillin mountain range in one directon or the sore and of Fiscavaig bay in the other.

Photos: Fiskavaig Studio

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