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Renovated Mill Overlooking Portree Bay, Isle Of Skye

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
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:
18 May, 2017

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 Isle of Skye & Lochalsh

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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Portree in Hebrides

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 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 ...
  • 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.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)



  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from staying at the Old Mill in Portree. The setting is beautiful and the house is spacious and comfortable a real home from home. This was our first visit to Skye but hopefully not our last and we know that if we do return this is where we will stay. There was also lots of good local information on walks and places to eat and we would highly recommend The Old Mill to anyone thinking of visiting Skye.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
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  • 5 of 5

I am writing to say how much my husband and I enjoyed staying in The Old Mill. Our holiday in Skye was everything we hoped it would be. We enjoyed wonderful sunny days with clear blue skies to explore the stunning countryside. The house was ideally situated in Portree, beautifully decorated and an oasis of calm. We could have not been more comfortable. Thank you.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
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Perfect, Perfect and Perfect

  • 5 of 5

A great three story old mill house with wonderful views of Skye. Modern but still traditional. It is a lovely place to relax but within a short walk / drive of all that Skye offers. Would highly recommend. Thank you Finley.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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Come rain or shine a little slice of paradise

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the Mill for three nights and loved our time there. It is a beautiful property in a lovely location on the edge of Portree which means the bay, the town and the nearby hills are all within a short stroll.

We had sun one morning and rain all day the next - so a mix of getting out and about and staying in - both of which I would highly recommend.

The Mill felt like home from the first moment we were there - clean and with everything we needed I would have no hesitation in recommending a stay there. Finlay was very helpful and the information folder was a nice touch which we used to follow the Scorrybreach circuit nearby.

The Mill, Skye and Scotland - we loved them all.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
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Stylish, Cosy and Cool!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for a week in October and were absolutely delighted with our choice. the pictures don't do the place justice. Our kids loved it especially the spiral staircase and cool look. My teenage son used the upstairs room a perfect mens den! with it's tv and the material that closes it off looking like a teepee.

What's nice is that everything is high spec but also it looks more than just a holiday home - it looks stylish. The big open plan kitchen, dining area,sitting area is also very cosy at night especially with the log burner.

Immaculately clean and little touches like tea coffee all ready for you when you arrive, including milk really are a welcome.

We did many of the walks recommended in the manual, had great weather and ate very well. The Grainary cafe did a brilliant evening meal just as good as Sea Breezes where we also ate (very good too). We felt the Fish & Chips on the Quay was the best one and the seafood chowder from the deli is worth a try, you can buy a cup of local langoustines from there too. All within walking distance.

We were very lucky and had super sunny weather, but could easily have spent a day indoors with all the games and jigsaws to do.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 25, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
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Amazing place

  • 5 of 5

Great place for a relaxing break. The cottage was great, would love to live in a home like it. Log burner was awesome, the area was very peaceful and although we were blessed with a week of blue sky on Skye. I believe it would have been just as good in the rain and snow.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 5
1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
1 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
29 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

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 for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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