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13 Best Places to Stay in the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Having been featured in a number of films, word has gotten out about the Isle of Skye in Scotland. The island is truly a fantasy come to life with its dramatic sea cliffs, plunging waterfalls, famous Fairy Pools, unique rock formations, and soaring emerald mountains. When planning your stay, you can complete that fairytale-like experience with a stay in any one of these accommodations, with everything from charming cottage vacation rentals to charming B&Bs.

Bonn Na Cnoc - Kilmuir Bonn Na Cnoc, Isle of Skye
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Bonn Na Cnoc - Kilmuir

This lovely cottage in the north end of Skye, just six miles from Uig and a few miles from the Duntulm castle ruins, offers a comfortable stay for up to four with all of the essentials. You’ll enjoy a quiet setting with views that stretch across The Minch to the Western Isles, comfortable beds and a well-equipped kitchen with all you need to make your own meals. There’s a wood-burning stove to cozy up to after a day of hiking or other adventures, a sound system, HDTV, and fast Wi-Fi too. With a large soaking tub, you can look forward to soothing those sore muscles as well.

The Old Croft House - Balmaqueen The Old Croft House, Isle of Skye
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The Old Croft House - Balmaqueen

The Old Croft House is ideally located on the Trotternish peninsula of Skye, providing a peaceful setting with panoramic views across the bay and beyond while being close to many popular attractions. Wild landscapes abound, making it the perfect base for your explorations with luxury accommodations to return to. It sleeps up to four in two en-suite bedrooms and even includes your own private sauna. You’ll also have a 43″ HDTV with Netflix, Chromecast, and standard satellite/cable channels along with a Naim MuSo sound system and a washer/dryer.

Bealach Uige Bothy Luxury Modern Self Catering - Staffin Bealach Uige Bothy
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Bealach Uige Bothy Luxury Modern Self Catering - Staffin

A newly built bothy-style cottage, Bealach Uige is nestled in the host’s large private garden and offers awe-inspiring views that look out to the Quiraing from inside or out with patio doors that lead to a deck. Ideal for a romantic couples’ stay or for a solo traveler, it accommodates up to two in one large bedroom with Skyeskyns Sheepskin rugs, vaulted ceilings, and an en-suite bathroom. The well-equipped kitchen includes a washing machine and all the essentials – in fact, your host even provides starter items like milk and bread while dining can be enjoyed with views of Staffin Bay from a large window. After dark, look forward to fantastic stargazing and with any luck, the chance to gaze up at the northern lights.

Osdale Farmhouse, an Old Crofter's Cottage - Dunvegan Osdale Farmhouse a Crofter's Cottage
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Osdale Farmhouse, an Old Crofter's Cottage - Dunvegan

A traditional 1870s stone farmhouse, this rental in Dunvegan sleeps up to four in two bedrooms, offering tranquil seclusion while being close to shopping and dining in Glendale and Dunvegan as well as attractions like Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, and Neist Point Lighthouse. It provides a relaxing retreat with expansive views of Loch Dunvegan out to the Cuillin Ridge as well as opportunities to watch for wildlife like red deer, otters, dolphins, seals, and sea eagles. Incredibly charming, warm, and cozy, it features underfloor heating ideal for those chilly mornings, along with a wood-burning stove in the living room, and an eat-in kitchen. On a pleasant day, enjoy cookouts on the BBQ or just unwind while enjoying the surroundings in the outdoor seating.

Milovaig House, Stylish Isle of Skye Croft House - Glendale Milovaig House Stylish Isle of Skye Croft House
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Milovaig House, Stylish Isle of Skye Croft House - Glendale

A 19th-century crofters cottage built in Nordic style, the Milovaig House sits among a remote paradise with the nearest village shop two miles away. From the sunroom with its floor-to-ceiling windows, watch for wildlife like sea eagles, dolphins, and whales. Look forward to soaking in the Swedish log-fired hot tub while enjoying the views and perhaps the northern lights on dark winter nights. It includes a modern kitchen with all you need to make your own meals and a dining room with a log burner. There are two bedrooms, one with a king-size bed and the other can be used as a twin or Super King, sleeping up to five guests in total. A TV and washer/dryer are included too.

Red Mountain Garden Cottage - Carbost Red Mountain Garden Cottage
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Red Mountain Garden Cottage - Carbost

Accommodating up to three (children must be at least 10 years of age), the Red Mountain Garden Cottage sits at the edge of Carbost village. It boasts magnificent views of Loch Harport and the Cuillin Mountains beyond, providing a cozy space that’s within walking distance of a shop, pub, and Talisker Distillery. Activities like fishing, hiking, climbing, kayaking, and mountain biking can all be enjoyed nearby. After your day of adventures, cook up a meal in the well-equipped kitchen with extras like tea and coffee, and enjoy it while gazing out at the loch, which can be accessed with a quick stroll down a path. Other notable features include a washing machine, TV, and Wi-Fi.

The Cottage Stein The Cottage Stein
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The Cottage Stein

A B&B overlooking a sea loch and headland beyond, enjoy dreamy cottage-style accommodation with lots of modern comforts in what feels like a remote, secluded lcoation, yet it provides convenient access to Dunvegan Castle and outstanding eateries like The Three Chimneys Restaurant. West-facing, you can also look forward to fabulous sunset views and the occasional appearance of the northern lights. It’s all about personalized service here with no swimming pools or fitness center, but you will have access to the glass-walled sunroom/lounge that opens to a furnished deck. Each room is uniquely decorated and en-suite with standards that include extra throws to use when it’s chilly, a refrigerator stocked with fresh milk, an iPod dock, satellite TV, homemade shortbread and facilities for making tea or coffee.

Mint Croft Hotel - Geary Mint Croft Skye
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Mint Croft Hotel - Geary

Enjoy a luxurious self-catering cottage-style stay at the Mint Croft Hotel, made up of three old crofters cottages that sit just above the sea. Your hosts are a couple of “designers turned modern-day crofters” with the grounds featuring chickens and raised based of herbs and vegetables. You’ll enjoy plenty of peace and privacy in your suite or you can take a stroll down a bath to a little pebbly beach to watch for seals, dolphins, and minke whales. There is a library if you want to borrow one of the design books and even an island kit for exploring, complete with binoculars, walking sticks, maps, and guides. While the cottages are unique all come with TVs, DVD libraries, board games, books, and Nespresso machines.

Beautiful Two Bedroom House with Breathtaking Views - Hallin Beautiful 2 Bedroom House Breathtaking View
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Beautiful Two Bedroom House with Breathtaking Views - Hallin

Located on the Waternish Peninsula in Northwest Skye, this two-bedroom home accommodates up to four guests in two comfy bedrooms like high-end linens while providing spectacular views of the village of Uig, the Ascrib Islands, and Loch Snizort. Enjoy relaxing in the open-plan living area with views of the wild surroundings and the warmth of a cozy wood-burning stove. A full basket of wood, fuel, and all the other tools needed for a fire are included. The host also provides books, local guides, maps, and board games along with a Smart TV that has all of the main streaming platforms. You’ll have a well-equipped kitchen with extras like a panini grill and a washer/dryer with laundry detergent and softener supplied. On a nice day, enjoy alfresco dining on the picnic table outdoors.

Hideaway on the Isle of Skye - Glendale Hideaway on the Isle of Skye
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Hideaway on the Isle of Skye - Glendale

Black Box Cabin is newly built, providing a contemporary, eco-friendly hideaway for four in the village of Glendale in Northwest Skye. Stylish and comfortable, it has an open-plan living area that leads to a deck where you can relax with uninterrupted views of the Glendale Valley or even soak in the outdoor bathtub tOaking while gazing out at the landscape. There’s a firepit to cozy up to that overlooks MacLeod’s tables too. Other features include a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, a Bluetooth music system, and a 32″ HDTV.

Dark Skye Cottage - Broadford Dark Skye Cottage
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Dark Skye Cottage - Broadford

Set among private garden grounds in the village of Broadford within easy walking distance of local pubs, shops and restaurants, the Dark Skye Cottage offers an idyllic couples stay, accommodating up to two guests. You’ll have a bedroom with a spectacular oak sleigh king-size bed that includes luxury Egyptian cotton bedding, a TV with satellite channels, and a unique bath made from one of the island’s Scots Elm trees. Isle of Skye soaps and bath bombs are provided too. Other highlights include a full kitchen with a hospitality package and laundry facilities.

Skye Red Fox Retreat - Stunning Luxury Glamping - Culnacnoc Skye Red Fox Retreat
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Skye Red Fox Retreat - Stunning Luxury Glamping - Culnacnoc

This unique and enchanting retreat offers luxurious glamping, enjoyed in a cabin with a curved wood interior complete with jaw-dropping views of the Trottenish Ridge and the croft (farmland) that surrounds the property. It’s light and airy, warm and cozy, and accessed via a large undercover deck area. There’s a compact but well-equipped kitchen complete with a dishwasher, grill, toaster, Nespresso coffeemaker, and complimentary items like various coffee and tea choices, fairtrade sugar and luxury hot chocolate. The host also includes organic, sustainably packaged soaps from the Highland Soap Co. that’s scented with essential oils. The highlight is the vast deck area with an antique roll-top bath where you can soak while gazing up at the stars.

The Quaint Wee, A House with Sea and Mountain Views - Breakish The Quaint Wee
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The Quaint Wee, A House with Sea and Mountain Views - Breakish

The Quaint Wee is located in Lower Breakish, a small of-the-beaten-path crofting community that’s just 10 minutes from the Skye bridge. While you’re likely to see more animals than you will people, including cows, sheep, seals, otters, deer, and lots of birds, you’ll be just 10 minutes from dining venues and grocery shopping. It also offers a launch site if you want to bring a kayak, canoe, or SUP to paddle around. You’ll have a 32″ HDTV with standard cable/satellite channels, a full kitchen, and a washer/dryer too.

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