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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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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
£850 all year
Sleeps 5

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 price from
£500 to £650
Sleeps 2

2  |   1  |   2  |   Enquire  |   No

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.650557, -6.390676

Aurora Cottage is a modern family home surrounded by the mountains and the sea on the Trotternish Peninsula on the beautiful inner Heberdian island of Skye. The property easily sleeps six people in three bedrooms, with fantastic views from almost every window. There are no immediate neighbours so it is peaceful and private, yet with Uig and Portree five and twenty miles away respectively, it is not completely remote. With The Trotternish Ridge and its many walking and cycling opportunities, plus beauty spots like the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock Waterfall and Staffin Beach close by, Aurora Cottage will give you the peace and serenity you are searching for on your Isle of Skye holiday.

Weekly price from
£490 to £847
Sleeps 6

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

55.666918, -5.749870

With its sparkling turquoise waters and white sandy beaches, Gigha is one of the most beautiful of all of the Hebridean islands. It enjoys a mild, sunny climate which makes exploring this slice of heaven even more enjoyable. The island is only seven miles long and less than two miles wide yet every inch of it is worth discovering whether you are walking around ancient stone crosses, poking around in rock pools, cycling along quiet lanes or dining on fresh seafood caught that day from the waters around the island. Beach View cottage is only a few minutes walk from the beach and enjoys fantastic views. There is space for six people to stay in three bedrooms and it is a favourite with couples as well as friends and families.

Weekly price from
£686 to £968
Sleeps 6

6  |   3  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 1 (off peak) | 1 (peak)

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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 price from
£550 to £1000
Sleeps 6

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 5 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 price from
£450 to £1000
Sleeps 6+2

6+2  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Sunday

58.244856, -6.326859

With wonderful sea views, this well equipped self-catering cottage provides the perfect place for a holiday at any time of the year on the Isle of Lewis within the Western Isles of Scotland. Three glorious sandy beaches within a five minute walk and just four miles from Stornoway with a good choice of shops. Tourist board rating: 4 Star

Weekly price from
£500 to £800
Sleeps 6

6  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

56.092731, -6.189573

A delightful holiday cottage on the Isle of Colonsay with stunning sea views. With beautiful beaches, stunning scenery, wonderful wildlife and plenty of outdoor activities, this is a perfect retreat for relaxing.

Weekly price from
£249 to £715
Sleeps 4

4  |   2  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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.