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Accommodations on Skye in June

Hi Fellow Travelers:)
We are finally getting around to making a family trip to Scotland after having to cancel our planned trip in the Spring of 2020. As a large multigenerational family (5 Adults, 4 Children (Ages: 2, 5, 8 and 9) we are having a lot of trouble finding a place to stay on Skye for 4-5 nights starting on June 21st. Any tips or recommendations you are willing to share are most welcome. Also, is it possible to do day trips to Skye from a location off of the island? We will have transportation. Thank you in advance for any help that you have to offer.
With kind regards,
Pamela

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There is a Facebook group of SkyeB&B owners, where you can post a request and see if anyone has anything. Here is a link to it. https://www.facebook.com/share/NmXGz1Hkwudkwd7d/?mibextid=I6gGtw

Most people book rooms on Skye at least six months ahead of time if not longer. And the situation has gotten worse because of the new licensing requirements. Are you just looking in Portree or have you tried Broadford?

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Thank you for your response! We are pretty much looking for any location on Skye at this point. We're also a large group which complicates things as well. Guess I should've started looking before Late December/January. I've been looking for a while now. Any advice is most welcome. Thank you!!!
Regards,
Pamela

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You could day trip from the mainland port of Mallaig, or the former port of Kyle of Lochalsh- now at the mainland end of the Skye Bridge.
If day tripping from Mallaig leave the car(s) parked at the Island port of Armadale on intermediate nights, travelling over as foot passengers.
That will make it easier (and cheaper).
The flip side is that you are losing an hour at the start and end of each day driving across Skye, plus the ferry time.
Also, at Mallaig, you are bound by the last ferry time.
As well as Portree and Broadford, have you looked at Dunvegan, Uig (ferryport) or Kyleakin (the Island side of the bridge).

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Thank you! I will have a look at those places. We will be in Oban area before Skye and have managed to find something there, but the Isle of Skye has been challenging mainly due to the size of our group. I'm on a quest now to meet this challenge. We will see what happens. If anyone has additional ideas, please feel free to offer suggestions.
Regards,
Pamela

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Skye is really tough. Do check Kyle. It's about a 1-hour drive from Portree.

If you end up in Kyle and have a bit of extra time on your arrival or departure day, take the quick drive up to Plockton. It's a cute little coastal village. Google Maps estimates about a 15-minute drive. I managed to get there by train from Kyle, but there was a considerable walk involved at the Plockton end.

Eilean Donan Castle is also about a quarter-hour drive from Kyle (in a different direction). I think you'd pass the castle on the way to Kyle.

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Firstly you might find that smaller accommodation providers have not opened their diaries yet because they are waiting for their 'short term let' licence to be granted by the local authority. Also you are right that you are a large group and that will make it more difficult. You might find two B&Bs next door or close to each other, or you might be better staying in a hotel of which there are quite a few on the island. Have a look at the Visit Scotland website to narrow down options.

Another option might be to stay for 7 nights and to rent an entire house/cottage. It will probably work out cheaper than a hotel or B&B and again Visit Scotland is a good starting point to look for a cottage as are agencies such as Unique Cottages or booking.com.

The facebook group mentioned above is mainly for people looking for accommodation at very short notice, but it's still worth a try.

Good luck in your search.
Jacqui

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One idea maybe worth considering is to break those 5 days up to a couple different locations.. if one place can’t fit you all for the entire stay. I’ve been to that area many times, and there is definitely an advantage to staying off the island near the Skye bridge and driving over to explore from there. (One being it’s much cheaper usually). A couple of great places I’ve stayed in the past within a 20 - 30 minute drive of the Skye bridge are below. There are also Airbnbs in the area worth looking at (I’d search Kyle of Lochalsh and Dornie area).

I hope that helps!