Each month we home in on a different part of Scotland, bringing you lots of lovely holiday ideas and tips from self-catering owners and locals. This month we’re rolling out a brand new feature here on the EmbraceScotland blog: a holiday home spotlight.
First up to share snippets of local knowledge and give you a better insight into holidaying on the Isle of Skye is Deirdre Peppe of Glendrynoch Cottages. These two beautiful holiday cottages are located in central Skye: Allt Dearg lies near Loch Sligachan, 9 miles from Portree, and The Old Schoolhouse is situated further along the A863, about 7 metres west above the village of Carbost.
Allt Dearg (a modernised shepherd’s cottage) is full of character and basks in breath-taking surroundings. With the spectacular Cuillin mountain range as a backdrop and a burn running close to the cottage, it is an incredibly idyllic setting for your holiday on Skye. The main house sleeps five and an annex has room for three more.
The Old Schoolhouse (last used as a school in 1930) also enjoys a picture-perfect setting, overlooking Loch Harport and the Red Cuillins. The cottage sleeps a maximum of 8 and has an open fire plus a large games room (the old school room). The cottage stands alone but is within close proximity to a shop and a pub, as well as the Talisker Distillery and several beaches.
Glendrynoch holiday cottages make a wonderful central base for exploring the island – or to simply unwind amidst magnificent island scenery.
Both cottages sleep up to 8 and are fantastic bases for discovering all that the magical island of Skye has in store.
The Isle of Skye
The variety of amazing scenery; the ever-changing light that means that the most familiar and favourite place never looks quite the same; the opportunity to escape from the modern world into an unchanged natural landscape.
The people who live here who have such a wonderful and broad spectrum of talent in so many fields.
Surprisingly perhaps the weather is a highlight as it is so changeable and can be wonderfully dramatic when it is wet as well as when the sky is clear. Skye is challenging and special!
A lovely walk
Head to the end of the peninsula to the south of Glenbrittle beach – Rubh’ an Dunain. (about 3 metres to the point). It has stunning views of the Cuillins and also Rum, Canna and the Outer Hebrides. There is also a great deal of history to be found there from a 4000 BC. chambered cairn and an iron age broch up to farming of the last century. The path needs good foot ware but is fairly flat and worth exploring even if only for a short distance.
The island is large and so the first thing is to decide on what interests a particular visitor. The cliffs of the west are wonderful and the excitement of the loop road to Ord Tarscavaig with its fantastic Cuillin views is another ‘must-see’. The Crofting Museum in Kilmuir is inexpensive and gives an excellent idea of how life used to be and what shaped the land use of today.
Tips for a successful holiday on the island
Think about how you drive on a single track road. Let any car coming up behind you overtake at the next passing place by stopping on the LEFT side of the road. If other cars are coming towards you after they have passed just hesitate for a moment to let the car behind you go by before continuing. That way there is only a queue in very heavy traffic. Never cross to a passing place on the right hand side of the road the consequence can be disastrous as traffic is stuck in both directions. Don’t stop on the road itself to take photos as it causes accidents and frustration.
Lesser-known sights/attractions nearby
There are plenty but it is important that visitors seek them out for themselves so that they remain lesser known! A map and a bit of thought as to what might be of interest is all that is needed.