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Discover picturesque landscapes with cottages in the Isle of Skye.

The Isle of Skye, often known simply as Skye, is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides, off the coast of Scotland. It is characterised by acres of heather, small sandy beaches and sloping mountains known as the Cuillins. Skye has a fascinating history and was once a Norse Settlement. Many residents still use the Gaelic language and enjoy a more traditional way of life. The island is famed for fishing, forestry and agriculture and has been celebrated in many songs and poems. It has also been a filming location for a number of films, including Flash Gordon, Prometheus and Stardust.

HomeAway has a vast number of holiday cottages in the Isle of Skye, conveniently situated within easy access of the islands many amenities and attractions. From small cottages which are suitable for couples and families to much larger houses which welcome upwards of eight guests, there is a huge range on offer. Many properties have modern interiors with welcoming lounge rooms offering satellite television, DVD players and internet access, and fully equipped kitchens with modern appliances such as microwaves, laundry facilities and dishwashers. Children and pets are also welcome in many of the Isle of Skye cottages.

The Isle of Skye is famed for walking, its history and the diverse wildlife, making it an extremely appealing holiday destination. Back on the mainland, Scotland has a great deal to offer visitors. In the Outer Hebrides there are numerous cottages in the Isle of Lewis and Harris from which to enjoy a traditional pace of life as well as ample opportunity for angling. Meanwhile, there are a number of attractive and modern apartments in St Andrews from which the golfing capital of Scotland can be explored.

Things to do

Wildlife: Skye is famed for its diverse and unique wildlife and many of the holiday cottages in the Isle of Skye are located within the rural countryside itself. Whilst sea eagles, otters and red deer make their home on the island, the sea around the Isle is home to pods of dolphins, seals, Atlantic salmon and seabirds. Some fortunate visitors have even encountered minke whales, basking sharks and sperm whales.

Local history: Skye has a fascinating and rich history and there remain many artefacts and ruins of the Norse and Clan ownership of the island. Fossilised footprints also support evidence that the Isle was once home to dinosaurs. In addition there are the ruined castles of Clan MacDonald and Clan Macleod, the Brochs (the name given to Pictish towers) and many historic churches and buildings to appreciate.

The Great Outdoors: There is much to see in and around the Isle and it is widely agreed that the best way to see Skye is on foot. Flat and gentle walks are common whilst there are also pathways leading up to the Cuillin Mountains where the highest, Sgurr Alasdair, stands at 3,255 feet. In addition, there are a number of organised activities such as cycling, pony trekking and adrenaline sports to partake in.

Stargazing: The skies of Scotland are famed for being darker than most and Skye is no exception. This gives a huge advantage to any would-be stargazers. Whilst the Aurora Borealis is visible from some vantage points, depending on the time of year, the night sky fascinates whatever the season.

Weather

Skye enjoys a mild climate influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream. Temperatures in the winter may drop to an average of 6.5°C and rise to an average of 15°C in the summer months. Rainfall is far higher than the mainland with an average of 200mm falling per month. High winds are also common.

Travel

Travel to Skye used to be only possible by ferry but since the introduction of the Skye Bridge in 1995, the island has become far more accessible. Driving from the mainland is relatively easy and the bridge is now officially classed as a continuation of the A87, which is the main road through Scotland passing through the likes of Loch Lomond. Car usage is highly recommended throughout the island as many areas are quite remote. That being said, the bus service on the island is reliable, if infrequent, and journeys from Isle of Skye self catering holiday homes to the many attractions are easily found.

    Wonderful! 4.9/5
    (64 reviews)
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    • 2 BR
    • 2 BA
    • Sleeps 4
    House #8166008
    64
    Viewed 151 times in the last 48 hours
      Wonderful! 4.9/5
      (14 reviews)
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      • 2 BR
      • 1 BA
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      Cottage #8170588
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        Wonderful! 4.8/5
        (50 reviews)
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        • 3 BR
        • 1 BA
        • Sleeps 5
        Cottage #8146034
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          Excellent! 4.7/5
          (11 reviews)
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          • 4 BR
          • 3 BA
          • Sleeps 8
          House #1994102
          11
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            Very Good! 4.2/5
            (10 reviews)
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            • 3 BR
            • 1 BA
            • Sleeps 6
            Cottage #1087426
            10
            Viewed 28 times in the last 48 hours
              Exceptional! 5/5
              (23 reviews)
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              • 1 BR
              • 1 BA
              • Sleeps 2
              Cottage #8105476
              23
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                Excellent! 4.6/5
                (7 reviews)
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                • 3 BR
                • 1 BA
                • Sleeps 7
                House #67441
                7
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                  Excellent! 4.5/5
                  (8 reviews)
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                  • 2 BR
                  • 2 BA
                  • Sleeps 4
                  House #8129914
                  8
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                    Wonderful! 4.9/5
                    (25 reviews)
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                    • 5 BR
                    • 4 BA
                    • Separate Toilet
                    • Sleeps 9
                    House #8162672
                    25
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                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                      (7 reviews)
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                      • 1 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 2
                      Cottage #8142806
                      7
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                        Exceptional! 5/5
                        (26 reviews)
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                        • 3 BR
                        • 1 BA
                        • Sleeps 7
                        House #1680917
                        26
                        Viewed 12 times in the last 48 hours
                          Exceptional! 5/5
                          (8 reviews)
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                          • 2 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Separate Toilet
                          • Sleeps 4
                          House #1204869
                          8
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                            Good! 3.9/5
                            (9 reviews)
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                            • 3 BR
                            • 1 BA
                            • Sleeps 5
                            #8103933
                            9
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                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                              (17 reviews)
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                              • 2 BR
                              • 3 BA
                              • Sleeps 4
                              Apartment #8120870
                              17
                              Viewed 30 times in the last 48 hours
                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                (26 reviews)
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                                • 3 BR
                                • 1 BA
                                • Separate Toilet
                                • Sleeps 5
                                Cottage #8143737
                                26
                                Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                  • 3 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  Cottage #6546317
                                  3
                                  Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                    (36 reviews)
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                                    • 4 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Separate Toilet
                                    • Sleeps 10
                                    Villa #8155718
                                    36
                                    Viewed 20 times in the last 48 hours
                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                      (10 reviews)
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                                      • 3 BR
                                      • 1 BA
                                      • Separate Toilet
                                      • Sleeps 6
                                      Bungalow #6511661
                                      10
                                      Viewed 27 times in the last 48 hours
                                        Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                        (6 reviews)
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 1 BA
                                        • Sleeps 4
                                        Cottage #8048584
                                        6
                                        Viewed 35 times in the last 48 hours
                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                          (19 reviews)
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                                          • 4 BR
                                          • 2 BA
                                          • Separate Toilet
                                          • Sleeps 8
                                          House #8150696
                                          19
                                          Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                            (8 reviews)
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                                            • 3 BR
                                            • 2 BA
                                            • Sleeps 5
                                            Cottage #1939828
                                            8
                                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                              Exceptional! 5/5
                                              (6 reviews)
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                                              • 2 BR
                                              • 1 BA
                                              • Sleeps 4
                                              Cottage #6555369
                                              6
                                              Viewed 34 times in the last 48 hours
                                                Excellent! 4.6/5
                                                (17 reviews)
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                                                • 2 BR
                                                • 1 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Cottage #848672
                                                17
                                                Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  • 6 BR
                                                  • 5 BA
                                                  • Sleeps 12
                                                  House #6916793
                                                  1
                                                  Viewed 31 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    • 2 BR
                                                    • 1 BA
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                                                    Cottage #8127181
                                                    2
                                                    Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      Excellent! 4.5/5
                                                      (20 reviews)
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                                                      • 4 BR
                                                      • 4 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                      Cottage #1109434
                                                      20
                                                      Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                        (7 reviews)
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                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 1 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                        Cottage #8172453
                                                        7
                                                        Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          • 4 BR
                                                          • 1 BA
                                                          • Sleeps 9
                                                          House #6815729
                                                          2
                                                          Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                            (8 reviews)
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                                                            • 2 BR
                                                            • 1 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                            Cottage #6715977
                                                            8
                                                            Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                              (20 reviews)
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                                                              • 3 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 6
                                                              Bungalow #8171544
                                                              20
                                                              Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                (18 reviews)
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                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 10
                                                                House #476744
                                                                18
                                                                Viewed 17 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                  (7 reviews)
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                                                                  • 4 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 10
                                                                  House #462780
                                                                  7
                                                                  Viewed 19 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                    Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                    (5 reviews)
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                                                                    • 4 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 8
                                                                    Cottage #732295
                                                                    5
                                                                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 4
                                                                      Cottage #6817740
                                                                      2
                                                                      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                        (8 reviews)
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                                                                        • 3 BR
                                                                        • 3 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 6
                                                                        Cottage #1056294
                                                                        8
                                                                        Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                          Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                          (19 reviews)
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                                                                          • 5 BR
                                                                          • 4 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 11
                                                                          Chateau / Country House #721660vb
                                                                          19
                                                                          Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Excellent! 4.4/5
                                                                            (47 reviews)
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                                                                            • 3 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 7
                                                                            House #6584766
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                                                                            Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              • 1 BR
                                                                              • 1 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 2
                                                                              Multiple rentals Cottage #857163
                                                                              Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                • 4 BR
                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 8
                                                                                Cottage #8132944
                                                                                1
                                                                                Viewed 25 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                                                  (4 reviews)
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                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                  • 1 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                  Cottage #6484960
                                                                                  4
                                                                                  Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                    Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                    (6 reviews)
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                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                    • 3 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                    House #8035974
                                                                                    6
                                                                                    Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                                      (30 reviews)
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                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                      Cottage #447242
                                                                                      30
                                                                                      Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                        Exceptional! 5/5
                                                                                        (3 reviews)
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                                                                                        • 4 BR
                                                                                        • 4 BA
                                                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                                                        Bungalow #8123437
                                                                                        3
                                                                                        Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          • 4 BR
                                                                                          • 3 BA
                                                                                          • Sleeps 7
                                                                                          House #6563472
                                                                                          2
                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
                                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                                            Cottage #4436201
                                                                                            1
                                                                                            Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                              • 2 BR
                                                                                              • 1 BA
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                                                                                              Cottage #1968357
                                                                                              1
                                                                                                • 2 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                Cottage #8169127
                                                                                                3
                                                                                                Viewed 9 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                  • 3 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                  Cottage #1966885
                                                                                                  1
                                                                                                  Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 4
                                                                                                    Cottage #1860475
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                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
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                                                                                                      Cottage #1919890
                                                                                                      2
                                                                                                      Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      The property is lovely has everything you need

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We had a lovely stay. The views were great over the lock. A walkers paradise. Should we ever return to Skye would book again. And be more prepared for the weather.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017

                                                                                                      Superb holiday home

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The Backrest is an incredibly comfortable, warm, and extremely well equipped place to spend a wet and windy week on Skye. It feels like a real home. I could spend hours sitting at the huge windows just watching the ever changing view, and the bird life at the loch edge below. That included the disconcerting sight of a huge black-backed gull swooping down to take a duckling off the water, and the subsequent concerted efforts of a group of ducks coming together to protect the remaining brood. Weather notwithstanding, but with rather less sexy raincoats than Billy Connolly, we managed to explore a lot of the island, and seek out quiet corners. If you want to avoid the mass of walkers heading up to the Fairy Pools just keep going to the end of the road down Glen Brittle, for a beach with no-one else there, and a choice of paths to access the surrounding countryside. I would only make one small point--Mette's email reminded us not to leave unwashed dishes in the dishwasher when leaving, but only five tablets were left in the house; two more would probably solve what appears to have been a problem!
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jun 2017