There's so much to see and do in Skye and Lochalsh that your time here will never seem long enough. Not only do we have some of the finest mountain and coastal scenery in Scotland, but there's a fabulous choice of restaurants and pubs offering fresh local produce and fine wines. Skye has it's own distillery, the world famous Talisker at Colbost, and nearer to Braeside Cottage is the Gaelic Whiskies at the Hotel Eilean Iarmain, at the heart of a 22,000 acre Highland estate. Add to that the thrills and spills of a fast boat trip across to the Small Isles, fishing in one of our many lochs and rivers, or a scramble to a ruined castle on a remote headland, Skye has it all. We have many sandy beaches for a gentle stroll, or let the children play in the rockpools and catch a few crabs or watch the herons, otters and sea-birds. We would be happy to make some suggestions for things to see and do on your holiday and so have shown below some ideas that we think will help to make a great break far away from madding crowd.
Clan Donald Skye, the home of the Clan Donald, Armadale Castle and Gardens and the Museum of the Isles
Dunvegan Castle, home of the Clan Macleod, the gardens and seal trips
Talisker Distillery, one of the Classic Malts, on the shores of Loch Harbort
Elgol, the gateway to the Cuillin Mountains, with three boat trip operators to the Small Isles and Loch Coruisk
The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock waterfall, and the Quiraing, amazing mountain scenery in the Trotternish Peninsula
Neist Point Lighthouse, the western tip of Skye and a great place to watch the passing marine life
Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie, one of Scotland's finest castles, made famous in many movies
Portree, the island's main town with it's pictureseque harbour, boat trips and many shops, galleries and restaurants
Plockton, jewel of the Highlands, just a few miles from the Skye Bridge, with boat trips, pubs, restaurants, shops and galleries
The Applecross Peninsula, amazing scenery and reached by the famous Bealach na Ba Pass, the highest in Britain
Glenelg, Arnisdale and Corran, on the mainland, reached by the Skye Ferry, or Mam Ratagan Pass.
The Brightwater Centre and Eilean Ban, the visitor centre and island under the Skye Bridge, celebrating the life of Gavin Maxwell, author of 'Ring of Bright Water'
Attadale Gardens, on the south shores of Lochcarron, a 25 acre mountain garden, and home to the McPherson family
Waternish, one of the northern peninsulas of Skye, home to the Stein Inn, Skyeskyns, and restaurants and galleries. Cross into Waternish by the 'Fairy Bridge'
Mallaig and the Small Isles on the CalMac ferries, enjoy a day out to Mallaig from Armadale or a little further afield to Rum, Eigg, Muck and Canna on the 'MV Loch Nevis'
Take the arts trail with the Skye and Lochalsh Arts and Crafts Association, with their 'Open Studios' across Skye and Lochalsh
Have a day out in Inverness by train from Kyle of Lochalsh, on the famous Kyle line through magnificent scenery
This is just a small taste of the many things to see and do within a short distance from Braeside Cottage. During the summer months there are many concerts, theatre and ceilidhs, many of them at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, nearby to Tarskavaig, and some great live music in local pubs. You can do as much or as little as you want on holiday at the cottage, but you can be assured you'll take away some fantastic memories and we hope will want to return again soon.
On our 'Useful Weblinks' page we have shown some of the main websites for Skye and Lochalsh which will help you plan further, but do please get in touch if you need more, we'd be happy to help!