During my time travelling around the scottish islands, I have stayed in many B & B’s and hotels on many different islands. Some of them have been satisfactory, some have been good and some have been truly outstanding. Therfore, I have decided to compile a list of the Best scottish island accommodation that I have visited so far.
Unfortunately, I cannot afford to spend a vast amount of money visiting 5-star hotels and the best accommodation wherever I go. The rooms I book cost no more than £50 for a single room per night – although most are within the £30-£40 range. Below is a list of the top ten best scottish island accommodation that I have had the pleasure to have stayed at – I consider them all to be excellent value for money:
Daleview B&B – Point, Isle of Lewis – a truly fantastic stay about 7 miles out from Stornoway. Nothing was too much trouble for my hosts Catriona and Lewis, the breakfasts were locally sourced and I felt like one of the family! I really didn’t want to leave. Highly recommended.
Shalders – Levenwick, Shetland – I stayed with Ann and Roy twice and had a brilliant time. Ann actually picked up from the airport (as I had flown in) and offered to take me over to St Ninian’s Isle. The views from the B&B were spectacular and I shall definitely be booking again on my next trip to Shetland. (See image at the top of the page)
Tigh an Eilein, Flodabay, Isle of Harris – I stayed with Christina and Harvey on my recent trip to the Outer Hebrides. The location on the wild east coast of Harris is stunning. There is a beautiful view from the bedroom window overlooking the coast of Harris and the rooms were excellent. I had a great time here and hope to go back soon!
Glenisle Hotel – Lamlash, Isle of Arran – this hotel was voted ‘Island Hotel of the year for 2012’ and it doesn’t disappoint. The views are very impressive, with imposing Holy isle directly in front of the Hotel. The facilities here are first class and I enjoyed my stay here immensely. My motorbike broke down as I was about to leave and the lady on reception rang around some garages on the island and was able find somebody who could fix the bike before my ferry arrived.
Bird Observatory, Fair Isle – I stayed in the old Bird Observatory (there is a new building there now, built on the site of the old one). Of all the places I have stayed, this had the most stunning location. I was picked up from the airport (I flew there from Shetland) by the ranger’s wife and given a guided tour of the accommodation. Meals are taken in the dining room, where staff and guests all sit around large tables together and eat home-baked food. I stayed in a single room with fantastic views.
Coll Hotel, Isle of Coll – I arrived here after visiting Tiree and once again the views are amazing. I remember sitting outside, under palm tree’s, reading a newspaper. Bliss indeed. The room’s were lovely and the restaurant was great. The Hotel is really an extension of the island – very friendly and relaxed. The perfect place to de-stress.
Pierowall Hotel, Isle of Westray (Orkney) – is situated in the heart of Pierowall and enjoys fantastic views of Pierowall and neighbouring Papa Westray. The Hotel has a very friendly, relaxed atmosphere and the food in the restaurant is excellent. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff and on my next visit to Westray (soon hopefully), I hope to stay for longer.
Fort Charlotte B & B, Lerwick, Mainland Shetland – right in the heart of Lerwick, this is one of the best B& B’s I’ve been to that is situated in the centre of one of the main towns. Again, incredibly friendly owners and a very relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere, with the bonus of being central to all the pubs and restaurants.
Shivinish, Isle of Grimsay (Outer Hebrides) – I stayed here on my last trip to the Outer Hebrides. The location is stunning and the view from the garden was fantastic! Anne was a mine of information about the history of Grimsay and went through books and leaflets to show me where specific locations were. Her knowledge of the island is second to none and I would highly recommend staying at Shivinish on any tour of the Outer Hebrides.
Garragh Mhor, Isle of Seil – I stayed here whilst visiting the islands of Seil, Easdale and Luing. It is a lovely B & B with excellent views over to Easdale. It is close by to the Oyster Bar (with a good selection of real ales) and about a 2 minute walk to Seafari, where trips are available to the Corryvreckan Whirpool and other nearby islands. I travelled here on my motorbike and was ready to set off the following morning. However, my bike would not start as the battery had drained. No problem, I was able to get the help of the owner and he helped me to get my bike re-charged and running again.
I would also like to give an honourable mention to The Stables in Achnamara, near Tayvallich on the Scottish mainland. This was the best mainland B&B that I have stayed at. Watching the squirrels whilst eating my breakfast was definitely a highlight! My motorbike broke down and Steve kindly lent me an electric pump to use to get home – which I then returned through the post. Also, because of the problems with my bike, Steve offered to give me a tour around Keills Chapel, which I readily accepted and thoroughly enjoyed. it was such a good B&B that I changed my plans on the way back to make sure I returned there! UPDATE – The Stables has now closed for guests.
This is of course, only my opinion, but I have been to many, many B&B’s and hotels and these are the one’s that really stand out for me. I try and keep business cards to remind me of the names of these B&B’s and hotels (my memory is shocking) and these are the first places I will try when going back to an island.