As you might remember from this post, I recently ventured up North to explore the Scottish Highlands and stay on the Isle of Skye.
It’s always been a bit of a ‘bucket list’ dream of mine as the landscapes are just so beautiful. Plus it’s really remote and peaceful, which is something I often crave living in London.
We planned to stay on Skye for three nights at the Cowshed Boutique Hostel, arriving on Friday evening after dark.
I actually found the hostel with the help of my good friend Google, and I was so surprised to find that a bunkbed in 6 bed room cost just £22 per night!
Such a little gem.
Located un Uig (in the north of the island), it’s the perfect base to explore if you have a car. If not though, there are local buses available.
There’s loads of walks and things to see on the island too, like Quiraing, The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, Dunvegan Castle, Coral Beaches, the Talisker Distillery, and, just a short walk away from the Cowshed, the oh-so-magical Fairy Glen.
Driving from Glasgow, we opted to arrive via the Skye Bridge rather than by ferry, as we didn’t want to be restricted by boat times. Definitely a good idea if you don’t like rushing when you travel. We left at 10am and arrived at 7.30pm.
From the bridge, the hostel is only about a 20 minute drive, passing through the main town of Portree.
It’s probably a good idea to pick up some supplies here as there’s not many food options in Uig apart from a small convenience store and one (very essential) pub.
I can categorically say that the Cowshed is the best place to walk into after a long road trip.
Cold, tired and in desperate need of food (and wine), we were happy to see a cosy lounge, roaring fire and huge kitchen and dining space.
The staff were friendly and welcoming, and we were swiftly shown the bathrooms and our bunks.
Having stayed in some seriously crusty hostels during my travels, which cost more than £22 per night, I couldn’t believe how clean and hotel-like everything was.
I’m talking power showers, heated floors, comfy beds, reading lights, individual plug sockets, privacy curtains, soft furnishings and modern interiors. Oh, and amazing sea views.
What more could a gal ask for.
There were also some pretty cool pods that would’ve been great to stay in, but they were fully booked on the weekend we visited, but usually cost between £50-70 per night.
Obviously the bunks are more budget-friendly, and perfect for anyone travelling in a group.
And I slept like a dream.
However, three nights were just not long enough, and I could’ve easily stayed all week long drinking tea on the sofa after long walks.
If you’re going to Skye, definitely don’t miss it. It’s the perfect choice for anyone who wants sociable, clean and reasonably priced hostel with a bit of a swanky edge.
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