The Isle of Skye is a magical island off the north west coast of Scotland, easily reached by car and popular with those looking to explore the wildness of the west. It has everything from beaches and mountains to castles and waterfalls.
The island is well set up for visitors from all over the world. If you were to fly to Inverness by plane and hire a car, you would be on the island within 3 hours, going at a leisurely pace. With all the amazing scenery and landmarks you will pass, like Loch Ness and Eilean Donan Castle, you wouldn’t want to rush the trip! The Isle of Skye is also accessible from Glasgow and Edinburgh; if you are travelling from further afield, you just need to expect a longer drive.
When you get to Kyle of Lochalsh you will reach an impressive arched road bridge which takes you over to the island, making the crossing over the sea quick and simple, and once you cross it you are thrown into a land of beauty and wonder. There is the option of a ferry ride from the mainland at Mallaig, if that is the mode of transport you'd rather take.
But why go to Skye? Many go for the views, the cycling, the walking, and the culture. With every twist of a country road, there is a new surprise waiting. The towering peaks of the Cuillin mountains entice you to climb their rocky forms and the impressive historic castles open their doors to visitors from all over the world. The coastline offers up lots of coves with white-sand beaches and you can take to the water by boat, kayak or paddleboard to view the island from another perspective. The coastal villages invite you in to browse their shops and enjoy tasty treats and meals in their many cafés and pubs, and cultural events running throughout the year provide fun and entertainment to those visiting for a trip of a lifetime. Don’t forget to visit the island distillery too!
Come and read all about the island and all the things it has to offer you in our informative guide to the Isle of Skye.
But where to stay? Accommodation is one of those things that we ponder over: which type do we go for? What type can we see ourselves enjoying the most? And for different types of holiday, whether it’s a romantic break or a family-packed adventure, different accommodation options offer different advantages. However, self-catering can tick so many boxes when it comes to all types of holidays. Our Isle of Skye holiday cottages offer the perfect base for adventures on the island ranging from family-friendly holiday homes and luxury cottages with hot tubs, to dog-friendly cottages too.
Here are some of the best holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye
This is one of two traditional white-washed cottages set in an elevated position overlooking the sea. It is a cosy romantic spot for those looking for a private place to get away from it all and enjoy the freedom of the countryside. On a clear day, you can even see the spectacular outline of the rugged Outer Hebrides coast. Dolphins, whales, basking sharks, seals, and sea otters all dwell nearby making it a really special spot for wildlife lovers. The cottage itself is cosy and compact inside but fully equipped with everything you are going to need.
- Perfect for a honeymoon or romantic getaway
- Four-poster bedroom for a sumptuous night’s sleep
- Picnic bench with sea views
- Wood burner for cosy nights in
The selling point for this cottage is the sweet sunroom making the most of the amazing views towards the Cuillin mountain range. It is the perfect spot for relaxed mornings with a book and long evenings with a glass of wine. This is a great base for walkers and birdwatchers who like getting out into the wilderness and coming back to a modest, homely place that they can fully relax in.
- No Wi-Fi for a complete digital detox
- Close to the magical Fairy Pools at Glenbrittle
- Surrounded by amazing landscape and great walks
This is an idyllic cottage situated in a tranquil spot on the northern side of the island, offering a great retreat for a couple or young family looking to enjoy some time out from their day-to-day lives. Set down a quiet lane, the cottage is quirky inside with lots of bright and colourful touches which give the cottage a lovely home-from-home feel. The kids will love the cosy book corner which is on the top landing by the stairs.
- You can spot eagles, deer and pine martens from the doorstep
- Three lovely bedrooms offering friends and family lots of privacy
- Great views from all windows
This is the perfect base for a large group of friends, or a big family to come and enjoy all the Isle of Skye has to offer. The lodge sleeps 12 in six bedrooms with a mixture of double, single and family rooms at your disposal. Inside, the rooms are bright, clean, and spacious, and the large hallway, living room and family kitchen will become the main social hubs of the house. It is an 18th-century building with lots of character and charm!
- Amazing views of Loch Dunvegan
- Wood burner offering cosy nights in
- Table tennis, table football and board games
- Walking, cycling and climbing on the doorstep
Loch View Lodge is a modern log cabin nestled in a lovely location on the banks of Loch Portree. When staying here, you will be able to enjoy gorgeous views and the feeling of freedom with lots of space surrounding you. You have the best of both worlds here, with the historic village of Portree on your doorstep and easy access to the hills and wilderness to enjoy walking, cycling, fishing and more.
- Spacious and bright with homely décor
- Spectacular sea views from the living area with double doors
- Decked area with outdoor seating
This is a great property surrounded by breathtaking views of the glen and striking landscape that surrounds it. The large floor-to-ceiling window framing the end of the open-plan living space makes the most of the scenery, and it lets loads of light in throughout the day, making this a lovely place in which to socialise. Inside is really trendy with its raised kitchen area and upper landing overlooking the lounge below. The furnishings and decoration throughout exude quality and sophistication – this is a really special place to return to after days out.
- Perfect for families and large groups
- Wood burner for cosy evenings in
- Secluded patio for al fresco dining
Stay in a self-catering cottage on the Isle of Skye
So there you have six of the best holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye; we hope you have loved browsing them and that we have inspired you to come and visit the island for yourself. If you are keen to fit a trip to this enchanting island into your plans next year, make sure you browse our full collection of holiday homes on the Isle of Skye.
If you are looking for more ideas on the best places to visit in Scotland, check out our guide to top locations for short breaks in Scotland.
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