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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:
£1050 all year

5  |   3  |   2  |   Enquire  |   No

Min nights: Enquire

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

56.859459, -5.754516

The uninhabited Ardnish Peninsula is the perfect place to get off-grid and escape the noise and stress of modern lifestyles. A total digital detox is easy when you stay somewhere without electricity - think Baer Grylls adventure so no WiFi, no bathroom and no running-water! Peanmeanach is a 120-year-old stone cottage in an isolated location accessible only via boat, kayak or a two-hour hike (carrying provisions and everything you need for your stay) . It sleeps up to six people in two simple bedrooms, with guests having to bring all food, bedding, towels etc with them. Spend long summer days exploring the coast and hillsides, and relaxed evenings in front of the fire or outside under the stars. Not for the faint hearted; adventurous soles all love it here, and we think you will too if you are seeking solitude and looking to disconnect from the virtual world.

Weekly price:
£333 all year
Short breaks from £42 per night

6  |   2  |   2  |   Enquire  |   No

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

Preferred arrival day: Flexible

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:
£475 to £695
Short breaks from £70 per night

2  |   1  |   No  |   No  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

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:
£500 to £1200
Short breaks from £100 per night

6+2  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Sunday

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:
£500 to £1500

9  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

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:
£575 to £725

2  |   1  |   2  |   Enquire  |   No

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.245101, -5.851481

For many, a holiday on the Isle of Skye is a once in a lifetime opportunity. For others, it's a regular joy. Whether you're a first time visitor or you know the island well, you'll find all the comforts of home in Otterburn Cottage in Lower Breakish. The modern detached holiday home has beautiful views over Inner Sound, with the shore less than 50 metres from the door. There is space for four people to sleep in two bedrooms with room for a travel cot, making it an excellent choice for families or couples. 

Weekly guide price:
£400 to £700
Short breaks from £80 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.863027, -6.972791

Woodcroft is located on one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides, with simply stunning beaches within walking distance. Sitting on a fourteen acre croft, the surrounding landscape offers all the right ingredients for enjoying a taste of Scottish Island life and relaxing away from it all. Amazing beaches on the doorstep and Luskentyre beach within easy reach.

Weekly price:
£800 all year

5+1  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 7 (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:
£900 to £1200

8  |   4  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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:
£500 to £760

6  |   3  |   Enquire  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.241162, -5.910351

Get away from it all on this welcoming waterfront holiday cottage on the Isle of Skye. Sandpiper is a modern interpretation of a traditional Hebridean cottage facing Broadford Bay with breathtaking views over the water to the Red Cuillins. It has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, sleeping four people in comfort. The detached cottage is surrounded by a big garden, with views over the water to the front and views over a croft to the rear. It's close to Broadford and only 15 minutes from the Skye Bridge, putting you within easy reach of everything you'll need for a stress-free self-catering holiday. 

Weekly guide price:
£500 to £840
Short breaks from £110 per night

4  |   2  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday

57.464772, -6.675724

The magic of Skye is evident in the stunning views from Husabost Croft. This traditional holiday croft, with its sizeable extension, is two miles from Glendale, overlooking Loch Dunvegan towards Coral Beach. It sleeps four people in two double bedrooms, comfortably accommodating couples, families and friends. Walk for miles through this incredible landscape, go fishing, hiking, climbing and mountain biking. Seals, dolphins and a wealth of birds thrive in the environment, making Skye an ideal holiday destination for anyone who loves nature, big sky views, and a respite from the noise, pollution and stress of modern lifestyles. 

Weekly guide price:
£515 to £1535
Short breaks from £150 per night

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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 £800
Short breaks from £100 per night

5  |   3  |   1  |   Yes  |   Yes

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

Preferred arrival day: Saturday | 4 Star

57.240759, -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

57.149062, -5.941740

Stunning waterfront cottage located in the secluded hamlet of Ord in the south west corner of the Isle of Skye. Sitting just 10 yards from the sea and looking straight across Loch Eishort, you cannot fail to be captivated by the views and tranquility of this former fisherman's cottage. Fisherman's Loft has been lovingly restored to provide cosy and comfortable self-catering accommodation in a truely magical spot. With walking, mountain biking, climbing, kayaking and fishing all available nearby you can choose to be as active or relaxed as you please. Sleeping four guests in two ensuite bedrooms plus an extra two on a sofa bed it is perfect for couples, families or friends.

Weekly guide price:
£900 to £1200

4  |   2  |   No  |   Enquire  |   Yes

Min nights: 3 (off peak) | 3 (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:
£400 to £600
Short breaks from £70 per night

6  |   3  |   No  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4 (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

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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.