The Orchids Colbost - Nr Dunvegan - Isle of Skye
Skye & Lochalsh

About The Orchids

The Orchids - Skye & Lochalsh

Location: Colbost - Nr Dunvegan - Isle of Skye - Skye & Lochalsh

Sleeps: 6

Price From: £795 p.w.

Christmas: £1150

New Year: £1150

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The Orchids, Colbost, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye

Sleeps 6 - Visit Scotland  4 Star Grading

Short Breaks available on selected dates January-March and October-December (excluding Festive Weeks).  

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The Orchids is an outstanding property, beautifully and stylishly presented, it makes a fabulous base for a family holiday or equally for a couple or a group of friends. Location wise the house is ideal for exploring the north-west corner of the island, however you may prefer just to sit and relax and enjoy the far reaching views across Dunvegan Bay to Dunvegan Castle and to the Cuillin mountains in the south.

Inside The Orchids has been equipped and furnished to an extremely high standard, the personal style of the owner being in evidence throughout. On the ground floor, on one side of the property the open plan kitchen and dining area has been designed to take full advantage of the magnificent views. The kitchen has all the usual appliances and a utility room is also located to the rear. The dining room has a large table and seating for six, and also offers direct access to the garden.

To the other side of the property the lounge can be found, furnished with a leather sofa and armchairs, this room also benefits from outstanding views. The property has three bedrooms, the first of which is located on this level. This room located to the rear of the property has a king size bed, and an adjacent shower room with a large walk in shower.

From the lounge the stairs lead to the upper level and the additional bedrooms. The bedrooms on this level have en-suites, the master bedroom has a super king, and an en-suite shower room, and the twin an en-suite bathroom. Both bedrooms are front facing and again benefit from having the views. The owner has provided quality bed linens and towels for all guests. Externally the property has a large enclosed garden, complete with an area of patio, and private parking. Please note a small stream does run through part of the garden. Just a short walk from The Orchids is the shoreline of Loch Dunvegan, ideal for all ages whether exploring for sealife or perhaps a spot of canoeing or kayaking on the loch.

The house itself is very much an eco build, and uses the latest green technology such as solar panels, under floor heating, and a core heating system, which is fitted throughout the house. This ensures that all the rooms are kept at an ambient level no matter what time of year you choose to visit.

Colbost itself is best known for the Three Chimneys Restaurant, which is located within walking distance from the property. Listed as one of the “World’s” Top 50 Restaurants, it is an ideal place for a special occasion. Dunvegan is situated just five miles from the property and has a small selection of shops, cafes, and restaurants, including the popular Old School Restaurant, and a tourist information centre. Whilst here a visit to Dunvegan Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland and the ancestral home of the Chief of the Clan MacLeod, is highly recommended.  In the opposite direction Glendale has a small shop and the Red Roof Café, further on Neist Point with its lighthouse offers some of the most spectacular scenery on the island, and the opportunity to spot sea eagles, golden eagles, basking sharks and whales.

The island offers much for the visitor no matter what your outdoor pursuit, for walkers the twin peaks of the Macleod’s Tables are not far away, and the quiet country roads are ideal for the cyclist. For the lover of whisky the island has its own distillery, Talisker based at Carbost. A visitor centre is based here and tours are available. Throughout the island you will find many small shops and companies providing a wide range of locally produced goods such as art work and jewellery, ideal for picking up a reminder of your stay on this amazing island.

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  • Sitting room, leather sofa and armchairs, desk area, electric fire, Flat screen Smart TV with access to Freeview, On Demand programmes & Netflix included, DVD, CD, radio.
  • Kitchen, electric oven, induction hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher, and all the usual kitchen equipment.
  • Dining room with table and seating for six, french doors with access to the garden.
  • Utility room, washing machine, tumble dryer.
  • Bedroom with king size bed.
  • Shower room, large walk in shower, whb, wc, heated towel rail.


  • Master bedroom with super-king size bed, en-suite shower room, corner shower, whb, wc, heated towel rail.
  • Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom, bath, whb, wc, heated towel rail.

Included in the rent

  • Bed linen and towels.
  • All electricity and heating costs, underfloor heating downstairs, radiators in upper level.

Other Facilities

  • Ironing facilities.
  • Indoor drying area.
  • Hair dryer.
  • WiFi internet access.
  • Large selection of books and games.
  • Travel cot and highchair on request.
  • Enclosed garden, garden bench, please note a small stream does run through part of the garden.
  • Off road parking.

Good Housekeeping Deposit

A Good Housekeeping Deposit of £200.00 is required at the property.

Best Features

  • Beautiful property furnished and equipped to an extremely high standard.
  • Fantastic coastal location with magnificent views.
  • Just a short distance from the Three Chimneys Restaurant.




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The Orchids Reviews

The latest reviews of The Orchids...

Reviewed this property on 10/10/2023
And awarded it
Another super week at The Orchids. The cottage is superb in all weathers. Back in June when we visited first it was wall to wall sunshine all week and the dining room doors were wide open all week. This time it was mixed with plenty of rain but it was just as good to cosy up on the comfy chairs in the dining room with a good book and a cup of tea and watch the weather unfold in front of us. A house for all seasons, it's warm, has everything you need and is like wrapping yourself in a big comfy welcoming blanket. Can't wait until our next visit.

Reviewed this property on 01/09/2023
And awarded it
This was a really lovely place to stay. I've already recommended it to others. It was beautifully appointed, and clearly a lot of thought and care had gone into it. It was spotlessly clean, lovely views, I can't rate it highly enough. Prior to booking we had a couple of queries which were quickly dealt with, during our stay there was a minor issue with the washing machine, an immediate and good response from the owner. Comfortable and lovely place, highly recommended by us

Reviewed this property on 04/07/2023
And awarded it
Superb holiday. Customer service from Wilderness Cottages was excellent. Property was very clean, located in a fabulous spot, spacious and had all the equipment etc. we needed for our holiday. Would highly recommend and will definitely stay again.

Reviewed this property on 17/06/2023
And awarded it
The Orchids is a superb house in a wonderful location with everything you could need for a fabulous holiday. We had great weather which made it extra special but I can also imagine being tucked up warm and comfortable in the house in a howling gale. We were very fortunate to see a sea eagle circling above for some time on our last evening. There's lots to do in the area and lovely places to eat. Thoroughly recommended.

Reviewed this property on 18/10/2022
And awarded it
We have stayed at The Orchids 3 times from 2016, this is an outstanding property in an amazing location. The presentation on arrival is exceptional, the equipment and comfort levels are all one could wish for, it is "home from home". We would highly recommend this cottage and in addition have always found Wilderness Cottages to be a very easy, straightforward company to deal with, so good all-round package!

Reviewed this property on 12/09/2022
And awarded it
A 1st class property with views to match certainly looking forward for a return visit Wilderness cottages also should have 5 stars for their service.

Reviewed this property on 04/11/2021
And awarded it
We had the most magical time at the Orchids cottage. I have forwarded your company details and the beautiful outstanding cottage details, to my friends and family and work colleagues. I can't recommend this cottage enough to anyone. We took a walk down the hill from the cottage and we saw Seals. Not just one 10 of them, relaxing at the harbour. Herons, Bats, Rabbits, Robins, Peregrine Falcon, i could go on, so much to see and so much to do. The sky's light up with millions of stars, the moon shining over the lock, sheep around cottage was so lovely to see and experience. The cottage has everything thing you need, the decor and layout is outstanding. This cottage is beautiful and the surrounding is breathtaking Many thanks

Reviewed this property on 18/10/2021
And awarded it
Fabulous house with exceptional views. The house had been thoroughly cleaned prior to our arrival. Bed extremely comfortable and everything available for a great stay. I would highly recommend if you like peace and quiet with 5-6 good restaurants all within 30 minutes drive.

Reviewed this property on 13/10/2021
And awarded it
We have just returned after a week on the Isle of Skye staying at The Orchids in Colbost. The property was very clean and tidy and well equipped. It was also situated in a lovely area of Skye, stunning views from the property and with Otters and Eagles all viewed from the property itself. Would highly recommend the property to anyone who is looking to visit the Isle of Skye

Reviewed this property on 07/10/2021
And awarded it
The Orchids is a gem of a holiday destination, and the perfect location to fall in love with the Isle of Skye. The house is rural but not remote, and has been done to a high standard, with the space for guests to spread out in comfort. Filled with games, books and entertainment even if it's a bit wet and miserable out the house is still a great place to be. I spent my time in front of the windows reading, marvelling at the view and watching for wildlife (dolphins in the bay!). We did have a minor issue with the hot water, but the host repaired it quickly and it did not impair our stay in the slightest. Not only would I recommend this house, but I would stay there again myself.

Reviewed this property on 28/09/2021
And awarded it
A wonderful cottage in the most beautiful setting. Felt instantly at home. So well equipped and spotless. Morning coffee looking over to Dunvegan castle across the loch, we launched our kayak from the jetty and explored the little islands . Perfect, was loathe to leave.

Reviewed this property on 15/09/2021
And awarded it
What an utterly beautiful house in a stunning location! The property was far beyond our expectations, was superbly decorated and equipped with everything we could need for our week's stay. I only wish we could have stayed longer. The area provided plenty to do and see within a short driving distance and we'd recommend eating at Cafe Lephin in Glendale and The Old Schoolhouse in Dunvegan. The seal boat trip from Dunvegan Castle was a highlight as was the walk to Neist Point and up to the Quiraing on the Trotternish Peninsula. The Fairy Glen was magical in the mist and the beach a Loch Brittle was not to be missed either. All in all, a most wonderful week and a delightful property with some amazing views. We loved it and would highly recommend The Orchids as a great place to stay

Reviewed this property on 10/07/2021
And awarded it
The Orchids is an exceptional property in every way. It's in a stunning location with a constantly changing view across Loch Dunvegan, and is very peaceful. Along with the local rabbits, we had visits from some of the more adventurous sheep and lambs, recognising individuals by the end of the week. Seals swam in the loch in front of us most days and we were thrilled to see dolphins feeding on the incoming tide on a number of occasions - one evening we watched them for a constant three hours or so! We were stunned at how well equipped the kitchen was; there wasn't a single thing that had been overlooked. The living room was comfortable but, to be honest, it stayed largely unused throughout our stay, as the view from the dining room was far more captivating than the TV! We made use of some of the large selection of games and, had the weather not been so unexpectedly good, would probably have done some of the jigsaws too (this was a lovely touch). We were also pleased at the eco-friendliness of the property, due to the solar panels and the ground source pump heating system. The main upstairs bedroom was the only one we used and the bed was extremely comfortable. The ensuite shower was (to quote my husband) the best shower in the world. I honestly can't recommend the Orchids highly enough. It's perfect in every way and I'd love to visit again one day.

Reviewed this property on 24/06/2021
And awarded it
Excellent accommodation. Very clean and well maintained. Had all the essentials needed during a break. Beautiful location. Highly recommended.

Reviewed this property on 01/10/2020
And awarded it
Seals, sheep, the occasional eagle, fantastic views from the cottage, which is very roomy and well equipped.

Reviewed this property on 23/09/2020
And awarded it
The orchids is a most excellent place to stay while in Skye. It was very clean, warm, inviting and of course the stand out feature is the views, absolutely stunning. We all felt so at home. I would definitely recommend this lovely house to anyone of my friends. The only very small disappointment was not being left even one dishwashing tablet, which would have been really helpful especially on the first night having arrived quite late. Otherwise amazing!!

Reviewed this property on 20/05/2019
And awarded it
Spent a week on the Isle of skye and have fallen in love with the place. Breathtaking scenery and landscape, friendly people and lots of interesting places to visit. The Orchids had everything we needed, perched in a spot where there is an abundance of wildlife to watch and picturesque views over the Loch. The house is spotless and offers home from home comforts with plenty reading materials/games /puzzles. That's if you get time to drag yourself from the views! Throughout the week we travelled around the island but looked forward to getting back to the Orchids to enjoy and make the most of the lovely weather we had, and to take full advantage of this perfect holiday home.

Reviewed this property on 14/10/2018
And awarded it
Wonderful, large, cosy house. Very quiet environment. Superb views from the living room to the bay. Comfortable relax. Good description how to arrive there. Plenty of useful information (f.ex. maps) available.

Reviewed this property on 08/10/2018
And awarded it
The Orchids is absolutely beautiful! A great location with a stunning views, this cottage was so spacious and impeccably clean. It is bright, modern and has every amenity that you could need. We travel a lot and this place will always stand out to me. Check in was so easy with lots of information at the cottage. I would highly recommend this place to anyone!

Reviewed this property on 08/08/2018
And awarded it
Beautifully laid out house - spacious, bright, high standard throughout. Couldn't have wished for more. All six in our family give The Orchids FIVE STARS! Thank you - we'd love to return!

Reviewed this property on 25/07/2018
And awarded it
Spent a lovely week here with the family in July 2018. The house was superb, had every convenience available to us and was in the most glorious location. This was really as good as the advertised version. It was close enough to access all parts of the island but if you didn't want to venture out and fancied a lazy day, then the views across Dunvegan Loch were magnificent and many an hour could be whiled away just looking out the windows at the wildlife. We hope to return in the future.

Reviewed this property on 16/07/2018
And awarded it
Fantastic cottage, extremely spacious, well equipped, comfortable and very clean. We had a great week even though the weather was mixed, a couple of days we didn't even go out, we just stayed and enjoyed the spectacular views.

Reviewed this property on 26/06/2018
And awarded it
This was our second stay at The Orchids, the property is excellent, like home from home, it is also in a wonderful location. The views of the Loch are amazing, seals are at play at the nearby Jetty 24/7. The Orchids is well presented, the photos and views are perhaps better than shown on the online advert. Duirinish Peninsula is also an excellent base from which to explore Skye.

Reviewed this property on 25/04/2017
And awarded it
Excellent property in beautiful area of Skye. Spacious, clean, warm and comfortable and very well equipped. Great for all the family, including baby. Highly recommended.

Reviewed this property on 03/04/2017
And awarded it
We had a problem with our booking which Wilderness resolved promptly and efficiently and we enjoyed a great holiday at The Orchids, which is a well equipped property situated overlooking the Loch.

Reviewed this property on 24/09/2016
And awarded it
The Orchids is a beautiful house with stunning views on to Loch Dunvegan where you can watch otters and seals fishing. We had a great time exploring Skye, very peaceful location in which to stay. Would recommend staying at the Orchids would love to return sometime.

Reviewed this property on 22/06/2016
And awarded it
We had an amazing time staying at the Orchids. It is a very very comfortable and well furnished house with lots of facilities for a wonderful self catering holiday. The kitchen is very well equipped for people who like cooking and there is local shell fish from Carbost and meat from Orbost farm , not to mention great bread from the Skye Bakery in Portree. The local shop in Dunvegan was great too. The views from the house are exceptional , perfect for photography, with seals and lots of birdlife, we loved the sheep too. The Loch was very busy with some very large yachts and ships appearing , including the 3rd largest yacht in the world, the EOS, and a ship called the Serenissima, which apparently does cruises around Scotland. The local area is stunning as is the rest of Skye, This was our first visit and we will be back and would happily stay in the Orchids again, assuming its not sold and still available to rent !!! Our only small issue was the lack of anything other than a small dustpan to sweep up from a large dining and kitchen area.

Reviewed this property on 15/06/2016
And awarded it
Wonderful property, all the fixtures and fittings required for a comfortable holiday in a fantastic location, would definitely recommend.

Reviewed this property on 20/04/2016
And awarded it
Great location and very well equipped house. We had a great stay. Even the little things were thought of. Would definitely recommend it for a chilled out holiday. The admin was quick and efficient too. Thanks

Reviewed this property on 12/09/2015
And awarded it
This property offers everything you could want or need for a holiday in Skye, the scenery is quite special and it is very peaceful. You wouldn't be disappointed. For us a it was a lovely place to spend our 30th Wedding Anniversary. Thank you Linda.

Reviewed this property on 01/09/2015
And awarded it
The Orchids is a beautiful cottage set in an idyllic location. The cottage is spacious and comfortable with a well equipped kitchen containing modern appliances and high quality equipment. Overlooking Loch Dunvegan and only a short walk from the jetty, the cottage enjoys outstanding views of Dunvegan Castle and the Cuillin mountains in the distance. An ideal location to relax and unwind from the stresses of life, yet close to Dunevgan which has an array of shops and restaurants,

Reviewed this property on 08/09/2014
And awarded it
Lovely cottage/ holiday home. Nice views, clean and tastefully decorated. Would recommend.

Reviewed this property on 27/08/2014
And awarded it
Panoramic views, very comfortable beds, well equipped kitchen, met the landlady Linda very lovely lady and helpful, one bad point because the wind was blowing across the house from left to right there was an odour from the septic tank. Would love to stay there again much to explore on the Island. No information about "bin" day.

Wilderness Cottages Replied...

Dear Mrs Jones, thank you for your review, unfortunately the gardener had accidently damaged the top of the septic tank and there was a small crack in it, and the owner had not been made aware of this. This has now been replaced so this problem is now fixed.

Reviewed this property on 17/08/2014
And awarded it
Beautiful house! It's even better than the photos - exceptionally high standard, well equipped and clean. Rooms of quality hotel standard. The views are stunning! We were blessed with great weather but we think that this house would be amazing even on grey, wet days (bright, warm, lots of books/games/DVDs). Kids loved the burn running through the front garden. Amazing property - well thought out - plus vestibule for coats/shoes wellies and utility for washing/drying. Booking service v efficient.

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