Rucksack at the ready … these budget stays range from a historic crofters’ village to a purpose-built bunkhouse, all in spectacular settings
One of the new breed of boutique hostels, the Cowshed on the north-west coast of Skye looks out over the bay to the ferry terminal in Uig and offers spectacular sunsets and occasional views of the northern lights. The bunkrooms feature built-in bunks with tongue-and-groove walls, tartan privacy curtains, downy white linen-clad duvets and sheepskin rugs strewn across the floor. Alternatively, bed down in a stylishly kitted out wooden pod in the grounds – with adjoining dog pods. Communal areas are light and bright with apple green and cornflower blue sofas and a woodburner, plus open-plan kitchen and dining area with range cookers and banquettes. In spring and summer, take a boat trip for whale-, seal-and otter-spotting. Beer-lovers should note that the village of Uig is home to the Isle of Skye Brewing Company.
• Dorm beds from £18, pods from £60, skyecowshed.co.uk