CONNECTED to Scotland’s northwest coast by bridge, the Isle of Skye holds such natural beauty that it’s almost mystical in its appeal.
The largest island in the Inner Hebrides archipelago, Skye is the kind of haven where you can choose to hike amongst the Cuillin mountains, fish on the lochs or kayak along the coast.
See seals, otters, dolphins and even a whale or two.
Then return to heartwarming hospitality at one of these beautiful hotels on the Isle of Skye, recommended by the Good Hotel Guide…
A Victorian country house hotel owned and run by the Macdonald family, Viewfield House in Portree aches with family history.
Filled with antiques and memorabilia that have been carefully collected over more than 150 years, rooms and suites are individually decorated with vintage touches like cast iron beds and Victorian washstands.
Guests are greeted like family and wake in the mornings to views of mature woodland.
It is an elegant approach to life on the Isle of Skye – the kind where you read books, take thoughtful walks, and dinner feels a bit like a private dinner party.
Famed as a foodie destination, The Three Chimneys and the House Over-By is a remote restaurant with rooms overlooking Loch Dunvegan.
Bringing five star style and service to a somewhat understated destination at first appearances, this cosy restaurant has a worldwide reputation for its Scottish cuisine.
Using local produce from land and sea, favourite dishes include Dunvegan crab and pickled mussels, Orbost roast beef, heather-smoked potato and Hebridean Blue.
Meanwhile, accommodation has been added in recent years at The House Over-By next door to the restaurant.
Featuring six, beautifully appointed rooms in contemporary style, it is luxurious, spacious and light.
Each room has a double ended bathtub and toiletries from British spa brand Temple Spa. Robes, towels and slippers are provided along with complimentary fresh fruit, baked goods, fresh milk and mineral water.
DVDs, books and games are readily available, families are welcome, but far and away the best thing about it all is the peace and tranquillity this beautiful space affords you.
Surrounded by the most spectacular land and seascapes featuring snowcapped mountains and sparkling waters, Toravaig House is a country house hotel in beautiful style.
Idyllically remote and in 1930s style, the house has been sympathetically updated for modern convenience, but still features elegant features such as the baby grand piano and marble fireplace in the drawing room.
Meals offer an abundance of local produce including herbs and edible flowers from the hotel’s garden and polytunnels.
Meanwhile days are spent strolling along the hillsides, or in the summer months you might choose to spend the day sailing aboard the hotel’s 50-foot skippered yacht before returning for a malt whisky by the log fire.
This architecturally inspired B&B brings the light and sights of sea and mountains into the rooms and living space at Tigh an Dochais.
Walls lined with books create a restful ambience, a log burning stove and plump sofas deliver a sense of warmth and comfort, softening the contemporary design.
Meanwhile, tartan touched rooms leading out onto larch decking areas bring that quintessential touch of Scotland to your stay.
Breakfast is served communally, with home made breads, muffins and plenty of Skye sausages produced from the owners’ own pigs.
Award-winning and a firm favourite of everyone who visits, it’s got style, individuality, superb hospitality and all the credentials to simply feel at peace with the world.
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