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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.

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 months ahead! 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.

    For Total Escape

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Coruisk House offers just two bedroms 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.

    For country house comfort

      • 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.

      • 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.

      For foodies

      • 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!

      • 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.

      For Great Value

      • 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.

      • 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 a cottage or an apartment

      • If you'd rather a more self-sufficient stay in a cottage or an apartment, visit our online booking 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 offer 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 partnerRentalcars. 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 which is the best place to stay in Skye for you?

          Best Hotels in Skye

          • 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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          • Coruisk House 2 rooms from £150


            Tucked away on the picturesque peninsula of Elgol, Coruisk house offers a superb restaurant with elegant rooms. Both rooms 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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          • 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.
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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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          • 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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          • 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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          • 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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          • 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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          • 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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          • 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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          • Hotel Eilean Iarmain 16 rooms from £195


            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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