The Cuillin mountains from Elgol

Just three miles south of the cottage lies the village of Portree, the main shopping centre of the island. There are two supermarkets here, as well as a bakery, butchers, chemist, hardware and souvenir shops as well as garages and filling stations.

There are several hotels, bars, restaurants and cafes in the village and the Aros centre with its sea-eagle and island exhibition and regular music, cinema and theatre performances is on the outskirts.

Just down the main street from Portree's central square is the harbour. Portree means 'The King's Port' in Gaelic and it is easy to see why. The bay with its moored pleasure craft and the shell fish boats landing their catches at the pier make it a very tranquil and relaxing place.


Skye is an ideal location for walkers, climbers, nature lovers and anyone who loves the great outdoors. There are walks and climbs to suit all abilites from gentle paths and forest trails to the Old Man of Storr, the mysterious Quiraing and the majestic Cuillin. All these are less than half an hours drive from the cottage.

Wildlife abounds, with golden and sea eagles soaring above many parts of the island. Otters are plentiful but elusive and red and roe deer graze the more remote hills, glens and woods of Skye.


There are many activities available on Skye; canoeing, pony-trekking, golf and fishing to name but a few. Boat trips run from many parts of the island and sea angling is also available.

The Clan Donald Centre and Museum of the Isles at Armadale and Dunvegan Castle are in the 'must visit' category.