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About Skye

The 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 heather clad moors, then rise up again into the jagged Cuillin 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 - and close to the castles, museums and cosy pubs.

Skye's Landscape

If you're coming to Skye, be prepared to head outside. What's more, be prepared for the weather to be changeable. Sun, wind and rain can all appear in a matter of minutes before disappearing again so it's always a good idea to have a jacket on hand! Don't worry though, the scenery makes it all well worth it. 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. So is the Fairy Glen, but this time for the opposite reason - it's not vast and craggy, it's on a much smaller and more rounded scale with small, conical hills around ruined cottages - a curious and atmospheric spot.

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 such as Skye's Golden Eagles, Red Deer and Salmon.

Where To Stay

  • The quaint coastal village of Armadale is ideal for those seeking a laidback retreat.
  • Alternatively, head along the coast to Isleornsay - a natural harbour and fishing port which boasts terrific views out to sea.
  • Or how about Portree, the island's capital? With its quaint coloured houses dotted along the shoreline and wonderful nearby walking trails (Ben Tianavag and Ben Chrachaig are particularly noteworthy), it's a top all-round spot.
  • Overlooking Loch Dunvegan, Colbost is a small hamlet that's perfect if you fancy a peaceful getaway.
  • Alternatively, Greshornish boasts terrific coastal views and Uig has splendid hiking.

What Not To Miss

  • 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, the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland.

  • The ruins of 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.

Don't forget that the island is a seriously popular destination! If you want to ensure a room in one of the best places to stay in Skye during the peak summer season, you'll need to do your homework and plan well in advance! Alternatively, visit in the quieter months, when the crowds have dissipated and you can truly appreciate the stunning landscape and all it has to offer.

The Best Places to Stay on Skye

For Armadale

  • Ancala is a quirky, modern B&B cabin located right on the coast. With chic interiors and wonderful breakfasts, it's a lovely little retreat.

For Isleornsay

  • The Hotel Eileen Larmain is a lovely, 16-room hotel on a small harbour overlooking the Sound of Sleat. Each of the rooms has been individually decorated and most of them have beautiful views. The hotel restaurant is much lauded, known for its seafood and game.
  • Duisdale House is a rural escape converted from a 19th-century hunting lodge on Skye’s stunning southeast coast. There are 18 rooms, some with four-poster beds, as well as beautiful gardens and lovely views.
  • Kinloch Lodge, located on the south coast of the island, 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!

For Colbost

  • Hillstone Lodge, wonderfully modern in design, boasts a splendid setting overlooking the wild landscape of Skye. Just a short stroll from the coast, this 3-bedroom property features smart contemporary design and decor.
  • The House Over By boasts gorgeous rooms, an utterly splendid restaurant and supreme views - a real belter.

For Portree

  • Marmalade Hotel is an uber-chic farmhouse with stylish rooms and a top-notch restaurant. What more could you ask for?
  • Four-room Canowindra B&B is a more low-key, but still charming, option.

For Greshornish

  • Greshornish House is a remote but luxurious B&B, situated on its own private peninsula and surrounded by ten acres of land. The views are incredible and the decor is rustic and charming. There are just eight rooms, so it's a wonderfully peaceful stay.

For Uig

  • Woodbine House in Skye's northern village of Uig, is a delightful five room B&B - there’s one family suite - with a homely feel. The owners are friendly and the location is excellent. Rooms start from around £70 a night.

For Culnacnoc

  • Glenview is a charming B&B, some 15 miles north of Portree This property has just three cosy rooms, with stunning views of the Trotternish peninsula, and a superb restaurant known for creating wonders with local produce. Plus there's an on-site Art Gallery with ever-changing pieces to admire. Rooms start from £90 per night.

For Elsewhere

  • Toravaig House is a peaceful, contemporary hotel with views over the Atlantic. Enjoy a choice selection of whiskies beside the cosy log fires, and you'll love the excellent seafood restaurant. Great for fishing both trout and salmon.
  • Coruisk House offers just two bedrooms and is well tucked away on the peninsula of Elgol. This is primarily a restaurant, so the food is good. The rooms are stylish and comfortable. Plus, you’re right by the Cuillins and an impressive Neolithic stone circle.

  • Tucked away on a peninsula, Flodigarry is the perfect place to get away from it all and relax. It boasts smart rooms which expertly mix wooden influences with more modern touches, whilst you're in a great spot to explore the breathtaking local scenery.

  • Mint Croft, set in a couple of restored Highland buildings, boasts a wonderfully scenic setting. Their homely, charming rooms are bound to please.

Prefer a cottage or an apartment?

  • If you'd rather a more self-sufficient stay in a cottage or an apartment, visit our online partner, Booking.com, where you'll find a wide range of properties to check out.

Travel Information

  • The nearest international airport is Glasgow (about 216 miles from Portree) and the nearest local airport is Inverness (about 115 miles from Portree).

  • If you're coming from the mainland you can take a ferry from Mallaig to Armadale, run by the Calmac company, or you can drive over the Skye Bridge.

  • City Link also offers coaches from Glasgow and Inverness to Skye.

  • It's best to visit Skye over the summer months, especially in August where the average temperature will range from roughly 11°C to 16°C.

  • For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars. It is worth noting that if you are planning to drive round Skye, the majority of the roads are single track. So be prepared for slow progress during the peak season!

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Skye

  • Woodbine House 5 rooms from £69

    Portree, Skye

    A delightful B&B on the west coast of the isle of Skye. The rooms have a homely feel and there's an excellent family suite. With self-catering options, it could be perfect for a family or group trip to Skye. Friendly owners and a great location prove a winning combination.

    Back to Nature  -  Skye is the ideal place to get back to basics and return to the wind and the wild.
    Local exploring  -  A great base for exploring the beauitful west coast of Skye.
    Kayaking  -  Guests can hire sea kayaks to explore the surrounding coastline.
    Birdwatching  -  Skye is a great spot for puffin watching.
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  • Glenview 3 rooms from £90

    Portree, Skye

    A charming and homely B&B run by helpful owners, on the picturesque island of Skye. The rooms are cosy and comfortable with stunning views of the Trotternish peninsula. The superb restaurant focuses on local produce such as oysters and venison. Perfect for a remote getaway.

    Back to Nature  -  Escape to the picturesque, wild Scottish island of Skye with it's dramatic landscapes and stunning wildlife.
    Local exploring  -  The perfect base for exploring the amazing island of Skye, with cosy beds and hearty meals.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the iconic natural landmarks such as the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the Trotternish Ridge.
    Great walks  -  There is superb walking around the nearby Trotternish Peninsula.
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  • Greshornish House 8 rooms from £100

    Isle 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 hotel
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Sawdays
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  • Toravaig House 9 rooms from £105

    Isle 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 Lochs
    Great walks  -  Wild coastal scenery, deep fjords and secluded windswept bays and a wealth of history make for excellent walks
    Sailing  -  The owners offer a day excursion around Skye on their luxury yacht Solus
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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  • Hillstone Lodge 3 rooms from £120

    Colbost, Skye

    Hillstone Lodge offers refreshingly modern accommodation, overlooking Skye's wild landscape. Designed with stylish elegance, the rooms offer excellent sea views. Just a short walk from the coast, it's perfect for a quiet relaxing retreat.

    Country Escape  -  The perfect cosy base to return to after a day exploring around Dunvegan and wider Skye.
    Active Holiday  -  Hill walkers and mountaineers will cheerish Skye's superb mountainous landscape.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the excellent walks all along the nearby coastline.
    Sailing  -  The perfect port of call for a sailing trip around the Hebrides.
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels
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  • Marmalade Hotel 11 rooms from £143

    Skye

    A stylish hotel in a Georgian farmhouse with lush gardens and stunning views to the sea. Featuring a chic colour palette of slate greys with touches of sea blue and gorse while simple rooms are smart and cosy with fitted carpets and throws. Don't miss the top-notch cuisine served in the restaurant!

    Country Escape  -  A cosy rural property surrounded by lush gardens, with a great view across the bay to the Cuillin range
    Great walks  -  Embark up the rocky hill called The Old Man of Storr, and head on the wonderful mountain walks in the Cullin range
    Local markets  -  Explore the markets, boutiques and cafés of the quaint and picturesque harbourside town of Portree
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
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  • Canowindra B&B 4 rooms from £145

    Portree, Skye

    Canowindra B&B is a charming guesthouse just a couple of miles south of Portree. Peace and tranquility is ensured with a quiet location, excellent rooms and ever helpful hosts who are always on hand to point you in the direction of a good walk.

    Local exploring  -  A great base from which to explore the stunning Isle of Skye.
    Fishing  -  Your hosts can point you in the direction of some nearby hill lochs full of brown trout.
    Great walks  -  The surrounding landscape is full of wonderful walking routes.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the beautiful nearby Dunvegan Castle.
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  • Coruisk House 4 rooms from £150

    Skye

    Tucked away on the picturesque peninsula of Elgol, Coruisk House offers a superb restaurant with elegant rooms sleeping up to 10. Two doubles and two suites are stylish and comfortable with warm colour schemes and luxurious furniture. For intrepid mountaineers the nearby Cuillin's lie in waiting.

    Local exploring  -  Perfect for exploring the south coast of Skye with cosy beds and hearty meals waiting for you on your return.
    Country Escape  -  This stylish hotel makes the perfect bolthole for a rural escape to the rugged, wild landscape of Skye.
    Sights nearby  -  Historians will enjoy visiting a local Neolithic stone circle, several chambered cairns and the High Pasture Cave.
    Birdwatching  -  Birdwatchers can go in search of golden eagles and peregrin falcons.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Flodigarry 11 rooms from £160

    Portree IV51 9HZ, Skye

    Tucked away on a peninsula, this hotel and restaurant have breathtaking views across the sea to the Wester Ross mountains. Interiors reflect the wild landscape, with a palette of greens and browns and the use of natural materials. Rooms feature four posters and large windows to enjoy the views from.

    Active Holiday  -  Ideal for an outdoorsy holiday with a host of activities such as wildlife walks, guided mountain rambles, fishing or boat trips
    Great walks  -  Climb the Old Man of Storr, an iconic rocky hill, or head up on the wonderful mountain walks in the Cullin range
    Local markets  -  Explore the markets, boutiques and cafés of the quaint and picturesque harbourside town of Portree
    Sights nearby  -  Head to stunning natural landmarks such as Kilt Rock and the Trotternish Ridge
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  • Duisdale House 18 rooms from £168

    Sleat, 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!

    Traditional  -  A nineteenth century hunting lodge that has been converted into a hotel
    Great walks  -  Skye is renowned for its fantastic walking for all abilities.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • Ancala 2 rooms from £152

    Skye

    A sophisticated B&B cabin right on the edge of the Sound of Sleat with wonderful views of the sea. The luxury minimal design is very chic with floor-to-ceiling windows, king size beds and white on white style. Expect a gourmet breakfast from the former-chef host, and the local pub serves good food.

    Hideaway  -  Lovely seaside cabins with floor to ceiling views of the bay make this the ultimate escape to nature
    Great walks  -  Many stunning walks such as the nearby the Point of Sleat Walk and there's many beautiful mountain trails in the Cullin range
    Sights nearby  -  Armadale Castle and Gardens are nearby, and the ruins of Dunscaith Castle perch on a low headland on the Sleat Peninsula
    Local markets  -  The charming harbour town of Portree (about an hour away) has markets, independent shops and cafés to explore
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  • Hotel Eilean Iarmain 16 rooms from £195

    Skye

    A lovely hotel on a small harbour overlooking the Sound of Sleat. The individually furnished rooms are cosy and comfortable with many boasting great views. The standout feature is the hotel's heralded restaurant which focuses on local seafood and game. A remote gem.

    Hideaway  -  The perfect spot to getaway from it all, overlooking the Isle Ornsay lighthouse and the hills of Knoydart across the sea.
    Beach Life  -  Explore the stunning secluded beaches on Skye, with the nearest just a minutes walk from the hotel.
    Birdwatching  -  Skye is a great place for birdwatching especially puffin watching.
    Fishing  -  Take a sea fishing trip off the coast of Skye.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Kinloch Lodge, Skye 15 rooms from £218

    Isle 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.
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  • Mint Croft 2 rooms from £240

    Waternish, Skye

    This hotel is located on the Isle of Skye in several restored Highland buildings. The Blackhouse Suite has a traditional turf roof, exposed stone walls and a freestanding stone bath. The Stone Store Suite is two-storey with a generous living room. Enjoy in-room afternoon tea; a charming, quiet stay.

    Local exploring  -  This B&B is in a great location for local exploring on the Waternish peninsula; enquire with the hosts for recommended trips
    Hideaway  -  Located on the remote Isle of Skye and offering private suites, this hotel makes a perfect option for a hideaway holiday
    Romantic Break  -  With its beautiful seaside setting and quiet country atmosphere, this B&B is a wonderful setting for a couples' getaway
    Great walks  -  Explore the beautiful natural landscape of the Isle of Skye on a long walk; your hosts will be happy to advise you on routes
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  • The House Over By 6 rooms from £345

    Colbost, Skye

    Home to lovely rooms and a magnificent restaurant, The Three Chimneys and The House Over By is a superb hotel on the Isle of Skye. Elegance abounds with its tastefully decorated rooms and stylish restaurant overlooking the sea.

    Great walks  -  The surrounding area is full of beautiful walking routes.
    Kayaking  -  Take the sea kayaks out and explore the Skye coastline.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit nearby Dunvegan Castle.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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