SkyeOld man of Storr
Skye is one of Scotland's most popular tourist destinations for outdoor pursuits, wildlife and visitor attractions. The most popular destination is the Cuillins, the greatest concentration of peaks in Britain. They provide some of Scotland's best climbing and have become a mecca for all serious and experienced walkers. Equally spectacular are the bizarre rock formations of the Trotternish Peninsula. Major attractions include Dunvegan Castle, Armadale Castle, The Museum of the Isles and the Museum of Island Life. Kyleakin is a good base from which to hire a moped or bicycle for exploring Skye.
So much of the Skye coastline is simply beautiful, where you can find beautiful sun-traps and secluded rocky inlets for children to play in, build rock-skulptures, go shrimping and swim. However some of the more famous beauty spots are: The Old Man of Stoer, Storr Nature Trail, The Quiraing, Fairy Glen, Kilmuir Walk, Kilt Rock, Kylerhea Otter Haven and Mealt Falls.
Private House Stays has identified three significant art locations in Skye but there are likely to be several more. Those we have found are: The Laurance Broderick Sculpture Exhibiton, The Orbost Gallery and Trotternish Artist Studio and Gallery. There are a number of Museums that tell the stories of Skyes past which is truly fascinating - there was a time at the height of Skyes salt peater industry when the island would be encased in smog from the burning of kelp on the seashores and a time when Skye was a busier international trading centre bigger than Liverpool. The Museums we have found include: The Aros Heritage Centre, Borreraig Park Exhibition Croft, The Bright Water Visitor Centre, The Luib Folk Museum, The Skye Cottage Museum, Staffin Heritage Museum and The Clan Donald Centre - Museum of The Isles.
The Cuillin ridge is a Mecca to all hill-walkers and is one of the great, but serious, routes. You do need experience and some basic rope equipment to safely negotiate the whole ridge, which can be completed in a single long day in good conditions. However there are places where you can access sections of the ridge to experience the amazing views by walking up from Sligachan or from the road to Drynoch. The Sligachan Hotel and campsite is a good place to find other walkers who can offer advice and where you can get weather reports before setting out. Easier walks are to go to the Old Man of Storr which is easily identified from the road North out of Portree and to explore the spectacular rock formations that rise above the Quiraing Pass.
Skyes unique location as one of the most westerly and northern points of the British Isles, makes it a great place for spotting of marine life and understanding the effect the Gulf Stream. The arranging of private personally guided boat trips is much recommended and this can be easily arranged through local contacts that you can find by asking in local bars or from your accommodation providers. Two of the larger operators are Castle Moil Sea Cruises and Bella Jane Boat Trips.
Other tourist attractions recommended by Private House Stays on Skye include Dunvegan Castle, The Carbost Craft Pottery, The Talisker Distillery, The ruined Knock Castle, Raasay House, The Skye Serpentarium, Flora MacDonalds Monument and Whitewave Activities
Peinmore House was built in the 19th Century originally as a Church of Scotland manse. It is set in 2 acres of grounds on the outskirts of Portree with panoranmic views everywhere. - Find out more
Cnoc-na-Uamha, a homely B&B situated on the peaceful Isle of Scalpay. Only 6 miles from the Tarbert Ferry Terminal and a one hour drive from Stornoway. - Find out more
Lighthouse Cottage is a traditional croft house located on the road from Portree to Uig on Skye (A87), where the ferries leave for the Western Isles. - Find out more
Tigh an Dochais
Tigh an Dochais is a contemporary bed and breakfast on the Isle of Skye designed by award winning architects Dualchas and completed at the end of 2005. - Find out more
Ben Tianavaig Bed & Breakfast.
Ben Tianavaig is a distinctive terracotta-coloured house within the Portree conservation area. We look out over Portree Harbour with panoramic views - Find out more