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 bed


1 bedroom


Sleeps 2

The Experience

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.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

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


  • 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 £80
Weekly price
from £545
6 nights: £495, 5 nights: £445, 4 nights: £395
1 Cottage for 2
From £801 bed1 bedroom


A cosy little luxury bolthole situated in a great location for exploring. The pull-out bed was really comfy and so easy to use Elma, the owner, who unobtrusively lives next-door was a delight to meet - full of recommendations and even volunteered to buy some fresh fish for us when we were out exploring. Great Pub and excellent restaurant only a field away. We hope to be back soon. Martin & Ellie

Martin, Penrith

What a fantastic beautiful cottage to stay for our time in Skye. Stayed for our short honeymoon as we just got married. We were super lucky with the weather 25oC!! Very clean and Elma was super friendly and made us feel right at home. About 1hour 20 minutes from the Skye bridge but the best place to stay for the views. Only 30 minutes from a beautiful town called Portree and about 30 minutes from the Three Chimneys restaurant. Would recommend it to anyone and we are going to book it again next year.

Lynne, Aberdeen

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.