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Renovated Mill Overlooking Portree Bay, Isle Of Skye

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

House in Portree, Isle of Skye, Scottish Highlands, Scotland - Listed Building In A Conservation Area With Sea And Mountain Views. Close To Local Amenities

Built over 200 years ago, the house is the main part of Portree's former grain mill on the edge of the village. Above a burn, flanked by beech trees, it is close to the shore and commands fine views across to the Isle of Raasay. Portree is an ideal base for all Skye's attractions: walking; sailing; climbing; wildlife and bird watching. Equally, you can walk straight from the house into the hills or into the village for a lovely meal. The accommodation is flexible, with two bedrooms (one ensuite) on the ground floor and a studio at the top of the building (with a WC). The house is built on three floors linked by a spiral staircase. The middle floor is a very attractive open plan living area with the original mill stone. It has recently been fully renovated and redecorated, including installation of an eco-friendly heating and ventilation system. There is off-street parking beside the building.

Finlay MacLeod
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

About Finlay MacLeod

I am a retired teacher living in Edinburgh. My widowed mother lives in Portree and we find the mill a lovely base for family visits or just a break.

Finlay MacLeod purchased this house in 2003

Why Finlay MacLeod chose Portree

Lucy and I have family and friends who live in and around Portree and we stay regularly in the mill. It has become in part a family home for us and as well as a conservation project.

We have owned Number 1, the Old Mill (an Sean Mhuilean) since 2003. We did a lot of work in 2005 changing the layout of the middle floor and installing central heating. In 2012 we carried out further extensive work with 2 new bathrooms on the ground floor and installed an air source heat pump system complemented by heat recovery ventilation. In the long term we will restore the lime mortar pointing on the outside of the building.

What makes this house unique

The mill and the neighbouring cottages were build in 1805. They appear to be the first buildings erected on Scorrybreac Road and were part of an ambitious programme of building by James Gillespie Graham who was Lord MacDonald’s Superintendent of Works. James Gillespie Graham went on to have a very successful career particularly in Edinburgh. There he was responsible for the lay out of much of the later New Town.

Pictures and more information can be seen in the mill.


Portree House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • En-suite shower-room to bedroom 1 with instant electric shower, WC and wash basin. Bathroom (ground floor) with bath/shower over, wash basin and WC. Separate WC and wash basin (top floor).
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 to 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (ground floor): kingsize bed, en-suite shower-room with WC. Bedroom 2 (ground floor): two built-in bunk beds adjacent bathroom. Studio (top floor): double bed.
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
Notes on accommodation: Wifi now available. Outside: Beyond the parking and turning area, the grounds of the house - shaded by four mature beech trees - slope down to a burn which runs into the sea. You can walk over the bridge and down to the shore which is 50 metres away. Utility Room: Washing machine and drying area in the loft. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels included. Other: Tiled entrance hall with space for boots, coats etc.


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Renovated Mill Overlooking Portree Bay, Isle Of Skye
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

When "homeaway" makes all its sense. You'll never want to leave.

  • 5 of 5

The Old Mill is an amazing house, complete with a breathtaking view, a great kitchen suitable for Michelin Star cuisine, all 3 rooms with own bathrooms. Shame to write this because we don't want everybody else to flow into our newfound paradise.

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Seattle, Washington

A perfect blend of character and convenience

  • 5 of 5

Just a quick walk to Somerled Square, this charminglingly re-invented mill boasts million-pound views of Portree Harbor. The loft bedroom has a gorgeous view and the privacy curtain turns it instantly into your personal retreat. The downstairs ensuite bedroom is the picture of luxury and privacy. We didn’t use the room with bunk beds, but we were tempted! Fun! Evenings spent in the middle floor dining/living space were the stuff of dreams with an excellent kitchen, comfortable couches, and a roaring fire. This place is a dream!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
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Kitchener, Ontario, Canada

An excellent property in an amazing place.

  • 5 of 5

An excellent, well equipped, extremely comfortable property in Portree. This is a beautiful town which serves as a great home base for touring and hiking around Skye.

Skye is an amazing place and you won't be disappointed by staying here.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Lovely place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Very nice and warm renovated. Everything was there. Would come back for sure.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Beautifully decorated spacious old mill- highly recommended.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at the old mill and particularly liked the layout and interior design and colour schemes of the interior. The kitchen was well very well kitted out so without any trouble we managed to cook languostines picked up from the harbour! The bedrooms are spread out through the building giving privacy if you are with different groups. It was nice as well in the evening to be able to walk 5 minutes to Portree for dinner or for a drink which had lots of nice places to go to. We fell in love with Skye and hope to come back one day. Highly recommended place!

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Beautiful, well equipped home

  • 5 of 5

Excellent base for exploring Skye. We had a wonderful week staying at The Mill.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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The house is on the coast, 50 metres from the shore. Portree is a small harbour town in a splendid setting. Skye offers the opportunity for many coastal and mountain walks.


Road (using Skye Bridge): Inverness 112 miles; Edinburgh 235 miles; Glasgow 210 miles; Kyle of Lochalsh 34 miles.

Train: the nearest stations are Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig (for ferry to Armadale).

Bus: regular direct buses to Glasgow and Inverness.

Air: nearest airport is Inverness (112 miles).

Car hire: available in Portree and Inverness.


Portree is the main settlement on Skye, 34 miles north-west from the Skye Bridge.

Further Details:

The centre of the village is 5 minutes walk from the house. Portree has a good butcher in Wentworth Street, a fishmonger on the pier, and you might want to try the Isle of Skye Baking Company off the Dunvegan Road. There is a large supermarket on the road out of the village and a smaller one within walking distance. There are banks and a Post Office. A small market for local produce is usually held in the village square on Thursdays in the summer. There are a number of local cafes and restaurants. We recommend Sea Breezes for locally caught fish and Café Arriba for coffee and cake or lunch. Further afield is the renowned 3 Chimneys Restaurant.

There is information in the house and available from the local tourist office in the village about: walking and mountain climbing; local guides; historic buildings and castles; watersports; boat trips and wildlife.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
For booking, please contact us. It is sometimes possible to arrange for a shorter stay. Payment will be by cheque, bank transfer or via PayPal. We normally ask for a deposit to secure the booking.
Unfortunately we are not in a position to take pets.

Changeover Day:
Normally Saturday, please ask.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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