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Anait



Iron Age promontory fort and reputedly an early Christian church and settlement.

Visited by Boswell & Johnson in 1773. This site is regarded as one of the most important Christian sites in the Hebrides.

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Aonish



Early 18th century ruined house & settlement of Fife merchant venturers.
Photo courtesy of Angus McGhie

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Auld Mission Cottage (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 362
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Contact: Angus & Teresa McGhie



A 2 bedroomed stone-built cottage, with magnificent views of Lochbay and out to the Western Isles. Within easy access of Stein Inn and the rest of the Isle of Skye.

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Auld Orwell Cottage (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592362
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Contact: Teresa McGhie



Within walking distance of Stein, a unique, deceptively spacious, traditional stone cottage offering 4* luxury in flexible accommodation for 2 to 6 people.

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Blue Moon Studio (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 304
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Contact: Jayne Cooke & David Porter



Brand new, detached studio for a couple. Majestic, cliff top views from huge window. High- spec, tasteful interior, cosy, compact.

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Brae Fasach Gallery / Cafe (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 732
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Contact: Ian Williams



Ian Williams pushes clay to the limits. His work is described variously as: inspired, fresh, never seen before. His sketches are simple lines evoking memories of the moment. All welcome at the gallery

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Broad Reach (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 363
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Contact: Lydia Hartwell



Luxury self-catering with a nautical theme.

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Cottage at Tir Nan Og (Dunhallin)

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Contact: Diane Hoff-Rome



Spectacular sea views. Luxurious 4 Star Cottage. New attached Retreat Spa & Jacuzzi. "Beautifully appointed...best holiday home we have stayed in."
(Guests from England)

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Cuckoo Tree Studio

Tel: 01470 592225 / 07796 157067
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Contact: Denise Huddleston



Artist's open studio with gallery area. Art originals, prints, jewellery, textiles, cards, designed and made on Skye.

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Dandelion Designs & Images Gallery (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 218
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Contact: Cathy Myhill



Friendly craft workshop and gallery in the heart of historic Stein village on the shores of Loch Bay. A showcase for our family, Cathy, Pat and Liz Myhill. Featuring our own original designs on wood, paintings, prints, photographs, jewellery, cards and candles.

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Dunhallin



The fort on the hill: comes from Gaelic and Norse. It is a prominent pre-historic stronghold being an Iron Age dun (700 BC - c550 AD)

Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture.

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Fairy Bridge



This is said to be where the fairy wife of the Chief of MacLeod left him to return to her own people. She left their son wrapped in a silken shawl which, as the Fairy Flag, could be used three times

Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture.

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Gareth John

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Contact: Corncrake conservationist



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Gesto Cottage (Stein)

Tel: 07973 248 715
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Contact: Stephen & Kathryn Porter



Historic detached fishermans cottage in Stein Village. Fully renovated, comfortable and very well equipped. Private gardens front and rear. Ample off road parking. Walk to superb seafood restaurant, shore, inn and jetty in just one minute!

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Gillen Apartment Stein Inn (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 362
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Contact: Angus & Teresa McGhie



A one bedroom apartment within the Inn but with separate entrance. All modern conveniences. All inclusive tariff. Excellent base for exploring the island.

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Greenbank B&B (Halistra)

Tel: 01470 592 369
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Contact: Hazel Wotton



In the peaceful township of Halistra, Greenbank offers stunning sea views,two spacious en-suite rooms; one double and one twin, generous breakfasts and a warm welcome.

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Greshornish House Hotel

Tel: 01470 582 266
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Contact: Neil & Rosemary Colquhoun



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Hallin Church



Manse and Church of Scotland ascribed to Telford

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Hazelbank Self Catering (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 712
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Contact: Roger & Norah-Lynne Shann



Contemporary, newly furnished, ground level, holiday apartment for two people, seeking comfort, style and spectacular views. Dogs by arrangement.

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Henderson House (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 776
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Contact: Alison & David Wilkinson



A quintessential 18th Century cottage with modern, well equipped comforts, including free wi fi and dishwasher. The garden overlooks the loch. Scenic beauty. Within waking distance of renowned seafood restaurant and the oldest inn on Skye.

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Hillside Bed & Breakfast (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 263
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Contact: Mick & Lyn O\'Sullivan



Mick & Lyn would like to welcome you to Hillside B&B, which is set in a stunning location with uninterrupted seaward views across to the Outer Hebrides.

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Knockbreck - Dark Skies



Fabulous views of the stars, the planets and the Milky Way even with the naked eye. Car park opposite school with 360 degree views. School has security lighting after midnight.

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lanetech - it solutions

Tel: 01309 678149
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Contact: David Powell



Lanetech for all your website and development needs.

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Loch Bay Restaurant (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 235
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This renowned atmospheric bistro on the loch side in Stein offers a warm welcome and friendly service. For simply sublime seafood, Loch Bay is a must on Skye

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Lochbay Boathouse (Stein)

Tel: 01556 640 245
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Contact: Pat & David Bell



Comfortable and stylish 4-star accommodation in spacious former boathouse, full of character, in fabulous seashore location. Once owned by musician Donovan.

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Lorgill Bed & Breakfast (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 346 / 07971 784 534
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Contact: Madeline Jones



Welcome to Lorgill. Two large rooms, great views, close to the Pub and seafood restaurant, breakfasts
when you want it and space to store outdoor gear.

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Lynne's Art Shed (Lochbay)

Tel: 07882 172 752
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Contact: Lynne Forrester



Original pastel landscapes, swirling abstracts and intricate ink drawings on display. Cards and prints are also available.

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Rainbow Cottage (Camus Lusta)

Tel: 01470 592 318
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Contact: Meena & Chris Watts



With a spectacular location at the head of Loch Bay Rainbow Cottage is a lovely, warm, well furnished and equipped holiday cottage enjoying fantastic views up the loch and across to the outer isles.

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Rubha Dubh



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Sgorr



A fantastic area for seeing wildlife and for a cliff-top walk.

Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture.

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Sixgeary (Geary)

Tel: 07855 669 479
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Contact: Susan Totten



Sixgeary is a luxery self-catering cottage with uninterrupted views across Loch Snizort & the Ascrib Islands.

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Skyeskyns Ltd - Exhibition Tannery (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 237
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Contact: Dave Till



Five star visitor experience to hear the story of leather and for everything in sheepskin...

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Stein



Some plans for the proposed designed village can be viewed in the entrance hall of Stein Inn.
As well as a tidal jetty, there are also public moorings.

Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture

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Stein Inn (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 362
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Contact: Angus & Teresa McGhie



The oldest inn on Skye has comfortable rooms, all en-suite with sea views. Full Scottish breakfast available. Good base for exploring this beautiful island.

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Stein Inn (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 362
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Contact: Angus & Teresa McGhie



The 18th century Inn is the oldest on Skye. It serves bar meals made from locally sourced ingredients, including seafood. CAMRA area pub of the year. Real ales and 125 malt whiskies.

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Stein Jetty - Dark Skies



Sea level public car park with access to jetty where on clear nights you can see the stars, planets and the Milky Way even with the naked eye. Fairly good views especially to the north. Some building lights before midnight.

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The Captains House (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 223
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Contact: Cathy Myhill



The Captains House is a 200 year old listed building with an idyllic shoreside location in the historic fishing village of Stein, which is a Conservation Area

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The Cottage Stein (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 734
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Contact: John & Fiona Middleton



The Cottage offers two ensuite rooms with stunning sea views from full height windows. Two minute walk to The Stein Inn and Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant.

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The Lookout (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 723
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Contact: Lorna & Murray Gray



The Lookout is a modern, luxury purpose-built self-catering retreat for two people on the scenic peninsula of Waternish, Isle of Skye

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The Old Byre (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 332
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Contact: Elma Sands



Contemporary and cosy get away for couples. Short breaks possible.

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The Skye Shilasdair Shop (Carnach)

Tel: 01470 592 297
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Contact: Judi Hodgkin



Retail of naturally dyed yarns, knit kits and designer garments

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The Two Byres / An Dà Bhàthach (Upper Halistra)

Tel: +33 (0)6 7736 8944
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Contact: Hanne Stemann



Modern, light, spacious house, equipped to the highest standards comfortably accommodating 6. Set in the crofting community of Hallin, offering uninterrupted panoramic views stretching from the Cuillin mountain peaks to the Outer Hebrides.

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Trumpan



See legendary testing stone in grounds of the late Medieval (12th to 16th C. AD) church. Here at Trumpan In one hundred and fifty years, Church, in May 1578, the MacDonalds of Uist burnt to death a congregation of worshippers to exact revenge...

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Trumpan - Dark Skies



A car park with superb 360 degree views and no artificial lighting. The sky, the stars, the Milky Way can take your breath away even with the naked eye. Think what you could see with binoculars or a telescope. Viewing area at side with seating.

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Waternish Farm (Stein) - Corncrakes, Walks and Afternoon Tea

Tel: 01470 592 793
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Contact: Robert and Lucy Montgomery



Waternish Farm offers Guided Conservation Walks and Illustrated Talks on Corncrakes with the option of a Traditional Afternoon Tea.

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Waternish Point



The point is marked now by an automatic lighthouse. There are wonderful views out over the Minch to the Western Isles. If you are lucky the wildlife in the sky and in the sea can be captivating. To get there see our Walk Waternish page.
Photo courtesy of Angus McGhie

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Keep a watch out for Waternish wildlife. 


Wild Waternish


Local natural dyes - by Eva of Shilasdair Yarn23/06/2015 13:40
Local natural dyes - by Eva of Shilasdair Yarn

Natural dyeing is not the oldest profession, but it comes close! There is something about the vibrancy and depth of the colours, the sense of unpredictability when dyeing that can become addictive. Say you go out and pick a large bundle of meadowsweet, boil it and get a lovely soft yellow. You do the same in a fortnight, and the colour is lovely, but paler. There are so many variables: the season when the dyestuff was collected, whether you use it fresh, or dry it for later use, if dry, how long has it been dry, the quality of the water – soft or hard – and, finally, your mood!


Thanks to Tony Lambert for the photo of Eva with meadowsweet on a riverbank.


Corncrakes (Crex on the Croft)15/03/2015 07:53
Corncrakes (Crex on the Croft)

The corncrake is a divisive bird; exotic rarity, or noisy pest!  Whichever camp you’re in, here are a few things you always wanted to know about corncrakes but were too afraid to ask…


What’s a corncrake?   a pigeon-sized, brown,  migratory bird, the corncrake is famous for its repetitive song  “crex-crex; crex-crex… ”. This is the male’s mating call and the female is irresistibly drawn to it. He can repeat this call up to 6 million times through the summer.


Migration Traveling the 3000 km from Africa to Europe for the summer  takes them nearly  two months. After breeding, the adults moult in August then head off south again in September and October. They spend nearly a third of their life in transit and many birds do not survive migration.


Heard but not seen  Corncrakes like to conceal themselves in  tall vegetation. This is their adaptation to avoid predators and they will run away from danger through the grass rather than fly or break cover. In  April when they arrive back here, tall grass is in short supply.  Instead they find refuge in the rougher vegetation along sheltered ditches and walls until the meadow grasses begin to grow.

All information we have about where they are calling and their calling patterns helps build a picture about their breeding activity and the population in general. So if you hear any corncrakes on the Isle of Skye, please give me a call! 

Shelagh Parlane

RSPB Corncrake project Officer, Isle of Skye

Tel 07771545409

Loads more interesting information from Shelagh in the next section (Click on "Full Article")


Heather on the Hill20/08/2014 12:01
Heather on the Hill

At this time of year the hills and glens of Scotland are covered in a purple hue - heather is in bloom and the Hihglands and the Isle of Skye are no different,  It is almost as if there is a carpet of purple.


Locally there seem to be at least 4 different varieties.  Please let me know any names or if I have this wrong.


This will go on for about a month and then these same areas will begin to show the signs of Autumn and instead of purple the hieather & bracken willl be changing to different shades of brown.  Let's hope for an Indian summer.


Springtime and the sea 216/04/2013 13:02
Springtime and the sea 2

The arrival of the larger of the seasonal visitors, the Minke whales and Basking sharks means that the wheels have began turning in earnest

and watching the minke feeding adds a feeling that an intelligence has arrived, and is often the case that you feel you are being watched, rather than the reverse.

 


Springtime and the Sea 116/04/2013 12:09
Springtime and the Sea 1

Springtime! An exciting time for all living things, even the air seems to carry with it, a sense of change. The increase of daylight hours heralding the long awaited sign that finally we have emerged from the darker side of the cycle and new life will soon be seen around us, in the woods, gardens, fields, and roadside ditches.

 


Local flowers19/02/2013 12:13
Local flowers

Beautiful flowers!


I am told that these are: A rare Butterfuly Orchid - taken on Waternish


Common Spotted Orchid


Common Orchid (with bug!)


Examples of birds seen in a local garden19/02/2013 12:04
Examples of birds seen in a local garden

Personally I did not do very well when I took part in the RSPB's Big Garden Watch this year, only had 5 birds in the garden in the hour that I watched.


But here a a few pictures of birds that can be seen, although I struggle with Starlings these days.


Starlings


GoldFinch and fledgling


Reed Bunting 


Dolphins in the bay!!!!!20/09/2012 19:06
Dolphins in the bay!!!!!

WOW!!!!! We've had somewhere between one and two dozen dolphins playing off the West coast of Waternish today.


I spotted tham around lunch time around the Carnach area and they were around for about three hours, but I have also been told that they were seen slightly further south during the morning, further towards Stein.


They were dolphins rather than porpoises as they were jumping right out of the water, I heard one of them smashing back into the water!


Recent sightings of visitors to Waternish09/07/2012 19:23
Recent sightings of visitors to Waternish
What do you think of that then?

 A new type of guest to one of the gardens on Waternish!

 A Sparrow Hawk in a fushia bush in front of a sitting room window on Waternish.

 

Click on "Full Article" to see details of other recent visitors to the area including a corncrake, otters, minke whales and deer.

Siskins on Waternish30/03/2010 14:19
Siskins on Waternish

Wow!!! What a story for a wee Siskin, a well travelled lady, flitting between Waternish and Highley in Shropshire!


Thanks to Alan Mearns for the photograph and the story.


Red Deer01/03/2010 12:35
Red Deer

In Waternish Red deer are quite common and can be seen at all times of the day. If you wish to try to spot one whilst out walking for instance, remember the wind direction is important. If it is behind you the chances are that the deer will scent you long before you can see them. Walk very slowly and try not to put yourself in a situation where you are silhouetted against the sky. Deer have excellent hearing, therefore keep as quite as possible. Another way is to find a vantage point overlooking a feeding area, get there early in the morning or late in the afternoon, find somewhere to sit, and just wait and watch. Who knows what else you may see!