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THE ISLE OF SKYE

Skye is such a beautiful and enchanting island filled with wonderful places, people and, of course, wildlife. Whether you have come to walk, explore, photograph or just relax you can do so from the comfort of Mary's Thatched Cottages. There are many things to see and do some of which we will list here but it is sometimes better to just go looking for that surprise around the next corner!

ELGOL – ON YOUR DOORSTEP

Down at the shore there is a small harbour where the local fishing boats land their catches daily. There is also, arguably, the best view in Scotland across Loch Scavaig to the Cuillins which, dependant on the weather, can look anything from mysterious and atmospheric to just plain stunning. Boat trips on board the Misty Isle and Bella Jane run daily from the harbour into Loch Coruisk at the foot of the Cuillins, if weather permits. You will also find trips available to the small isles of Rum, Eigg, Canna and beyond. The local shop at the village hall is a must visit. You can also take a walk out to Prince Charlies Cave.

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THE CUILLINS
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BOAT TRIPS
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ELGOL SHOP

WHERE TO EAT

Locally for coffee and cakes try the shop in Elgol behind the village hall, Amy’s Place or Mrs Mack’s farm shop in Torrin. For something more substantial the Coruisk House hotel is literally on the doorstep but will require booking in advance. Back in Broadford and its outskirts you will find the Red Skye Restaurant and Creelers. Cafe Sia and Deli Gasta are also worth a visit. Further afield there is the world famous Three Chimneys Restaurant, not to mention the Kinloch Lodge and the Duisdale House Hotel and so many more to choose from.

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MRS MACKS
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CORUISK HOUSE
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CAFE SIA

ISLE OF SKYE

This list is not exhaustive as there are so many things to do on Skye but some of the must see things to do and places to go to are listed below.

VISIT THE FAIRY POOLS

The Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle are deep blue pools filled with the crystal clear water of the River Brittle from the Cuillin. These pools have become popular for wild swimming but be sure to take something that will warm you up afterwards!

DRIVE TO THE OLD MAN OF STORR.

A large and spectacular pillar of rock known as the ‘Old Man’ dominates the landscape in the north east of Skye. Walking to the Old Man is not difficult and you will be rewarded with some amazing views.

WALK THE QUIRAING

If photography or even art is your thing then this is an essential walk as it passes though some of the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland. Part of the Trotternish ridge it was formed by a massive landslip which created high cliffs, hidden plateaus and impressive pinnacles of rock. A clear day would be best and don’t forget your camera.

TAKE THE GLENELG FERRY TO SKYE

The fastest and most used way by road to Skye is using the road bridge. By far the most scenic is to take the ferry from Glenelg to Kylerhea. The Glenachulish has served on this route since 1982 and is the last remaining turntable ferry in operation in the world.

HOW ABOUT A PICNIC AT CORAL BEACH?

This is a great family walk down to the Coral Beach in Claigan, situated just north of Dunvegan. Down at the beach, closer inspection reveals that the white sands are actually made of dried, calcified sea weed known as maerl. It makes the water look tropical blue when the sun comes out. A truly charming place, perfect for a family picnic and maybe even a swim if you are brave enough!

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STORR
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QUIRAING
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FAIRY POOLS

WHEN ITS RAINING

There’s nothing wrong with the weather on Skye… it’s the clothes you are wearing. No matter the weather Skye is beautiful and atmospheric! Sometimes the perfect way to pass the day can be sat in your cosy cottage next to the fire watching the weather come in! Even in the winter there can still be some beautiful clear days where you can enjoy the island at its quieter time. But if the rain keeps falling and you have little people to entertain then there is still plenty to do! Portree is just over 1 hours drive away from the cottages. Here, as well as many shops and places to eat, is a fantastic soft-play and cinema in the Aros centre. There is a lovely swimming pool just off the island back over the bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh leisure centre. There is also a Chinese takeaway close to the swimming pool so that’s dinner sorted too! Further on through Kyle of Lochalsh a 1.25 hour drive from the cottages is one of Scotland’s most iconic castles Eilean Donan this makes a great day out exploring a piece of history.

SKYE PILATES

For those of you who want to look after your health and well being whilst on Skye why not look up Tracey Raymond, a Body Control Pilates Certified Teacher, who runs classes in Broadford on a Monday and Tuesday evening. She can be contacted on wollabee@hotmail.com

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EILEAN DONAN CASTLE
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KYLE OF LOCHALSH
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PORTREE

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