Isle of Rona

Portree, Isle of Skye
Self-catering


Thrillingly remote yet cosy, three stone cottages facing the sea & Skye. Swim, fish, walk – simple pleasures in a sublime setting

Place

3 places

Sleeps

Sleeping from 2 – 4

The
Experience

A gang of seals greets you as you draw into Big Harbour – as, less raucously, does friendly and knowledgeable Bill, one half of Rona’s permanent population. Let him haul your luggage while you walk over the hill to Dry Harbour, another beautiful natural fjord with mistily romantic views across to Skye and the pinnacles of the Storr. The modern world recedes further as you settle in to Escape, a late Victorian stone cottage with fenced garden nestled into the curve of the bay. Some of your electricity comes from a small wind turbine (don’t worry, there’s a back-up generator) but, with underfloor heating and wood burners in both kitchen/diner and sitting room you’ll be cosy. There’s games and books aplenty and sea views all around – a shame not to enjoy it with some Isle of Rona whisky…Two other, smaller, cottages, Skyescape and Seascape, are set some way apart; larger families and groups can rent all three together. Swim in the bay, trawl rock pools for your supper, stalk red deer with Bill (the venison is delicious)… or just sit on the deck and savour the briny air. A great escape.

Essentials

  • Hot tub
  • WiFi
  • Swimming pool
  • Mobile reception
  • Oven
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Hob
  • Parking on premises
  • Barbecue
  • Free parking nearby
  • Meals available
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Breakfast available
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Central heating
  • Wheelchair access
  • Limited mobility
  • Air conditioning
  • Washing machine
  • Garden
  • Television
  • Tennis court
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Children welcome
  • Books and toys
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Closed
Rarely.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.

Pricing

Nightly price
from £71
Weekly price
from £495
1 Cottage for 4
From £852 bedrooms
1 Cottage for 2
From £711 bedroom
1 Cottage for 2
From £711 bedroom

Reviews

We truly stumbled upon the entry for the Isle of Rona. We are immensely grateful we did. A one week stay is necessary in this heavenly place that is run by humorous and gentle folk, Bill and Lorraine. Escape is perfectly equipped and very comfortable, and its name befits an experience where there is no internet, limited mobile connection and no cars. Wonderful! We relaxed, read, walked, visited the beach, spoke to each other, feasted. Our stay enriched us and yet reminded us of the fullness of nothing. We highly recommend this unique and gorgeous place.

Brenda

Been there for a week 3 years ago. Going back for 2 weeks this year. Best place on Earth to escape from it all. Just the fact of not hearing any engine noise for days on end is a feast for the soul. There seems to be a kind of "natural selection" in place for visitors to the island. This ensures you are not going to share your holiday with the noisy/annoying/littering kind of traveller. Bill and Lorraine are incredible: they discreetly check you are getting on fine with your stay, but very much leave you to enjoy and soak up the place. TOP STAY!

Andrea

Read more reviews Down arrow

Location

The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Bill Cowie

  • Cooking with our deliciously fresh finest island produce is one of Rona’s great treats. Rona reared & butchered venison is our star ingredient, with seafood, free range eggs, seasonal vegetables also available to order ready for your arrival.
  • We offer boat trips on the MV Rona - a wonderful way to spend an hour or two during your holiday. Help Bill haul in the creels, or fish for a seafood supper. Dolphin, Minke whales and basking sharks can all be seen in the waters around Rona.
  • A walk to Church cave, set in the east cliff of the island is a must. Looking out over the sea waters of the Inner Sound, the cave still has rows of boulder 'pews' that served past populations. Two of our cottage guests even decided to marry here!
  • Rona is home to a host of wildlife; otters & sea eagles, dolphins, porpoises, minke whales and basking sharks are all frequent visitors. Our red deer are a magnificent spectacle in autumn - listen to the stags roar & return to enjoy a dram by the fire.
  • Walkers can follow trails that traverse the island or wander off track through mossy woodland or clamber over the summits of hard Lewisian gneiss. Rona’s highest peak, Meall Acairseid, is 125m high, a short climb rewarded by an awe-inspiring 360° sea view
  • But the beauty of Rona, is that just ‘doing nothing’ is an experience in itself: a roaring fire with our local dram, beachcombing, enjoying fresh seafood yards from the sea, the sunset over Skye’s Old Man of Storr, stargazing in the dark night skies...