Most of the Isle of Skye comes with sensational views as standard, but the panoramas from these two renovated old sheep farmers' cottages have to be among the best on the island, tucked beneath the flat-topped outcrops of Macleod's Table and looking out over the Cuillin Ridge and the sea loch of Dunvegan on the deeply indented coastline of Skye's northwest corner. Reached by way of a farm track, it's a special place even by Skye's exalted standards, and we're lucky that local sisters Lucy and Anne have opted to share it with the rest of us. Their sister Jane owns a nearby B&B, Creag House, so they have you well covered whichever kind of accommodation you are looking for, and Jane's chickens help out too by laying the eggs left as part of a small welcome pack.
There are two holiday cottages for rent – The Farmhouse and The Byre. The Farmhouse is a stone-built and very solid mid-19th-century structure, warm as toast in winter and often bathed in sunlight during the months. There's an open-plan living area downstairs, with kitchen, dining and sitting room all in one; a wood-burner and underfloor heating keep it cosy and there's a utility room with a washing machine and a boot room for coats, muddy boots... and muddy dogs, who are especially welcome at both Osdale Cottages. There is a family bathroom downstairs and upstairs there are two bedrooms – one twin, the other with a king-size bed. Nearby, The Byre is the farmhouse's sister property and is a similar vintage, with the same wonderful views. Cool and bright in summer and warm and cosy in winter, it also has underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, a large kitchen with huge windows and a double height living room heated by a wood-burner and a utility room with washing machine. It also has two spacious bedrooms – one downstairs, with its own en-suite bathroom, the other upstairs – and both can be used as either a double (with a super-king-size bed) or a twin.
Both cottages are perfect places for walking, cycling and generally exploring Skye, and each is a tremendous place to return to at the end of the day. You can rent them separately or together and they're well placed for some of Skye's best attractions – for example Dunvegan Castle and the nearby Duirinish and Waternish peninsulas and also some of its best restaurants. This is a bit of a culinary hotspot, and the world-renowned Three Chimneys, the Michelin-starred Lochbay and the newly opened Edinbane Lodge restaurant are each probably worth the journey to this remote spot on their own!
AccommodationTwo cottages next to each other - the 2-bedroom Osdale Farmhouse, sleeping 4, and the 2 -bedroom Byre, also sleeping 4. They can be rented separately or together to accommodate 8 people.
Weekly rate ranges from £550 to £850 and short stays start from £385.
Opening TimesAvailable all year.
The easiest way to reach Skye is via Kyle of Lochalsh and the Skye bridge – a 2-hour journey from Inverness and 4 hours from Glasgow or Edinburgh.Once on Skye, continue on the A87 through Broadford and after approx 17 miles you reach the Sligachan Hotel. Turn left here on the A863 for approx 23 miles towards Dunvegan. Approaching Dunvegan, take the first left turn towards Glendale. Follow this for just over 1½ miles, past a large metal farm building on your left and then over a small bridge. Proceed for about 450m until you reach the blue sign to Osdale Farmhouse and Byre. Turn left and Osdale Cottages are half a mile down the farm track.
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