Are you looking for the best place to stay in Skye? Whether you’re looking for a Bed & Breakfast, a cottage, lodge, a luxury hotel or to experience Skye from a campsite, hostel or wigwam, we have you covered. We will show you some accommodation options and even offer recommendations on amazing places to visit nearby.
The Isle of Skye is a land of contrasts: ancient landmarks and contemporary culture, rugged landscapes and pretty coastal villages, cosy pubs and award-winnning restaurants. Its beauty is mesmerising, attracting photographers from all over the world. Some spots are among the most photographed locations in Scotland.
Film-makers too are drawn to the island. Highlander, Stardust, Macbeth and Snow White & The Huntsman all made use of Skye’s dramatic scenery. The landscape also inspired the animated world for the BFG, Spielberg’s interpretation of the Roald Dahl classic.
Beaches are as fine as you’ll find anywhere in the world – although admittedly not as warm as some. Guidebooks may recommend you allow a day or two to explore the Isle of Skye, but we would encourage any visitor to Skye to linger a little longer, if possible, to discover more of this beautiful island and its rich history.
The Isle of Skye is the second largest of Scotland’s 790 islands. It’s on the West Coast of Scotland and is one of the most sought-after places to visit in Scotland. Skye is a truly magical place to visit and home to some of Scotland’s most inspiring landscapes. A land of mystery, intrigue and natural beauty Skye is a fantastic place to spend some time when in Scotland.
As far as UK staycation or mini-break destinations go, you’ll be hard pushed to find anywhere with more breath-taking natural beauty on offer than Skye.
Located off the north-west coast of Scotland, the island – connected to the mainland by the Skye Bridge which opened in 1995 – is famous for its scenery and rugged landscapes, making it a dreamy destination for those looking for a rural escape and to get in touch with nature.
Despite being the largest of the Inner Hebrides, Skye is just 639sq miles in size and so it is perhaps surprising that it boasts a plethora of individual locations, each with its own unique selling point, for visitors to explore and enjoy.
Where to Stay in Lochalsh
The Field House
Standing proudly on the coast of Loch Alsh, The Field House is the perfect retreat for those looking for outdoor adventures. With hiking, paddleboarding, sea kayaking, climbing, wild swimming and mountain biking all on the doorstep, there’s no better location for active pursuits. Equally beautiful but in a different sense, is the house’s interior, which is so comfy and pristine you could be forgiven for treating yourself to a day of R&R indoors.
A stunning property with stylish Scandinavian design, 57 Nord is idyllic if you’re into modern living and luxury. Just a short hop from the Five Sisters of Kintail, which can be enjoyed through the sliding glass walls, and a quick journey across the Skye Bridge to explore the isle, the house boasts so many features which make it unique and a real talking point.
Where to Stay in Sleat
Imagine sliding back into a luxurious rolltop bath, a glass of wine in hand and views spanning across Knock Bay and the Sound of Sleat. That’s what Skye Window House has to offer. Modern, stylish and with little touches of luxury – not to mention the floor to ceiling panoramic windows – this is the perfect place to balance exploring Skye and its stunning natural beauty, with rest and relaxation.
This beautiful one-bedroom cottage is the perfect setting from which to explore Skye or the nearby Lochalsh, being situated just minutes from Skye Bridge. The cottage attracts a variety of interesting wildlife, so is fantastic for bird-spotting and the like, while stargazing and even possibly seeing the Northern Lights could be on the agenda. Stonechat Bothy comes equipped with home comforts and mod-cons, so it’s a true home away from home.
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Bothan Buidheag and Bothan Beileag – The two shepherd huts, which both accommodate two people, are ideal for a peaceful stay. With just Gilbert and George (the donkeys!) and a few hens for company, you can fully relax mind and body. A great chance to escape mod-cons and distractions of technology, the shepherd huts are basic but in a quirky, charming way, and perfect to set the scene for your rural escape.
Situated on the Minginish Peninsula, Carbost attracts tourists largely thanks to the Talisker Distillery – famous for its single malt scotch whisky. The distillery was founded in 1830, making it Scotland’s oldest and visitors can enjoy tours, tastings and even masterclasses.
The capital of Skye, Portree is the island’s main holiday destination. A hub for culture and bustling activity, visitors won’t be short of things to do in the town itself – although many also use it as a base to explore other areas of Skye. Its harbour is postcard-worthy and Portree also boasts the Aros Centre – an award-winning setting for concerts, theatre productions and film screenings.
Where to Stay in Portree
Located in the heart of Portree, The Bosville is perfect for exploring the capital and all it has to offer. With rooms with harbour or garden views and an award-winning restaurant on-site, visitors can’t fail to have a fantastic stay. And that’s before you take into account the fluffy white towels, 100% cotton sheets and handmade Scottish toiletries, all complimentary as part of the accommodation.
The Crofter’s House
An original 1830’s crofter’s cottage that has been completely renovated as a Highland retreat for two. Situated beside Camustianavaig Bay on the Isle of Skye, the house enjoys a rural location, yet is only five miles from Portree. The self catering accommodation is designed as a peaceful and stylish retreat for two, a perfect base from which to explore the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
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How do you get to Skye?
Many people choose to travel by car, in which case you should allow at least twelve hours if you are travelling from the south of England, or around eight hours from Manchester or Leeds. Another option is to fly to Glasgow, Edinburgh or Inverness airport and use a hire car for your onward journey. It’s worth noting that to drive from Edinburgh to Skye, you’re looking at around five to six hours (235 miles of driving), while from Glasgow to Skye it takes approximately 5 hours (215 miles).
For a more restful journey from London, catch the Caledonian Sleeper – some accommodation is even ensuite now! There isn’t a railway on the island of Skye, but you can travel as far as Kyle of Lochalsh by local train from Inverness and from there you can catch a bus or take a taxi across the road bridge which connects Skye to the mainland. If you have time, a more enchanting route is to catch the ferry from Mallaig, which acclimatises you to the slower pace you need to adopt to appreciate the island fully.
How can I get around Skye?
While getting around Scotland may need a little advanced planning, you can be confident of reaching every corner of the country with a wide range of available travel options. Car, including rental vehicles, bus and train provide connections to major towns, cities and villages, while more remote destinations are accessible via ferry and air.
If you’re looking to minimise your carbon footprint on the wonderful natural landscape, consider using an approved provider. The Green Tourism award is an official stamp of approval that marks out a business for its environmentally-friendly credentials, such as waste management, efficiency and biodiversity, so you know you’ll be doing what you can to support the natural world.
What can I see on my way to Skye?
There are many places where you can break up your journey to Skye and if you do this you can make the travelling part of the adventure. If you are driving from the south of England, the Lake District makes an ideal stopover and will whet your appetite for beautiful scenery. If you would like to stop somewhere closer to Skye, the historic Highland town of Fort William has something for everyone. Ben Nevis is on the doorstep – and you can take the cable car to enjoy the views for less effort – or just sample the local whisky at the Ben Nevis Distillery.
What’s Driving in Skye like?
As in much of the Scottish Highlands, Skye has many single-track roads. You will find passing places at frequent intervals, so you should have no difficulty on these narrow roads, and you can travel at up to 60mph on them where it is safe and permitted to do so. Always make use of the passing spaces as you run the risk of getting stuck in soft verges if you drive onto them. If someone lets you pass them on a single track road, it is expected that you acknowledge their courtesy with a small wave.
When is the best time to visit Skye?
The best time to visit Skye really depends on what you want from your trip. The weather is at its driest in April and May but is not as warm as the summer months. However, the number of visitors increases in the summer, particularly during the school holidays – so if you want to avoid the crowds, it is best to travel outside the peak season. Summer visitors have the opportunity to join in the local festivals and visit the island’s Highland Games. But there are benefits to visiting the island at other times. There is something special about Skye in the winter, and of course visiting at this time means you have a greater chance of seeing the magical Northern Lights. Whenever you visit Skye, you can be sure of a warm welcome and wonderful stay.
What’s the food like in Skye?
Some claim that Scottish food and drink is among the best in the world – and it’s not hard to see why!
Conveniently located for the freshest catches from the Atlantic and North Sea, Scotland prides itself on its fish dishes that are rich in variety and flavour, from salmon and trout to lobster and langoustines. But, with the country’s fertile landscape producing unrivalled ingredients and a long tradition of the finest farming, there’s much more to be found on Scottish menus, with plenty to cater for every dietary preference.
From Michelin-starred restaurants to traditional inns and pubs in sleepy villages, you’ll have an abundance of eateries to choose from in the Isle of Skye.
Should I book my accommodation early?
Whether you’re travelling to Skye alone, as a couple, a family or in a group, with or without a dog, there is certain to be a plentiful selection of accommodation from which to choose. In all regions you’ll encounter a friendly welcome, from cost-conscious campsites to exclusive hotels, and intimate wooden lodges to seaside static caravans. But such is the popularity of the Isle of Skye as a holiday destination that you may be surprised how quickly accommodation is snapped up, especially in the summer months when visitor numbers are at their highest. We advise that you book and research your Skye trip as soon as possible. In the summer months accommodation in Skye can be fully booked, especially in the Portree area, some of the popular cottages will book out for the whole summer. So book fast to avoid any disappointment.
What should I pack for a holiday to Skye?
Packing for a holiday in the Mediterranean in the height of summer is easy, but Skye’s climate is rather less predictable! With four seasons in a day, at any time of year, you’ll need to be fully prepared for plunging temperatures, sideways rain, strong winds or warm sunshine. Just because the rest of the UK is being baked to a cinder, don’t assume that the Highlands of Scotland are enjoying the same weather – you’ll probably have observed how the UK’s most northerly country escapes mention on national forecasts when other regions are experiencing climate extremes. Ensure you have plenty of layers, including windproof clothing, but also some lighter garments if warmer weather is forecast. Bear in mind that proper walking boots are preferable to Wellingtons (which are slippery), and umbrellas may be rendered useless by the wind.
What are the best activities for families in Skye?
Wherever you are on the Isle of Skye, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy come rain or shine. There are lots of family friendly restaurants, free attractions for kids, and geographical wonders that they will never forget.
Can I fly to the Isle of Skye?
At the moment there is no airport on the Isle of Skye. The International airports of Edinburgh and Glasgow are around four hours away from the Skye Bridge. The nearest local Airport is Inverness, which can be reached in around 2 hours from the Skye Bridge.
What are the types of accommodation in Skye?
In the Isle of Skye you will find a wide range of styles of accommodation. Luxury Hotels, self catering, bed and breakfasts, campsites and even unique accommodation such as the Shepherd Huts.
What are the best nightlife spots in Skye?
In Skye’s capital Portree you will find lots of pubs with traditional live music and fantastic atmospheres. MacNab’s Bar Royal Hotel in Portree, features live music throughout the year. There are no night clubs in Skye, the nearest night life would be Inverness.
Which area in Skye should we stay in?
If you don’t plan on having your own transport or a rental car then we would advise that you stay close to Portree. From here you will be able to take tours and public transport to any area on the Island. Portree has a great village feel and has everything you need on your doorstep, it’s known as the main hub of Skye. Another busy town is Broadford which has an amazing mountainous backdrop. If you are taking transport then it’s really personal preference. If you are looking for peace and quiet then you could look at areas such as Sleat, Elgol, Broadford, and Strathaird or Portnalong. The main towns in Skye are Portree, Broadford, and Dunvegan.
Can I camp in Skye?
If you are on a budget or are feeling adventurous then camping in Skye is a great option. Camping in the Isle of Skye can make an unforgettable holiday – imagine waking up amongst the beautiful scenery Skye has to offer. Skye also has various campsites you can choose from like Glenbrittle or Sligachan campsites. There are also places where you can get cabins, shepherd huts, bunkhouses or even wigwams. If you really want to get back to nature you can even go wild camping in Skye as long as you follow the Outdoor Access Code rules.