Isle of Skye
Tel: 01470 542797
At The Sheiling, just behind the filling station at the pier, you can enjoy wonderful fresh home-made meals, bread and cakes, using Skye and Highland produce, in Ella's cafe - more details on the website
. You can also browse the market stalls of local independent traders selling bric-a-brac, second hand books & maps, vintage jewellery, new jewellery, cds & dvds, vinyl records, arts & crafts, locally-made Skye photo cards, ceramics, knitwear, locally made garden ornaments (love the wee dogs, cats, chickens and meerkats) and some local produce, usually duck, hen and goose eggs.
Open all year (Tuesday through to Saturday).
If, like us, you enjoy drinking your fresh coffee from quality pottery cups thenEdinbane Pottery
should be on your itinerary. They make a lot more than cups at their studio. And it's all beautiful.
And Beaches, Skye has some wonderful beaches, great places to paddle, swim, beach-comb and have sausage... (oh, I mean scallop) sizzles. You could visit Staffin Bay or The Sands (where you might be lucky enough to spot the dinosaur footprints in the rocks), or walk out to Talisker Beach where if it's windy enough the waterfall nearby will be getting blown up the way! There's also beautiful Glenbrittle Beach with the Cuillin for a backdrop. Or you could visit Ashaig Beach, again beautiful and sandy (but beware of some very bumpy parking). Finally there is a special beach everyone should visit, and that is the Coral Beach near Dunvegan. It does what it says on the tin, it is a white coral beach.
There are also far too many walks to mention, but one of the most famous in the world is the path up to the Storr.
Three summers ago we hopped on the Armadale to Mallaig ferry, then onto the Small Isles ferry from Mallaig to Rum and had a few hours there. We were able to pick the weather and it was a plan that came together. We enjoyed a very interesting tour round Kinloch Castle on a glorious day. If you decide to nip over to Rum for the day then study the Calmac
timetable carefully, as you can only do it about once a week.