Accommodation in the Scottish Highlands & Islands
Crofting is small scale, sustainable agriculture in the remote north, west and islands of Scotland. This makes crofts an ideal place for holidays where you can share the wide open spaces, clear skies, outdoor lifestyle and natural environment with those who work the land and maintain the old traditions and culture. Couple this with local food production and you have the right recipe for a wonderful holiday. Relax, unwind and enjoy the scenery.
The holiday cottages and businesses advertised here are working crofts where the owners work the land and keep the heritage alive. They will be on hand to welcome you and tell you where to eat well, walk, fish or whatever you fancy.
Click on the links below or pick up the phone and you could soon be sharing the beauty of the Scottish Highlands & Islands and its history.
The self-catering and Bed and Breakfast accommodation has been divided into 3 regions:
Achue Croft Cottage, self-catering
Bonar Bridge, Sutherland
Well appointed, comfortable cottage just outside Bonar Bridge on the picturesque Kyle of Sutherland. The cottage sleeps up to 6 people in 3 bedrooms. It is an ideal centre for touring the Northern Highlands, for walking, mountain biking, golf or fishing. Shops and hotels are close by but Achue sits off the beaten track and you will only have wildlife and sheep for company.
Contact: Evelyn Walker Smith
Telephone: 01863 766144
"Whinknowe" Banavie, Fort William, Lochaber
Banavie, Fort William, Lochaber
Self-catering 4 star cottage, sleeps 4 or 5 on a croft beside the Caledonian Canal with magnificent views of Ben Nevis and its neighbours. In a rural setting but conveniently close to local services. Pets welcome subject to prior discussion. See our website for full details.
Contact: Ronald Cameron
Telephone: 01397-772227 & 07711-815445
Bluebell Croft, self-catering
Strontian, Ardnamurchan, Lochaber
Bluebell Croft offers luxury self-catering in the Highlands. Honeysuckle House sleeps 8 & Rose Cottage sleeps 4, both properties may be combined. Both have Category 1 disabled access downstairs. The Croft is a marvellous place to relax with breath-taking mountain views, and a perfectly situated hot-tub. Well behaved dogs welcome.
Contact: Chrissie Morgan
Telephone: 01967 402226
Ivy Cottage, self-catering
Heights Of Brae, Strathpeffer, Ross-Shire
Ivy Cottage is a 4 Star Visit Scotland approved cottage on a working croft in the hills above scenic Strathpeffer in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. . It sleeps 6 and is open all year round. The croft is primarily a sheep enterprise with the star of the show being our working collie Shep. Join us during the month of April for lambing , mid-summer for shearing or early autumn to help us at the lamb sales locally in Dingwall or just be made welcome by Shep all year round.
Split Rock Croft, B&B
Split Rock Croft bed and breakfast is set in the midst of a traditional working croft in a stunning area of the north west Highlands of Scotland, near the towns of Lochinver and Clachtoll and in the spectacularly scenic parish of Assynt.
The Croft sits on a peninsular of land jutting out into the North Atlantic and boasts an amazing array of bird and sea life and is a nature lovers dream with its profusion of wild flowers and orchids.
Contact: Helen Acreman
Tel: 01571 855215
Mob: 07713 477924
The Byres, self-catering
With panoramic views of Loch Morar and the surrounding hills, The Byres is an Old Stone Croft House and Byre providing modern accommodation for two people. We have Free Range Chickens and Ducks providing fresh eggs. A flock of Hebridean & North Country Cheviots sheep and a four horned Hebridean Tup, Glasclune Dundonald. There is also a Shetland and a Highland Pony and a few cats and dogs!
We regret we do not accept dogs due to The Byres location on the croft and the free range livestock. Please visit our website for full details of accommodation, availability and tariffs.
Contact: Bev Arnold
Telephone: 01687 462235
Highland Hideaways, self-catering & B&B
Duirinish, by Kyle of Lochalsh
Highland Hideaways is a collection of three superb holiday accommodations run by Ian and Morag Mackenzie from their croft in the quiet unspoilt hamlet of Duirnish in the heart of rural Wester Ross.
Granny's Croft House (sleeps 3) and Quiraing (sleeps up to 8) are self-catering cottages and Seann Bhruthach offers visitor bed and breakfast accommodation situated on a working croft with its own fold of pedigree highland cattle.
Lying between Plockton and Kyle of Lochalsh where the bridge crosses over the sea to the Isle of Skye, all three properties make an ideal base for exploring this part of the world with a multitude of interesting places a stone's throw away .
Contact: Morag Mackenzie
Telephone: 01599 544204
Clynelish Muir, self catering
Clynelish Muir is a self catering cottage based on a working croft. It is set in an elevated position affording panoramic views of the surrounding countryside, just outside of the village of Brora.
This spacious detached family house sleeps 6 to 8 (in 4 bedrooms) and has been decorated and furnished to a very good standard to offer a very comfortable base from which to explore this beautiful and rugged area, with many miles of sandy beaches to explore close by.
Contact: John and Caroline
Telephone: 01408 621339
Badrallach, Dundonnell, Ross-shire
Choose an old self catering cottage with a contemporary twist, a Highland Bothy or simply camp in a remote crofting township on the shores of Little Lochbroom overlooking the mighty An Teallach. Enjoy peat stoves, gaslights and organic cotton sheets and hopefully see abundant wildlife, otters, deer, red squirrels, pine martens, ptarmigan, golden and white-tailed sea eagles and more or just relax with a dram. Pets welcome. Kayaks and bicycles available for hire. Our social enterprise, EarthMind Fellowship, CIC also runs a variety of nature-oriented workshops for exploring nature, both inner and outer.
These incorporate herbal medicine and nutrition, health and wellness, stress-management, HeartMath, Wilderness Therapy and creative approaches such as dance, music, art and writing.
Contact: Owen and Christy Okie
Telephone: 01854 613240
Bothy To Let In Elphin
Staying on a hill-croft. We work with our Shetland flock, hand-spinning & knitting the wool, and keeping a few laying hens. We are close to Knockan Crag Geopark.
Although we keep it simple, it has a kitchen area, & electricity to fuel lighting, a heater, microwave, slow cooker, kettle, fridge, & grill. There is a £1 electric meter. Use of bedding and kitchenware included. There is a separate hot-shower block with toilet.
Also a BBQ for your use, and an outside tap.
One person one night with bedding costs £20 with discounts for sharing, bringing sleeping bags, or staying more nights
for your sat nav: Avalon, IV27 4HH
Contact: Russell Pursey
Telephone: 01854 666204
Oban Seil Croft Cottages, self-catering
Isle of Seil, Oban
The island of Seil, 12 miles south of Oban, is ideally suited for touring the West Highlands. Connected to the mainland by the impressive single span Clachan Bridge, Seil is the most accessible of the Slate Islands - an Inner Hebridean island group renowned for its geology and natural heritage.
Located one mile from Clachan Bridge, Oban Seil Croft offers two exceptional 4-star self-catering cottages situated in peaceful surroundings on a working croft.
Both former croft houses, Croft Cottage and Sea View Cottage have been fully renovated to a high standard and each provide well-equipped accommodation for 4 people, plus cot if required.
Guests are encouraged to explore their immediate surroundings, including the sheltered belt of native woodland at the bottom of the croft. Here can be seen all manner of wildlife, including roe deer, pine marten and birds of prey from the nearby island of Mull.
Contact: Donnie MacDougall
Baleloch House, self-catering
Traditional stone built croft house on the west side of North Uist. Heating and cooking by electricity also. Open fire in sitting room. Situated one mile from RSPB reserve at Hougharry. Brown trout fishing can be arranged with estate factor. Linen provided. Sleeps 7
Contact: A.D. Macdonald
Telephone: 01876 510 703
Mobile: 07734 830 436
Pairc an t-Srath, B&B
Harris, Outer Isles
Pairc an t-Srath Bed and Breakfast is situated on a working croft on the west coast of Harris and enjoys a magnificent location overlooking golden beaches, the sound of Taransay and on a clear day as far as St Kilda.
The main crofting enterprise is running a flock of pure Cheviot and Black Face sheep. Hand knitted socks made from our own wool make popular gifts. Guests can often get involved with the crofting activities (lambing in spring and shearing in summer are favourites!) Or you can just enjoy watching our collies at work in the field opposite the house.
Lena and Richard
Telephone: 01859 550 386
Back, Isle of Lewis
Ravenstar is situated 7 miles north of Stornoway on a working croft overlooking the sea. We have 3 bedrooms, a double and twin both en suite and a family room with private facilities.
A TV lounge and free Wi-Fi are available for guests. Breakfast is served in the croft house kitchen including eggs from our hens, home made bread, cereal, preserves and our own sausages when available.
We source local produce too. Guests can visit our livestock. We keep milking goats, hens, ducks, pigs and Hebridean sheep. A dairy producing cheese is also on site using the goats milk. Complementary therapies are also available.
Contact: Jane & Dave Eastwood
Tel: 01851 820517
Hebridean Holiday Cottages, self-catering and B&B
Tolsta Chaolais, Isle of Lewis
Come and stay in comfort on a working croft in Tolsta Chaolais - the most beautiful village on the Isle of Lewis. You can choose self-catering in the old croft house or bed and breakfast or self-catering in our Ceann Bodaich apartment. Both are graded 4 star by Visit Scotland and our breakfasts have won their Taste Our Best Award.
You can meet our Highland cattle and Hebridean blackface sheep and our hard working, but very approachable collies.
You can see the dogs and our cattle and sheep and chickens in the BBC Ceebeebies' Katie Morag series.
Tel: 01851 621722 / 07876504463
Treanabhal & Sheabhal, self-catering
Milton, Isle of South Uist
Located centrally on the beautiful Isle of South Uist, we have two holiday cottages available for rent.
Uist is an excellent holiday destination, with activities ranging from hill walking to kayaking, from bird watching to fly fishing, and from site-seeing to simply unwinding and taking in the wonderful scenery and culture.
The cottages are situated at the heart of the island, on a working croft in the township of Milton. Treanabhal is a 1940's traditional croft house, sleeps 4, while Sheabhal was once our family home, sleeps 6.
Providing easy access to Uist's long sandy beaches and untouched hills, our cottages are fully equipped and comfortable, the perfect get-away for a busy family or any group wishing to explore this wild landscape.
Contact: Angus and Isabel MacKenzie
Telephone: +44 (0) 1878 710371
Mangersta Croft Holidays
Uig, Isle of Lewis
Our 4 glamping huts and cabins are situated in the idyllic coastal village of Mangersta in Uig, Isle of Lewis. This National Scenic Area is particularly noted for its numerous white shell sand beaches, rocky coves, turquoise waters, dramatic cliffs, gentle machair grasslands carpeted with wild flowers during the summer months and rich biodiversity of wildlife. We keep a small herd of Aberdeen Angus cattle, Blackface sheep and grow fodder crops and vegetables on our working croft.
Mangersta Beach (a SSSI) and sea-cliffs are within 5 minutes walk of our glamping accommodation. Each Cabin sleeps up to 4 people on 1 double bed and 1 double sofa bed. Each Shepherd's Hut sleeps up to 2 people on one double bed. All units have a mini kitchen, en-suite shower-room and shared access to a fantastic dry-stone walled fire pit for BBQ's under starry skies. Please check our website for availability and online booking.
Contact: Derek Scanlan and Elsie Mitchell
Telephone: 01851 672 384
Greenleaves Camping Hut, self catering
Coille Challtuinn croft at Ardtun, Isle of Mull
Off-grid, wild eco-camping hut:
Nestled at the edge of a wee, native hazel woodland, our cosy hut offers a more luxurious camping experience, while still allowing you to feel that you are out in the wild. Wake to the sight of red deer running past the window, watch the sun go down behind distant hills, fill your lungs with clean air, relish the peace and solitude. A perfect base for exploring Mull and Iona, or staying still.
Linen and towels provided. Cosy, insulated, wood-panelled interior. Wood-burning stove. Double bed on a platform. Separate kitchen and shower hut with camping stove and solar shower (not guaranteed in the snow).
Composting tree bog. Croft produce available (eggs and vegetables, in season).
Contact: Celia and Phil
Telephone: 01681 700782
Tigh an Lochan, self catering
Isle of Coll, Argyll
Traditional stone built family Croft house, 2 bedrooms, situated within minutes of stunning Struan Shore.
The house has been recently redecorated with an award winning garden which is fully enclosed situated towards the East End of the island, with stunning views towards Rum, Eigg and Skye.
Double bedroom and also a smaller bedroom with 2 full size adult bunk beds.
Contact: Fiona Kennedy
Telephone: 01879 230395
Taigh Foise self-catering
Kintra, Fionnphort, Isle of Mull
Set in its own garden on a working croft, Taigh Foise comfortably sleeps 2-10 people. Its open plan interior gives a luxurious feeling of comfort and light, while the huge windows have wonderful views of seascapes and skies as well as the daily activities on the croft. We keep a small flock of Jacob sheep, hens and we grow a variety of veg and fruit in a sheltered valley. We sell our produce, preserves, baking, eggs and meat directly from our small shop. Visitors are welcome to explore the croft and gardens; five minutes' walk takes you to a wild rocky coastline of pink granite; five minutes' drive to a choice of pristine sandy beaches and Fionnphort - from where boats run to the isles of Iona and Staffa.
Contact: Rosie Burgess
Telephone: 01681 700509
Breakish Moss Cottage, self-catering
Breakish, Isle of Skye
The cottage sleeps up to six people (two double rooms, one of which is on the ground floor, and a twin). There is also a travel cot. The cottage, which has wonderful views, is situated on a working croft with cows, hens, bees and sometimes a pig. We also have a well-established vegetable garden with two greenhouses, two polytunnels and outside vegetable beds. Vegetables in season and eggs are available to purchase whilst staying in the cottage. If you or your family want to feed the hens or help in our extensive gardens then you will be most welcome.
Contact: Alasdair Martin
Telephone: 01471 822 528
Merman Cottage and Tigh Dubh, self-catering
Edinbane, Isle of Skye
Two snug self-catering stone cottages on a working croft in Edinbane, North West Skye, 1 hour from the bridge. - Merman Cottage and Tigh Dubh - provide a great home from home after a day's walking, bird watching, mountain biking or just touring the island. The croft is home to cows and ponies, a sea loch foreshore and tree planting on a third of the ground the location is perfect for a safe and peaceful retreat. Shiatsu massage and Reiki also on offer.
Telephone: 01470 582 221
Aisling Cottage, self-catering
Harrapool, Broadford, Isle of Skye
Aisling Cottage is a traditional croft house tastefully modernised to provide a cosy, comfortable base for your holiday on the Isle of Skye. Privately situated in a peaceful crofting township on the edge of Broadford, near a sandy beach, the cottage is well placed for all amenities and for exploring this dramatic island.
Centrally heated and very well equipped, the cottage also displays the works of local artists. Many personal touches make it a welcoming home from home.
The owners will be pleased to answer all your queries about crofting and the history and culture of the island.
Please visit our website for full details and lots of photos, so you can really see what the cottage is like. We look forward to welcoming you.
Telephone: 01471 822 297 (evenings only)
Email: - we prefer contact by email.
Romesdal Croft, B&B
Kingsburgh, Isle of Skye
We are a working croft, home to the Romesdal fold of registered, pedigree, Highland cattle, a small flock of Cheviot sheep with two working collie dogs to keep them all in order. Also, we have recently erected a large Polytunnel and planted some fruit trees and are looking forward to this produce in future.
We have one double bedroom with adjacent private facilities with bath and shower. There are excellent views from the breakfast room across Loch Snizort with the Cuillin hills to the south and our cattle and sheep are usually clearly visible in the fields.
Romesdal is ideally situated as a base to explore the North and West of Skye and is also a convenient stopping point for those travelling to and from the Outer Isles.
We like to think we offer a unique experience to our guests in terms of experiencing Skye.
Croft visits available by appointment at a reasonable price.
Contact: Yvonne White
Telephone: 01470 532 729
Snarranness House, B&B
Bridge of Walls, Shetland
Norman & Evelyn will be your guide and hosts at the recently renovated Snarraness House on the west side of Shetland, 27 miles from Lerwick.
Bed and breakfast and an evening meal (by arrangement) is available in 3 bedrooms, 2 en-suite and 1 with private facilities and private conservatory. Watch the wildlife from the lounge window and relax.
Contact: Evelyn Leask
Telephone: 01595 693 714
Nortower Lodges, self-catering
Nortower Lodges offer 4-star luxury accommodation on a working Shetland croft. Boitan and Holsas are newly built (2012) lodges located in the beautiful coastal area of Aithsetter, on the South Mainland of Shetland.
Our lodges provide not only first-class accommodation but also the opportunity to experience life on a Shetland croft. From eating our delicious home grown produce to a Fair Isle knitting experience, we will give you a true Shetland welcome and a real taste of traditional island life.
From this peaceful setting, visitors can enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding area. There is an abundance of wildlife, flora and fauna right on the doorstep so any walk will be rewarded by the amazing sights and sounds of the islands.
We rear our own animals including sheep and cattle. We provide free range eggs and grow a variety of fruit and vegetables, all of which are available for our guests to sample.
A complementary hamper of our fresh, natural, home grown produce is gifted to guests on arrival (contents will vary depending on what is in season) and will be available for purchase thereafter. Follow us on Facebook to catch up on the latest croft news!
Contact: Kenneth & Hazel Mackenzie
Tel: 01950 477 598
Mobile: 0787 987 0905
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