If you’re visiting Scotland, chances are you’re including the Isle of Skye, the most Southern of the Inner Hebrides. Ask anyone who’s been and they will all confirm that this glorious island deserves a few days of exploration, at the very least. Simply put, the Isle of Skye is what dreams are made of (well mine anyhow).

Absolutely jaw-dropping landscapes, incredible vistas, beautiful hikes, the Isle of Skye will deliver on them all. The only issue with this amazing destination is its ever-growing popularity, making it somewhat challenging to find affordable lodging or availability in the few hotels on the Isle of Skye, even in Portree the main hub of the island.

The Best Self-Catering Portree Accommodations

However, there are some fabulous self-catering Portree options from well-appointed apartments in the centre of town to cottages with stunning views within close proximity, a perfect solution for budget conscious travellers. But sifting through all of the Portree lodging offerings can be quite a task, no need to fret, I did the work for you and I’m happy to share my recommendation list below for your convenience.

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Wondering where to stay on the Isle of Skye? Portree is a natural choice.

Situated in a protected harbour, Port-righe – which means King’s Port in Gaelic, is a quaint and traditional Scottish village. Staying in Portree makes the most sense when with it comes to being close to restaurants and shops. In this cute town, you can enjoy a pint at the local pub, savour bounties of the sea in its many seafood restaurants provided by local fishermen, shop for Scottish wool and tweed or simply listen to the bagpipes playing in the main square.

With its easy access to roads leading to popular sites such as Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and Talisker, staying in Portree is an excellent base choice to explore the Isle of Skye. Moreover, from its location, you can choose some island cruises for coastal exploration.

Travellers of all types are attracted by the island’s natural wonders. Many come to capture its beauty and take in its breathtaking panoramas, others to hike its untamed terrain and some to simply unwind within its glorious beauty. Since the weather in Scotland is quite temperamental, to ensure your best possible experience, planning for a few days on the Isle of Skye, puts odds of good weather on your side.

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The Isle of Skye is what dreams are made of…

Best Self-Catering Isle of Skye Portree Accommodations.

While planning our 2 week Scotland Road trip itinerary, it quickly became evident that choosing between the places to stay on the Isle of Skye and Portree would be challenging. I hope you will find my recommendations a convenient list and helpful in selecting your Self Catering Portree, Isle of Skye, accommodation.  If you do choose to stay in Portree, book in advance for the best rate and selection especially in high season! The sooner the better.

Top Picks for Self Catering in Portree Center

5 outstanding Portee lodgings selected from the best reviewed on multiple reservation platforms for selfcatering lodging in the center of Portree, all within a short walking distance to restaurants, shops, pubs and grocery stores.

#1 ) Quayside Apartment

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Booking.com Rating: 9.4 / 10
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This 3 bedroom apartment, built around 1830, Thomas Telford’s designed pier and offers beautiful harbour views. Cosy up on the leather couch by the wood-burning stove (wood supplied) after a day of exploring the Isle of Skye. Walk to a nearby restaurant or pub for a meal or stay in and cook for yourself in its fully equipped kitchen. Quayside has all the amenities for the perfect stay: dishwasher, washing machine, Sky TV and free WIFI. 

#2 ) Home Farm Apartment

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Booking.com Rating: 9.1 / 10
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The stylishly renovated Home Farm Apartment located at the top of a small hill just beside Portree Square comes with a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and free parking. Cook an elaborate or simple meal in the beautiful fully equipped kitchen, have a glass of wine or dram of Scottish whisky in the private garden and unwind. Or simply walk 5 minutes to one of the nearby restaurants. This self-catering apartment in Portree will charm guests with its high-quality bedding – Hungarian goose duvet no less- and fluffy towels. Also equipped with the essential dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, microwave, Sky TV and free Wifi.

Insider tip: Travelling with a small group?  Book the 3 adjacent apartments!

#3 ) Nicolson House Flat

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Airbnb Rating: 5 ⭐
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This amazing one bedroom flat literally overlooks Portree’s square, a truly central location. Cuddle up in the king-size bed or enjoy a fire in the stone fireplace in this modern open-plan design. This 1850s renovated apartment with washer dryer and free wifi is quiet, clean and stylish. Stock up at the nearby CO-OP and cook supper in its well-appointed kitchen or walk out the door and choose from the many restaurants in town. You might even get to enjoy the frequent local bagpipe concert directly from your window. There is ample free parking available within a few minute walks or Pay and Display right in the town square. 

Insider tip: Have you tried Airbnb yet? If not read my first-time user guide on how to save money using Airbnb and grab your Airbnb 45$ discount code here.

#4 ) 2 Marine Buildings

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Airbnb Rating: 5 ⭐
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On top of offering spectacular harbour views, this self-catering 2 bedroom apartment also includes a delicious complimentary breakfast at the nearby Portree Hotel. Its central location gives you easy access to restaurants and shops. A full kitchen and laundry facilities make this place a comfortable spot to explore the Isle of Skye.

Insider tip: Don’t forget to grab your Airbnb 45$ discount code here.

#5 ) Taigh Mhuirne

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Booking.com Rating: 9.3 / 10
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In addition to being all round well equipped, this beautifully decorated 3 bedroom house has a private terrace and garden views. A 15-minute walk will get you to the center of town for supper or provisioning. Taigh Mhuirne is located on a very quiet street and as a playground, ideal for a family. A home away from home.

5 Top Picks Self Catering Options just outside of Portree (3-5 miles)

Again, only the best were selected for your choice of Self Catering Portree lodging options within a 3-5 mile radius to the center of town. There are a few smaller towns on the island but staying within that perimeter of Portree is for practical reasons advisable.

#6 ) Ardenlee Apartment

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Booking.com Rating: 9.7 / 10
(Look at Ardenlee Self-Catering Here)

Just 4 miles outside of Portree, this spacious upstairs self-catering apartment has a particularly beautiful view of sheep grazing fields which I can attest for since this was our berth for a few nights while visiting the Isle of Skye. It has a super comfortable king-size bed which can be turned into 2 singles if need be, a full-size stove, dishwasher, microwave, washer-dryer and free wifi. The owners who live downstairs are friendly and helpful with all the local advice you may need. The location proved very convenient to travel to the many sites of interest on the island.

#7 ) Bayview Croft Luxury Cottage

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Tucked away in Penifiler, a small community located 3 miles from Portree center, this peaceful location is ideal to relax and enjoy the fabulous views across the Portree Bay with the Old Man of Storr to your North and the Black Cullins to the South. Get comfortable on the outside patio around the rustic stone barbecue with a bench and table. With a kitchen fit for a gourmet cook, free Wifi and the best amenities, the Baycroft will leave you wanting more time on the Isle of Skye.

#8 ) Skeabost Wood Cottage

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TripAdvisor Rating: 5 ⭐
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Sitting on the edge of the 5-mile radius from town, you will find this architect designed eco-cabin amidst 3 acres of unspoiled land. With all of the modern amenities one would expect from a luxurious self-catering, this beautiful cottage overlooks the Snizort river – one of Skye’s best fishing rivers and even has its own stream running through the property. 

#9 ) Hanna’s Cottage

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Airbnb Rating: 5 ⭐
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This recently built red roof cottage welcomes you for the perfect retreat in Penifiler, just 3 miles from Portree. The location enjoys tremendous views of the Cullins to its South, the Old Man of Storr to the North and the Portree Bay, a stunning panorama to take in. Complete with a modern kitchen, heated floors and a luxurious shower, this is the spot to relax after a day of visiting the Isle of Skye. Enjoy the many walks close to the property or to the Penifiler Shoreline a few hundred yards away to spot some sea eagles and wildlife.

Insider tip: Make sure to grab your Airbnb 45$ discount code here.

#10 ) Skyehaven

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TripAdvisor Rating: 5 ⭐
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Get ready for an eyeful in this beautifully designed holiday home 4 miles from Portree. With glazed walls and doors letting in all of nature, the views are definitely the show stoppers here. The comfortable house features all the modern amenities for a comfortable stay, at a very reasonable rate. Open plan which includes with a wood-burning stove creates the perfect cosy environment, a place where one wants to sit and enjoy all of the scenery. Skyehaven has two bedrooms, each with an ensuite, fireplace, washer dryer, microwave and satellite TV. Just a short walk away is the Skeabost Country House Hotel offering golf, fishing and many more activities.

This concludes the 10 best Self-Catering Portree option list, I hope you will find it useful for planning your next visit to the Isle of Skye.

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