The Isle of Skye is the second largest island of the Hebrides. Many visitors don't realise how big it is and due to it's many peninsulas, touring it can take a lot longer than estimated. So don't rush, take your time and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. Many hillwalkers and climbers come to Skye to climb the Cuillins but there are many more impressive areas you can access through easy to difficult walks. If you want to access and see much of the island on foot, then the website Walkhighlands is a must visit. Many popular areas of interest include the Trotternish Peninsula. Here you will find the gigantic rock formations and pinnacles, the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing. Beaches can be found across the island at Staffin, Braes, Glenbrittle, Talisker Bay and the Coral Beaches at Claigan.

If you are a wildlife lover or keen birdwatcher then Skye will deliver on both. Make sure you set off for the day with a good picnic, a pair of binoculars, some patience and optimism and you may well be rewarded with sightings of buzzards, white-tailed or sea eagles, minke whales, otters and grey or common seals. Another good website you may want to look at is Skye Birds. If you're a keen angler you'll be pleased to know that we our very near to the River Snizort, a popular spot for salmon fishing, or maybe you'd prefer to explore the Storr Lochs and Hill Lochs in Trotternish to fish for trout. Why not book a package with one of the local fishing ghillies to help improve your chances of a catch.  

Old Man of Storr Portree Harbour Coral Beach
Old Man of Storr Portree Harbour Coral Beach

There is something for everyone on Skye. We have a range of museums for you to explore; the Museum of Isles at Clan Donald, Skye, The Skye Museum of Island Life in Kilmuir or for the younger ones in your party (or the young at heart) Glendale Toy Museum. Or perhaps castles are more of interest to you, well if so try Dunvegan Castle & Gardens, the remains of Duntulm Castle or back over the Skye bridge to the most photographed castle in Scotland, Eilean Donan.

Boat trips are a popular choice for past guests of Moorside and there's a good selection to choose from. If you're heading down the south of the island then you will find Seafari Adventures at the end of Armadale Pier, or a bit further afield off the island is Calum's Seal & Dolphin Trips in Plockton. The beautiful village of Elgol is home to Misty Isle Boat Trips and Bella Jane but if you're looking for something a bit nearer to home, then head down to Portree Harbour where trips leave throughout the day. Remember that all boat trips are weather permitting.

If you have younger guests in your party then there is enough to keep them entertained also. As well as various family friendly walks, there are the beaches and play parks across the island. Spend a few hours at Sligachan Hotel in the play park, have a drink and meal and then a play by the river. In Broadford the play park is behind the village hall and if you're heading to Dunvegan, the play park is based on the road to the castle on the left hand side. There's Uig Pottery Experience if you or your children are feeling creative or wanting to take home a handmade souvenir, a small soft play area at the Aros Centre in Portree and of course Portree Harbour where you can spend a few hours crab fishing.

Braes Beach Stein View Macleods Tables
Braes Beach Sunset View from Stein Macleods Tables

The cottages give you the flexibility to prepare your own food in the evenings and your picnics for your day trips but if you want to sample the scottish cuisine then you will be spoilt for choice. We are lucky to have some of the finest chefs and friendliest restaurants and would encourage you to try them out. Listed below are a few of our past guests favourites and some of our own :

Sligachan Hotel - Steak House & Grill in the main Hotel and delicious bar meals and lighter bites in Seumus Bar
The Old Inn at Carbost -  Pub serving food overlooking Loch Harport, near to Talisker Distilery
Edinbane Inn - newly opened pub and restaurant, friendly atmosphere and traditional music on Sundays afternoons & Tuesday evenings
The Cafe - in Portree on Wentworth Street. Great food, central location and offers child portions
L'Incontro - Newly opened Pizzeria in Portree. Offers light lunch time bites, coffee bar and italian pizzas in the evening
The Isles Inn - on the square in Portree serving good food & traditional music sometimes on during the evenings
The Old School Restaurant - located in Dunvegan. A great spot for lunch or dinner. You may need to book a table during the high season.
Cafe Arriba - A lovely vibrant cafe overlooking Portree Bay. Good food, lots of variety & relaxed atmosphere
Stein Inn - The oldest inn on Skye in the small village Stein, Waternish. A great stop for a drink, light bite or dinner.