Self catering Holiday cottages and houses on Skye - the best online listings plus information on Skye itself
On this hightly rated site you can choose from a large selection of cottages and other accommodation on Skye, in all parts of the island including Portree, Uig, Broadford, Staffin and Dunvegan. Good information about what is provided - linen, wifi, fuel, furnishings - and whether pets are allowed. There are reviews for each property, and it easy to see if your dates are free.Visit Sykes Cottages
They have a good selection of Skye accommodation, including family friendly cottages, log cabins and romantic getaways. The Holiday Cottages site has 'at a glance' information to quickly check if the place is suitable for you.
It is easy to see the availability for each cottage and a straightforward booking system for the dates you need.
Homeaway offer more than 300 self catering cottages and houses for rent on the Isle of Skye, from 1+ beds to 6+ beds. Most properties have extensive reviews from previous guests to check before you book, and there is instant confirmation available, so you don't have to wait for owner approval.See all cottages
Attractions, walks, wildlife
Skye is now tremendously popular, despite its usual damp, misty weather. Its attractions are mainly natural ones – mountains, peninsulas, beaches, bays and waterfalls, as well as its wildlife – with the chance to see wonderful birds like sea eagles and golden eagles, as well as otters, dolphins, seals and red deer.
While spectacular and diverse, Skye is not a large island (50 miles north to south, 25 miles east to west, with a permanent population of about 10,000 people), and all its attractions are accessible wherever you are staying on the island.
Skye is no longer really an island, as the Skye bridge on the A87 at Kyle of Lochalsh was opened in 1995. The bridge is sometimes closed during high winds for safety reasons.
The best chance of dry weather on Skye is the period from March to June, while October is the wettest month.
(All the places mentioned below can be found on Google maps.)
The Quiraing (landscape with cliffs, plateaus and pinnacles), Trotternish – paid parking
Starting from the carpark on the A855 between Uig and Staffin, a loop walk of about 2-4 hours takes you through a spectacular landscape of rock features with names like The Needle and The Pinnacle. Good footwear and warm clothing required, as the location is exposed and windy. If you get good weather, park near Loch Langaig for a longer walk.
Fairy Pools, Glenbrittle- paid parking, walk of one-two miles
North of the Cuillins, the famous Fairy pools have beautiful and much-photographed cascading waterfalls, which are green and blue in colour. In good weather many visitors also swim here.
Coral Beaches – car park
at Claigan, north of Dunvegan
These renowned white coral beaches requires a walk of about 40 minutes from the car park at Claigan, but it is well worth it. As well as the beaches, there will be a chance to see seabirds and seals.
The Storr (a rocky-faced hill), The old man of Storr (a standing rock pillar)
These famous attractions can be accessed from a dedicated car park 6 miles north of Portree. Walking shoes are essential.The Old Man is probably Skye’s most famous landmark, and the walk can get very busy.
The Fairy Glen
This distinctive attraction at Balnacnoc is accessed from a minor road leading east from Uig. There is limited parking. Small hills, ponds and a basalt topped prominence called Castle Ewan give the area an out-of-this-world atmosphere. Visitors have created their own art on the ground, mainly stone spirals, which are often shown on drone footage of the area.
Talisker Bay – car park at end of road in Talisker
An isolated pebble beach which requires a 20 minute walk from the car.The waterfall at the north end of the beach can be blown back up during high winds. At nearby Carbost on Loch Harport you can visit the Talisker whisky distillery which offers tours and tastings.
Oronsay – tidal island – car park at Ullinish
A beautiful small island which can be accessed at low tide only. High cliffs, beaches and caves to explore if you are a keen walker.
Loch Coruisk – walk from Elgol (3-4
hours), or get a boat trip
Situated at the foot of the Cuillins, visiting this dramatic loch is an unforgettable experience, even if the weather is poor.
Skye has a wealth of archaeological sites, including the remains of many Iron Age forts, and brochs, which were inhabited defensive towers built of drystone. The best preserved example of a broch on Skye is Dun Beag, near Bracadale, and conveniently close to the road. Here you can go inside the surviving walls to see an inner court, and intra-mural cells and stairs. Information board on site.
Sabhal Mòr Ostaig– Gaelic college, Sleat
A unique Gaelic-medium teaching college which offers residential courses and degrees, and studies and researches the literature and the history of Gaelic Scotland, including traditional music. Websites: English http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/en/ Gaelic http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/
Dunvegan castle and gardens - 1 mile north of Dunvegan
This castle is the seat of clan Macleod, and the award-winning castle and its gardens can be visited for an entrance fee.There are also a restaurant and shops, and boat trips to see the seals.
Neist Point (headland) and lighthouse
Go to Milovaig and drive down the minor road to the car park.There is a trail to the Stevenson lighthouse, which is an automated one.You can watch the sunset, or bring binoculars and look for whales, dolphins and basking sharks.
Sea eagles – boat trips from Portree
In addition to the normal sightseeing trips you can be taken out from Portree to try to spot the huge sea eagles, also knows as white-tailed eagles, which were reintroduced in the 1970s and are now well established and breeding on Skye. In total there are about 130 pairs of these magnificent birds in Scotland. Fish are thrown into the water by the tour boats to tempt the birds down.
The Cuillin (mountain range)
The Isle of Skye’s spectacular high mountains include twelve Munros, and are a thrilling place to walk and to climb, if you are experienced and well equipped.The main ridge of the Black Cuillin is 14km long.The highest peak is Sgùrr Alasdair, 992m or 3255ft high.The range is usually accessed from Glenbrittle.
Boreraig Clearance village
From the church of CillChriosd (limited parking) on the B8083 between Elgol and Broadford you can take a path for about one and a half hours to reach the abandoned village of Boreraig, which was cleared to make room for sheep in the 1850s. This place is a stark reminder of one of the darkest periods in Scotland’s history.
Some towns and
villages on Skye
Attractive Portree (Port Righ, port of the King) is the capital of Skye and is a fishing village. It is set on a sheltered bay on the east coast of the island and offers many bus and boat trips for the visitor – check the VisitScotland iCentre for all details.
Broadford is not far from the Skye bridge, and the second largest town on the Isle of Skye, though its permanent population is only about 600. The town stretches round its bay, and has many craft shops, as well as Skye’s hospital and a good range of accommodation.
Dunvegan, on the north-west of the island has Dunvegan castle and is a popular holiday spot.
Kyleakin is the first village you see when arriving on Skye, and has full facilities and the Brightwater visitor centre for fans of otters and Gavin Maxwell.