Skye is a much larger island than many people imagine, so you won't be able to see all of it in one day and you'll be driving for much of the time. That is why I offer a discount for an extended visit - visit south and near the Cuillins for one day and travel north to the Trotternish and Waternish peninsulars on the second day.
Sleat, or South Skye, has a great deal to offer the traveller.
Go to www.sleatperfectlyskye.com for more information about what's happening in the Sleat area.
Rated one of the Top 10 island destinations in the world by the National Geographic, Skye is the second-largest island in Scotland and the coastline is a series of peninsulas and bays radiating out from a centre dominated by the Cuillin Hills.
It has provided the locations for various novels and feature films and is celebrated in poetry and song.
Travel by road to Skye via the A87 to the Skye Bridge (20 minutes from the B&B). Alternatively, take the A830 'Road to the Isles' from Fort William to Mallaig and catch the ferry to Armadale on Skye (www.calmac.co.uk), also 20 minutes away. I strongly advise you to book your ferry crossing in advance as this route is very popular.
If you want to take in all the highland scenery, take the train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh, just over the Bridge (www.scotrail.co.uk), or the Jacobite Steam Train, famous in the Harry Potter films and frequently voted as the most scenic train journey in the world, from Fort William to Mallaig and then catch the ferry. (www.westcoastrailways.co.uk/jacobite/jacobite-steam-train-details.cfm).
Fly to Inverness (a very picturesque 2-hour drive away) via easyJet (www.easyjet.com) or from Birmingham, Jersey, Manchester or Southampton. Glasgow Airport (www.glasgowairport.com) is a 4-hour drive away or Edinburgh Airport (www.edinburghairport.com) is 5 hours away and car hire can be arranged easily at all three airports.
Skye is surrounded by miles of coastline (some of which is on the doorstep!) and there are many opportunities to take a boat trip to see another aspect of the island.
http://mistyisleboattrips.co.uk/ – run from Elgol to Loch Coruisk or an island trip by this family run business
www.bellajane.co.uk – run from Elgol
www.aquaxplore.co.uk – run from Elgol –you’re almost certain to see dolphins, lots of sea birds and maybe a minke whale!
www.skyeboat-trips.co.uk – run out of Portree harbour
www.portree-boat-trips.co.uk – the Brigadoon runs trips out of Portree to see wildlife, sea eagles and fishing
www.divers-eye.co.uk – run out of Stein on the Waternish peninsular – wildlife specialists
www.seaprobeatlantis.com – run out of Kyle of Lochalsh – see seals and even a wreck from the underwater glass bottomed boat
www.calums-sealtrips.com – run out of beautiful Plockton – a lovely drive round the coast from Greenwood Cottage
Six out of the nine locations on Skye that have been identified as perfect for viewing the night sky are on South Skye near the B&B – in fact, one of them is at Kinloch Forest, just over the loch. Sit on the patio and use the binoculars provided to scan the heavens.
The Torabhaig Distillery is the first malt whisky distillery to be built on the Isle of Skye since 1831. The distillery opened its doors to the public on 19th March 2018 and its first whisky will be available in 2021. Located at Knock Bay just off the A851 about 20 minutes from Greenwood Cottage, the distillery has a visitor centre, cafe and bookable tours with magnificent views across the Sound of Sleat. Open every day.
We alsohave the famous Talisker Distillery at Carbost in west Skye, which is well worth a visit – and the chance to taste some of the whisky. However, you will need to book a tour in the summer months as the distillery is small and the tours are very popular.
Skye is a stronghold of Gaelic and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland's Gaelic College in South Skye, is near the B&B. SEALL (Skye Events for All), voted the Venue of the Year Winner in 2015, run events throughout the year, especially the Skye Festival or Fèis an Eilein, in the summer.
Youngsters from the Fèisean movement are given the stage alongside many local and visiting musicians and they can be found ‘jamming’ in pubs, halls and hotels across the islands – in fact, visit the local Bar am Praban in the local Eilean Iarmain hotel on a Thursday evening and join in!
The geology of Skye is complex, with the Sleat Peninsular (South Skye) containing some of the oldest rocks in Europe, and the remains of ancient volcanic systems easily seen in the form of the Cuillin Hills – the magnificent Black Cuillin contrasting with the red-coloured granite of the Red Hills, both of which can be seen in the distance from the cottage. The ice age formed basins such as Loch Coruisk and deposited sediments found in Glen Sligachan.
The Trotternish Ridge suffered the most spectacular landslides in Britain, creating the Quirang, Table, Needle, Prison and the Old Man of Storr formations which are so popular with visitors to Skye.
More can be seen at www.theskyeguide.com/about-skye-mainmenu-40/island-overview
Greenwood Cottage B&B is lucky because it has some well-known restaurants within a very short distance.
Two miles away is the famous Kinloch Lodge Hotel which offers an unforgettable dining experience – but you have to book early. Alternatively, try lunch or (my favourite) afternoon tea in this MacDonald hunting lodge with fabulous views.
Try the Duisdale House Hotel, which is a 5-minute drive and offers both fine dining or simple bar menus.
Three miles round the coast is the Eilean Iarmain Hotel, ideal for a more informal meal or the very popular Bar am Praban, which serves delicious fish and chips.
In addition to the above, I can recommend other restaurants all over the island and I’m more than willing to make bookings on your behalf to ensure you have a table where and when you want it.
Follow the Arts and Crafts Trail and see jewellery, paintings, pottery, photographs and many other diverse crafts produced by the highly talented residents of Skye. You could even treat yourself to some photography tuition while you’re here.
Do visit one of the Art Cafés for coffee and a browse – I will give you a café map when you arrive.
You can’t travel this area without encountering the past, and castles, brochs and duns can be found all over the area, a testament to the historic clan rivalry. Most famous amongst the clans were the MacLeods and MacDonalds, and visitors from all over the world are interested in Dunvegan Castle and Gardens, the seat of the Clan MacLeod, and Armadale and the Museum of the Isles, the ancestral seat of the MacDonalds.
Take a glimpse into the crofting life of the ordinary islanders at the Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir, or follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs at Staffin beach and visit the unique dinosaur museum with examples of recent island finds.
More information can be found at
Climbers, walkers and scramblers can try the famous Cuillin Hills for terrain offering every possible degree of difficulty. Walking the famous Hills can be dangerous, so you will need to be prepared. I have Ordnance Survey maps you can borrow, but you could hire a guide who will tailor your walk to suit your experience.
Numerous forest tracks and footpaths offer routes to escape and explore, or you can find peace and quiet on walks to ruined villages deserted during the highland clearances.
You can join those determined to experience the Fairy Pools, the Quirang and The Old Man of Storr – but I recommend you get there either very early or very late because these are so popular that parking is difficult and you certainly won’t experience peace and quiet!
Sailing, fishing, diving or kayaking can easily be arranged for those interested in water sports, or there are many back roads offering exhilarating and exhausting days for the cycling enthusiast and you can hire a bike at nearby Armadale or Broadford.
Sea eagles can be seen from the boats out of Portree harbour or by the Kylerhea ferry, where they come down to fish, and nearby is the otter sanctuary.
Deer regularly visit the valley and a variety of birds can always been seen from the cottage or down by the loch, a 5-minute walk away.
There are wildlife guides who know all the best places to look - http://skyewildlife.com/