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Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides, having some 350 miles of coastline.  Over 1 million years ago the majestic landscape of  mountains, moorland and lochs was created by violent volcanic activity.   Deep Glens and spectacular peaks were formed during the ice age.

The Red Cuillins are amongst the dramatic natural beauties of the isle, enjoyed by many climbers both in winter and summer.The island tells of a rich and turbulent history, which datesback to the Iron Age.

Vikings settled and dominated Skye for almost 400 years.Like so much of Scotland there was recurring fighting between the clans. On Skye theMacdonald  Clan, known as the Lords of the isle (Armadale Castle) and the  MacLeod Clan  (Dunvegan Castle) were at war for many years.

It was on the Isle of Skye that Flora MacDonald gave shelter to Bonnie Prince Charlie from the English army and helped him to escape to France.  A memorial to her can be visited in Staffin in the north of the island. Further information can be found at the following websites.

Take a look at http://www.skye.co.uk: The “official” guide to Skye & Lochalsh with lots of information of what to do and see on and around Skye.

And it is also very well worth while looking at http://www.theskyeguide.com for a very honest appraisal of Skye & its attractions.


Sleat Peninsula

“There’s lots to see and do in the Isle of Skye. Castles, gardens, walks, whales, otters, beaches”

(pronounced “slate”) The Sleat Peninsula is often known as “The Garden of Skye”.  Here the terrain is gentler than many other areas of Skye although no less impressive.  There are some wonderful beaches within easy driving distance.  The peninsula stretches some 25 miles from the main body of Skye culminating in the Point of Sleat at the southernmost tip.  There are a number of award winning restaurants along the peninsula as well as many craft shops and galleries.

Castle and Gardens

The house is within easy walking distance of Armadale Castle and gardens.  There is a ruined castle, extensive gardens, an excellent and award winning museum (good for children) and lovely Cafe with locally produced goods.  Take a look at www.clandonald.com.

Dunvegan Castle is on a favourite walk.

Walks

There are some wonderful walks around the Sleat Peninsula, catering for all levels of ability and ages from a simple stroll to a 14km hike.  There is some excellent information available on www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/sleat

Whale Spotting

Round at the ferry terminal (again easy walking distance) there are boat trips out to see wildlife (weather depending).  Take a look at www.whalespotting.co.uk/trips for further details.  Time after time our guests have written about the fantastic trips they have had with Sea.fari Adventures.

Beaches

Another choice is to take a car over on the ferry to Mallaig and explore around that area including Arisaig (www.arisaig.uk.com) and some gorgeous beaches.

Travelling further afield there are many choices.  A favourite for lots of people is to go to Dunvegan Castle and from there onto the amazing Coral Beach which has to be seen to be believed.

Bicycles

You can hire bicycles to go exploring off the beaten track  – check out www.armadalebikes.co.uk.

Kayaking

There is also sea kayaking near by (www.skyakadventures.com).  About 10 miles away there is Kylerhea otter sanctuary with hides which is one of the best places in the UK for otter spotting (http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/)


Local Culture

“Traditions are very much kept and around a third of the population speaks Gaelic.”

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Gaelic College

The Gaelic College, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, is expanding rapidly and hosts many interesting cultural events throughout the year.  Concerts, Cèilidh and Music.

For an up to date listing of events check out their website – seall.co.uk

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Museum of the Isles

Find out more about the Clan Donald at the Museum of Isles at Clan Donald Skye.

Find out more at clandonald.com/heritage

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Food Fairs, Walks and Wildlife

Clan Donald Skye have a multitude of events throughout the year from Dawn Chorus Day, Piping Competitions and Monthly Food Fairs.

Find out more at clandonald.com/events


Walks & Wildlife

The Isle of Skye is a walkers’ paradise.

There are a lot of known walks around this part of the highlands.

The Guardian wrote this article Top 10 Walks on Skye in May 2013 a good place to start or visit The Skye Guide website which provides lots of walks for you to try as well as other information about Skye.

The Skye Guide walks are graded as Strolls, Moderate Walks or Stretching walks. Always make sure you are prepared before your walk and we advise reading this before you head off.

Other resources are the Visit Scotland website for information on walks in general in Scotland, access codes and safety.

The wildlife on the Isle of Skye is amazing!

Some of the animals you may be priviledged to see when walking in and around the Isle of Skye. Red Deer, Otters, Sea and Golden Eagles and common dolphins.

More images can be found in our Wildlife Gallery.

If you would like more information on the kind of wildlife you can find on the Isle of Skye visit http://www.isleofskye.com/skye-guide/wildlife or a more personalised view from the the The Skye Guide website.

Keep up to the minute with wildlife sightings within the Glendale area of Isle of Skye, north of Ardvasar at the Glendale Skye Website


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We are now home after a very happy holiday in your very nice house. We were very comfortable and warm and everything went well. As you said, we had enough cutlery and plates for lots of people so on alternate evenings, we all had dinner at The Old Church.

.. we are totally in love with your place!! You've done an amazing job!! It is soooo beautiful!

We have got some lovely pictures to remind us of our stay, and the Old Church helped make the time spent there very memorable.

Just wanted to let you know we had a fantastic time in Skye over New Year. The Old Church was a lovely place to spend time in and fullfilled our needs perfectly - we all loved it! We couldn't have asked for better, being just a stones through from the pub and the local shop

Lovely homely accommodation. Pet friendly which is a definite plus. Kitchen equipped extremely well which was great for me as I love to cook!

Just a wee note to say thank you so much for our wonderful holiday in the old church. The house is amazing & you have thought of everything ! I on the other hand forgot to write a wee note in your visitors book but I did put a review into trip advisor saying how wonderful the place was.

Had an absolutely wonderful time and catered for everything we could possibly think of in the accommodation. See you next year.

I just wanted to let you know what a brilliant time we had in Skye at Old Church and congratulate you for what you have done with the house. We loved it. Reading your description of the house and the tone of what you wrote made us keenly anticipate our visit and the reality didn't disappoint.

A very enjoyable week, cant believe its our fourth visit!  Loved all the alterations.  Hope to be back again soon.

We had a wonderful time in the cottage last week. The rooms are beautiful and very comfortable and the area is lovely.

The Old Church is a remarkable house - we all loved it and it was perfect for all the men to get changed into their kilts! It certainly is a home from home - and we were very lucky with the weather, especially for people who hadn't been to Skye before. We were amazed to see two roses in bloom in your garden!

FAB time on Skye. The house was lovely, v comfortable, all home comforts.

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