With the Trotternish Pennisula on our doorstep we have some of the classic Skye views nearby such as The Old Man Of Storr and Kilt Rock as shown on the photos below. The photo of the Old Man is taken from the road from Portree to Staffin and it is possible to walk up to the Old Man as there is a very good path which starts from the parking area by the forest at the roadside. The walk is approx 1 hour up and 45 mins back down. Further up the road, you may wish to stop in the layby at Lealt and take the short walk to the coast to see the old diatamite mine and Lealt waterfall. Further on you can stop by Kilt Rock. Other attractions around Trotternish include The Quiraing, Duntulm Castle ruin, Rubha Hunish (the most northerly tip of Skye), the Museum of Island Life and Uig, the ferry terminal for the outer lsles.
Dunvegan Castle and Gardens make a wonderful day out and are only a 15 minute drive from here. Home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years it is steeped in history and its gardens on the shore are a great treat.
On the west side of the island is the Waternish penninsula with a wealth of attractions. There is the Glendale Toy Museum which, although aimed at children, will appeal to all the family. Edinbane Pottery in the village of Edinbane has beautifully made pottery inspired by the surroundings. Arts and Crafts from the Misty Isle is based at Waternish and well worth a look. Also not to be missed is Dandelion Designs Craft Workshop and Images Gallery.
For something unforgettable there is Skye Skyns where you can take a guided tour of the working tannery and see how leather is made. They also have a wonderful shop with a huge range of sheepskin products that you will not be able to leave without purchasing!
After all this you will surely be in need of refreshments. Why not check out the Stein Inn the oldest Inn on Skye located right on the shores of the Loch for a drink.
Horse riding at the Skye Riding Centre (2 miles away)
The Aros Centre in Portree (5 miles away)
Based in Portree, Skye Boat Trips departs from the harbour to take in local wildlife including seals, porpoises, white tailed sea eagles, dolphins and whales as well as numerous other sea-birds and creatures.
For fishing on the River Snizort, which is on our doorstep, fishing permits can be arranged. Just ask! See the Skye Salmon website for more details.
This is just a few examples of Skye's wealth of attractions and there are many, many more for you to discover!
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