To See & Do


Dunvegan Castle

From the Dunvegan Castle Website

Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years. Built on a rock, it has survived clan battles, the extremes of feast and famine and the profound social, political and economic changes through which the Western Highlands and Islands have passed.

Originally designed to keep people out, romantic and historic Dunvegan Castle was first opened to the public in 1933. Over the years, we have given a warm Highland welcome to visitors including Sir Walter Scott, Dr Johnson, Queen Elizabeth II and the Japanese Emperor Akihito and we now look forward to welcoming you.

Skye Museum of Island Life: Northern Skye’s best visitor attraction

The Museum gives an insight into a way of life that was common on Skye and across the highlands and islands more widely at the close of the 1800s: but which has since virtually disappeared. It consists of a group, or township, of seven thatched cottages, four of which are furnished and equipped as they would have been at the time to illustrate different aspects of island life.

The Old Man of Storr

A spectacular walk to a famous summit, passing through an iconic landscape. Superb views in all directions.

Kilt Rock

Located on the east coast of Skye’s Trotternish Peninsula, the striking rock formation known as Kilt Rock is a 180 foot high sea cliff giving several main climbing arenas of geographical & style segregation. The massive columns of dolerite have the appearance of pleats in a tartan kilt & traditionally form the basis of the Skye tartan pattern. This entirely natural phenomenon relates in appearance, although not identically, to the recorded basalt rocks at Staffa near Iona. Kilt Rock is a hugely popular viewpoint & plenty of parking is available nearby for climbers & kit.

Cuillin Hills

The Cuillin Hills are counted among the most spectacular peaks in Scotland. Whether you come to Skye to climb the Cuillins or just to admire them from a safe distance, you cannot escape their presence!

Eilean Donan Castle.

From the Eilean Donan Castle Website

As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs meet, and surrounded by some majestic scenery, it is little wonder that the castle is now one of the most visited and important attractions in the Scottish highlands.

Partially destroyed in a Jacobite uprising in 1719, Eilean Donan lay in ruins for the best part of 200 years until Lieutenant Colonel John MacRae-Gilstrap bought the island in 1911 and proceeded to restore the castle to its former glory. After 20 years of toil and labour the castle was re-opened in 1932. Today, you can explore nearly every part of the castle, and enjoy a journey through the history of the area. The Castle now has its own visitor centre, which includes the Ticket Office, Coffee Shop, Gift Shop and toilets.

Plockton

Made famous as the setting for TV series HAMISH MACBETH this small lochside village is one of the most attractive in Scotland, an idyllic place in an idyllic setting. A row of neatly painted cottages hugs the shoreline following the curve of the tiny harbour. Palm trees line the main street and the whole scene is framed by a landscape of islands, heather and pine. Across the harbour the views are of white cottages on a craggy point, with the mountains of Wester Ross in the background. It comes as no surprise to find that Plockton is a haven for artists.

Things to do include summer boat trips. These are advertised by the harbour and available for fishing or seal spotting. During the busiest months pleasure trips depart several times a day. Craig Rare Breeds Farm, midway between Plockton and Stromeferry, has ancient breeds of Scottish farm animals as well as llamas and peacocks.

Also close by is Lochalsh Woodland Garden. Here visitors are welcome throughout the year. The gardens are pleasantly sheltered and a walk by the lochside reveals new developments as well as many tree specimens over 100 years old (including Palm trees!). Meanwhile, Kyle of Lochalsh is only some five miles to the south west, and beyond it is the Isle of Skye.

Lochcarron, Applecross.

From the Lochcarron Website

Lochcarron is undoubtedly one of the gems of the North Western Highlands of Scotland. This very beautiful part of Wester Ross abounds in some of the most magnificent scenery in the British Isles with the mountains of Applecross and Torridon, rivers and glens, lochs and villages such as Applecross, Kishorn, Lochcarron, Shieldaig & Torridon, looking out to the Western Isles and the Atlantic Ocean.

There is an abundance of wildlife, climbing and walking are superb, boating and sailing, fishing in rivers and lochs. For those interested in diving, another magnificent world of marine life exists beneath the waves. The waters in and around Loch Carron are particularly noted for their superb clarity making it an ideal place for underwater photography.

Art Courses are available in the area and you can search out your ancestors in this land full of Clan History. If you play golf, Lochcarron has its own 9-hole course in a superb loch side location and visitors are very welcome. For railway enthusiasts, we have the famous Kyle Line which featured as one of Michael Palin’s “Great Railway Journeys of the World”.

Armadale Castle.

“Southern Skye’s best visitor attraction” Armadale Castle Gardens and Museum of the Isles is set in the heart of a 20,000 acre Highland estate. Experience a visit to the 40 acre Woodland Garden set in around the ruins of Armadale Castle. The warm, generally frost free climate of the west coast of Scotland allows these sheltered gardens; dating back to the 17th century, to flourish. The estate, once part of the traditional lands of Clan Donald, was purchased by the Clan Donald Lands Trust in 1971. The Trust has restored the gardens and part of the Castle, created the Museum of the Isles, founded the Study Centre, built holiday accommodation and established a visitor centre that appeals to all age groups.

Boat Trips.

There is an excellent glass bottomed boat boat trip from the Kyle of Lochalsh which is extremely popular with adults and children, it has also been featured on TV the website is: Seaprobeatlantis

Talisker Distillery.

Talisker distillery was founded in 1830 by Hugh and Kenneth MacAskill, and built in 1831 at Carbost. The distillery was rebuilt 1880-87 and extended in 1900. When a new lease for the distillery was negotiated with the chief of Clan MacLeod in 1892 the annual payment was to be £23.12s and a ten-gallon cask of best-quality Talisker. It was rebuilt in 1960 after a stillhouse fire completely destroyed the distillery. The distillery operates five stills, two wash stills and three spirit stills. All the stills use worm tubs (condensing coils) rather than a modern condenser, which are believed to give the whisky a “fuller” flavour (itself an indication of higher sugar content). During this early period, the whisky was produced using a triple distilling method, but changed to the more conventional double distilling in 1928. Talisker was acquired by Distillers Company in 1925 and is now part of Diageo. The distillery was nearly destroyed by fire in 1960, however five exact replicas of the original stills were constructed to preserve the original Talisker flavour. In 1972 the stills were converted to steam heating and the maltings floor was demolished. Talisker’s water comes from springs directly above the distillery via a network of pipes and wells.

The malted barley used in production comes from Muir of Ord. Talisker has an unusual feature – swan neck lye pipes. A loop exists in the pipes taking the vapour from the stills to the worm tubs so some of the alcohol condenses before it even reaches the cooler. It then runs back in to the stills and is distilled again. Talisker now has an annual output of three and a half million litres of spirit.

From the Talisker Website

On selected weekdays the Talisker Tasting Tour starts at 1.45pm (Nov-Mar Tasting Tour starts at 12 noon) and includes a more in-depth tour of the distillery as well as a 5 sample nosing and tasting session of whiskies selected from our award winning Talisker range.

The £20 admission charge for this tour includes a limited edition Talisker Nosing Glass for you to take away and enjoy your favourite Talisker in at home, as well as a discount voucher, redeemable in our well-stocked distillery shop towards the purchase of any 70cl bottle of malt whisky. Please contact us for more information.

Your best guide to the many places of interest in Skye and Lochalsh are Marina and Peter themselves!