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Greshornish House 8 rooms from $127Isle of Skye
Remote but luxurious B&B on its own private peninsula on the Isle of Skye. 10 acres of land provide stunning views. Log fires and rustic charm. Luxurious rooms and tasty food.Views - Great views from hotelSecluded setting - For escaping.Remote - Off the beaten track.Four poster beds - For romantics.
Toravaig House 9 rooms from $134Isle of Skye
A peaceful contemporary hotel set overlooking the Atlantic waters. Log fires and a choice selection of whiskies can be enjoyed after a day pursuing one of the many outdoor activities on offer. A restaurant serving freshly caught seafood perfectly rounds off this award winning gem of a hotel.Fishing - The Hotel is perfecly located to indulge in salmon and trout river fishing as well as trout and arctic char in nearby LochsGreat walks - Wild coastal scenery, deep fjords and secluded windswept bays and a wealth of history make for excellent walksSailing - The owners offer a day excursion around Skye on their luxury yacht SolusViews - Great views from hotel
Duisdale House 18 rooms from $214Sleat, Skye
Escape to this rural nineteenth century hunting lodge on Skye's stunning south-east coastline. Explore the extensive gardens and local beauty, before retreating back to cosy four poster beds in surprisingly modern interiors. Look out for statement wallpaper. Great for a romantic weekend away!Great walks - Skye is renowned for its fantastic walking for all abilities.Views - Great views from hotelSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Birdwatching - Good birding near the hotel.
Kinloch Lodge 15 rooms from $277Isle of Skye
Stunning scenery, dazzling food and plenty of peace and quiet just a short drive from the Skye Bridge. The elegant and traditional rooms are filled with natural light. A cosy sitting room with an open fireplace is the ideal spot to unwind with a whisky. Exceptional Michelin Star cuisine.Foodies - Foodies won't be able to resist the stunning Michelin Star restaurant- check out the taster menu with excellent wine pairings.Romantic Break - A picturesque south Skype romantic retreat offering excellent food, roaring fires, chic suites and long country walks.Great walks - Venture on a Wild Walk with resident naturalist Mitchell Partridge, packed lunches are provided on request.Fishing - The area won't dissapoint, keen anglers can fish for salmon, brown trout and rainbow trout.
Largest of the Hebrides, the Isle of Skye can be a dramatic and remote place - like the end of the world, if you want it to be. Mist shrouded hills even out into lush moors, then rise up again into the jagged Cullins mountains before tumbling steeply into the sea. But if you stay in Portree, the island's capital (and one of the best places to stay in Skye), you'll be in Scotland's third most popular place to visit, close to the castles, museums and cosy pubs.
If you're coming to Skye be prepared to get outside. And be prepared for the weather to be changeable. Probably from fine to very windy and rainy and back. One of the island's main landmarks is the Old Man of Storr, a 50metre high pinnacle of rock six miles to the north of Portree. In a landscape of impressive basalt peaks, The Old Man stands out as so pot-bellied and piercing as to be virtually unclimbable.
Just to the north of The Old Man of Storr is Kilt Rock, a basalt cliff, which has pillars which make it look like the folds of a kilt.
The Quiraing, a basalt escarpment of pinnacles around Staffin Bay, is another of Skye's natural highlights. As is the Fairy Glen, but this time for the opposite reason - it's not vast and craggy, it's on a much smaller, more rounded scale, small, conical hills around ruined cottages - curious and atmospheric.
Skye's other wonders are its native inhabitants. The flora can be breathtaking, and impressive for its resilience, but it's less famous than the fauna, especially Skye's Golden Eagles, Red Deer and Salmon.
If you're loving the landscape, but you fancy some time indoors, visit the Gallery An Talla Dearg, which exhibits works inspired by this landscape.
Skye's manmade highlights include:
- Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, the seat of Clan MacLeod, and the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland;
- ruined Castle Duntulm, once a MacDonald fortress;
- the Museum of the Isles, in part-ruined Armadale Castle;
- and the Talisker Distillery - if you take a guided tour you'll receive a free dram of their smooth, sweet single malt.
For country house comfort
- Greshornish House sits on its own peninsula, amongst ten acres of private land, the perfect traditionally cosy match for the island. After a day out exploring, this is one of the best places to stay in Skye, what with its long fires, squashy sofas, luxurious bedrooms and tasty food.
- Kinloch Lodge is located on the South coast of the island and is an old hunting lodge turned country hotel. Home comforts here are accompanied by Michelin starred cuisine. It's a real home from home just with much better cooking!
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