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Out and About in Trotternish ...
There is so much to see and do around Kilmaluag it's dfifficult to know where to start - the unrivalled hill walking, fishing, sailing and watersports, culture or simply pottering about Skye in the car. Trotternish is a real "get-way-from-it-all" place, avoiding the main summer tourist traffic. Yet there are more than enough things to do and see in Trotternish alone than a week allows! See our local area slideshow and our local area suggestions below (in no particular order):
Local Area Suggestions:
The Trotternish peninsula is dominated by the range of hills known as the Trotternish Ridge. It's here you will find the Old Man of Storr and then as you head further north you will find a small road (between Staffin and Flodigarry) signed "The Quiraing". This single track road ascends the 150 million year old ridge affording spectacular (sheer drop) views of the peninsula and the rest of Skye. To the right is a picture of River Leallt with the Hill of the Red Fox in the background, which is part of the Trotternish Ridge, between the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing. We are grateful to Nature Notes from Skye for this picture.
The breathtaking scenery as well as the opportunity to spot some of nature's more secretive and elusive members. Take your time and wander through a local meadow and its amazing how much can be seen. Kilmaluag is also the home of Trotternish Art Gallery run by Bill and Susie Lawrence who paint Skye scenes and will accept commissions. Open all year.
Home of Flora MacDonald - Those of a historical bent can investigate the rescue story of Flora and Bonnie Prince Charlie. There is a hotel with a bar here, about 3 miles from the cottage.
This is a great place to explore.. dont miss the Kilt Rock and the spectacular Lealt AND Mealt Falls (head here if it has just been raining). The area is also littered with fossils - a subject of the museum at Staffin. Staffin is also the home of the newly built and architecturally superb Columba 1400 Centre. If you would like to go cruising in the Staffin Bay on the MV Sea Eagle just click the link. Angus MacDonald's 90 minute cruise takes in Kilt Rock, the waterfall, Flodigarry Island Seals and even fishing trips by arrangement. The picture on the left is looking past the falls to the Kilt Rock
There are two grocery shops in Staffin with a good variety of produce. There is also a filling station, and a sandy beach with views to Staffin and Flodigarry Islands.
This is a truly historic area with relics from the Pictish era. On the coastline perched on the cliff is Duntulm Castle. The views out to sea here are superb and only minutes from your cottage. Spectacular sunsets over the Outer Isles area a feature well worth experiencing.
Will suit those of a more sporty nature with the Whitewave Outdoor Centre offering Kayaking, Windsurfing, Guided Walks, Archery and Outdoor Learning. They also have a cafe and the owner is a professional musician keen on the traditions of the Highlands. Just along the road (just by the Flora MacDonald monument) is the Skye Museum of Island Life. This is a group of thatched cottages which contain a tremendous collection of artefacts of island life from bygone days.
This is the main habitation of Trotternish - post office, petrol, police, shops, tourist office, pottery, camping supplies, the Caledonian Macbrayne ferry to the Outer Isles, and the Isle of Skye Brewery! Bikes can be hired from Skye Bicycle Hire on 01470 542316. Nearby is the Fairy Glen, an enchanting little valley with fascinating geological formations. The Uig Community Website has plenty of useful information about the area, including a small photo gallery. We are grateful to Nature Notes from Skye for the picture of Uig Bay below.
The Old Man of Storr
Probably the most famous part of Trotternish, the Old Man of Storr is a fascinating array of cliffs and pinnacles. It was the scene of an internationally renowned light and sound show, where the rocks were illuminated and poetry was recited in a spectacular guided walking tour of the area. Even without such enhancements, the Storr is a mysterious and impressive area.
The area also has a strong Christian Heritage with several sites attributed to St Columba including the legendary island of Tir-nan-Og and two chapels on Skeabost Island. There is a hotel and nine hole golf course there.
More information about Trotternish
Discover more about the beautiful scenery in Trotternish, walking in Trotternish, Trotternish flora, and Trotternish birdlife. See also this excellent tour guide for north east Skye and this visitor guide. And dont forget to view our local area slideshow and local activities guide.
The island capital affords the opportunity for buying gifts and most of the modern amenities you would expect in a busy village. There is a supermarket as you come into Porteee from Uig where you can stock up on provisions. Other shops include: The Aros Centre - includes a cinema, restaurant, gift shop and much more. An Tuireann - an Art Centre and cafe with frequently changing exhibitions. There are several fine restaurants, a gym, clothes and crafts shops galore.
The Outer Isles: Harris & North Uist
There is a ferry that departs Uig (20 minutes from the cottage) which goes to Harris and North Uist. It is possible to visit one of Scotlands last true island wildernesses in a day.
We are grateful to Uig Pottery for permission to use their photograph of Uig Bay below
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