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Greshornish House Hotel

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Greshornish House Hotel

is an Isle of Skye Hotel, rated as a 4-Star Country House Hotel and is set on 10 secluded acres of garden and woodlands between Dunvegan Castle and Portree. Head Chef Colin Macdonald and his team were awarded a “Gold Plate” by Hotel Review Scotland and include guest comments like: “Don’t think twice about dinner; it’s fantastic” and “The food is as wonderful as ever”. Start with the Loch Greshornish Crab and Avocado Salad, and Avocado Ice Cream before moving on to the Escabeche of Mallaig Landed Sea Bass and top it off with a Iced Cranachan Parfait, Fresh Raspberries and Shortbread. Greshornish House has been nominated as finalist in the Most Excellent Waterside Hotel category in the Condé Nast Johansens 26th Annual Awards for Excellence, and specially commended as “Good for the Soul” in the Hotel Review Scotland awards. Check out the Jura Room which was originally the Laird’s bedroom. It features a king-size zip and link bed, open coal-effect fire and wonderful bay window which provides views to the front of the house over the croquet lawn and loch. Of course it has an en-suite bathroom with roll-top bath and separate shower. Getting a 4-Star Rating doesn’t come easy.  That’s how we rest assured that you’ll find Greshornish House Hotel to be one of the fine Isle of Skye Hotels where you will enjoy your holiday. Address: Greshornish House Hotel, Greshornish, Isle of Skye, IV51 9PN Telephone: 01470582266 Website: Greshornish House Hotel Website

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Toravaig House Hotel

Toravaig House Hotel

is one of my personal favourite hotels on Isle of Skye for a multitude of reasons.  It’s obvious from the moment you set foot on the secluded grounds in the ‘Garden of Skye’ that this is first class Isle of Skye lodging, with incredible attention to detail and a high standard of quality. As many of the other properties covered here in our Skye hotels guide, Toravaig House has won its share of awards including Scottish Island Hotel of the Year, Most Excellent Service UK, Tourism Excellence, Hospitality Gold Medal, just to name a few.

The romantic and luxurious accommodation is popular for weddings and receptions.  In fact, if that’s what you’re looking for, I cannot recommend any Isle of Skye hotels above Toravaig House.  You really won’t be disappointed. Part of the charm lies in the fact that each room is uniquely named after an island, and decorated with feature beds iron bed sleights with full canopies. Cozy fireplaces are standard fare, providing a warm and inviting atmosphere to unwind after a day exploring, sailing, or sightseeing. Did I mention sailing?  Ah, yes! Hotel guests even have access to the Solus na Mara, a 42 foot yacht recently purchased by the hotel.  Icing on the cake in my opinion, spending a day or two out on the water, seeing Skye from angles unavailable on land. The food is widely renowned as well. Two great chefs prepare your favourite locally produced Scottish produce, fish, seafood and meats. They also do duck, venison, lamb and beef steak, along with halibut, fish, sea bass, scallops and lobster.

Our personal recommendation is the full Scottish breakfast featuring Isle of Lewis black pudding, or try the locally sourced smoked haddock and kippers. For a special twist, try a shot of whisky on your morning porridge, made with honey and cream. If you’re looking for a first-class holiday on the Isle of Skye, look no further! Address: Toravaig House, Knock Bay, Sleat, Isle of Skye, IV44 8RE Telephone: 01471833231 or 08450551117 Website: Toravaig House Hotel Website

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Uig Hotel

Uig Hotel on Uig Bay

is found on the Trotternish Peninsula and has relaxing views of Uig Bay and Loch Snizort and surrounding area. Start with the crocodile and scallops, a bit unusual, but worth the risk, move on to the Springbok fillet, and be sure to leave room for the lovely pudding and perhaps a Scottish coffee. The Uig Hotel has 15 rooms which face Uig Bay and makes this property a good selection for those wanting an authentic Scottish accommodation at a Skye hotel.

At one time this was a coaching inn with former steading, Sobhraig House, above the hotel. Ferry connections between Lochmaddy on North Uist and Tarbert on Harris make this accessible, yet the perfect place to get away from it all.  Have a beverage in front of one of the warm fires, or in the sun-lounge which overlooks the bay. Sobhraig House has been converted to lodging with a very high standard, and its rooms have lovely views as well.

There’s no hustle and bustle that you get at the large properties in Sleat or Portree, and serves as a good stop for a night as you plan a multi-day tour of the Isle of Skye. Address: Uig Hotel, Uig, Isle of Skye, IV51 9YE Telephone: 01470542205 Website:  Uig Hotel Website

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Ardvasar Hotel

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Ardvasar Hotel

is one of the oldest, if not THE oldest Isle of Skye Hotels, having been built just after the turn of the century, in the early 1800’s.  Its idyllic setting, with incredible views of the Knoydart Mountains and the Sound of Sleat, are quite noteworthy and show off the splendor of the West Highlands of Scotland. Be sure to take the route through Mallaig, which deserves some time in its own right, before heading over on the ferry to Armadale, which is just a few hundred metres to the Ardvasar Hotel.

The rooms, all 10 are en-suite of course, vary in price and start from £45 per person, per night, and include breakfast. The menu features local game, seafood, and of course Angus beef, which is sure to please.  If you’d prefer, there are vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and a range of dining options to suit your tastes and needs.

I find refreshing the fact that the hotel is children friendly.  Address: Ardvasar, Sleat, Isle of Skye, IV45 8RS Telephone: 01471844223 Website: Ardvasar Hotel Website

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Cuillin Ridge

Cuillin Ridge Thanks again to the natural beauty found on the Isle of Skye in Western Scotland, as well as the wonders of Creative Commons licensed content on Flickr. While it’s doubtful that you’ll find these colours naturally, with the proper technique in HDR photoshoots, the Isle of Skye can come alive in vivid technicolour!

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Isle of Skye Sunset Revisited

Sunset on Isle of Skye There are few places in the world with as many possible sunset photo opportunities as on Scotland’s Isle of Skye. This shot, as found on Flickr’s Creative Commons section, highlights what can be done with the right camera (and possibly HDR techniques).

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Whitewave Outdoor Centre

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Isle of Skye Activities include Whitewave Activity Centre which is a wonderful activity centre on the Isle of Skye. Included in the activities are kayaking, windsurfing, and hillwalking. The kayaking skills training courses are designed for anyone from beginner up to expert, and follow the BCU 1-3 rating system. Beginner windsurfers are encouraged to sign up for an introductory class.

There is no need for a wet-suit, as they are provided at the activity centre. There is some great hillwalking in the area, and navigation courses are available for those not yet familiar. Other activities include canoeing, windsurfing, hillwalking, climbing, archery, and much more. If you’re coming to Skye for some kayaking, or other activities, be sure to call first to see what all activities are planned for the season, and make a reservation in advance.

Address: Linicro, Kilmuir, Isle of Skye, IV51 9YN Telephone: 01470 542 414 Website: White Wave Website

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Sunset on Skye

Beautiful photo of a cloudy sunset on Skye.This beautiful sunset was captured by by Mac ind Og and posted on his Flickr channel.  There are dozens of good places to get great shots, but they rarely turn out this amazing.  I think the framing of flowers in the foreground and mountains in the back are part of what makes this such a great shot.  The vivid colours and ominous clouds are the icing on the cake! Though there are a good many rainy days on the Isle of Skye, you’ll seldom clouds such as these.  If you have any lovely photos that you would like to share, be sure to use our “add me” link to our contact form and give us a shout…

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Isle of Skye Bridge

Classic view on and off the bridge.The road leading through the West Highlands of Scotland twist and wind, and at many times can barely support 40mph travel.  The mountains and lochs greet you as leave the lowlands and enter one of the most beautiful places on earth. After quite a long, arduous trip, you know that you are ‘almost there’ when you see the long, narrow Isle of Skye bridge.  If it’s a windy day, there could be warnings of keeping your speed under control.  But unless you’re driving a large delivery truck or camper van, the national speed limit will be fine.   Just like most all the roads in the Highlands of Scotland, use some common sense  – and Enjoy The View!

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