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Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye, Scotland’s second largest and amongst its most beautiful islands is situated just off the west Highland coast and conveniently connected to the mainland by the Skye Bridge or by ferry.

The island is renowned for its dramatic mountainous terrain, sea lochs and stunning coastline, pristine nature and rich cultural and historical heritage, providing one of the most exquisite cottage holiday breaks in Scotland.

Probably Skye’s most recognised mountain formations are the Cuillin range, with its jagged peaks providing a challenge to mountain climbers from around the world and the strange rock formations and pinnacles found in the Trotternish peninsula. Further geographic wonders can be found just outside Portree at The Old Man of Storr. This rocky hill offers great views of the surrounding area, not to mention an enjoyable walking location. If you fancy slightly more of a challenge then we’d recommend the Quiraing, a landslip made up of stunning natural landmarks.

Wildlife abounds here; see dolphins, porpoises and minke whales from the shore at Neist Point, visit the Ring of Bright Water interactive wildlife visitor centre with a live otter webcam or maybe hop on a boat trip to Loch Dunvegan seal colony.

Skye has a fascinating history and any visit would not be complete without seeing Dunvegan Castle which dates back to the 14th century and has been the fortress castle of clan Macleod for hundreds of years. Also of interest is the extensive estate on the Sleat peninsula, Clan Donald Skye, where you’ll find great walks through the beautiful estate, gardens, wildlife, wonderful views and a museum.

Situated by Loch Harport and with views of the Cuillins can be found the only distillery on the island. The Talisker distillery offers a fascinating insight into the heritage of Skye’s only single malt along with the opportunity to sample what is often regarded as one of Scotland’s finest whisky. Also of interest is The Aros Experience on the outskirts of Portree; here you can see exhibitions of film, music and wildlife.

The Isle of Skye is perfect for those after an active break, with plenty of open expanses and views to die for so if you’d like to begin planning you next trip take a look at our selection of holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye today.
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  • The Stables

    Monkstadt, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W40502

    Historical base

    Monkstadt became the seat of the Clan Macdonald in 1730 when they abandoned Duntulm Castle. Nearby are servants’ houses and a steading which includes a granary stable, cartshed and a mill with horse walk. The Stables has been sympathetically converted into first class holiday accommodation. This single storey apartment, accessed via a 1 mile track, is ideal for exploring the mysterious Isle of Skye. Flora Macdonalds monument and ruined Duntulm Castle are nearby. The Quirang and Old Man of Storr encourage walkers and climbers whilst the beauty, wildlife and various outdoor pursuits appeal to all groups. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity included (by meter reading October-April). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Shared patio and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • A View For Two

    Skeabost, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511173
    A View for Two is a delightful studio apartment situated in a quiet backwater adjoining the picturesque loch Snizort. This beautifully-presented pier-a-terre provides bright, modern accommodation for couples or singles in a truly superb setting. The apartment is a self-contained ground floor unit in the owner’s house. With its own separate access it has an L shaped open-plan main living room with generous-sized lounge / dining area and well-equipped kitchen. There is a comfortable, large deluxe sofa bed with sprung mattress. French windows open onto a pretty patio area with lovely gardens beyond. A bright, modern shower-room completes the picture. The apartment looks out across the gardens to the beautiful sea-loch of Snizort which immediately adjoins the property, with hills and mountains beyond. 

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all at ground floor level, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen/bedroom
    Lounge Area: With Free view TV, DVD, radio/CD and deep leather large, deluxe sofa bed with sprung mattress for two
    Dining Area: With table and chairs for two
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Internet access through pay for use BT Openzone. Shared use of utility area with washing machine, tumble dryer and ironing board.Shared use of garden grounds with patio area and lawn which adjoin golf course and leads directly down to the banks of Loch Snizort. Off road parking space for one car.

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  • Crofters Cottage

    Staffin, nr. Portree

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 31103


    Crofters Cottage is a delightful 100-year old cottage that oozes charm. With whitewashed stone walls, beamed ceilings, latch doors and a woodburner in a lovely stone fireplace, it makes a most welcoming and cosy holiday hideaway. There are also bay windows in the property which provide spectacular views. With both coastal and mountain views, it is nestled at the base of the Trotternish Ridge within a traditional crofting township with cattle and sheep happily grazing along the way. This is a very popular walking area on the island and the route runs from The Storr through the striking Quiraing at Staffin and onto Flodigarry. Staffin Bay beach is just a short stroll from the cottage with a combination of sand and pebbles, and has fabulous views over Staffin Island onto Gairloch and the Torridon Mountains. There is a small slipway where you can launch kayaks or a small boat. An abundance of wildlife can be seen in the area including eagles, fulmars, kestrels, otters, deer and so much more. The Staffin Museum is a must as it contains an excellent collection of local geological and fossil specimens. Other attractions include many historic sites, castles, brochs, standing stones, gardens and a whisky distillery, or take a boat trip, go pony trekking and kayaking, or just be amazed at the dramatic scenery and seascapes. Beach 200 yards. Shop 300 yards, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with beams and laminate floor. Dining room with beams/kitchen. First floor: 1 double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Book library. DAB radio. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle/kayak store. Welcome pack. Pet (sheep country). No smoking. NB: 6 steps in garden. Overflow stream runs through garden.

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  • The Sheiling

    Totaig, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC511129
    Situated on the hillside overlooking the beautiful waters of Loch Dunvegan, The Sheiling is a quintessential pied a terre for two. Set in 7 acres, with its own private beach, this exquisitely presented pine clad lodge is perfect in every way. Approached via a small but accessible country lane it offers quiet seclusion in a lovely, natural setting. The main room runs the length of the cottage providing a stunning open plan sitting room, dining area and kitchen. The windows look out across the sea and the surrounding hills and mountains. The double bedroom is superbly presented with coordinated soft furnishings and has the same amazing views. A cosy wood burning stove in the sitting room and the fresh smell of pine from the wood clad walls complete the picture.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level and is heated by electric radiators and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/ kitchen
    Lounge Area: With wood burning stove, TV/DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave and fridge with ice box
    Bedroom: With zip n link bed to make either one king size bed or two single beds enjoying stunning views across Loch Dunvegan and the mountains beyond.
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of logs for wood burning stove provided.Set within 7 acres of croft land with decked area and outside furniture. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • No 6 The Stables

    Monkstadt Steading, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W40687

    Historical base


    Monkstadt has played a romantic role in Highland history. Originally the seat of Clan Macdonald in 1730 when they abandoned Duntulm Castle, it is reputed to have been the first slated house on Skye, and was described by James Boswell in 1773 as a ‘considerable building’. This single storey barn conversion, accessed via a 1 mile track, is situated in the original steading, which includes a granary, stable, cartshed and mill – all of which have been sympathetically converted into holiday accommodation. This makes an ideal base for exploring the Isle of Skye, with Flora Macdonalds monument and ruined Duntulm Castle both nearby. The Quirang and Old Man of Storr offer unrivalled walking and climbing whilst the beauty, wildlife and numerous outdoor pursuits appeal to all ages. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity included (by meter reading October-April). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Washing machine. Shared lawned garden and furniture. Parking (1 car).

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  • Glenburn House Apt 1

    Waternish, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    3
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511340
    Glenburn House Apt 1 occupies half of the first floor of Glenburn House, a traditional croft cottage set in 12 acres of croft and that leads down to the shoreline. This small but cosy apartment is an ideal base for couples. It is situated amid some of the most beautiful and unspoilt scenery on the Isle of Skye. In the heart of the region known as Waternish, this wonderful backwater is famous for its stunning sunsets, magnificent seascapes, idyllic shoreline and pretty unspoilt hamlets, all untouched by time. The apartment is accessed via a staircase from the owner’s house, who resides on the ground floor. There is a small open plan living area with comfortable sofas and a small kitchen with dining table for three. The two bedrooms both enjoy stunning views across the sea from the skylight windows. A small bathroom with bath and shower over complete the picture.

    First Floor: Property is all on one floor, has electric panel heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With electric fire, TV with DVD player and a large selection of DVD’s (please note that there is no TV signal). Radio/CD and Wi-fi
    Dining Area: (Within kitchen) With dining furniture for 3
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With double bed (suitable for 1 person as no access to floor from one side)
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Conservatory: This sunny room is at the front of the cottage for visitors’ use and is shared with Apartment 2

    All power, bed linen and towels included.Shared use of open grounds immediately outside the cottage with sun chairs and seating area. Off road parking for 3 cars. Please note that there is no TV signal at the property. A large range of DVDs are available to view.

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  • Cornucopia

    Portree

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 18565

    Sea views

    Overlooking the entrance to the harbour this cottage style property is one of three in a beautifully restored 19th century listed mill conversion. Offering magnificent views over the sea to the Isle of Raasay, the accommodation has been lovingly refurbished and is designed to provide all you will need for a comfortable holiday in this beautiful isle. Superbly positioned to enjoy the abundance that Skye has to offer, yet within a 5 minute walk is the centre of Portree with shops, fine restaurants, pubs and amenities. Shops and pubs 500 yards.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Galleried area.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Video and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Glenview Cottage

    Uig, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 18324

    Nestling on the edge of the hillside with beautiful views across the waters of Uig Bay, this lovely cottage is ideally placed for a holiday exploring the wonders of Skye. Parking outside the cottage is made easier via a steep gravelled driveway and it is just a short walk to the pier where you can take a ferry trip to one of the Outer Hebridean islands. Superb location for climbing, walking in the Trotternish Peninsula or visit the capital of Portree. The Aros centre which outlines the islands history is well worth a visit. Castles, beaches, distillery visitor centres and trips on a glass bottomed boat all available. Shops 1 mile, pub 1½ mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with laminate floors. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Total control central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. Video and small library. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Access via steep gravelled driveway. 5 steps in garden.

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  • Distellery Croft Cottage

    Carbost, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    2
    Ref: W8192

    Superb loch views

    On an elevated site enjoying fabulous views over the village of Carbost to Loch Harport and the hills beyond, is this modern, detached bungalow, well-equipped and furnished to a good standard. There is decking around the property so that views can be fully enjoyed. Skye is renowned for its climbing, walking, distillery and peaceful and tranquil holidays. Visit one of the many historical sites and museums, or simply enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this enchanted isle. With fishing, sailing and cycling all available locally this is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Shop and pub 0.5 miles, restaurant 0.75 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin with en-suite shower room with toilet. Bathroom with toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Satellite TV. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Gleniffer House

    Portree, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    4
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: SPPQ

    This three-storey, stone Georgian house is in a magnificent seafront location with a garden to the beach, and enjoys wonderful panoramic views over Portree Bay to the Isle of Raasay, the Cuillins and the surrounding hills. It has been decorated, furnished and equipped to a very high standard with period furniture and original works of art. Great attention has been paid to ensure guests can enjoy their holiday to the maximum in a comfortable home from home. All rooms enjoy stunning views over the sea; from your bed, watch the yachts and fishing boats sailing in and out of the bay. It is not unusual to see dolphins and seals and a great variety of birdlife. Children can comb the beach for treasures and crabs! The bay and the local pub were one of the film sets for the popular film ‘Made of Honour’. Dine al fresco in the seafront garden or just relax watching the constantly changing views, or set off on one of several walks around the coastline. Set in a peaceful yet central location, Gleniffer House is just a few minutes’ walk from the charming, quiet town centre with a large selection of shops, many with handcrafted products, pubs and a variety of excellent restaurants serving local produce and seafood. Sea trips - whether it is to see the wide variety of wildlife including the sea eagles, or to fish, - are available on the doorstep. Mountain biking, climbing, horse riding, golf and kayaking are also available. The swimming pool and leisure centre/gym are within walking distance. Skye is the walkers’ and climbers’ paradise, from the Cuillin Mountains to coastal walks. Portree is ideally placed to visit all parts of the Isle – Dunvegan Castle and the coral beach, Waternish Peninsula, Armadale ‘The garden of Skye’, the majestic scenery of the Trotternish Peninsula, Talisker Distillery, or take a boat ride through the Cuillins. From Uig, visit the Outer Isles of Harris, Lewis and Uist, whilst magnificent scenery, unspoilt beaches, castles and ancient brochs are just a taste of the wide diversity of things to see and do on Skye. Shop 50 yards, pub 100 yards.

    Large living room with large bay window overlooking Portree bay. Dining room/well equipped kitchen with oil Aga (for cooking) and quarry-tiled floor, also with sea views. Study. Utility. First floor: Two double bedrooms, one with en-suite bathroom with toilet. Second floor: Twin bedroom (for alternative sleeping). Shower room with toilet.

    • Electricity, oil, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Oil Aga
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Small, enclosed garden and furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Small wall in garden overlooking harbour

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  • Valley View

    Holmisdale, nr. Dunvegan

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: 28874

    Valley View is an environmentally-friendly property, set in the rural crofting township of Holmisdale. This detached, single-storey holiday property offers uninterrupted views over the valley, and the MacLeods Tables. Neist Point and Loch Pooltiel are a short drive away, as are the pristine coral beaches and Dunvegan Castle and Gardens. Portree is the island capital for shopping, with a swimming pool, climbing wall and the Aros Visitor Centre. Take a boat trip or visit the seal colonies, with fishing, kayaking, pony trekking and mountain biking. Beach 8 miles. Shop ½ mile, pub 8 miles and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with beams. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Air source central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed ½-acre garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Sloping front garden.

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  • Taigh Mhairi

    Portree, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511053
    Taigh Mhairi is a detached single storey cottage set in lovely fully enclosed gardens backing onto woodland, with a river below. It is situated in a quiet backwater on a no through road close to the centre of Portree. Taigh Mhairi (Gaelic for Mhairi’s house) is named after the owner’s mother whose ancestors have lived on Skye for many generations. The property boasts a large lounge/dining room with an attractive open fire as its focal point. The pretty bedrooms and bright modern kitchen and bathroom all combine to offer a beautifully presented cottage with a real homely feel.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground level, has electric heaters and comprises:
    Entrance lobby/boat room: With space for outdoor wear.
    Lounge/Diner: With open fire and electric fire (when open fire not in use), sky TV Free sat, DVD, radio/CD and wi-fi facility.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, dishwasher and washer/dryer
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First basket of logs supplied. Cot and high chair available.Collapsible wire dog pens available. Enclosed garden with picnic table and bench backing onto woodland that leads down to the river. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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