What to do
There are many amazing walks to suit all, from easy shoreline walks to more ambitious climbs of the Cuillin Mountains.
There are many places to eat throughout the year with sea food particularly being good from April onwards to the end of September. At any time of the year you will find Scottish salmon and beef on the menu, as well as good old battered fresh fish and chips. All the local bars and eating places are only a couple of minutes walk away.
There are a number of Castles in the Kyle and Lochalsh districts. Dunvegan and Eilean Donan are the best preserved and have much history to offer with past rivalry between the Scottish Clans (mainly the Macdonalds and the Macleods in the area). Others such as the isolated Duntulm Castle lay in ruins and are very atmospheric. Many are said by locals to be haunted. Flora Macdonald helped hide Bonnie Prince Charlie on the Island during his escape after his ill-fated Jacobite uprising. For those wishing to look into their ancestry, we have contacts in Inverness who may help.
The Island has many legends influenced by the Celts and also of the Norse invaders. Giants and Fairy stories feature in the folk law, with places such as The Fairy Glen, the Fairy Bridge and the Fairy Flag of Dunvegan worthy of mention. There are also water horse legends as well. The scenery to the north of Portree is almost primeval in nature and you can imagine dinosaurs roaming the land. (In fact fossilised dinosaur footprints have been found on Staffin beach)
Skye is a large island which can be a holiday location in its own right or form part of a tour of Scotland. Some stay for a week, some just two or three days before continuing to Inverness via Loch Ness (which is only two hours away by road).
There is an Island bus service as well as mini bus tours of the Island in the summer months. These leave from here in Portree. There is also car hire. We would recommend booking these in advance in the summer season.
We aim to make your stay on Skye as memorable as possible. Certainly bring your camera as around every corner is breath-taking scenery.