Romantic hideaway in an original crofter's cottage, surrounded by Skye's majestic landscapes
The Isle of Skye is a photographer’s dream. Wild and rugged, its dramatic landscapes mix jagged mountains, heather-strewn heathland, lochs, glens and black-pebbled beaches. Drive over the bridge from the Scottish mainland and you’re in another world. This stunning cottage is a perfect counterbalance to the brooding surroundings, all light, modern and Scandi minimalism – whitewashed walls, pale-grey panelling and designer lighting. It’s remote yet a perfect base for the island, 10 mins’ drive from the capital Portree, and 150 yards from Camastianavig Bay where wild seals and otters pop up in the water.
Spend your days exploring on foot, by bike and in the car, stopping at foodie restaurants for an early supper, then return to this cosy home to light the wood-burner and open some red wine. There’s Scrabble if you’re feeling clever, Netflix if you’re not. And the romantic little bedroom is perfectly angled so you can lie in bed and watch the flames flicker in the burner as you fall asleep.
Getting there: you’ll need to drive.
- Climb Ben Tianavaig just behind the house and drink in panoramas of the Sound of Raasay.
- Take a trip to Coral Beach; a stunning white-sand beach that’s a complete contrast to the island’s brooding Hebrides landscapes. At low tide you can walk over to the island of Lampay.
- Further afield, The Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the Cuillin are Skye’s other best-known sights.
- Foodies will love the upmarket Three Chimneys (book ahead), Loch Bay and the laid-back Oyster Shed, whose Pacific oysters are grown in the crystal-clear waters of Loch Harport on the west coast.
- Visit prehistoric sites and ancient castles; the island has a turbulent history.