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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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57.243796, -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

57.464772, -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

4  |   2  |   2  |   Yes  |   Yes

Min nights: 4

Preferred arrival day: Friday

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

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

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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.