Visitor attractions around Skye and Lochalsh
There are too many local attractions to list here but we do have a large folder in The Lodge that includes local galleries, studios, museums, restaurants, boat trips and many other tourist attractions. Meantime, here goes with an abridged look at places to visit around the Glenelg area ..............
A lovely little village where Loch Long joins with Loch Alsh and Loch Duich and not too far away for eating out. Dornie is the location for Eilean Donan Castle:
Open every day from 1 March - 31st Oct the iconic Eilean Donan Castle must surely be one of the most photographed castles in the world, under blue skies, sunsets, on winter days or at night bathed in floodlights, it never ceases to provide photographic opportunities to anyone with a camera. The castle and visitor centre are one of Scotland's top tourist attractions.
A popular Highland village, cows on the beach, palm trees, film location for the 3 BBC "Hamish Macbeth" series and justifiably featured on many Scottish calendars. Great views across Lochcarron, good locally caught seafood plus Calums seal and dolphin trips. Follow the coast road back from Kyle to Plockton, a fabulous scenic route.
A "must visit" on your holiday, more info here
Kyle of Lochalsh
Gone are the old days of waiting in the queue at Kyle of Lochalsh for the Skye Ferry (you can still take the Skye Ferry here at Glenelg though!), since the Skye Bridge was opened in 1995 it's been a breeze crossing over to Skye. This doesn't mean you should miss visiting Kyle of Lochalsh and Kyleakin. Kyle is the place to stock up on supplies, a Co-op supermarket, great butcher, numerous other shops and a good lunch spot. There is also a swimming pool and fitness centre, the lifeboat station, a railway museum and glass bottom boat trips on the Seaprobe Atlantis.
The centre of the Skye bridge is supported on Eilean Bàn, the "White Island", Gavin Maxwell’s final home and where you can visit his restored cottage, the lighthouse and wildlife hides. Bookings are available via the Brightwater Centre in Kyleakin (Best to phone first).
Isle of Skye
In the South West, the Sleat peninsular has the Museum of the Isles which is part of the Clan Donald Skye Visitor Centre at Armadale. If you visit, return by the narrow winding road through Tarskavaig, Tokavaig and Ord for stunning views to the Cuillin. Also nearby is Isleornsay, home of the Gaelic Whisky Shop, tasting allowed!
Try the road from Broadford to Elgol, there are good walks around Torrin and Blaven and spectacular scenery all the way, boat trips from Elgol to Loch Coruisk under the Cuillin hills.
Neist Point with views across to the Uists is a journey that is worth the effort. On a good day it's something different, on a wild windy day it's awesome down by the lighthouse (take care though), lots of steps and huge cliffs. Visit Glendale on the way back and treat yourself to a light lunch or some home baking and a coffee in the Red Roof Cafe, a smashing wee place! Also nearby is the Three Chimneys, one of the top restaurants in the UK, Skye Silver shop and at Carbost, The Talisker Distillery Visitor Centre.
Trotternish is a walker's paradise with scenery that would not look out of place in Jurasic Park. Visit the Old Man of Storr and a few miles further on the Quiraing, a great hill walk among amazing rock and cliff formations (the car park can be busy). Nearby is Kilt Rock waterfall, 170 feet, seabirds hover in front of you, mesmerising!
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Eilean Donan Castle
Pass to Applecross
Neist Point, Skye
Cuillin hills from Elgol