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One of the many stunning views from the Isle of Colonsay, Scotland
One of the many stunning views from the Isle of Colonsay, Scotland

Self Catering Holiday Cottages in the Scottish Islands

A proud heritage, stunning landscapes and picturesque beaches are just a few of the reasons to visit the fascinating Scottish Islands. Enjoy living island life the way the locals do and experience the differences from one island to the next. Visitors are spoilt for choice as they hop from island to island, discovering what each one has to offer. Choose from towering mountains, pretty beaches, rolling green fields and superb wildlife. The locals are proud of their heritage and as such, there are plenty of celebrations and events to join in with. Read more

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58.274353, -6.294960

This contemporary cottage is six miles north of Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. Brevig View sleeps six people in three bedrooms, a short walk from a small shop and a friendly cafe in Vatisker and about half a mile from the coast. It's an incredible holiday home made even more special with high-quality finishings, environmental features, and floor-to-ceiling windows that make the most of the fantastic views over the Minch to the mainland. There's storage for bikes, an outdoor picnic area, and all of the features you want for a self-catering break for a couple or a family. 

Weekly guide price:
£1250 to £1500

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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

55.598647, -5.202744

This luxury self catering cottage has two bedrooms, sleeps four and is independently owned and managed to the highest standards.  Visit Scotland 5 star rated, and award nominated, the cottage is gloriously situated in Glen Rosa, just outside of Brodick on the Island of Arran. The quality and luxury of the cottage are matched by the magnificent location - one of the best on Arran. Built in 1825, Glen Rosa Stables still retains its rural and rustic charm whilst incorporating modern touches, which have been sensitively added. The cottage has its own gardens, which are large, enclosed for dogs and private, ideal for relaxing and taking in the spectacular scenery. It is a romantic, unspoiled and tranquil retreat - ideal for your holiday, whether it is for a honeymoon; anniversary, return to nature, or just a memorable holiday. Glen Rosa Stables is just perfect! Glen Rosa is a rural haven just outside the main port village of Brodick.

Weekly guide price:
£895 to £1495

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.511339, -7.258657

If you're searching for a true escape - a place you can get away from crowds, noise and light pollution, you'll love Glaic Cottage. This Grade B listed blackhouse is on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides and has recently been restored and refurbished to provide luxury accommodation for one or two people. It's near Claddach Carinish with no nearby neighbours. The location is ideal for exploring the beautiful beaches, landmarks, and hills of North and South Uist, with day trips to other islands within easy reach. It's available for holiday booking all year round. 

Weekly guide price:
£630 to £795
Short breaks from £90 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   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 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

56.075720, -6.179651

The Isle of Colonsay is located off the West Coast of Scotland in the Hebrides and has stunning beaches, spectacular views, great walks, bike rides and an abundance of wildlife. Overlooking the sea and within walking distance of the islands hotel which serves very good food, this holiday cottage is a perfect Scottish holiday retreat.

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £1250
Short breaks from £150 per night

6  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Sunday

56.855057, -5.742131

Have you ever wanted to go back to basics and enjoy the simpler things in life? This Scottish retreat provides a 'unique' self-catering experience where you can enjoy complete peace and isolation. On the mainland, the cottage is only accessible by boat (provided as part of the rental) and once arrived, you can experience your own little slice of 'island' life.

Weekly price:
£1400 all year

5  |   3  |   2  |   Enquire  |   No

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

56.877069, -5.694091

Perfect for couples looking to truly escape the hustle and bustle of modern day living, Lower Polnish is a 'unique' Scottish retreat for two and offers the chance to get away from modern day distractions, get back to basics and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Offering the chance to get 'off the grid' this cosy former blackhouse sits a stone's throw from the private shoreline on the Ardnish Peninsular in an isolated position away from it all with only wildlife to disturb you.

Weekly guide price:
£600 to £800

2  |   1  |   2  |   Enquire  |   No

Min nights: 7 (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

58.311004, -6.288288

With white sandy beaches, crystal clear rivers, ancient monuments and modern rural communities, it's no wonder the Isle of Lewis and Harris is considered one of the most scenic spots in Scotland, if not the entire UK. This charming holiday cottage is a modern take on a traditional crofter's home, sleeping six people in three bedrooms with loads of space and fantastic views over the Gress River. The beach is a short walk from the door, and there are miles of footpaths, bridleways and cycling routes to explore. Stornoway is a 15-minute drive from the door, so you're close to shops, restaurants and other useful amenities.  

Weekly guide price:
£450 to £650
Short breaks from £75 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (off peak) | 7 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

55.703531, -5.290850

Spacious holiday house sitting in an idyllic setting next to the mountains and the sea on the northern tip of the Isle of Arran. Sleeping eight guests in four bedrooms, Lodge Farm is perfect for families and extended families looking to get away from it all for a few days. With a wood burning stove, spectacular views, an abundance of trails to explore and wildlife to spot, you cannot fail to be captivated by this magical spot. Lace up your walking boots, grab your binoculars, and be prepared to be wowed by the raw beauty of this Scottish island.

Weekly guide price:
£950 to £1500

8  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (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

There are so many islands to explore, each with its own unique charm. The fun of the Scottish Islands is finding the island that suits you best. Perhaps the best-known island in the collection is the Isle of Skye, and for good reason. This larger island boasts an impressive mountain range, The Cuillens, that hiking fans will enjoy scaling.  There are also beautiful crystal clear pools, castles and gentler walking routes on this exciting island.

Peace-seeking holidaymakers will enjoy the tranquillity of Colonsay, with its beautiful rolling hills dressed in miles of lush purple heather. Colonsay is a more remote island where you can forget the hustle and bustle of everyday life and go for long walks; cycle around the island or relax on one of the stunning deserted beaches. Find out more about a taste of island life on Colonsay.

If restful recreation is what you’re after, then the Isle of Bute, with its 3 golf courses and dozens of lochs, provides the ideal location. A beautiful island with many historical sites, the Isle of Bute provides a stunning backdrop for slow-paced leisurely activities. As with all of the many and varied Scottish Islands, there is plenty of wildlife to spot on long gentle walks though beautiful scenery.

Those seeking history should make a trip to the Isle of Lewis. Many of the proud inhabitants of this island still speak Gaelic alongside English and are happy to tell you about their important historical island. As well as beaches, boat trips and plenty of wildlife, the historical attractions on this pretty island are truly fascinating. Visit the many standing stone sites, such as those in Callanish or the Norse thatched buildings that have been lovingly preserved.

The sheer variety of islands is reason alone to visit the fascinating Scottish Islands. With so much choice and so much to do, this holiday destination offers plenty to do, whatever your preference.