Dunvegan, Scotland (Ref. 2011)

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Cottage features

  • Off road parking
  • Smoke-free
  • Garden / Patio
  • Cot available
  • Highchair available
  • Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Washing machine
  • Seaside
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The property

A detached, stone-built property, situated in the historic village of Dunvegan, on the beautiful Isle of Skye. Just a 5 minute walk from the sea and boasting fabulous views towards the stunning Cuillin Mountains, this simple yet cosy accommodation provides a comfortable base from which to explore this glorious part of the Highlands, offering three bedrooms and a delightful, secluded garden, ideal for dining alfresco. With many outdoor attractions available to suit all tastes, historical Dunvegan Castle and Skye's capital Portree all within easy reach, this great property has lots on offer for all the family!


Three bedrooms: 1 x double, 1 x twin, 1 x small single. Ground floor bathroom with bath with shower over, basin and WC. Small fitted kitchen. Dining room. Sitting room with electric fire.


  • Oil central heating with electric fire in sitting room
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, TV, DVD, CD player/radio, small selection of books/games/DVDs
  • All fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Cot, stairgate and highchair available on request
  • Off road parking for 2 cars
  • Mature, lawned garden with garden furniture
  • Sorry, no pets and no smoking
  • Shops and pubs 5 mins walk.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter

Guest Reviews


    • “A lovely, well-equipped cottage that is perfectly situated for a family holiday in Skye”
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    • “Dunvegan is a great base for a visit to Skye. It's quieter than Portree and offers beautiful scenary and several special attractions including Dunvegan Castle and Coral Beach. There are nice local walks through the village and along the Two Churches trail. The cottage is located on the outskirts of town and just a few minutes walk to the sea and amenities. In Dunvegan there is a well-stocked convenience store, a garage, a post office, several good tea shops and restaurants, and the oldest bakery in Skye. The cottage itself exceeded our expectations. It was clean and well-furnished with sufficient space for our family of five which included two teenagers. The only conflict between the kids was over who got to stay in the small bedroom which offered the kind of special, tucked away space that kids love. The landlords who live next door are gracious and helpful hosts. Great effort is taken to help guests feel welcome and comfortable in their holiday home. We highly recommend the cottage which is now among our favourite self-catering properties that we have stayed in the UK. Visitors from North America should keep in mind that like many UK properties there is no dryer. We expected this to be an issue when wet weather inevitably hit, but it wasn't a problem. There is a washing line in the backyard and plenty of clothes pins are provided along with a drying rack that is stored in the cupboard. The cottage was warm and clothes dried quickly. Visitors to the cottage can get their wi-fi fix by travelling to Portree where free wi-fi is available at the visitor centre. Free wi-fi access on Skye was not as prevalent in coffee shops and tearooms as we are accustomed to. This should not deter visitors from staying at this lovely cottage nor from choosing Skye and specifically Dunvegan as a holiday destination. We had no trouble keeping the kids busy in the evenings with the cottages good stock of books, movies, and board games. Skye offered us all a well-needed break from the constant connections to technology that have become the norm and introduced the children to the experience of island life.”

    5Hills3, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015

    • “Topp!!”
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    • “Das Haus ist sehr sauber! Der Ort ist klein und beschaulich, alles ist gut zu Fuß zu erreichen! Dunvegan ist idealer Ausgangspunkt für Ausflüge auf der Insel. Wir haben uns hier sehr wohl gefühlt! Besonders zu empfehlen ist eine "Robbenfahrt" am Schloss Dunvegan. Vielen Dank!!”

    C S, Leipzig, Germany, August 2015

    • “Perfect base from which to explore Skye”
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    • “Hillside cottage is in a great spot, if the weather permits you will see lovely sunsets. There were 4 adults in our group and the cottage was well equipped, comfortable and warm - it contained everything we needed. The welcome from the owner was lovely with fresh flowers, tea, coffee and shortbread waiting for us. The owners live next door, they don't pester you at all but it's nice to know they are close by. The information folder provided in the cottage was invaluable....during our week long stay we managed to see all the main attractions: Loch Coruisk, Talisker Bay beach, Neist Point lighthouse, Coral Beach, the Quiraing, Old Man of Storr and Dunvegan Castle.”

    CandJEdinburgh, Edinburgh, June 2014

    • “Excellent cottage in excellent location”
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    • “This is a lovely cottage with lovely views and peaceful setting. The accomodation was clean, spacious and well equipped. The owners live in a seperate cottage behind but after the initial meet & greet unless you have any questions, you have total privacy. That said, they are a lovely couple, friendly and helpful and help to make your stay enjoyable. The cottage is within easy walking distance of the village shop, pub, bakery, etc. A vist to Dunvegan Castle, and Coral Beach are highly recommended as is Talisker Bay and Neist Point a little further afield. We enjoyed traditional music night at the local Dunvegan Cellar Bar, where we were made extremely welcome. Stein Inn (the oldest Inn on the Isle of Skye) is recommended for good value food, drink and the stunning views across the Loch.”

    Elaine C, Nottingham, United Kingdom, July 2013

    • “Excellent, warm cottage in great location.”
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    • “This cottage has everything we needed and was lovely and warm. The location was just right, not too far from everything in the North of the island. the owners live in the cottage next door and a are friendly and helpful, even being able to lend my son a phone charger, as his had broken. The restaurants nearby serve delicious food, so it is easy to eat out if you want a rest from self catering. We had a very relaxing holiday here and would certainly book again.”

    Lesley B, Dunfermline, United Kingdom, April 2012

    • “Great!”
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    • “Loved it!!!Nothing else to say, can't be bothered to use 50 characters.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Cumbernauld, December 2011

    • “A stay that leaves you wanting to come back as soon as possible.”
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    • “A very warm welcome received from Morag and John who went out of their way to ensure we enjoyed every minute of our holiday. Special touches included fresh flowers, tea, coffee, milk, sugar and shortbread on arrival made you feel at home right away. The accommodation was clean and comfortable with everything you required at hand. The village of Dunvegan has plenty to offer in the way of restaurants, bakers and a garage which sells groceries and newspapers. Great location for exploring the island. Although the weather wasn't very good it made all the difference coming back to a cosy, comfortable cottage. We enjoyed our stay so much that as soon as we arrived home we bkked again for 2012!”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Clackmannan, December 2011

    • “Wonderful experience and perfect family holiday”
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    • “Hillside is a beautiful cottage with ample room for a small family to relax and rest. The location is perfect for walking into Dunvegan village but with plenty of privacy. The Macdonalds were wonderful hosts and have taken care of every small detail in the cottage to ensure it is comfortable and well equipped for cooking and reading. We enjoyed hiking and exploring the artist studios nearby. We will come back to Hillside when we are next in Skye.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Edinburgh, December 2011

    • “A perfect holiday at Hillside,”
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    • “This cottage is very well situated and equiped to a very good standard with very good fixtures & fittings. It is well maintained by the very friendly owner and is a perfect place to stay and explore the northern part of Skye.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Blofield Norwich Norfolk, October 2011

    • “A truely invigorating week.”
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    • “The cottage provided the ideal base for us to explore the island and have a tremendous week on Skye. The friendlyness of everybody that we met during our stay was overwhelming. A perfect cottage for a perfect stay.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Mansfield Woodhouse, October 2011

    • “Excellent accommodation and great location.”
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    • “Having driven from Bedfordshire via Balloch to here, we found a fantastic place, convenient for walks and site seeing. What a fantastic island.”

    A FlipKey Verified Reviewer, Bedfordshire, December 2009

    • “Our stay in Dunwegan”
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    • “It was a grest place to stay and very friendly owners”

    Isabelle W., Germany, September 2011

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    • “A great location and cottage, we loved it!”

    Mr Taylor, Halifax, August 2015

    • “Hillside is a very welcoming cottage, it was warm and comfortable. The owners are very friendly and caring people.”

    Mrs Crawford, Bury St. Edmunds, May 2015

    • “We enjoyed the wildlife and the cottage was really beautiful. We found the owners to be top grade.”

    Mr Thorpe, Rye, May 2015

    • “The cottage in Dunvegan was an excellent base to explore the Isle of Skye, and the host was easily contactable and very helpful.”

    Mr Davies, May 2015

    • “Hillside, Dunvegan proved to be an excellent base for us. The cottage was welcoming, lovely and warm, had plenty of hot water and was well equipped. In a nice quiet location very close to the village amenities. Although a long drive to reach, it was through fantastic scenery, and it was suitably located for the interesting places we wanted to visit and walks we hoped to do. The cottage was so very comfortable we didn't want to leave when our holiday was over! We're already planning our next trip!”

    Mrs Wood, Mauchline, April 2015

    • “Thoughtfully furnished, nice lighting and it was warm. A discreet but helpful owner nearby.”

    Mr Hall, London, September 2014

    • “The cottage is a real home away from home and the Isle of Skye is just stunning!”

    Mr Brok, 2627AC Delft, August 2014

    • “Hillside was a perfect base from which to explore Skye. The cottage had everything that we needed - it was warm, comfortable and spotlessly clean. The big blue folder of useful information that was provided was invaluable! Would definitely recommend.”

    Mrs Holm, Dunbar, May 2014

    • “The owners were very friendly & welcoming. Cottage very comfortable and had everything we needed. The weather was fantastic and the scenery and setting for the cottage was fabulous. Wonderful sunsets. Saw lots of wildlife. It was a fabulous holiday, thanks.”

    Mrs Bamber, Leyland, May 2014

    • “Very warm and hospitable welcome. The island is just terrific, I couldn't think of something to mention we liked best. There is just too much to like. The service of the owner was wonderful. We will absolutely be back.”

    Mr Schouten, Edinburgh, May 2014

    • “Fantastic cottage in a great location on a beautiful island.”

    Mr Lumsden, Newcastle Upon Tyne, April 2014

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About the location


Portree 22 miles.

The village of Dunvegan is set in the north west of Skye and contains a mixture of traditional stone and modern houses, along with a selection of shops and hotels. About a mile from the village is Dunvegan Castle, home to the Clan MacLeod, who have continuously occupied the castle since the 13th century. Only four miles away is the famous Three Chimneys Restaurant, a must for all foodies, and just a 10 minute walk away is the very popular Old School Restaurant, also worth a visit. Also in the area are the Cullin Mountains with their fantastic rock forms and pinnacles, which many climbers would put at the top of their list. Other attractions on the Isle are plentiful - visit the Talisker Distillery or Portree, the island’s only town, set around its natural harbour, which boasts an excellent range of shops, hotels and restaurants, and also offers Sea Eagle trips from the pier, which are extremely popular.