“Get set for breathtaking estuary views, smart Nordic design and fabulous homecooked fare at this remote little guesthouse in northwest Skye”
Tucked away near Dunvegan in the island’s northwest corner, sweet little Hame Hotel gazes out over Loch Vatten. The landscape here is ruggedly beautiful: a stark scene of open plains giving way to sapphire-blue water and the Cuillin Mountains beyond. In keeping with the tranquillity, the hotel seamlessly fuses calming Nordic design with home comforts. The 8 rooms are simple but smart, featuring muted grey tones, woollen throws and freshly cut flowers. You can book them all if you're a big group and have the entire place to yourself. Food is a big part of the experience, with hearty breakfasts and laidback dinners taking place in a light-filled, glass-walled dining room overlooking the loch. Managers Heather and Callum encourage you to treat their place like your home, offering heaps of local info and a help-yourself supply of local Scotch. We’ll take ours in an armchair by that roaring log fire, please!
- A very peaceful and secluded setting with panoramic views over Loch Vatten, the Cuillins and MacLeod’s Tables
- Stylish Scandi design creating a calming ambience to match the tranquil surroundings
- Warm and friendly service from the owners and staff
- Excellent homecooked fare served in a lovely, light-filled dining room with wild and watery views
- Very dog-friendly
- It’s remote and not the easiest to find; you’ll certainly need a car and a good map (mobile signal is patchy on Skye)
- You’re a drive away from shops and restaurants, but we’ve heard Hame’s dinners are top notch so it’s not much of a hardship to eat in
- We’ve heard a few rumblings about hallway noise in some rooms, but you won't hear a peep from outside
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- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar
- All ages welcome
- Open all year
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
- Electric car charger
The hotel is on one level, so all rooms are on the ground floor. They share a contemporary, pared-back style, and all are similar: you can choose double (a couple of these are kingsize) or twin beds. Expect wooden flooring, spotlight lamps and soothing grey hues. Locally woven blankets and woolly cushions add warmth, while photographs of Skye landscapes add subtle colour.
Ensuite bathrooms feature showers over bath and locally made toiletries from Highland Soap Co. All rooms come with tea trays and televisions, and can fit an extra bed or cot on request.
- Central heating
- Coffee / tea making
- Satellite TV
Hame’s glass-fronted dining room is spectacular; on clear days you can see the Cuillins. Begin in the mornings with generous breakfasts and locally roasted coffee. Choose between homemade granola, piping-hot porridge, eggs done any way or the full Scottish fry-up, all served alongside that glorious loch view.
Evening meals are on offer here too, with a daily changing menu championing local produce. Fresh seafood features regularly – we hear the local langoustine is excellent. After dinner, retire to the lounge and help yourself to a Talisker whisky (made on Skye) or a Cuillin ale from the honesty bar.
If you prefer to eat out, the nearest restaurant is The Old School in Dunvegan (5km), which comes highly recommended.
- Children's meals
- Coffee / tea making
- Dinner by arrangement
- Lunch by arrangement
- Vegetarian menu
- Explore Dunvegan Castle (5km), the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and the ancestral home of the clan MacLeod; stroll through its gardens, or take a boat out to the seal colony
- Hike the Cuillin Hills – they’re not for the inexperienced, so organise a guide and be prepared for narrow ridges!
- Visit the Talisker Distillery, set on the shores of Loch Harport, where Skye’s own Scotch whisky is produced
- Head south to Glen Brittle to see its picturesque Fairy Pools, a string of pretty streams and waterfalls set against a mountainous backdrop
- Head north to the Trotternish peninsula to walk the Old Man of Storr, a tall rock pinnacle formed by an ancient landside
- Foraging tours, braais and wild cooking can be arranged – ask staff for details.
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Cooking classes
- Historical sites
- Plantlife / flora
- Private guided tours
- Whisky Tasting
Kids are welcome at Hame Hotel. The owners have small children of their own, plus a dog to play with. Beds and cots can be added to all rooms, and there are two twin rooms that could be booked out for older kids – though teenagers might get bored here. There are no real activities on site for youngsters, but there’s endless space outside. Little adventurers will love Skye.
Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available
- High chair
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Kids Activities nearby:
- Farm animals
- Play park
- Woodland walks
- Searching for fairies at the Fairy Glen or Fairy Pools
- Dolphin and whale watching
Families Should Know:
Keep any eye on little ones when close to the loch shore.
- Airport: 3 hours
- Hospital: 30 minutes
- Supermarket: 5 minutes (village shop in Dunvegan)
Hame Hotel is located 5km from Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye, off the coast of Scotland.
There's no airport on Skye, so you'd need to fly to Inverness (210km from the hotel), Glasgow (350km) or Edinburgh (400km), and then drive or take public transport via the Skye bridge.
The Skye road bridge connects the Scottish mainland with Skye; it's a one-hour drive from the bridge to Hame Hotel. Alternatively, you can drive to Mallaig and catch the ferry to Armadale on Skye (45 mins). From Armadale it's a 75-minute drive to Hame Hotel.
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By Public Transport
From Glasgow or Edinburgh, you could take a bus (or train-bus combo) via Fort William or Inverness to Portree on the island of Skye (6-7 hours); and from there a taxi (30 mins). But you might feel quite isolated without your own wheels.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.
- Inverness Airport 210.0 km INV
- Glasgow Airport 350.0 km GLA
- Beach 4.8 km
- Shops 5.0 km
- Restaurant 5.0 km