The Old Byre

Isle of Skye

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


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2


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.


  • 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


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


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

& pricing

Booking information

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Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 4 nights.
31 October - 31 March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Pubs/restaurants 4-minute walk.


Nightly price
from £71
Weekly price
from £495
4-night stay, £365; 5-night stay, £395; 6-night stay, £445.
1 Cottage for 2
From £711 bedroom


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!


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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from Elma Sands

  • Beautiful views to the Outer Hebrides and somespectacular sunsets from your doorstep.
  • A five minute stroll down the hill takes you to the local pub, Michelin star restaurant and Dandelion Designs.Also Divers Eye where boat trips can be booked.
  • Rocky coastline to explore,eyes peeled for diving gannets, and soaring eagles.
  • Historic Trumpan Church a five minute drive, the starting point to walk to Waternish Point.
  • 3 Dark Skye Discovery sites at Stein,Trumpan and Knockbreck.