The idyllic Island of Skye offers an abundance of choice when it comes to things to see and do. Whether you are coming to the island to explore the outdoors, follow the wildlife, or just to get away from it all and relax, you will not be disappointed. Island weather can be unpredictable all year round, but we hope that you will agree that no matter the season, you will enjoy your stay on the enchanted Isle of Skye.
The cottage itself is only a short 5-10min walk away from Meanish Pier, so it’s easily accessible for those who like to go fishing. The photographers’ favourite, Neist Point Lighthouse, is only a short distance away and well worth a visit. There is plenty to see and do on the Isle of Skye; some visit the Island for shooting, kayaking, astronomy or cycling. It is always best to do a little research on your chosen activity before you arrive. Below are a few of the most popular things to see and do on the Island.
If history and culture is something that you are interested in, Skye is the right place for you. Such Islands, including, Uist, Lewis, Harris have very fascinating traditions, and the Gaelic language is still widely used on the Islands, although small variations can be found on each Island. Many traditions have survived to this day, something which those living on the Islands are very proud. While holidaying on the Isle of Skye, you must visit Dunvegan Castle, held by the MacLeod Chiefs for over 800 year; take in the magic of the Fairy Pools, or go and see Flora MacDonald’s Cottage in Staffin.
The village of Glendale itself has a rich and proud history. A group of men known as the Glendale Martyrs fought against high rents that the landowners were charging them as crofters, known as the land reform struggle of the 1880’s. This led to the formation of the Crofting Act of 1886, which gave more protection to crofters, ending the brutal Clearances. There is a monument commemorating these men in the village. We have left some reading material about the battle of Glendale and the struggle that local families faced in the self-catering cottage. The people of Glendale won their fight against the wealthy landowners, and purchased the estate in 1908 creating common ownership between the crofters in the village.
Glendale is a fantastic place to view the huge variety of seabirds that make a home on the Isle of Skye. It is not unusual to see buzzards, sea eagles and kestrals. You don’t have to be an experienced twitcher to spot them or appreciate their beauty. From An Creagan, you will often see otters in the loch below, and sea eagles, often in pairs, flying above the cottage.
There are many boat trips available on Skye that can take you out to see the whales, basking sharks, porpoises, otters and dolphins, or you can go Kayaking and you never know what you will see. You may even catch a glimpse of some red deer if you are up early enough in the morning!
Arts, Crafts and Photography
The Isle of Skye is well known for its popularity with artists from all over the world, probably due to the inspiration found in their surroundings. You can visit a variety of Art galleries and Craft shops dotted all over the Island.
The Isle of Skye is also a magnet for photographers, due to its unique landscape of rugged mountains and mist-shrouded glens. But even the most occasional amateur photographer would find it easy to get a good picture on Skye – you really are spoilt for choice when you holiday on Skye.
Very popular for its walking, Skye offers something for everyone. Whether you want to take on the challenge of the beautiful Cullin Mountains, or just take on some of the shorter walks to see the Old Man of Storr or Kilt Rock. It is worth while researching what best suits you as there are many walking trails to choose from.
Food and Drink
There are a variety of good places on Skye to eat and drink. The cottage itself is only a ten minute drive from the famous Three Chimney Restaurant, recognised world-wide for its fine dining experience. There are many other fantastic Scottish restaurants and seafood eateries, such as The Old School Restaurant in Dunvegan, and the Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant in Waternish. To avoid disappointment, please book early as they get very busy during the summer season.
It is also worth visiting the Talisker Distillery in Carbost. They offer tours all year round, and won’t be disappointed when you go.