The Isle of Skye is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Scotland and an absolute haven for photographers and travellers visiting the UK. Renowned for incredible hikes, dramatic landscapes and stunning views at every turn visiting The Isle of Skye is a must for anyone travelling to Scotland. I have put together this guide to highlight the most unique accommodation on the Isle of Skye, with a focus on luxury cabins, including how to get here, where to stay and much more!
Where is the Isle of Skye?
The Isle of Skye is Located on the West Coast of Scotland in the United Kingdom, it is the largest of the Inner Hebrides and one of the most popular in Scotland.
Getting to the Isle of Skye.
From experience, a car is necessary if you’re visiting the Isle of Skye, technically you can go via public transport using the trains around Edinburgh or Inverness and then getting a coach up to the capital Portree, but the UK is not renowned for its most efficient and dependable public transport. Add this into some of the remote locations on this list of Accommodation on the Isle of Skye. My advice to anyone visiting who wants freedom to travel at any hour (sunrise, sunset etc) is to hire a car and drive from Inverness (which is the closest), Edinburgh or Glasgow. (Check flights here).
Driving on Skye for the most part is very straight forward, but worth noting (especially for those of you in hire cars) that there are some roads which aren’t quite as well maintained due to remote location and brutal weather. These are all passable with extra care and require no special driving ability. It is also worth noting that there are many single track roads, these have passing places at frequent intervals to allow on coming traffic to pass.
So, where to stay on Isle of Skye?
Now we have the logistics taken care of, I have put together a selection of the most beautiful and unique Isle of Skye accommodation. While I haven’t stayed at all of these, but the ones I haven’t stayed at I’ve done A LOT of research on, so I’m only recommending the ones that are on my wish-list, or that are renowned for being the best.
Harlosh (Black H and Wood H)
Harloshs’ properties are renowned for being minimalistic, while still maintaining that hygge feel, with vast glass windows in every room truly capturing the rugged and remote views that Skye has to offer. Harlosh properties are not cheap, but with good reason; every single detail has been meticulously thought out and not a single thing missed. Harlosh properties have fully equipped kitchens, wood-burners with fuel, and two outside deckings (one for sunrise and one for sunset). Disappointingly Harlosh properties are not dog friendly so no four legged family members are welcome.
Location: Harlosh properties are within 30 miles of Isle of Skye’s capital Portree, near Dunvegan which is on the North West of Skye. Black
Black H sleeps 2 people, with only one king sized bed (a cot is available on request)
Wood H sleeps 6, with 2 en suite bedrooms with king-sized beds, 1 twin bedroom and one bunk room
The usual essentials; including wifi, sky TV, BT Sport and a DVD player, as well as a sound bar
Book Harlosh HERE
Skye Window house
Skye Window house had to be on the list as my girlfriend surprised me with a stay here which sadly fell through so I now encourage everyone to go before we re book! Stunning floor to ceiling windows, Skye Window house really is all about the view complete with roof glazing to watch sunsets, sunrises and of course on clear nights the stars. Much to my disappointment the window house is not dog friendly.
Location: The Window House is situated on the South west of Skye, an hour south of the capital but only 25 minutes from Skye bridge
The Window House sleeps 6 across 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms
The usual essentials; including wifi, tv, a wood-burner, fully equipped kitchen and luxury bathrooms
Book The Window House HERE
Skye Shepherd huts
Skye Shepherd huts are a little different to the above Isle of Skye accommodation, but no less beautiful. A pair of shepherd huts are hidden up a private track (complete with a pair of donkeys!) The huts themselves have their own kettle, and a fold down table the right size for a dinner for two or board games. The bed is a very comfy double and the hot shower and flushing loo are about 75 yards away in the main house. NB; the facilities are a walk from the huts, so this location isn’t for everyone. But if you are keen for something slightly more ‘rustic’ it is a beautiful hideout.
Location: The huts are situated in the village of Heasta, a 25 minute drive from The Isle of Skye Bridge, and in the perfect position to visit The Fairy Pools. The huts are DOG FRIENDLY! Which is probably my favourite feature!
The huts sleep 2 (a couple, or a very good friend as there is only one double bed)
Activities include: Board games, cards, jigsaws, guide books, OS maps, DVD movie library and DVD player
There is a wood-burner, plug sockets and electric lighting.
Book skye shepherd huts HERE
Black House 1&2
Sligachan self catering offers two beautiful ‘cottages’, these are more like deluxe cabins, with vast windows and impressive views over The Cullin mountain range. My favourite aspect of these cabins are the double height ceilings, which flood light into the main living room. Sligachan is centrally located in the very heart of the Isle of Skye. It’s location lends itself well to sightseeing and exploring around the Island due to its central location.
Location: These two cabins/cottages are the most central of the Isle of Skye accommodation listed here, perfect if you’re up for a day in The Cullins, with a variety of other Skye hot spots being easily accessible. The cottages sleep up to 6 guests in each, so renting out both is the perfect way to host a large group/ family.
These cabins are the best equipped in terms of amenities making them perfect for a longer stay. These include; TV, music system, washing machine, tumble dryer, central heating, all bed linen and towel, and the essential log burner.
Book black house 1&2 HERE
15 Fiscivaig is much more of a minimal and cosy blend than the previously mentioned Isle of Skye accommodation. Alternatively named the hen house, the priority of this accommodation is to reintroduce the guests to the natural world. Surrounded by Skye’s most dramatic landscapes this hideout is perfect for a couple looking to retreat from the business of everyday life. The Hen House is low impact, with a focus on reducing energy and water waste.
The kitchen is not as fully equipped as some of the other accommodation on this list; with an electric cooker and induction hob, fridge with mini-freezer. The Hen House is located on the west of Skye, about an hour north of The Skye Bridge
The wifi is super fast, so you don’t have to feel completely off grid if you’re not quite ready for that!
There is a lovely mezzanine overlooking Loch Bracadale- the perfect place to get lost in a book on a rainy day
The Hen House sleeps 2, with one double bed
There are some lovely local walks, and plenty of wildlife to spot
BOOK 15 fiscivaig HERE
As you can see the common factor with Isle of Skye accommodation is stunning views, lots of glass to enjoy those views and a wild and remote setting. Sadly the other common theme is the lack of pet friendly accommodation, it seems that luxurious accommodations aren’t so keen to accommodate often wet and muddy dogs, so if you are looking for a luxurious escape to Skye, you’ll need to leave the four legged family members at home.