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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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57.577612, -6.168562

This traditional crofter's cottage offers an authentic taste of the beautiful Isle of Skye. 1 Grealin is just a few miles from both the famous Old Man of Storr and iconic Quirang and has stunning views of the Trotternish mountain ridge 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:
£650 to £900
Short breaks from £150 per night

5  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

57.511294, -6.558234

Auld Orwell Cottage is a traditional stone built cottage in the North West of the Isle of Skye with stunning views of Loch Bay, The Minch and over to the Western Isles. The three bedroomed property has a large enclosed grass area for your two legged or four legged family members to enjoy. It offers comfortable accommodation to enjoy the wonders that is the Isle of Skye, where there is so much to do, especially outdoors. Delighted to be accredited by Visit Scotland as a 4 star property.

Weekly guide price:
£650 to £1195
Short breaks from £100 per night

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.243796, -5.875914

The Isle of Skye is arguably the closest you get to Heaven on Earth. This shoreline charming traditional croft cottage dates from 1880 and has been extended and updated to offer very comfortable accommodation for up to four adults and two children in three bedrooms. It's perfect for families, extended families or friends, with views over Broadford Bay from every window. The location is ideal for visitors with easy access to the island's favourite sights and attractions. Seaford Croft is in Waterloo, half a mile from Broadford and its amenities, and seven miles from the Skye Bridge. 

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £920

6  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.453442, -6.298215

This attractive holiday cottage sleeps 2 guests in one bedroom with a large double bed, wardrobe, shelf and drawer space.  It has 4 ground floor rooms around a central hallway and the accommodation is comfortable and warm.  Although small our guests love its 'romantic cottage appeal' with the 3ft thick walls of the original 200 year old building which has been both a blacksmith's smithy and a cottage.  A modern kitchen extension was added more recently.

Weekly guide price:
£630 to £1225
Short breaks from £90 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 4 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

57.453446, -6.754232

If Mother Nature were a person, she'd live on the Isle of Skye. Or, more specifically, in Lower Milovaig hamlet where Kathy's Cottage is. This charming two-bedroom holiday home sleeps four but is best for couples or solo travellers. It has jaw-dropping views over Loch Pooltiel and Dunvegan Head to the Outer Hebrides. Glendale village is two miles away, and you're only a quarter of a mile from Meanish Pier and the slipway. Walking, bird watching, fishing, and wildlife and nature photography are all popular activities. The cottage is great for a self-catering holiday in all seasons. 

Weekly price:
£500 all year
Short breaks from £120 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   No

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.154454, -5.938539

Ideally situated for enjoying the beautiful Isle of Skye, this waterfront holiday home is on the shore of Loch Eishort in Ord, an easy drive from the Isle of Skye Bridge. There are spectacular views from the garden and the house, comfortably furnished to sleep nine people in four bedrooms. The owners of Shore Cottage can also close off the extension to sleep smaller groups of five people in three bedrooms for a family self-catering holiday. 

Weekly guide price:
£625 to £1500

9  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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 self-catering 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

57.436367, -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.