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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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  • 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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  • Fleet Cottage

    Portree, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UVA

    With wonderful views across the bay to the Cuillin mountains, this traditional crofter’s cottage nestles on the shores of Loch Portree and offers spacious accommodation. Built around 1850, it has been lovingly restored, with the living room and kitchen situated on the first floor to take advantage of the fine views. Set just feet away from the lapping shores of the loch, the views can also be savoured from the seating area of the attractive terraced garden, which is reached by a steep path. Altogether a peaceful, yet central location – being just 5-minutes’ walk from the town centre. Shops 1/2 mile.

    Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Living room with multi-fuel stove, feature painted stone wall and door to garden. Modern fitted kitchen/dining room. Utility. Both first floor rooms with coombed ceilings.

    • Multi-fuel stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • Video (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Small terraced garden with furniture
    • Loch frontage
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • NB: 20 steep steps in garden

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  • Staffin House Apartment

    Staffin, near Portree

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: UK5086
    Staffin House Apartment is a bright, spacious and comfortable holiday residence. Situated in the crofting township of Staffin it is an ideal place to get away from it all. The area has so much too; the dramatic Trotternish Ridge, The Old Man of Storr and famous Quiraing are excellent for walking or Staffin Bay is only a short distance away, where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll along the pristine beach overlooking the Sound of Raasay. 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. Portree, the island’s capital is only a short drive away and is the main centre for shopping, with many restaurants, craft shops, boat trips, a swimming pool and even a climbing wall. Visit castles, gardens and a whisky distillery, or get active by pony trekking, kayaking or taking a boat trip. Beach 50 yards. Shop and restaurant 100 yards, pub 4 miles.

    First Floor: All on the first floor.
    Living room: With 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tiled floor.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Electric central heating (£20 per week Nov-Mar), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.Small sitting-out area with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Valley View

    Holmisdale, near 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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  • Linicro Cottage

    Linicro, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W3849

    Lovely views

    This compact, roadside, detached cottage is well furnished and offers excellent value for money. Situated on the most northerly road on the ’Winged Island’, enjoying lovely views, the holiday property is just 1.5 miles from Uig - the Western Isles Ferry Terminal. Boats for sightseeing or fishing can be hired in Uig. Flora MacDonald’s grave and various museums are close by, as is an outdoor centre where bikes, canoes and wind surfing boards can be hired. Enjoy walking or climbing the jagged peaks of the Quirang. Linicro is a crofting community on the Trotternish Peninsula, the owner’s croft reaches up to the hills behind. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with laminate floor. Dining room/kitchen with laminate floor. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet. Some rooms with beams.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included. Convector heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freesat TV. Video and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Garden with furniture. Ample parking.

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  • Sea Loch View

    Uig, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: SYYP

    Enjoying a fabulous elevated position overlooking Uig Bay, Sea Loch View is a spacious, tastefully presented detached holiday property. With floor-to-ceiling glass in the living room, dining room and kitchen, guests can watch the ever changing scenery unfold. Within easy walking distance of local amenities and 10 minutes’ walk from the ferry terminal for the Outer Hebrides. The Trotternish Ridge, Fairy Glen and Ben Edra are within walking distance with the spectacular Quiraing and the sandy beach in Staffin a short drive. Shops 500 yards, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Utility. Study. Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Twin bedroom with en-suite shower room (double cubicle) and toilet. First floor: Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove, balcony, wooden floor and well-equipped kitchen area. Separate toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Tumble dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steps in garden

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  • Epona Cottage

    Waternish, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 23157

    Enjoying sea views across open countryside towards the waters of Loch Snizort and the Ascrib Islands, this traditional former croft house makes the ideal base for a holiday visiting this lovely island and the scenic west coast. Wonderful area for walking, climbing, road/mountain biking, kayaking, wild swimming, diving or snorkelling, sailing and fishing. Whisky distilleries, beachcombing, castles and watching the wildlife are amongst the variety of interests this beautiful island has to offer. Sea eagles, corncrakes, otters, dolphins, minke whales and basking sharks are some of the visitors to this area. A free-standing telescope is also provided for your further enjoyment. Shops and traditional live music 13 miles, sea food restaurant and pub 5 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with wooden floor. 1 step up to kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin (zip and link can be double bed on request).

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. DVD and small library. CD with small library. Large book library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed natural garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Slopes in the garden.

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  • The Bothy

    Staffin, Portree, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC511003
    The Bothy is a beautifully restored and converted farm steading, peacefully situated on the edge of the small crofting village of Staffin. Nestling at the base of the spectacular Quiraing mountain range and overlooking the isles of Staffin and Flodigarry, The Bothy offers a high standard of accommodation in a superb setting. The original solid stone walls, high ceilings and traditional slate roof are complemented by the tastefully restored modern interior, including large corner shower, modern kitchen and a welcoming wood burning stove in the lounge.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With wood burning stove, TV with free view, DVD and radio/CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With 5ft bed plus occasional child’s bed if required.
    Bedroom 2:  With two single beds.
    Shower room: With corner shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.  No smoking please. Pets welcome.Patio area to the rear with garden furniture and BBQ. The owner has 2 play areas for children, the shed (in the summer) and the field behind the property where they can play football. Use of tennis nets. Off road parking for 5+ cars.

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  • Seascape

    Staffin

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42888

    Nestling against the side of a small hillock, this holiday property with grass roof enjoys a secluded setting, coupled with panoramic views across open countryside towards the waters of Staffin Bay. Seascape makes the perfect base for exploring the many wonders of the Isle of Skye and the west coast. Many unspoilt beaches with a vast array of water and bird life along with a large variety of amenities including mountain biking, hill climbing, walking, kayaking, sea trips and fishing, make this an outdoor enthusiasts paradise. Visit the colourful town of Portree, Dunvegan with its castle and coral beach or just sit, relax and unwind. Shop 2 miles, restaurant and pub 0.5 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Natural grounds. Parking (2 cars). Private water supply. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Sloping bank in garden.

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  • Gavin Maxwell Cottage

    Eilean Ban, Kyleakin, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC511152
    Imagine sharing part of a private island and staying in the former home of Gavin Maxwell, author of the classic book "Ring of Bright Water". Gavin Maxwell Cottage on Eilean Ban situated between Kyleankin on Skye and the Kyle of Lochalsh, on the Scottish mainland, has this unique claim to fame. Once only accessible by boat, after the building of the Skye Bridge this former lighthouse keeper’s cottage is now accessed via a private door on the side of the Skye Bridge. Eilean Ban (Gaelic for White Island) is 6 acres of pure heaven with part of it being situated directly under the Skye bridge. Small stone paths meander around the island with colourful shrubs, herbs, heathers and wild grasses covering the hillsides. Gavin Maxwell was one of the foremost authors of wildlife books of the last century, and now his legacy can be enjoyed by all. the island boasts a wonderful array of wildlife. There are frequent sightings of otters, seals and pine martin, as well as occasional dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and Minke whales, together with an array of seabirds.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burning stove in feature fireplace, Freesat TV, DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen/Dining Room: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and dishwasher enjoying stunning views across the sea and islands dotted along the shoreline with an attractive window seat which makes a wonderful vantage point to watch otters, seals and porpoises in the bay.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Disabled toilet: could be used by prior arrangement

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First supply of fuel for stove supplied.Property is situated on Eilean Ban, a six acre island accessed via a private gate on the Isle of Skye Bridge. The island comprises of grassy banks, beautiful meandering paths, herb gardens and colourful shrubberies, a private stony beach, a lighthouse and thatched bird hide. Off road car parking spaces for two cars (designated parking place adjoins private gate with short walk down well maintained stone path to the cottage). There is a trollly available for transporting luggage inside the property, please return it to where it belongs. NB: Close proximity to the sea.

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  • Clova

    Portree, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC511422
    Clova is set within its own private and secluded garden in a residential area of Portree, with all the facilities within walking distance. Portree is the main town for shopping, with many restaurants, craft shops, boat or fishing trips for spotting sea eagles or the seal colonies, swimming pool and climbing wall, plus Aros Visitor Centre, which has various live performances and cinema. The Isle of Skye has so much to offer the outdoor enthusiast, with walking for all levels, from The Cuillin for the experienced climber and Old Man of Storr, to low level coastal walks. Kayaking, pony trekking, mountain biking and more are available locally. There are many cultural and historic places to visit, inlcuding Dunvegan Castle, Museum of Island Life, Clan Donald Centre, Talisker Distillery and so much more.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With electric coal-effect fire, 22" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double four poster bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack. Enclosed patio with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store on request. No smoking.

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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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