What to see and do
A stay in Skye can never be long enough, with so much to see and do in the heart of some of the most stunning scenery in Britain. Ardvasar is a perfect base to explore the island, or use as a stopping point before or after the ferry crossing between Mallaig and Armadale. If you are here for a week or just a day we've shown below some of our favourite things to see and do, from a gentle stroll along a sandy beach, a white-knuckle ride on a fast boat watching wildlife, or exploring the history of the highlands and islands at the Armadale Castle and Gardens 'Museum of the Isles'. The peninsula of Sleat is proud to have some fine restaurants inluding the world-famous Michelin-starred Kinloch Lodge, The Duisdale and Toravaig House, Hotel Eilean Iarmain, and close to home the Inn at Ardvasar, formerly the Ardvasar Hotel. We have a host of entertainment opportunities through SEALL at Sabhal Mor Ostaig and Clan Donald Skye, and during most of the year live music in the Am Praban Bar at Isle Ornsay.
To get just a taste of the countless things to see and do here take a look at some of our suggestions, and if you would like to add your own choice of something special just get in touch.
If wildlife is your love then there are plenty of tours from Elgol, including Misty Isle, Bella Jane and Aquaxplore, or from Portree, MV Stardust and Brigadoon. Skye Birds and the Whale and Dolphin Trust have full details of latest sightings. Whales, dolphins, otters, eagles and basking sharks are just some of the wildlife we see through the year.
For the energetic and slightly mad we have some of the finest mountain climbing in Britain in the Cuillin Mountains or the Trotternish Ridge, or perhaps a more leisurely walk across our rolling moorland and pristine beaches. Walk Highlands has it all.
Talisker is Skye's first distillery, a rich peat flavoured malt whisky, produced from the water of 16 springs, or perhaps try a Gaelic Whisky at Isle Ornsay. Take home some bottles to enjoy when you are far from our 'Misty Isle'.
If you need some retail therapy then Skye has it all from a wonderful range of arts, crafts and galleries, to Skyeskyns, Scotland's only working tannery with some fabulous sheepskins to name but one, or maybe some ceramics, locally dyed wool and yarns, or hand-made jewellery and clothes to suit all tastes and pockets.
If you want to take to the water then try your hand at sea-kayaking with Skyak Adventures. You can go on a dive in Skye or try your hand at fishing on one of the many inland lochs or on the sea.
There is just about something for everybody in Skye, and this is just a taste. You can do as much or as little as you want in some of the most beautiful coastal and mountain scenery in Scotland, but above all you'll take home memories of a lifetime. For more information on Skye click the island's official website or if time is a little short then we have it all here in Sleat, click here to find out more.
If you are able to stay a little longer and want to venture back across the water then there is so much to see and do on the mainland, or indeed some of the other islands around Skye. Many of the places are within a 50 mile drive, ideal for a day out, reaching some magnificent scenery, north and south, west and east. Here are some ideas.
Plockton, just six miles from the Skye Bridge is known as the 'jewel of the Highlands', and a beautiful conservation fishing village, setting for the popular TV series, 'Hamish Macbeth'. Take a tour on 'Calum's Seal Trips', it's free if you don't see seals!
Glenelg and Arnisdale, across the Sound of Sleat via the Skye Ferry, and visit the Sandaig Islands, where the author, Gavin Maxwell, lived with otters, and wrote the classic, 'Ring of Bright Water'. Enjoy a cuppa at Sheena's Tea Hut at Corran and on the way over see otters(perhaps) at the Kylerhea Otter Haven, run by the Forestry Commission.
Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie is one of the most popular castles in Scotland, with a wonderful Visitor Centre and Shop, and it looks beautiful at night.
Lochcarron, Kishorn, Applecross and Torridon are all on the Wester Ross Coastal Trail, a 150 mile scenic drive up the west coast to Ullapool. Applecross is amid fabulous mountains, and is reached by the heart-stopping Bealach na Ba Pass at 2093', the highest mountain pass in Britain. A great day out and take time to have lunch at the Applecross Inn.
Take the CalMac ferry to Mallaig, and perhaps hop on the Small Isles Ferry for the day to Muck, Eigg, Rum or Canna, and see Skye from the sea. The beaches at Camasdarach, Traigh and Arisaig are some of the finest in Scotland, with Camasdarach being the location for the 1983 cult-movie 'Local Hero'. In the summer the 'Jacobite' runs between Fort William and Mallaig, taking you back in time to the golden age of the steam trains.
Have we whetted your appetite to come and stay at Hazelwood? If you want to know more, make an enquiry or booking, or just thinking about Skye then give us a call. We'd be delighted to hear from you!