A Luxury Travel Blog – August 2013
An article featuring Number 10 and five other spectacular places to stay in Scotland.
For those who enjoy the finer things in life
Scottish Field Magazine – September 2012
‘Meet the Artists’
Awe-inspiring landscapes combined with varied and stunning scenery provide constant inspiration to the many talented artists that live and work all over Scotland. Living amongst the hustle & bustle in London, as an estate agent inspired Diana to move to Skye, where she commenced her life long love of being an artist. In isolation in her croft she spent two years painting vivid images that captured the beauty of Scotland’s natural heritage and rugged beauty. Diana paints in oils on canvas capturing the ever changing sea and sky, encompassing the distance Hebridean shorelines. She depicts the Skye Light, sea spray and the mists, saying that “this is the essence of this extraordinary part of the world.”
Visit Scotland – March 2012
Discover Scotland’s breathtaking National Nature Reserves captured in art
Once a high-flying estate agent, now an acclaimed landscape artist based on the Isle of Skye, Diana Mackie’s vivid images encapsulate the beauty of Scotland’s natural heritage. Miss Mackie, a professional painter and qualified designer, came to live on Skye in 1992. Inspired by the differing moods of the sea and the sky her paintings encompass distant forms of the Hebrides and their extensive shorelines.
VisitScotland have worked with the Scottish Natural Heritage since 2009, promoting the awareness and accessibility of the Natural Nature Reserve’s (NNR) across Scotland. The NNR’s are areas of land that are specifically managed to conserve the nature, habitats and wildlife and give everyone the opportunity to enjoy the magic and beauty of Scotland’s nature. Artist Diana Mackie interpreted five NNR’s exclusively for VisitScotland in her unique style, in which oils are used to capture the remarkable spectral effects within natural setting.
The Independent – 11 September 2010
Scottish Highlands: Take the long way round
The alternative destination from Mallaig is a ferry across to Skye – venue for some of the best modern dining in the country. Stay at Number Ten, a self-catering apartment belonging to landscape artist Diana Mackie. It is attached to her painting studio and cottage on a charmingly desolate beach to the north. Mackie is a whirlwind of style and energy, and with Number Ten she’s created an ultra-modern, ultra-luxurious, light-filled hideaway for two, with underfloor heating, satellite TV for when it’s dreich, an amazing kitchen and some of her own superlative design touches, including wonderful stained glass, and a bed made from whisky barrels.
Mackie also had a hand in the interior of the nearby Three Chimneys – which, in my opinion, must surely be the most celebrated restaurant in Europe without a Michelin star. The grande dame of Scottish cooking, Shirley Spear, handed the kitchen reins to Michael Smith in 2005. What started life as something of a folly in an old cottage now continues to offer the most muscular and elegant updates of Scottish cuisine anywhere, with the bulk of the menu ingredients locally sourced, including scallops served in a hazelnut crust and lamb loin with its own haggis.
How To Spend It – The Reconnoisseur: Daily Intelligence March 2010
Financial Times newspaper writer Mark C O’Flaherty books into No 10 for the weekend
Sunday Times January 2010.
This year’s 100 coolest cottages
How can you be sure that a cottage is as good as it looks in the brochure? You can’t. No.10 meets the standard.
Sunday Herald 23 August 2009 Living Space.
State of the Art..words. Ali Howard
How a cottage on Skye inspired a woman’s dream for simple modern living.
As an artist Diana Mackie is always seeking to create the original…..
Design writer Mark C.O’Flaherty in The Independent newspaper
The Independent newspaper has commissioned travel and design writer Mark C.O’Flaherty to write on all things contemporary in Scotland. He stayed with us for two days interviewing and photographing.
Food and Travel magazine June 2009
“Summer is all about embracing the great outdoors, Laura Evans packs a picnic and searches out the best spots for alfresco eating.
Travel News..Go your own way.
Do it yourself this summer and opt for self-catering.
No 10 Loch Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland:
Blissfully secluded with uninterrupted views of Coral Beach and the Outer Isles this is stylish and sophisticated self-catering – think black chandeliers and headboards fashioned from whiskey barrels.”
Scott Armstrong, VisitScotland Regional Director
Scott Armstrong, VisitScotland Regional Director, said:
“It is fantastic to see Skye’s tourism offering enhanced by this luxurious property. Quality, and indeed self-catering options, are becoming more and more of a draw for visitors which is why investment and developments like No. 10 are so vital to the tourism industry. I look forward to their success.”
Stylish seclusion in Scotland recent GUARDIAN article 28-March-09
Forget corridors of power: behind the black front door of Number Ten, Skye, it’s the interiors that carry weight. Recently awarded Visit Scotland’s highest five-star rating, Number Ten boasts self-catering accommodation as dramatic as Skye’s landscape. In the bedroom, a black chandelier, stained-glass windows and a “subtly perfumed” whisky barrel bedhead set the tone; the living area features vast windows and a wood-burning stove. Owners Diane, a designer-artist, and Alan, a musician, supply wine, eggs, bacon, bread, butter and fruit on arrival, while the award-winning Three Chimneys restaurant is nearby. Spectacularly located at the end of a single-track road overlooking Loch Dunvegan, it’s the perfect spot to indulge Crusoe tendencies – and for would-be drummers to practise (Alan offers tuition) without fear of annoying the neighbours.
Artistic endeavour runs in Diana’s family – West Highland Free Press 13 March 2009
Last week LYNNE KENNEDY drove north to Borreraig to meet up with Diana Mackie in her studio there, and discovered why her family background meant Mackie was almost predestined to become an artist.