Local Information

Places to Visit



There are so many places to go and things to do on the Isle of Skye it is better to suggest other websites that have all the details:-

Take a look at http://www.theskyeguide.com for a very honest appraisal of Isle of Skye & its attractions.

Wildlife on Skye

The opportunity to see some amazing wildlife is for many people one of the most exciting aspects of visiting Skye.

The best way to try to see wildlife when you are on Skye is to put yourselves in the hands of a local expert.  Skye High Wildlife (http://skyehighwildlife.com/about/stewart-dawber/) offers half and full day tours.  The tours are led by Stewart Dawber.  He spends literally hours tracking and observing wildlife.   This puts him a in a great position to take clients to see golden eagles, sea eagles, otters, red deer, pine martens and many more.

Take a look at the photos in Stew’s gallery – they speak for themselves.


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


Walking on Skye

There are some wonderful walks around the Skye, 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 Peninsula

The Sleat Peninsula (pronounced “slate”) 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.


Armadale 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 https://www.armadalecastle.com/

Torabhaig Distillery

There is a wonderful new distillery on Skye.  Tours can be pre-booked.  Have a look at the details on https://www.torabhaig.com/home#timeline

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 Seafari Adventures.


You can hire bicycles to go exploring off the beaten track  – check out http://www.skyemtbadventures.co.uk


There is also sea kayaking near by (www.southskyeseakayak.co.uk ).  About 10 miles away there is Kylerhea Otter Sanctuary with hides which is one of the best places in the UK for otter spotting.


Places to Eat and Drink

The Inn @ Àird a’ Bhàsair, formerly known as the Ardvasar Hotel, one of the oldest inns on Skye, joined the Eilean Iarmain Group of businesses in 2017. Recently refurbished, and offering comfortable accommodation, the inn provides Scottish cuisine including locally caught seafood and local venison/game.

Isle of Skye IV45 8RS Contact 01471 844223 bookings@airdabhasair.co.uk

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Further Afield

Travelling further around Skye & beyond


Travelling further afield there are many options.  A favourite trip 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.

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.



Local Culture

Gaelic College

The Gaelic College, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, is expanding rapidly and hosts many interesting cultural events throughout the year.  Concerts, Cèilidh and Music.  There are also many adult education courses run throughout the summer.  We have had guests staying who have been learning a range of skills from speaking Gaelic to learning the violin.

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




Useful Links

Click here for more information on the cottage.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

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