Best Isle of Skye hotels 2022: culture and cliff views
The mountains are coal black and rust red. The cloudy blue sea, always translucent. The sand gleams, running the spectrum from dirty gold to pearly white. These are the colors of the Isle of Skye and they help frame the aesthetic of the best hotels on the Isle of the Hebrides. Some are located where mountains crash into the sea. Others offer dreamlike daydreams by beaches and cliffs. Here are our favorites.
The best hotels on the Isle of Skye are:
When ash skies loom over Skye, visitors should head north from Staffin to this boutique hotel riot for its Brigadoon-via-Bali design. The Dutch owners have imbued such a sense of aesthetic personality into the suites and lodges that it can be hard to tell if you’re in Scotland or Southeast Asia – but they’re also some of the finest rooms in the Hebrides. . The delightfully stylish restaurant and bar, with stunning views over Torridon on the mainland, are worth a visit whether you’re a guest or not, and the location represents the ultimate stopover for hikes to The Old Man of Storr and Quiraing.
Price: Doubles from £215
Location: Sleat Peninsula
With a reputation built on its cuisine (then, in the 1970s, the home-cooked wonders of original owner Claire Macdonald, now the Michelin-starred talent of experimental chef Jordan Webb), it would be easy to forget the romance of this five-star store. First there is the location, overlooking the mesmerizing Loch na Dal and Sound of Sleat. Then there are the sophisticated rooms in soft tartan and the exquisite service, whether by the fire with a single malt or in the heather with the hotel ghillie on a deer rod at sunrise (rotating with cameras, not guns). Also worth mentioning is the nearby abandoned ruin of Leiter Fura, a wonderfully alluring yomp along the coast.
Price: Doubles from £260
Location: Sleat Peninsula
Named after a Gaelic seafaring hero, this 12-bed hotel in Sleat was once the gateway to the island. Flora MacDonald of Bonnie Prince Charlie fame left Skye from her dock. The same pier was once the busiest port in the North West Highlands and the largest store outside Glasgow was once based here. That is to say, it is brimming with history and ambience at every turn, from the grandiose lobby portrait of Sir Iain Noble of Ardkinglas, patron of the hotel and far-sighted founder of the Gaelic College of Skye, to the local pub Am Pràban, with traditional music sessions, open-arm atmosphere and signature range of blended Gaelic whiskies. The meaning is that it’s a creaky hotel with a history, retaining what brought people to Skye in the first place.
Price: Doubles from £80
First of all, the panorama from the lawn of this family-run hotel is almost incomprehensible, scrolling across Portree to the black peaks of the Cuillins in the distance, leaving all visitors in complete awe. There are 39 rooms and suites, making it the largest property on the island, but what also accompanies the carousel of check-ins is the investment (£2m over the past five years ) and the here-and-now mod-cons: monster TVs, Nespresso machines, luxury amenities, and QR-code room service (also a first for the island). An infinity pool is in the works, and co-owner and manager Edward Wickman is an absolute gentleman. Note that unlike other hotels, the Cuillin Hills is open year-round.
Price: Doubles from £88
Even if you’ve never seen the point of a walking or cycling holiday (Skye’s stock), you have to come to the island just to sample this sublime six-room restaurant. The beachfront accommodation is subtle, not garish, with a Noughties-Scandi vibe and a mini terrace for alfresco drinks, but, really, you come here for the tasting menu and a la carte lunch. Once a small farmhouse, the kitchen is run by Welsh prodigy Scott Davies and, alongside his chefs table out back, he delivers on the promise of a near-zero mile philosophy. Creel’s langoustines are pulled from the traps out front, the shells are collected from Dunvegan Harbor and the beef comes from Vatten Farm six miles away. It’s popular – and expensive – for a reason.
Price: Doubles from £365
Perhaps only the Highlands could have come up with such a fantastic proposition. A stylish hotel almost in the middle of nowhere (hit or miss 4G signals) and with an on-site craft brewery, fabulous pub and within walking and cycling distance of the stunning sea lochs and the Black and Red Cuillin, the highest mountains amazing from all over Brittany. The landscape here is ripe for adventure, which is why the place is muddy territory for boots and backpackers, but also for those seeking solitude and escape. As for rooms, Double Rooms are a serious upgrade from what the outside crowd typically expects — think roll-top tubs, Smeg fridges, and designer toiletries.
Price: Doubles from £96
Location: Sleat Peninsula
The Sonos Collection operates three hotels in Skye, including Toravaig House Hotel and Skeabost House Hotel (see below), but this 21-bed property is the standout for families. Once a stately home built in 1867, then appropriated by the British Army during WWII, it’s a sort of rambling place, with expansive lawns and gardens, beach access, lounge with grand piano and Hamish the hotel dog. Babysitting services and children’s menus are standard, while the youngest are treated to a stuffed otter – the hotel’s mascot and a good excuse to visit the International Otter Survival Fund in nearby Broadford , 10 minutes by car. For mums and dads, a gourmet interlude is offered at the Chart Room bar, with a nautical theme, and cocktails made with fruits from the garden.
Price: Doubles from £170
Location: Loch Snizort
Anyone for a round of golf? No, you’re not in St. Andrews, Carnoustie or Troon, but this old-school all-rounder comes with the island’s first 9-hole golf course, plus more country sports than you could possibly think of. do it. That’s thanks to full-time ghillie Danny Docherty, who’s an expert fly-fisherman who loves to tickle the salmon and trout swimming in the rivers in the surrounding glens. Inside, period features (soaring staircase, high ceilings, deer-head lamps) stack up well against more sophisticated rooms and garden suites with balconies, while there are plenty of other highlights strong. How about 23 acres to explore, electric car chargers and dog-friendly treats?
Price: Doubles from £180
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