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Self Catering Holidays on the Isle of Skye

Sitting majestically just off the western Scottish coast, the Isle of Skye emits culture, history and scenic wonder. The isle has some of the best landscapes in Scotland from windswept heather moors, rushing waterfalls, picturesque little Scottish towns and a rugged coastline. Even though Skye is the largest island within the Inner Hebrides, it is its small time mentality and welcoming nature to visitors that makes it so popular. Read more

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57.464012, -6.674687

This modern holiday home on the Isle of Skye was designed to make the most of its incredible location and breathtaking views. It's only half a mile from the edge of Loch Dunvegan, with views over the water towards the castle. Spend happy days walking, cycling, fishing, mountain biking and visiting attractions like the Skye Museum of Island Life and Dunvegan Castle. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom holiday home sleeps four people and is perfect for couples, families or friends. 

Weekly guide price:
£535 to £1480
Short breaks from £145 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Mon/Fri

57.240759, -5.847886

Escape to the peace and serenity of the Isle of Skye in this beautiful holiday cottage. Cobblers Croft is a traditional stone croft cottage sympathetically extended and modernised to accommodate six people in three bedrooms. It has gorgeous mountain and sea views from the house and gardens and is only a 20-minute walk from the coast. Around a mile away, Broadford has all of the amenities you need for a self-catering stay, including a big supermarket and a good choice of shops and places to eat. The Isle of Skye is an incredible year-round holiday destination where you can walk, cycle and mountain bike around the coast, up mountains, and through stunning inland scenery. Fishing, surfing, climbing and kayaking are also easily accessible. 

Weekly guide price:
£550 to £800
Short breaks from £100 per night

6  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.577612, -6.168562

This traditional crofter's cottage offers an authentic taste of the beautiful Isle of Skye. 1 Grealin is on the Trotternish Peninsula, north of the island, with stunning views of the mountain range and the sea. It's ideal for families and friends who enjoy walking, cycling and fishing as the scenery is spectacular. The cottage is around a mile from the coast, four miles from Staffin Bay and 14 miles from Portree, so, while it's remote, it's not isolated. There is space for five people to sleep in three bedrooms, one of which is ensuite, with touches that make it friendly for children and pets.  Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £750
Short breaks from £100 per night

5  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 2 (off peak) | 2 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

57.237860, -5.891391

Fantastic luxury holiday cottage with magnificent sea or mountain views from all rooms. Within easy walking distance of the local restaurants and amenities of Broadford village and an ideal base from which to tour all of Skye and Western Ross. Tourist board rating: 5 Star

Weekly guide price:
£800 to £1400
Short breaks from £150 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 5 Star

57.460436, -6.671319

Who wouldn't want to escape to the breathtaking Isle of Skye? The Sheiling Skye is a gorgeous wooden cabin built using eco-friendly materials and techniques to respect the natural beauty of its surroundings. It's on a working croft, surrounded by 18 private acres of land with far-reaching views over Loch Dunvegan to the Waternish Peninsula, Dunvegan Castle and Coral Beach. The one-bedroom holiday cottage has everything couples need for a romantic escape, including handmade toiletries and high-quality Egyptian cotton bed linen. Skye is renowned for the quality of its mountain walks, climbing, and spectacularly clear night skies with views of the Northern Lights. 

Weekly guide price:
£735 to £875

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.436367, -6.592496

Set in a secluded spot with breathtaking sea and mountain views, this stunning six bedroom holiday house, sleeping twelve guests, is perfect for families and friends looking for a peaceful self-catering holiday on the Isle of Skye. Originally built in the 18th century as the dower house of Dunvegan Castle, Uiginish Lodge has been recently renovated to create a beautiful light and airy holiday home. With a cosy wood burning stove, sociable open plan living areas and homely antique furniture, it is the perfect spot to return to after a day hiking in the hills. Alternatively, just sit back, relax and enjoy this very special house. 

Weekly guide price:
£1700 to £2600

12  |   6  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

The Magic of the Isle of Skye

While Scotland as a whole is famous for its whisky distilleries, Skye is one of the most prominent. On the isle you can find the Talisker distillery which is one of the most well known in the region for producing a peaty single malt that is famous well beyond the Skye limits. Indeed, the independent stores and galleries in Skye offer the chance to view local artists and source locally made products. The dramatic landscapes have been a haven for painters and writers over the years and some such as Diane Mackie, a painter who moved to the island in the 1990s, and Tim Wilcock, a photographer, have galleries set up in the area.

For outdoorsy visitors then the island offers a wide range of activities. Walking is the favourite method of getting around and exploring the jagged rock formations, quaint hill trails and spectacular coastline. There are more strenuous pursuits such as rock climbing, coasteering, gorge walking and much more that offer an active visit to Skye. Due to its location, the isle is home to a wide variety of wildlife and bird spotters in particular can enjoy seeking out Golden Eagles around the coastline or otters in the temperamental waters. White-tailed sea eagles, basking sharks, dolphins, peregrine falcons and hares are just some of the wildlife you can catch a glimpse of too.

The small village of Broadford which lies overlooking the coast is one of the most populated on the island and is a great point from which to explore the rest of the area. Broadford Bay is a good place to view otters, orca whales and a variety of birdlife and the village itself has a lot to offer with restaurants and small shops and provides a relaxing break from hill walking or trekking around the various trails found on Skye.

There are also various boat trips that allow visits to less accessible places. St Kilda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and lies 85 miles off the Skye coast and is a popular boat trip destination as it hosts the biggest colony of puffins in Britain.

Like many of the Scottish Islands, you can access the Isle of Skye by ferry. Alternatively, go via the Skye Bridge and take in one of Scotland's most photographed landmarks on the way, Eilean Donan Castle.

Skye provides some of the best landscapes that Scotland has to offer and when combined with its rich diversity in wildlife, it is a small pocket of nature that would be hard to find anywhere else. Indeed, the island offers a vast range of activities that allow visitors to explore the intense scenery and landscapes, while also basking in the local culture and traditional ways of the island's inhabitants. As a place to spend some quality time with nature, there are not many destinations that can rival Skye's appeal.