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Around the Isle of Skye

There is lots to see and do around  Bitacora Luxury Self Catering Cottage

Waternish on the Isle of Skye is the perfect holiday destination for all lovers of the outdoors – hill walkers, mountain climbers, artists, writers, photographers, cyclists, whale watchers, birdwatchers, wildlife enthusiasts. Right from your doorstep you can explore a number of beautiful coastal, hill and forest walks. There are often sightings of a great variety of sea birds, golden eagle and, if you are lucky, a sea eagle,  Take a morning stroll round the loop and see how many different Raptors you can spot, in addition to marine wildlife such as seals, dolphins, porpoise, whales and basking sharks.

Five minutes’ drive is the historic hamlet  of Stein. Originally conceived in the eighteenth century as a model fishing village, Stein today is home to The Stein Inn, reputed to be the oldest inn on Skye.  Just a few steps from the Inn is Dandelion Designs craft shop/gallery and at the end of the terrace you’ll find the renowned Lochbay Restaurant .

The picturesque harbour at Portree, the island’s capital, is a drive of about 30 minutes away.

With craftspeople such as the Skyeskyns sheepskin fleece tannery and showroom, Shilasdair Yarns, Halistra Pottery and Brae Fasach Gallery , your days could be filled with discovering traditional skills.

For our visitors interested in local history, from nearby Dunvegan Castle, seat of the Clan MacLeod, you could take a tour round Waternish and visit Dun Hallin  (an ancient iron age hill fort) and Trumpan Church – scene of a great clan battle at Ardmore between the MacDonalds of Uist and the MacLeods of Dunvegan in 1578.

There are many fascinating walks such as the one through Waternish Forest  down to the black coral shores of Score Bay.

For those of you looking to catch some of our beautiful clear skies and take part in a bit of star gazing, or even a glimpse at the Northern Lights Bitacora is the perfect location.  The area has been recognised as unique to view the night sky.  Find out more at the Dark Skies website

Skye is a magical island brimming with fascinating things to see and do – Bitacora Holiday Cottage is the perfect base from which to discover it all.  If you need a taxi for an island tour, a night out -contact Ali’s Taxis – your reliable taxi service on the Isle of Skye – for a competitive quote.