6 Cool Places to Stay on the Isle of Skye, Scotland
Dome at Skyewalker Hostel | Pim Geerts/Flickr
The Isle of Skye has so much to offer, whether magical walks, fantastic things to see and do or wonderful places to eat. It is no wonder many visitors choose to make much more of the island than a day trip. If you are planning on staying on Skye, here are six suggestions of places to stay, chosen to suit different needs and budgets.
If interior design and upcycling is something you have even a remote interest in, you really should not hesitate to book in at Number One Carbost. The building is a 1950s cottage with outstanding views over Loch Harport, but it is the interior that sets it apart. The self-catering cottage is referred to as a ‘retro retreat’ and is decorated with vintage goodies, handmade wallpaper and furniture from the same era as the house was built. It is designed with nature and relaxation in mind and features a firepit outdoors, a telescope in the loft room and that brilliant retro style.
One of the oldest hotels on Skye, Ardvasar has enviable views across the Sound of Sleat to the wilds of Knoydart. The location is near to the small ferry terminal at Armadale, where boats from the mainland bring visitors to the island. This is a truly boutique hotel, with ten ensuite rooms available for booking. The restaurant has an excellent reputation and draws on locally sourced and seasonal produce throughout the year.
‘Ecology with style’ is how The Cabin is described and this is quite true. As with the Ardvasar Hotel, The Cabin overlooks the Isle of Ornsay on the Sound of Sleat, allowing the guest fantastic views of sea eagles, otters and the often snow-capped mountains beyond. The house is designed to utilise up-to-the-minute green technology, including specialist glazing, a distinctive turf roof, a wood-burning stove and ground-source powered underfloor heating. This is five-star self-catering at its best.
If you would like to be totally immersed in the nature Skye is famous for, but would still like access to showers, toilets, and easily obtained drinking water, then this eco-friendly and welcoming campsite is the place for you. This is not your usual campsite, however, with pitches ranging from clifftop positions with outstanding views to those surrounded by wonderful natural woodland. There are also cabins available, should you fancy a night in a proper bed!
This is an award-winning hostel that provides another option for those on a tighter budget. Located on the Minginish peninsula, the Skyewalker Hostel was originally a school. It offers a variety of room options, including dorm rooms and private bunks. The huge garden is worth a special mention, with a giant chess set and a glass dome to watch the beautiful sunsets or blazing stars at night.
The House Over-By at The Three Chimneys features six bedroom suites, each opulently furnished, decorated, and equipped, including large double-ended bathtubs. Each room has a fantastic sea view and seashore access through a private garden. Perhaps best of all is the fact that as soon as you book a room here you automatically have a table reserved at The Three Chimneys next door, recently voted The Good Food Guide UK Restaurant of the Year 2018.