Where to stay on the Isle of Skye? It’s a difficult decision to make as the Isle of Skye is one of the most stunning locations in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. The dramatic scenery means it’s very popular so don’t leave it too late to book your ideal self-catering holiday cottage on Skye. Take a look at these Skye cottages and cabins which we think are some of the best places to stay on the island.
Want to really get away from it all? How does a holiday cottage on a private island sound? Pretty amazing to me! Did you know you can rent the former home of Gavin Maxwell, author of the classic book “Ring of Bright Water”? ( I highly recommend the book and the film which you can buy from Amazon.)
Gavin Maxwell Cottage is on the small island of Eilean Ban situated between Kyleakin on Skye and the Kyle of Lochalsh on the Scottish mainland. From this former lighthouse keeper’s cottage you can explore the island on the small stone paths. Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for wildlife too. There are frequent sightings of otters, seals and pine martens and various seabirds. You may also be really lucky as occasionally dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks and Minke whales have been spotted too.
Step back in time with a holiday in this ‘A’-listed charming thatched cottage. (Don’t worry there is an indoor toilet.) This historic croft offers superb views across to the Isles of Harris, Lewis and North Uist. As is fitting for this original croft cottage, there’s no Wi-Fi so you get the added bonus of a digital detox too.
If you love an incredible view, then this has to be one of the best places to stay on the Isle of Skye When the weather is fine, you can sit out on the balcony and enjoy the beautiful mountain and sea views out to the Inner Hebrides. On wet and windy days you can light the woodburning stove and snuggle up in the sitting room whilst still enjoying the incredible scenery surrounding this detached cottage in the village of Elgol in the south-east corner.
A pretty garden leads to this charming traditional stone self-catering cottage situated in a quiet and friendly crofting community. There are mountain and loch views which can be enjoyed from the picture window or the wooden summerhouse in the garden. This peaceful location is only 8 miles from the pubs and restaurants of Portree, Skye’s main town.
If you want to stay in the Dunvegan area but prefer something more contemporary than Rose Valley cottage, this modern cabin could be ideal. The Cabin @ Seaview is a cosy log cabin with views of Loch Roag and perfect for a romantic retreat for a couple.
Skye is not short on views and this cabin has amazing panoramic sea views across countryside towards Staffin Bay. Take a bottle of wine outside and drink in the view. On rainy days, light the woodburner and cosy up in the lounge and watch the storms rolling in over the sea.
If you want peace and tranquility with stunning sea views, then Thorsvik is perfect for you. Located down a private road, this detached wooden cottage has been designed to make the most of its amazing location with views to match.
The Sheiling is all about the views of the sea and mountains. If you’re looking for peace and solitude, this Skye cabin set within 7 acres is ideal. You can walk along the wooded path to your own private beach overlooking Loch Dunvegan. It offers great opportunities for wildlife-spotting or just losing yourself in the wonderful scenery. Some guests have even seen dolphins in the loch. The cosy lodge sleeps 2 so it makes a perfect romantic retreat.
Looking for somewhere unique for just the two of you? You won’t find anywhere quite like this unusual Eco Pod near Carbost. Enjoy a drink on the decking and lose yourself in the views over the surrounding countryside. With it’s cosy and contemporary interior this isn’t your run-of-the-mill holiday cottage. (I love the large artwork in the living area.) This holiday cottage is located in the peaceful crofting community of Minginish making it ideal for exploring the Cuillins.
Valley View is an environmentally-friendly lodge set in the rural crofting township of Holmisdale. From this detached, single-storey holiday property you will enjoy offers uninterrupted views over the valley, and the MacLeod’s Tables. If you love a long lie-in (like me) you’ll love the views from the master bedroom over your morning cuppa.
We hope you enjoyed our pick of the best places to stay on the Isle of Skye. For more choices see our directory of holiday accommodation on the Isle of Skye including more Skye cottages.
Read our destination guide for the Isle of Skye which includes things to do on Skye plus our Local Tips series where you can benefit from the knowledge of local people on Skye and people who know the area well.