Viewfield House Hotel | Hotel in Isle of Skye | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Viewfield House Hotel - Hotel in Isle of Skye

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Viewfield Road, Portree, IV51 9EU, Isle of Skye
Scotland, United Kingdom

Iona Macdonald & Jasper Buxton

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+44 (0)1478 612217(landline)

A fine old house packed with grand old things above Portree Bay in the middle of Skye - homely bedrooms, some huge, are a treat

It’s a family affair, more like the Waltons than Hamlet, and the recent succession from father to daughter passed without a sword being drawn. Iona is now at the helm, but as Hugh is the only person on Skye who understands the plumbing system, he has been retained as a vital asset, and rightly so. As for their ancestral pile, it stands high above Portree Bay with long views across the Sound of Rassay. 20 acres of gardens and woodland wrap around you; there’s croquet on the lawn and a hill to climb for 360º views of peak and sea. Inside, aristocratic fixtures and fittings come as standard: hunting trophies, cases filled with curios, a grand piano and open fire in the drawing room. Bedrooms have a country-house feel: colourful fabrics, crisp linen, pretty furniture, sea views from those at the front; bathrooms do the job nicely and are in the throes of refurbishment. Majestic Skye waits: mountains, sea lochs and beaches, wildlife, castles and distilleries. Dinner is available by arrangement, but there are good restaurants in Portree, too. Highland porridge for breakfast is a treat. An old-school, island delight.

Wheelchair access
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible.
Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
English spoken
Host speaks English, whether perfectly or not.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.
Licensed premises
Alcohol may be served.

Local points of interest from Iona Macdonald & Jasper Buxton:

Local points of interest from
Iona Macdonald & Jasper Buxton:

  • Wander round the gardens of Viewfield House, and the various walks up behind the house, with views across Portree Bay and over to the Cuillins and The Old Man of Storr.
  • Take a stroll round Ben Crachaig taking in breath taking views of Ben Tianavaig, Camus Ban, the Isle of Raasay and the Cuillins in the distance.
  • Daily boat trips from Portree Bay give you the opportunity to see some of Skyes native species of wildlife up close, seals, golden eagles, otters, dolphins and the favourite the White Tailed Sea Eagle. Or even a fishing trip to catch your dinner
  • A trip round the majestic North end is not to be missed, taking in the Old Man of Storr, the Quraing, search for fossils on the famous Dinosaur beach in Staffin and end the day making wishes at the magical Fairy Glen.
  • A short drive to the Dunvegan Castle set in its stunning gardens surrounded by a wealth of history. Take a boat trip to see the seal colony. Blow away the cobwebs with a walk to Glenbrittle beach and finish off with a visit to the Talisker Distillery
  • A day out to the South of the Island is a must with a drive into Elgol and a boat trip, accompanied by dolphins to Loch Corusik, the heart of the Cuillins.
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  • 4 Twin/doubles
  • , 2 Singles
  • , 4 Doubles
  • , 1 Twin
Price:(i) £77 to£200 per night

Dinner, B&B £90-£125 per person.

Booking info:


Dinner, 3 courses, £25-£30, price dependent on pre-booking. Packed lunch, £9.




Viewfield Road, Portree, IV51 9EU, Isle of Skye

Hotel 4 Twin/double rooms
Price: (i) £ 154 to £ 180 per night
Hotel 2 Single rooms
Price: (i) £ 77 to £ 90 per night
Hotel 4 Double rooms
Price: (i) £ 129 to £ 180 per night
Hotel 1 Twin room
Price: (i) £ 174 to £ 200 per night

Iona Macdonald & Jasper Buxton

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+44 (0)1478 612217(landline)