Where is the best area to stay on the Isle of Skye?
I thought I’d take you through the most popular areas in Skye to stay.
The island is quite small, coming in at only 50 miles long and 25 miles wide. But despite its small size, there are quite a few options when it comes to areas to stay!
The best include ...
This is the “capital” of the Isle of Skye and is often a popular place to base yourself as you can easily access other parts of the island from here. Especially for guided day trips if you haven’t opted to rent a car for the duration of your stay (which we absolutely recommend you do!)
This is another popular area in Skye, particularly because it has the largest supermarket on the island, and there are lots of great restaurants, coffee shops, and souvenir shops.
Naturally, this is therefore a great place to base yourself and you’ll find lots of B&Bs in this area!
This is a small town located in the northwest area of Skye island and it’s a great place to stay if you want to feel totally off-grid and remote.
You’ll find lots of great natural sights around here and a lot of awesome Airbnbs!
Another popular area to stay on the Isle of Skye is Armadale which is located in the south of the Island and is home to the Armadale Castle and Gardens.
This is the closest point to the ferry, so a great base connecting you to Skye and the mainland of Scotland.
15 best places to stay on the Isle of Skye
For your peace of mind, all the properties listed below are Covid-friendly and have additional health measures in place to make sure the property is clean!
This cute bothy oozes romance and is perfect for those in search of a little romance.
The renovation of this traditional bothy with upcycling traditional materials has resulted in a space that combines a unique mix of the old, the new, and the upcycled, wrapped in traditional Scottish vibes.
There’s a wood-burning fireplace to keep cosy in the evenings and a fully equipped kitchen. There’s even an outdoor dining area perfect for those relaxing evenings.
What’s really great about this Airbnb on the Isle of Skye is the fact it welcomes dogs!
5. Skye Eyrie $$$ - Best self-catering accommodation on the Isle of Skye
Escape to Skye Eyrie, a unique, contemporary, self-catering holiday cottage.
This property offers 5-star luxury accommodation for up to 4 guests.
Only a short drive from Portree, nestled under the Trotternish Ridge, the hilltop location provides fantastic coastal views, and you’re in easy access to all of the best Skye attractions on offer. You’ll have a large, fully equipped kitchen, a wood-burning fire in the living area, and floor to ceiling windows to enjoy those epic views!
This family-run hotel was a 17th-century hunting lodge.
It’s situated at the foot of a long private drive up Kinloch Hill on the shoreline of Loch Na Dal. Located in the south of Skye, with an array of quiet surroundings and natural beauty, it’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of life.
Rooms include an en-suite bathroom, TV, and L'Occitane toiletries.
At the treatment room, guests can enjoy facials, massages, salt scrubs, and reflexology.
There’s an award-winning restaurant, and cookery workshops with the head chef can be undertaken by arrangement.
Wilderness adventures with Kinloch's own guide offer fishing, foraging, stalking, and wild walks.
Having stayed in this property myself, I can safely say it’s the most unique accommodation on the Isle of Skye. Technically it’s just off the Isle of Skye because when you stay here, you’re actually staying on your own private island that has its very own lighthouse and lighthouse cottage.
This cottage is packed with everything you need for a comfortable stay, and it’s beautifully designed throughout.
There’s a cosy log-burning fire (wood included), an outdoor fire pit, and BBQ for use, and the property is packed with games and activities to keep you entertained.
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