It has been said that Skye, Eilean a' Cheņ (Island of Mist) is the most romantic of all British islands and an excellent base from which to discover it is Skirinish Cottage, which must surely correspond to most people's idea of everything a typical picturesque Highland croft cottage should be.
Peacefully situated near the head of Loch Snizort, yet just 5 miles from the island 'capital', Portree, this whitewashed traditional cottage has amazing views of the Cuillins and the outer isles.
Inside, it is all just as charming - cosy, comfortable and well-equipped in an unpretentious style which is just right for this type of property, yet with all the modern facilities you could wish for. The open plan living area has a vaulted ceiling in the seating area and an open fire to supplement the oil central heating. The double bedroom (up two steps) has an en suite bathroom and dressing room with additional single bed, and there is a twin bedroom and further bathroom.
Portree has all facilities and clusters round its harbour, from where you can take boat trips to view the coast and marine wild life from the water.
The Isle of Skye has such a variety of activities and places of interest to entrance those who visit. Explore Dunvegan Castle, believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited family home in Scotland, taste the renowned local tipple at Talisker Distillery, indulge your inner child at Glendale Toy Museum or learn about the island's Gaelic roots in the award winning Aros Centre in Portree.
If you are fond of dining out, Skye offers plenty of choice. Among the island's celebrated eateries is the award winning Three Chimneys Restaurant on the edge of Loch Dunvegan which is perhaps the most famous restaurant in the Highlands, as well as The Stein Inn on the shore of Loch Bay, said to be the oldest Inn on the island and Marmalade in Portree itself, a beautifully refurbished Georgian House overlooking the Cuillin mountains.
Even if you don't feel quite up to tackling the Cuillins, you can walk the captivating Trotternish peninsula and meet the Old Man of Storr, a 50 metre high tooth of rock which proved so daunting that no one dared to climb it until 1955. Experience Faerie Glen, the curious and enchanting home of a favourite of Scottish folklore and the perfect place to make a wish, although after experiencing all Skye has to offer it is likely that your wish will be to return!
Bed linen, towels, electricity and oil central heating (first £25) are INCLUDED in the rental. One well-behaved pet welcome by arrangement. Smoking is not permitted in this property.