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The Cottage Stein Inner Hebrides, Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Cottage Stein Inner Hebrides, Isle of Skye, Scotland


Beside the loch from the village of Stein about the Waternish peninsula. A brief walk across a street of whitewashed cottages provides one to some fantastic neighborhood bar (The Stein Inn) along with the Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant (recently purchased by Michelin-starred chef Michael Smith). It seems an out-of-the-way location however is nonetheless convenient for Dunvegan Castle, The Three Chimneys Restaurant, the Edinbane Inn, and just 30 minutes’ drive from Portree.

Style & personality

Owners John and Fiona have created sympathetic modern developments to their conventional crofthouse, extending and opening it up to the magnificent views. It is pleasingly straightforward and softly smart; completely cosseting and deliciously cozy.

Service & facilities

You’re made to feel that a welcome guest, using a cup of java and also home-baked products when you arrive. Enormously type, John and Fiona appear to understand when their guests desire to talk and if they want to be left alone. Endlessly useful, they actually want you to get the most from your stay. The cleverly designed glass-walled guests’ sunroom/lounge, which opens onto a deck with chairs and table, means that the sea is omnipresent, regardless of the weather.



The bedrooms are extremely different in design; the downstairs cottagey, using a fairly art-deco king-sized mattress and bi-folding doors opening to a personal section of deck using its dining table and chairs.The cozy bathroom features a particularly excellent drench shower.

The bedroom is bigger and more lavish in design, boasting a super-king bed and separate sitting room with a window hitting from the ground into the eaves, overlooking the sea. The bathroom is bigger also, using a drench shower within the bathtub. Both rooms have hairdryers, tea/coffee-making amenities, home-made shortbread, Freesat TV, iPod dock, (quiet) refrigerator stocked with new milk, additional throws for when it is cold and an electric fan for if it is not.

Food & beverage

No restaurant, but a great deal of selection for breakfast, such as a full Scottish (try the poached eggs haggis) or pancakes with berries.

Value for cash

Double rooms from #105 in low season; climbing to #120 at large. Breakfast included. Free Wi-Fi.

Accessibility for guests with disabilities?

Ground floor area acceptable for guests with restricted mobility; telephone to talk.


No; just children over 12 are permitted, and have to occupy their own room.

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