The Old Byre | Sawday's

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The Old Byre - Self-catering cottage in Isle of Skye

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Isle of Skye
Scotland, United Kingdom

Elma Sands

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+44 (0)1470 592332 (landline)

Charm, good design and breathtaking views combine at this cosy cowshed studio in a crofting village. Relax by the wood-burner, spot seals

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Eagles soar over the loch, orchids bloom, corncrakes nest in the wildflower meadows. Lap it all up from your stone cowshed studio – simple and rugged from the outside, cosy and contemporary within. The open-plan living area focuses on a wood-burning stove, while double-glazed patio doors and windows pull in the light and the views, and keep the gales out. The kitchen area is made from Caithness slate and oak – local materials and craftsmen were used for almost everything (and that includes a potter for the crocks); the breakfast bar overlooks the track to The Byre (same owners) and the beautiful bay. You sleep on a comfortable sofabed downstairs and relax on a tiny mezzanine (a good blue sofa, pot plants, excellent books) reached by a removeable ladder. The slate shower room offers gorgeous soaps and plentiful towels. This is a fabulous spot on the Waternish peninsula – spot whales, otters, seals, basking sharks – while the crofting township is made up of musicians, potters and fishermen, two excellent restaurants and the oldest pub on Skye. A hideaway for lovers of landscape and good design.

Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Local points of interest from Elma Sands:

Local points of interest from
Elma Sands:

  • The Loch Bay Restaurant is a 5 minute walk away.
  • The Three Chimneys Restaurant is a 20 minute taxi ride away.
  • Fantastic for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts.
  • Endless beach, cliff and forest walks.
  • The Stein Inn is a 5 minute walk away.
  • Short breaks from 4 days available. See own website for prices
Points of interest

Guest feedback
"Out of the order and a perfect retreat. Everything was high end and very comfortable. Spacious bathroom. Very warm welcome by the owner who endulged us with homemade cake. Usefull tipps to get around and find a nice little gem restaurant or an art café. Unforgettable!"


June 2017

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  • 1 Cottage for 2
Price:(i) £495 per week

4-night stay, £365; 5-night stay, £395; 6-night stay, £445.

Booking info:

Minimum stay: 4 nights.


Pubs/restaurants 4-minute walk.




Isle of Skye

Self-catering The Old Byre (self-catering)
Cottage ~ Sofabed
Price: (i) £ 495 to £ 495 per week

Elma Sands

Visit website

+44 (0)1470 592332 (landline)