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Planning your stay on Skye

It seems to be the way of the world these days that we all need to get to places faster in order to spend less time there ! To help guests make the most of their stay on Skye we have pulled together a few issues to consider.

Travel around the island.

Skye is approximately 50 miles (80km) in length and 25 miles (40km) wide, many of the roads are single track and used just as much by sheep as by traffic. Be realistic when planning your time. Skye is not an island which lends itself to rush and hurry!

3 days on Skye and you are starting to relax and appreciate the full scope of what the island has to offer. You may get a sense of frustration that you will not be able to pack in all the places you have heard or read about. Remember some of Skye’s most spectacular sights are often not found in the guide books….. You will spend some time looking for the Fairy Glen and the Fairy Bridge (they are not signposted!) and possibly reward yourself with some delicious oysters at the Oyster Shed (www.skyeoysterman.co.uk )in Carbost. In the evening you may listen to some live music at the Edinbane Inn (www.edinbaneinn.co.uk) after taking in a tour of Talisker Distillery (www.discovering-distilleries.com/talisker) , in Carbost.

4 days on Skye and a few more boxes may have been ticked. Perhaps you will have developed a strong sense of curiosity about the surrounding islands, marine and wild life. You may take a boat trip to see basking sharks, whales, dolphins and otters or visit the small isles of Canna, Egg, Rum and Muck from Elgol. Shorter trips to see seals are on offer from Dunvegan Castle. The puffins may be residence on the Ascrib isles so a trip to see them from either Waternish or Uig is a possibility. Excursions from the harbour in Portree will, like as not, result in spotting a Sea Eagle.

5 days on Skye and things are becoming familiar. The Isle of Skye Baking Co (www. isleofskyebakingco.co.uk) has tickled your taste buds + taken a few pennies from your purse. You have found some great places to buy seafood in Portree; “Relish”  (www.relishskye.co.uk) in Wentworth St, “Just Hooked” (www.facebook.com/JustHooked/)  on the pier or “Brookie” with his van in the Co-op carpark. You have visited some of the creative businesses on Skye’s gallery and studio trail with their inspiring craftsmanship and artwork such as the beautiful wool products made by the Skye Weaver ( www.skyeweavers.co.uk) or the ceramics of the Edinbane Pottery (www.edinbane-pottery.co.uk). The journeys to these businesses have taken you through some stunning landscapes and to places with some wonderful walks suited to all ages and levels of fitness.

6 days on Skye and now you’re really wondering why on earth you decided to come all this way with so little time to see so much. The thought of packing your suitcase fills you with dread. Instead of enjoying what little time there is left, you study that guide book and make sure you have left nothing out, only to realise you have only scratched the surface. The dramatic landscape of the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr on the Trotternish Ridge have provided the backdrop for many a film set; Neist Point with its iconic lighthouse, the beguiling Island of Raasay, the Fairy Pools, the Clan Donald Centre, Flora McDonald’s grave, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Grave,  dinosaurs’ footprints…..the list is endless. There is nothing else for it than to drown your sorrows with a dram – The Stein Inn (www.stein-inn.co.uk) has over 125 to choose from – or have a relaxing Shiatsu / Reiki massage with Helen in the Armadilla (https://edinbane-self-catering.co.uk/reiki-shiatsu)

7 days on Skye and you will leave with a longing in your heart to return. You are well aware that the photographs you have taken will never transport the sound of the silence, the call of the curlew, the scent of the meadowsweet or the light as it melts into dark…………… but you could always post them at https://uk.pinterest.com/edinbaneselfcat/