We offer a select number of holiday cottages on the Isle of Skye, from traditional cosy cottages to more modern contempory properties.
The Isle of Skye has a varied landscape with some extraordinary landforms at Fairy Glen, the Quiraing rock towers, The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the Cuillin the most famous mountains on Skye that rise from sea level to over 3000 feet.
Broadford is the main centre in the south east of the island over looking the Isle of Raasay and has numerous shops and eating places. From here you can approach the Elgol peninsula, on your journey to Elgol you will pass Torrin along Loch Slapin which is where Skye marble is quarried. From Elgol you have views north and west into the Cuillins and south to Rum and the Small Isles. Elgol itself has a rocky shore with unusual honeycomb cliffs. There are a choice of eating places, a boat trip from here into Loch Coriusk is recommended to appreciate the immense Cuillins.
More centrally located is Portree the islands capital, it has a colourful sheltered harbour surrounded by cliffs and hills and plenty of places to eat, shops and visitor attractions.
Further west the landscape becomes flatter. North of Loch Dunvegan you will find Clagain one of the few beaches on Skye. It has a white coral beach a perfect destination on a summer’s day. Neist Point and lighthouse mark the most westerly point on Skye whilst Stein village boasts the oldest pub, and offers a choice of water sport activities. Dunvegan Castle home to the Clan MacLeod for over 700 years has stunning gardens to wow its visitors along with an impressive history. On display you will see the tattered Fairy Flag that went into battle with the Clan.
For those of you with an interest in crafts Skye has plenty on offer with numerous art galleries, potteries, jewellers, weavers and knitwear businesses for you to visit. While you are out and about on Skye don’t forget to have good look around you, you never know what wildlife is there!
You cannot help being in awe at the scenery in this area. Lochalsh is the home of the rugged country, with the impressive Five Sisters of Kintail mountain range rising from the shores of Loch Duich and Loch Shiel towering above you. Not surprisingly then close by you will find the falls of Glomach – one of Britain’s highest waterfalls at 350 feet. The area is not without its history with historical sites at Shiel Bridge, site of the battle of Glen Shiel and Dornie with its famous and much photographed Eilean Donan Castle. Whilst the peninsula of Glenelg offers Scotland’s best examples of broch towers and galleried duns dating back 2000 years. Here too you will find the Hanoverian Barracks of Bernera built in 1720. As you travel here from Shiel Bridge you will pass some evidence of General Wades Military Road and the Victorian influence of Thomas Telford in the form of corbelled bridges. The bay and islands of Sandaig have been made famous by the writer Gavin Maxwell who lived and based the book ‘Ring of Bright Water’ here; during your visit you could be lucky enough to see wild otters.
Plockton like Glenelg is another picturesque fishing village and setting for the TV’s Hamish Macbeth. The main street is unusually lined with palm trees adding to its charm and character. Plockton and Kyle of Lochalsh offer boat trips allowing you to take in the scenery and the plentiful wildlife the area has to offer. The Kyle of Lochalsh is the bridging point linking mainland Scotland to the Isle of Skye via the Skye Bridge. It has a wide selection of shops, restaurants and bars. During World War II it was a major naval base. Just along the coast, in 1942, at Loch na Beiste, HMS Napier sank. The wreck is now rated as one of Britain’s best dives.
We are sure Wilderness Cottages has a property in this region to enable you sample some of the local scenery, culture and heritage.