Skye was one of the places on my Scotland adventure that I was looking forward to the most. I spent significant time researching the ideal location to stay in and had a pretty long list of requirements for what would be my ideal home base for 3 nights. It was important to us to find a place that was centrally located but still outside of a main town. We wanted to enjoy the countryside views with accessibility to town for gas and food. I wanted to stay at a B&B, but it needed to be family friendly. Do you know how hard it is to find a place in Skye that has a family room for 4 people? After much research and deliberation I decided to book my stay at Garalapin House and here is what you can expect:
The booking process
I am a research nut and spent countless hours reading reviews and looking at maps and finding the perfect place. Once I selected the Garalapin House the booking process was very easy. I sent an email to the lovely family who own the place (Sam and Clive) asking about availability and cost for the dates we would be there. They were very responsive to my emails and answered every question I had and just a few short days later they had secured my spot for my holiday.
TIP: I highly recommend that you book your stay as far in advance as you can. Especially if you are a family looking for a family room. There are not many family rooms that fit 4 together so securing the room early is highly recommended.
Cost and payment process
As most B&B’s the cost is per person not per room. However, children stay at a reduced rate. It is already reasonably priced but the reduced child rate makes the stay an ever greater value for families. I did quite a bit of price comparison and the Garalapin House stood out as best value compared to other B&B’s in the area.
Reserving and paying for my stay was very easy. I simply secured my reservation with a deposit via paypal and the balance was paid in cash at checkout.
TIP: No credit card payments are accepted (at least for now) so be sure to have cash with you to pay the balance.
The location of Garalapin House could not have been any more perfect. It made for a great central base to explore the rest of Skye. It is only a 5 minute drive to Portree but I felt like I was miles away. So serene and peaceful and you could see the horses and sheep and wildlife all around you. It was like having my own slice of country paradise with easy city access.
It provided great access to some of my favorite hikes in the area. Check out five of the best hikes in Skye and enjoy all the beauty it has to offer.
Garalapin House has 2 rooms. If you are looking for luxury you won’t find it here. You will find instead well-appointed rooms that are comfortable and have a homey feel.
Room 1 – The Family Room
This is the room we stayed in. It is a nice size room with a King size bed and a bunk bed. It has a TV, a radio clock, good wifi, a little section within the room for tea and biscuits, some books and games. The bathroom for this room is right outside the room. It is a private bathroom reserved for the use of the Family room only. The bathroom is well equipped. It has fresh towels and a heating rack for them, a hairdryer and other amenities.
Room 2 – The Double Room
The second room has a double bed and a bathroom inside the room. I do not have much details as I was not able to view it. However, the people that were staying there told me they enjoyed their stay very much.
All I can say is WOW!!! We had an amazing spread for breakfast each morning. Each night you select from their menu the items you wish to have for breakfast and the time you want your breakfast served. Everything is fresh and tasty. The amount of food you receive is enough to give you energy for the hikes you are sure to do during the day.
You also get plenty of fresh coffee and/or tea. Aside from the food that is lovingly delivered to you each morning you also have a spread of cereals, fruit, granola, yogurts, juice and some other small items that you can choose from. I promise you won’t go hungry here. Garalapin House serves an amazing Scottish breakfast.
For the children
One of the most special things about Garalapin house is that they cater so well to the children. There is a nice swing set and trampoline in the yard and they are happy to allow the kids to use it.
The most special thing about our stay was that each morning my girls were given bread to feed the chickens. This is something they never get to do at home and it quickly became something they looked forward to do each morning. A great experience and memory they will cherish for a long time.
Garalapin house is one of the best B&B’s I have ever stayed in. It is not the most luxurious but what they lack in luxury they make up for in character and friendliness. It was not only the perfect base to explore Skye but it was truly a home away from home. I am very happy our family chose to stay at Garalappin house.
Skye was one of the best places I visited while in Scotland for more reasons to visit check out this post or view my entire itinerary here.
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Some notes: I was not compensated in any way for this review of Garalapin House. This review is my own personal opinion and based on my personal experience while I stayed there. Your experience and opinion may vary from mine.