Enjoy plenty of outdoor activities or just relax and enjoy the views…
Dunvegan is the closest village, it is about 1.5 miles away and has a post office, two garages, medical centre, bakery, cake shop, fishing tackle shop, two general stores, a superb Fruit and Nut place, tourist information centre, gift shop and outdoor pursuit shop (hunting, shooting, fishing and camping).
There is off course Dunvegan Castle with restaurant and associated gift shop, here you can take boat trips out to watch the seals and arrange for fishing trips on a private basis.
There is a choice of eating places nearby ranging from the famous “Three Chimneys” (approx 2 miles) to the Old School House in Dunvegan and hotels such as The Dunvegan, The Tables and The Misty Isle.
Other places worth trying for food are in Stein – The Old Inn and Loch Bay restaurant (particularly good seafood!) A bit further afield you could try Uillinish or over towards Struan or the other direction towards Portree or Greshornish.
The capital town Portree offers a multitude of restaurants, hotels, shops and banks. It is 22 miles from Dunvegan but has the advantage of having a supermarket open on a Sunday.
The famous 3 star Michelin restaurant “The 3 Chimneys” is a mere 2 miles away, almost walking distance, in the summer there is almost perpetual light providing a great oportunity for admiring the local wildlife and scenery – your nearest neighbours are the sheep and skylarks.
Dunvegan village is approximately 2 miles away with a Tourist Information Centre, pubs, hotels, small supermarket, fishing shop, garages and of course Dunvegan Castle.
Fantastic hill walking all around. If you are in to Munro bagging, the Cuillins are only half an hour away by car, you can see them from the cottage. Seafishing or rock hopping can be done at the end of the drive and coral beach with it’s snowy white shell sand is close by.
Portree, the Islands capital, is 20 miles away with all the buzz and activity of a tourist centre. There are loads of restaurants and shops with a very pretty bay and harbour. From Portree you can tour the North West of the island taking in such sights as Kilt Rock and waterfall tumbling 600 feet into the sea down a sheer cliff, the Trotternish Ridge with the famous Old Man of Storr and Quiraing and also Uig with its ferry to the Outer Hebrides.
Time seems to have stood still here, friendly people and the Gulf Stream washing up the coast ensure a mellow climate and way of life. The warm albeit sometimes damp weather sustains all sorts of wild orchids and fuschias which would not otherwise be expected this far north.
Just a short drive to Glendale, try meeting the local fisherman at the slip for shellfish, crab or lobster or arrange a fishing trip in his boat. Should you prefer langoustines try the peir at Dunvegan, several fishing boats land catches here destined for France and Spain, but you could intercept them!
With some of the clearest night skies anywhere in Europe, The Isle of Skye is the perfect place to star gaze.
With unrivalled conditions due to the wild scenery, limited number of buildings and lack of light pollution, it is one of the best spots in the UK to stargaze with the naked eye,. Thousands of stars and even the Milky Way are all visible without the use of a telescope.
The Northern Lights can provide an amazing spectacle in the Winter months. The incredible, shifting columns of light appear like search lights in the skies over the Isle of Skye.
Auroras are not visible in Dunvegan during June and July due to astronomical twilight never ending, i.e. the sun does not go far enough below the horizon for the sky to become properly dark.