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Burnside Cottage

(Ref. 988419)

Kensaleyre near Portree, Fort William, Isle of Skye & The Western Isles Show on map


Sykes rating

  • 5 Guests

  • 3 Bedrooms

  • 2 Bathrooms

  • Pets No


  • Off road parking
  • Ground floor bedroom
  • Open fire
  • Garden / Patio
  • Washing machine
  • Games Room
  • Seaside
  • Broadband / WiFi

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48 Customer Reviews

  • "Absolutely beautiful, immaculately clean property in stunning surroundings."

    We did not want to go home. James the owner could not have been more welcoming and helpful. We will definitely recommend to friends and would love to return ourselves.

    Reviewed by Debra5.0Dec 2023

  • "A very comfortable, spacious and cosy holiday retreat with great views."

    Well situated for travel across the island. The property was well equipped and furnished to a high standard throughout, it did feel like a home from home. We will consider a return next year, highly recommended. Thanks to the owner James Lamont for looking after us so well.

    Reviewed by Michael5.0Nov 2023

  • "This was a great cottage, modern and clean, very well equipped, and lovely sea views over an inlet facing another part of Skye in the background."

    We had a most enjoyable time here. The only suggestion I would make is perhaps more instructions would be nice, eg for the wood burner, and for finding the cottage. No tools or gloves for the woodburner were provided. Although it was possible to connect the TV to the internet via the wifi code provided, accounts for the catch-up services were not set up. Other than that, a fantastic cottage.

    Reviewed by Dennis4.7Oct 2023

  • "Beautiful cottage and surroundings, and the owner and his parents are lovely and very welcoming, cannot wait to go back next year."

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Aug 2023

  • "Fantastic vacation home."

    Modem. Well appointed and supplied. Tremendous views. Our host was very responsive. We found nothing lacking to cook in for breakfasts and a nice dinner during our stay. It was great to have a clothes washer and dryer at the mid-point of our holiday. Porter and Uig are both close for groceries, laundry pods, etc. We hope to come again!

    Reviewed by David5.0Jul 2023

  • "The cottage was a perfect home away from home."

    The location is great, easy to find, and everything was in perfect shape. The roses and tablet candy were a wonderful touch. James Lamont was helpful as we were delayed in checking in.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Jul 2023

  • "Burnside cottage was absolutely perfect."

    The location is spectacular. The home is spotless, well appointed, comfortable, welcoming etc…. We could mot have asked for a better spot to relax and explore.

    Reviewed by Judy5.0Jun 2023

  • "This beautiful homestay and its location exceeded our expectations."

    The place is spacious, clean, absolutely everything you need is provided, the views are outstanding too. It's a peaceful retreat to unwind, relax and the explore the idyllic surrounds. We appreciated our time there and will definitely return.

    Reviewed by Joanne5.0May 2023

  • "The property was great in every way."

    Comfort second to none. Position over looking the loch was superb. Best property we ever holidayed in.

    Reviewed by Geoffrey5.0May 2023

  • "Fabulous,one of the best cottages we have stayed in,luxurious,ideal place for ..."

    Fabulous,one of the best cottages we have stayed in,luxurious,ideal place for all parts of the island,owner spoilt us with flowers and fudge such a lovely touch,thankyou so much

    Reviewed by Kim5.0Apr 2023

  • "Excellent level of equipment/facilities."

    Very relaxing and spacious accommodation

    Reviewed by Keith5.0Apr 2023

  • "It was a wonderful, cozy and clean accommodation."

    We felt very welcome and had a great stay with stunning views. Everything was perfect but one little thing: the amount of knifes and forks was too little for five persons. Otherwise it was beautiful. Thank you

    Reviewed by Florentin5.0Aug 2022

  • "Highly recommended!"

    It is a very nice, recent, comfortable and well equipped cottage. The owners are also very helpful.

    Reviewed by Edouard5.0Aug 2022

  • "Excellent cottage, LOADS of space."

    Lovely views across the Loch. Thoroughly enjoyed our week there. Would definitly stay again if we plan to stay on Skye in the future.

    Reviewed by Glenn5.0Jul 2022

  • "Great spacious cottage with fantastic views"

    Reviewed by John5.0Jul 2022

  • "Our family have enjoyed all the magnificence that Skye offers, from seafood to castles, gardens, mountains and lochs, jn sunshine and showers."

    At the end of each day it was a pleasure to return to the serene warmth of Burnside. The perfect holiday home Thank you James for the use of your lovely cottage.

    Reviewed by Zuwainah5.0Jun 2022

  • "First class cottage very spacious and views were superb very comfortable and peaceful cottage done to very high standard situated I'm middle of portree and Uig great for exploring the island despite the weather got right round would recommend the boat trip we went on stardust very good."

    The galley restaurant/ cafe/ take away very good food always busy loved our stay xMark and Brenda Baird from fife x

    Reviewed by Mark5.0Jun 2022

  • "Burnside Cottage on the Isle of Skye was amazing."

    The position with views over the Loch from the fabulous panorama window in the lounge were stunning. The gardens were well stocked & looked after. James, the owner, had thought every little detail to make our stay comfortable & enjoyable. The fixtures & fittings & furniture were top quality, & it was like home from home! There were so many little additions which you do not usually get in rented accommodation, e.g. herbs, ice packs & a fitted picnic cool bag, umbrella, games, videos, t.v.'s in each bedroom, toiletries etc.etc. plus a box of fudge & roses!! I defy anyone to have a complaint & would not hesitate to recommend this cottage to anyone. Well done James ( with the help of mum & dad!!)

    Reviewed by Ann5.0Jun 2022

  • "I can't believe there is a better place to stay than this on the whole island."

    Reviewed by Brian5.0May 2022

  • "A wonderful location which was ideal, whatever the weather threw at us."

    We enjoyed the 180 degree panoramic view of the loch from the living room, wildlife spotting. We were also intrigued by the ruined croft seen from the cottage, which has inspired us to learn more of Skye and the history of the Clearences. So much to see, so many memories. We would very much like to see that we will be returning but distance from Southeast England to Skye regrettably make this unlikely.

    Reviewed by Robert5.0May 2022

  • "We’ve rented properties all over the world and this is by far the best one we’ve stayed in."

    Everything is perfect. Location, view, cleanliness, equipment all first class. We even had good weather! We hope to be back.

    Reviewed by David5.0Mar 2022

  • "A little disappointed that there was no internet connection to the smart TV."

    That said, the place is wonderful. The cottage itself is nice and clean with everything you need. Burnside Cottage is ideally suited to exploring The Isle Of Skye with an amazing view right out of the window. I walked down to the water to take sunset pictures where I noticed there were seals watching my every move. We loved the cottage and didn't want to leave and are hoping to return in the future. Highly recommended !!

    Reviewed by Ken4.7Mar 2022

  • "Outstanding property and location."

    The owner has thought of everything. The decor, layout, furnishings and bathrooms are amazing. The property is well stocked with everything you could possibly need. We arrived later at night and were welcomed with two vases of flowers and the lights on. I thought this was very thoughtful. The views from the property and amazing. This property definitely has the Wow factor. Already booked next visit.

    Reviewed by Patricia5.0Mar 2022

  • "The pictures and description of the property was very accurate."

    We even thought it was better than as described. Top class bungalow with superb views and everything you need for a good holiday. Would certainly recommend it to all.

    Reviewed by Colin5.0Feb 2022

  • "No expense has been spared to offer every possible facility and comfort; the kitchen is outstanding and has everything you could possibly need."

    The underfloor hearting works, it's spacious and comfortable - five star indeed! The four of us all recommend it!

    Reviewed by Roger5.0Nov 2021

  • "WOW, what an amazing cottage Burnside is."

    the place is immaculate throughout, from the big kitchen that wants for nothing, from cupboard space, to all the things you would need to cook or eat with etc, the bedrooms and bathrooms are 1st class, and then there is the duel living room which gives both the oppotunity to look out across the Loch throughout the day (if thats what you want to do) with a quick about face enabling you to sit in front of a roaring log fire should you have the need to fire it up, and watch TV after a day exploring

    Reviewed by Malcolm5.0Nov 2021

  • "A great cottage with all amenities."

    Photos do NOT do this cottage justice. Great location with stunning views over the “Loch”. Owner, James was very helpful, couldn’t have done enough for us.

    Reviewed by Hugh5.0Oct 2021

  • "Burnside Cottage excelled our expectations especially where the views were concerned."

    It was an incredible 2 weeks spent at the Cottage with plenty of places to visit on the Isle of Skye which was beautiful.

    Reviewed by Gareth5.0Sep 2021

  • "The house was simply wonderful and far better than the photos show."

    It was spotless too, and there was not one thing that we needed and couldn’t find throughout the whole week. It is in a lovely location too, and the perfect base from which to explore the island in any direction.

    Reviewed by Phil5.0Jul 2021

  • "We have just returned from a fabulous holiday at Burnside Cottage."

    The bungalow exceeded all of our expectations. Immaculately clean and everything you would need for a self catering holiday. Centrally placed in between Uig and Portree on the main road (that is not busy or noisy). A long drive from Derbyshire, but well worth it. Fabulous views and places to visit. Burnside Cottage will not disappoint you. We recommend it without any hesitation.

    Reviewed by Diane5.0Jun 2021

  • "The house is furnished and equipped to an extremely high standard."

    We were greatly impressed on arrival to see how clean and fresh the entire house and surroundings are. There were several unexpected items (fresh, cut flowers , bedding plants, vases) all of which enhanced the property . I was reminded of the old television advert, "If Carlsberg did holiday homes........!" A truly excellent property with much thought given to guest comfort.

    Reviewed by Andrew5.0May 2021

  • "Very comfortable cottage, spacious and beautifully furnished and equipped."

    Unusually (and I’ve made a study!), there were enough comfy chairs for everyone to sit together, had we had all beds occupied! Great views out over the loch.

    Reviewed by Julie5.0May 2021

  • "The cottage is extremely well equipped (made us consider our own supplies at home!"

    !) and very clean and comfortable. The views are stunning out across the loch. We had terrible weather all week, but it didn’t stop us getting out and about - helped by having somewhere warm and welcoming to return to each day.

    Reviewed by Rebecca5.0Oct 2020

  • "Easy to book and the accommodation was first class"

    Reviewed by Sandra5.0Sep 2020

  • "The bungalow was absolutely superb."

    Fantastic location overlooking loch with fabulous views from spacious lounge windows. Spotlessly clean. High quality fixtures and fittings, Spacious, warm and comfortable. Excellent internet speed.

    Reviewed by Carol5.0Aug 2020

  • "The Cottage was really lovely and full amenities available."

    Brilliant view and nice private area. Would suggest better wifi, if available in that area, some insect screens in bedrooms especially, addition of a/c to cool bedrooms and living area. There is a nice outdoor sitting area and adding a barbecue would be a nice touch. These comments are purely suggestions for improvement on what is a already a very lovely property.

    Reviewed by Joseph5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was very modern, extremely well presented throughout and immaculate inside."

    The little touches and provisions were a most welcome asset as the rural setting does mean a car journey of a few miles to the local shop. There was nothing we lacked and the cottage is fitted out to a very high standard. It was in a beautiful setting and we were treated to a glorious sunset and the most amazing views of the stars and the Milky Way. The island has many beautiful places to visit, small bays and dramatic views, we were blessed with good weather and we had a lovely base from which to explore. The locals were very friendly and helpful and Portree was a cute little harbour town. We would not hesitate to book Burnside Cottage again.

    Reviewed by A5.0Aug 2020

  • "The cottage was even better than the photos well equipped and comfortable the ..."

    The cottage was even better than the photos well equipped and comfortable the only downside was the internet I think this should be sorted even if the cottage is rural it does not stop you from getting good internet reception the broadband provider should be called and get this sorted as people need to keep in touch

    Reviewed by Denise5.0Jul 2020

  • "Skye is beautiful."

    Reviewed by Peter5.0Jul 2020

  • "This was a fantastic cottage with everything you need."

    Luxurious finishes and comfortable beds with lots of space to take in the wonderful views. I would not hesitate to recommend Burnside Cottage for a wonderful stay on the Isle of Skye.

    Reviewed by Ruth5.0Jul 2020

  • "Burnside cottage was amazing ."

    ...from location to accommodation 10/10. We were met by the owners mother who showed us around the cottage , explained heating etc and reassured us they were only a phone call away if we needed assistance , which we didn't but felt safe in the knowledge they were there to help. The cottage faces full on to the loch with a huge set of picture windows in the huge open plan living area, with 5 leather recliners and foot stools to sit in and admire the view ...pick a seat , pick a window and just relax and take it all in !! The cottage sleeps 5 and we were only 2 so it was huge , there is an ensuite with the double room and a large family bathroom with a bath which was fully utilised after walking every day . The kitchen is fully stocked with everything u can think of ... there's even a slow cooker if you want to put a stew on before u go out for the day !! Everything is very clean and well appointed . Under floor heating ensures the cottage is always the perfect temperature. Full laundry facilities also . All in all feel lucky to have gotten a last minute booking as you can see its almost fully booked through the seasons . We will definitely stay again given the opportunity . As an aside this location feels perfect for exploring the whole island as its more or less in the middle . There's also a large well stocked co-OP 7 miles away in Portree for every provision.

    Reviewed by Annmarie5.0Mar 2020

  • "The cottage is really well furnished."

    The sofas and lounge seats are ver comfortable. The size is Hugh, it can comfortably fit in a dozen people. The wifi is not really fast, which it is not an issue for me. Keep the kids away from their phone.

    Reviewed by Soo Khoon5.0Nov 2019

  • "The cottage is an exceptional place to stay, everything you need is there and the quality is first class."

    We would definitely return in the future

    Reviewed by Stephen5.0Sep 2019

  • "The bright, roomy, spotless cottage had all the amenities we needed to have a nice rest from a busy travel schedule."

    The view out over the loch was lovely. The location was perfect for day trips around the island. We thoroughly enjoyed our 5 days here.

    Reviewed by Wilma5.0Sep 2019

  • "Awesome, luxuriously comfortable with marvellous views."

    Everything you could want is there.

    Reviewed by Margaret5.0May 2019

  • "Great cottage."

    Wonderful view of Loch. Would love to return to Skye.

    Reviewed by Pam5.0May 2019

  • "Maybe you should state on the website that there is TVs in all the bedrooms."

    I contacted Sykes to ask before I went as I wanted to take a small tv for my sons room. They had supposedly contacted the owner to ask if it would work and was told there is a tv mast 8 miles away so should be ok. That was obviously not true as the owner would have said there was TVs in all the rooms so we had bought an inside aerial, aerial booster and packed it in the car for nothing. Not great customer service from sykes. That is the only complaint with no fault To the owner.

    Reviewed by Corol4.7Mar 2019

  • "Very very good’!"

    Reviewed by Marie Claire5.0Dec 2018

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  • All ground floor
  • Three bedrooms: 1 x single, 1 x twin with Jack-and-Jill bathroom with bath, shower, basin and WC, 1 x double with en-suite shower, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living room with kitchen, breakfast bar, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Utility.
  • Oil central heating with woodburning stove
  • Electric oven and hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher, washing machine, tumble dryer
  • Freeview TV, DVD player, WiFi, selection of books, games and DVD's
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for fire/stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Private garden with patio
  • Sorry no pets and no smoking
  • Shop and pub 7 miles
  • Note: No children under 10 years, inc. infants
  • Note: Property only accepts up to a maximum of 5 people
  • Note: This property will only accept weekly bookings between April to October and will only accept short breaks in the winter period

The property

With an elevated position and a magnificent outlook over Loch Eyre, commanding stunning panoramic vistas across the rambling Scottish countryside is Burnside Cottage.

Situated on the enchanting Isle of Skye, with the delightful town of Portree 7 miles distant, this high quality holiday let boasts a spacious interior and bright, homely colour schemes throughout.

Perfect for a group of friends touring the Scottish Islands, or a family seeking a spot of relaxation and quality time spent together, this cottage is just what you need - a luxurious haven to be celebrated.

By stepping through the back entrance you will find yourself in the utility, benefitting a helpful washing machine and tumble dryer.

Next you can stroll right through to the impressive open-plan living room comprising a large kitchen area with a breakfast bar and additional seating around a lovely dining table.

Sweeping round to the left is the wonderful sitting area occupying a set of luxurious sofas, a wall-mounted TV, woodburning stove and additional seating in the large bay window, overlooking the remarkable loch, enveloped by glorious walking country - an excellent spot to be at one with your thoughts and take in the views.

Down the long corridor are a refreshing set of bedrooms; the master double boasts an en-suite whilst the twin room occupies a Jack-and-Jill bathroom, all very high quality and will delight any guest.

Explore the unspoiled beauty around you; follow the road around the top of the Trotternish Peninsula and admire its rugged cliffs and dramatic landscape.

There is much to be discovered on the island, from sporting activities to historical landmarks and sandy beaches - a truly adventurous holiday to be had in a fantastic location.

This superb cottage is not to be missed.

EPC Rating: Band B

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About the location


Fort William 108 miles; Inverness 113 miles.

Set round its natural harbour on the stunning and tranquil Isle of Skye, charming Portree boasts an excellent range of shops, hotels and restaurants. Cultural attractions are plentiful; the Aros Centre is well worth a visit with its programme of concerts, theatre and cinema. Sports enthusiasts are also well catered for, with sea kayaking, rock-climbing and a good choice of well-marked walks. The rock formations are particularly spectacular; Trotternish Ridge stretches for 31km of continuous cliffs, with many fantastic rock forms and pinnacles. Dunvegan Castle and the Talisker Distillery Visitor Centre are just two more reasons to visit this magical isle.

Note: No children under 10 years, inc. infants.

Note: Property only accepts up to a maximum of 5 people.

Note: This property will only accept weekly bookings between April to October and will only accept short breaks in the winter

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter