These renovated stone cottages are located in scenic surroundings on the beautiful Isle of Skye, perfect for exploring all that the island has to offer. If you’re looking for pet-friendly accommodation this fits the bill – you can even take your horse with you! We asked owner Alistair Danter more about Tigh Dubh, a traditional black house cottage that’s full of character, and some of his recommendations for holidaying on one of Scotland’s most enchanting islands.
The location of your cottages sounds idyllic – can you tell us a bit more about where you are on Skye?
The cottages are on our croft in North West Skye. We are 13 miles from Portree, the main village on Skye (The Big Apple!), and 8 miles from Dunvegan (famous for its castle and the Old School Restaurant with its music sessions on a Saturday night). Edinbane itself has two hotels, a pottery, textile gallery AND the best play park on the island. The Edinbane Inn has great food and music sessions Sunday, Wednesday and Friday – there are many pics of the croft on both our website and Facebook page.
We love the pictures of Tigh Dubh – what are some of the features of this traditional Black House cottage?
We have tried to create a modern living space in an old traditional environment. The mezzanine sleeping platform is a hit with old and young alike, the double box bed in the ground floor bedroom generally “wows” people and the living/dining area with it’s high roof, log beams and pot bellied stove is a great space in which to relax.
There are lots of fantastic attractions and sights on Skye, can you suggest three ‘must-do’s for visitors?
It is really hard to know where to start as it does depend on individuals interests. If mountains are your thing the Cuillin offer both challenging and easy climbs, arguably the best in Scotland and the UK. If you are a foodie the choice seems to be growing daily with the world famous Three Chimneys just 14 miles away (a taxi drive – there is a company in Edinbane) and the Edinbane Inn on our door step has great food. In Portree visitors are spoilt for choice from standard traditional fayre to gourmet surprises.
Boat trips to see puffins, seals, minke whales, sea eagles etc run from Uig, Portree, Stein, Kyleakin and Elgol – the trips on offer from Elgol can take you out to the “Small Isles” Rum, Muck, Eigg, Canna, Soay. For easy walks there is the Coral Beach, The Old Man of Storr, The Fairy Pools (glenbrittle), The Fairy Glen (Uig). There are many many wonderful art and craft galleries with a great guise in www.art-skye.co.uk. It all comes down to how much time you have when you visit us – we provide walking guides for both challenging and easy routes, we have a comprehensive “Bedroom Pack” in each cottage that help guests find out what is available. We are building up a blog on our website and developing a Facebook page that we hope gives a flavour of what is on offer.
Three things to recommend – 1. Climb a Cuillin, 2. Have a meal at the Edinbane Inn followed by sitting in on a traditional music session. 3 Take a boat trip from Elgol to Loch Coruisk or go on a water adventure with “Adventure Skye”… and if I could have a fourth I would say visit Talisker Distillery and then go up the hill behind and have something to eat at The Oyster Shed.
Can you recommend a local hidden gem?
There are plenty but we like to keep them hidden so we tell you where they are when you get here! Social media has raised awareness of classic places like the Fairy pools, Neist Point and Kilt Rock – but there is just so much more that the back packer buses won’t get to.
What are the highlights of a summer holiday on Skye?
It is one big adventure play ground with some great options for “consumer therapy” – mountains, boat trips, wild life, arts and craft galleries, outdoor activities for all ages and levels of competencies.