White sand beaches, magnificent scenery, fascinating ancient sites and an abundance of wildlife-watching opportunities – Scotland’s islands offer all this and much more. From the Isle of Mull in the south to the Orkney Isles clustered around Scotland’s northern tip, there are a number of places where you can explore amazing sea and landscapes from a cosy holiday cottag... Read more
Rosehip Holiday Cottage gives you access to spectacular scenery, peaceful walks and a chance to really relax.
Self Catering on Skye, Lewis & Harris and Orkney
Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye boasts some remarkable landscapes, including the ragged Cuillin mountain range and the other-worldly Trotternish ridge, home to the jaw-dropping Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing. With scenery quite unlike any other part of the country, it is somewhere that just begs to be explored. Must-see sights also include the Fairy Pools, Neist Point, Loch Coruisk and Kilt Rock.
Whether you spend your days walking and cycling in the spell-binding scenery, learning about the island’s history at Dunvegan Castle or the Skye Museum of Island Life, or pottering around potteries and art galleries, Skye offers a truly special holiday experience.
Lewis and Harris
Named as Europe’s top island and fifth best in the world by TripAdvisor’s Traveller’s Choice Awards 2014, the Outer Hebridean island of Lewis and Harris is truly a place to get away from it all. The island is renowned for its stunning beaches, such as Luskentyre, Seilebost and Uig Sands – and often you have the added bonus of being able to hug the beaches to yourself. There are also plenty of places to step back in time to the island of yester-year, from brochs and blackhouses to the iconic Callanish Standing Stones.
If you’re looking for a holiday destination where your days will be drenched in peacefulness, Lewis and Harris is for you.
The Orkney Isles
The archipelago to the north of Scotland’s most eastern tip overflows with vistas to make your heart sing. (And with 70 islands to explore, that’s a great deal of singing…).
Whether you want to stay on the mainland or go island hopping, you’ll be spoilt for choice on how to fill your days. If you’re looking to refresh the spirit with some beach-walking, there are 85 beaches from which to choose. If it’s the history of Orkney that has you intrigued, there is an abundance of historic attractions into which you can delve, from the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site (including Skara Brae, stone circles and standing stones) to St Magnus Cathedral. And if it’s the wild side you want to see, there are a host of wildlife reserves and hides for you to visit, such as Noup Cliffs Nature Reserve and Marwick Head RSPB Reserve.
From Viking sites to impressive sea stacks, your Orkney holiday is sure to fill you with wonder and leave you with a bagful of magical memories.
Skye, Mull, Lewis and Harris, and the Orkney Isles are wonderful holiday destinations, all with something different to offer. Their distinct histories, unspoilt landscapes and varied wildlife are just waiting to be discovered… so why not make your next holiday a Scottish island adventure?