With its dramatic rugged landscape, spectacular coastline and infamous welcoming Highland hospitality, the Isle of Skye is the perfect place for escaping busy city lives and enjoying the Great Outdoors in 2023.

Sonas Hotel Collection’s luxurious family-run hotels on the Isle of Skye provide the perfect base to discover this idyllic island from and promise an indulgent getaway.

Each elegantly styled property features chic cosy bedrooms, roaring fireplaces and breath-taking mountain views. Owned by island local and Highlands Ambassador Anne Gracie Gunn, the ‘Misty Isle’ is the ideal place to enjoy a Scottish staycation in 2023 and Anne has shared four reasons why it’s the perfect year-round destination.

‘Dark Skye’ Stargazing in Winter – The Isle of Skye is blessed with minimal light pollution compared to many parts of the UK making it one of the best places to stargaze. There are no less than nine Milky Way Dark Sky Discovery points, locations possible to see the Milky Way with the naked eye, as well as sites to see the aurora borealis in Winter. Here at the Sonas Collection, our hotels are situated close to many of the sites with Duisdale House Hotel only a few miles from Kinloch Forest and Skeabost House Hotel close to Waternish Peninsular making it easy for guests to travel to. Or simply choose your own perfect spot at our hotels!

Spot the ‘Skye Five’ on a Wildlife Tour in Spring – Visitors in springtime can go in search of the ‘Skye Five’ Scottish species including the golden and white-tailed eagles, red deer, seals and our famous elusive otter. Arranged by Hebridean Adventures, these wildlife 4×4 adventures spent exploring the mountains and hills are a must for any visitor. Spring is the best time to spot all five species.

The Isle of Skye

Sail the Skye Shoreline in Summer – Sailing and enjoying boat trips around Skye’s waters is one of the best ways to experience some of the island’s most popular attractions. Whether its anchoring at Skye’s capital Portree Harbour, enjoying the view of historical Dunvegan Castle or simply taking in the picturesque coastline, it’s a tranquil way to explore what the island has to offer. Skye’s waters are relatively quiet and tranquil, and seafarers can enjoy a variety of anchoring spots such as the five moorings located infront of Duisdale House Hotel.

Wild Beach Walks in Autumn – Autumn is also one of Skye’s quieter seasons and sometimes visitors can have the beach all to themselves. There’s nothing better than heading off-the-beaten track to explore the unspoilt wilderness the Isle of Skye has to offer and connect with the landscape. Whether it’s walking along the crushed, white Coral Beach in Claigan or visiting one of the most famous lighthouses in Scotland, Neist Point, there’s something for everyone. To warm up after a blustery walk, coming back to enjoy a tipple of Torabhaig, Talisker and Raasay from one of the island’s three whisky distillery’s next to Sonas Hotel’s open fireplaces is the perfect way to end the day.

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