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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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  • Heron’s Rest

    Feriniquarrie, nr. Glendale

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: W42680

    Five minutes’ walk from the seashore, this cosy, detached holiday cottage enjoys panoramic views of Macleod’s Tables to the east and the sea Loch Pooltiel to the west. A super area for mountain biking, climbing, kayaking, fishing and much, much more. Take a trip to Dunvegan Castle, the colourful island ‘capital’ of Portree, Talisker Distillery or travel to the south end of the island fondly called ‘The Garden of Skye’. Here you can visit Armadale Castle and Gardens or explore the unspoilt coastline and perhaps catch a glimpse of the vast array of wildlife. For the less energetic, just sit back and relax and watch the ever changing, stunning scenery from the cottage windows. Shops 1.5 miles, pubs 9 miles and restaurant 4 miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. TV/DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave and washing machine in utility room. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Beaton’s Croft

    Kilmuir, nr. Uig

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 29899


    There is no better place from which to explore the enchanting Isle of Skye than an original thatched cottage, set in a crofting township. ’A’-listed for its historic importance, and nestled in a landscape of rolling hills and Hebridean views, Beaton’s Croft is a dream hideaway from everyday life. Superb views across to the Isles of Harris, Lewis and North Uist are the icing on the cake of this authentic historic croft. Skye combines spectacular mountains, views to make the heart soar, and a rich heritage of historically significant events to enthral visitors of any age, from every part of the world. The awe-inspiring peaks of the Cuillin mountains rise at the centre and provide some of the most challenging walking and climbing in Britain. Seafood is abundant and world-class cuisine is available at the famous Three Chimneys restaurant. In Portree, just over 20 miles away you’ll find most amenities. Kilmuir is the burial site for Flora MacDonald, who escorted Bonnie Prince Charlie ’over the sea to Skye’, while Dunvegan Castle holds more than 800 years of dramatic island history within its walls. Beach ½ mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Enclosed sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead at all times - sheep country. No smoking.

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  • Beinne Na Greine

    Portree, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: CC511098
    Beinne Na Greine is a pretty single storey detached cottage situated in a quiet no through road, yet only a short walk to the centre of Portree, the ’capital’ town on the beautiful Isle of Skye. Named after a favourite hill walk of the owner just a stone’s throw from the cottage, Beinn Na Greine offers very spacious accommodation for two people in a lovely setting. The main lounge looks out across the pretty garden grounds, with lawns, flower beds and shrubs, backing onto woodland. The sound of running water from the tumbling river below adds to its charm and ambience. There is a woodland/nature walk direct from the property, following the course of the river through to the centre of Portree, just 1/4 mile away.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on ground floor level with electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With multi fuel stove, TV/DVD and radio/CD
    Kitchen/Diner: With microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom: With double bed
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin
    Small Shower Room:  With shower, WC and wash basin

    All electricty, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for stove not provided.Garden backing onto woodland with a tumbling burn. Lockable shed suitable for storage of cycles and outdoor equipment. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Crofters Cottage

    Staffin, nr. Portree

    Grade
    2
    1
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    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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  • Skylark Cottage

    Upper Breakish, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC511269
    Skylark Cottage is a picture perfect thatched cottage; the epitome of a dream croft cottage on the beautiful Isle of Skye. It is set in its own pretty garden grounds with stunning views across the sea to the mountains beyond. The cottage has been fully refurbished by its current owners and provides an ideal romantic getaway for couples in a superb setting. The main accommodation is open-plan. The lounge is accessed from the dining area. This lovely, welcoming room has French doors leading onto a delightful patio area with a picnic table; a wonderful spot to sit and drink in the views and experience the stunning sunsets over the bay. The kitchen is well-equipped, with a separate dining table and chairs. The bedroom, with king size bed is attractively presented. Cottage gardens surround the property, mainly laid to lawn with flowering shrubs, bounded by original dry stone-walls. Situated in the small hamlet of Upper Breakish, just 5 miles from the Skye bridge, it is an ideal location for exploring the whole the Isle of Skye and beyond.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has electric heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With satellite Freeview TV, DVD/CD player with sound system. French doors open onto garden and patio area; superb views across the sea to islands, hills and mountains.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washer/dryer and radio.
    Bedroom: With king size bed.
    Shower Room: With electric shower, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included.Garden with patio area and picnic table. Ample road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Glenburn House Apt 1

    Waternish, Isle of Skye

    Grade
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    2
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    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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  • Hirta

    Glendale, Isle of Skye

    Grade
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    2
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    2
    Ref: UTG

    Well-placed on the hillside to enjoy magnificent coastal views across the sea to the Outer Hebrides, and untouched by the rapid development of this corner of the island, this delightful detached holiday property is an ideal retreat to unwind and relax at any time of year. Standing alone and accessed by a track, it has beautiful sunsets over the sea, castles to explore; while the distant hills of Harris make for a memorable stay. There are boat trips to enjoy and many fine restaurants nearby, including the famous ‘Three Chimneys’ (5 miles away). Shops 2 miles.

    Wide steps to main entrance and decking. Spacious living/dining room with wood-burning stove, rugs on wooden floor and patio doors to decking. Kitchen. Shower room with toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Double bedroom (5ft bed). Twin bedroom. Both with Velux windows, rugs on wooden floor, vaulted ceilings. Splendid views from all rooms. Bathroom with corner bath, toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – logs included
    • Electricity, electricity rads, bed linen and towels included
    • Two TVs (satellite)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Freezer
    • Decking area, furniture
    • Natural unspoilt pastureland
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • NB: Drops in garden, pastureland leads to clifftop/sea

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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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  • 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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  • Mountain View

    Achachork, Portree, Isle of Skye

    Grade
    4
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC511339
    Mountain View is a traditional croft cottage that has been completely updated and refurbished and now provides brand new accommodation within a traditional country croft setting. As the name implies, it enjoys stunning views across open hillside to the famous Cuillin mountain range beyond. The attractive cottage lounge looks out through large picture windows to the Cuillins and the volcanic mountains of Raasay Island away in the distance. The kitchen/Dining room is well equipped with new built in units. The two beautifully presented bedrooms drink in the wonderful views. A large, modern family bathroom completes the picture. The cottage is set in two acres of croft land, with its own private gardens for visitor’s use. Set in a quiet lane with access onto open countryside, it is a hill walkers and climber’s paradise.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric fire, Free view TV/DVD, radio/CD and stunning views of the Cuillin mountains
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and dining furniture
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With 2 single beds
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Wifi available.2 acres of croft land and separate garden for visitors sole use (though this is not enclosed) with a grassed area and patio with picnic table and chairs. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Seascape

    Staffin

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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
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    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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