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Activities & Interests

Walking

There are a huge abundance of walks from the very energetic to the easy.  There are plenty of guidebooks at the cottage and numerous walks listed on the WalkHighlands website to suit all areas and abilities. http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/

Beaches

This area has mainly rocky beaches good for scrambling about and exploring rockpools, however there are also sandy beaches around. The Coral Beach at Plockton is a mixture of both rocky and sandy with white 'coral' sand. There is a delightful little secret sandy cove at Torrin on Skye, a sandy beach with fantastic views of the Cuillins at Tarscavaig, cappucino coloured sand at Talisker Bay and a broad expanse of sand at Staffin at the North end of Skye. Further north are the beautiful beaches of Red Point and Big Sand. It is also possible to visit the white beaches of the Silver Sands of Morar (seen in the film 'Local Hero') by taking a ferry from Armadale on Skye across to Mallaig.

Mountain and rock climbing

The Skye Cuillins, The Old Man of Storr, Torridon, Liatach, Bein Eighe and Slioch all make this an incredible area for climbers.

Wildlife and bird watching

The AquaXplore from Elgol offers trips specifically aimed at seeing wildlife, there are seal trips around Plockton Bay, and the SeaProbe Atlantis glass-bottomed boat which goes from Kyle of Lochalsh.  Of course there is plenty of wildlife to be seen just walking the area.
http://www.aquaxplore.co.uk/
http://www.calums-sealtrips.com/
http://www.seaprobeatlantis.com/

The Railway

The Kyle Line is widely regarded as one of the most scenic in the world and Station Cottage makes a great base for exploring this beautiful line.  Train enthusiasts will also enjoy the fact that the cottage once belonged to the station master and staying there does make you feel as if you have your own station.  Some guests will also see the steam train which sometimes does special trips along the line.  There is a museum dedicated to the trainline in Kyle of Lochalsh.

For further information contact 'Friends of the Kyle Line'

Kayaking

This is fanastic way to explore the coastline and see wildlife and there is an excellent kayaking school in Plockton.

Sailing

There is excellent sailing in the area and boats can be chartered locally.
http://www.plocktonboathire.co.uk/

Fishing

There is fishing off the headland at ‘Fisherman’s Rock’ near the cottage, and I believe there are a couple of lochs nearby which can be fished without a permit.

Horse Riding

There is pony trekking available at Glenshiel http://www.highlandponytrekking.co.uk/

Cycling

The area is fantastic for cycling and mountain biking. It is possible to hire bikes from the Craft Shop in Plockton or from Dornie.

Golf

There is a course at Lochcarron.  Its not the biggest golf course you will ever see but it does have the best views.
http://www.lochcarrongolfclub.co.uk/Pages/default.aspx

Scuba Diving

There is some fabulous diving in the area and there is a dive school in Lochcarron.
http://www.5bellsdiving.com/

Food & Drink & Eating Out

Plockton has very good places to eat, as does Applecross and Glenelg.  Skye has become quite the foodie destination and has the famous Three Chimneys Restaurant and the Michelin Star rated Kinloch Lodge as well as numerous smaller restaurants and cafes. You can buy fantastic local produce too – venison at the butcher in Kyle, langoustines and scallops from the quayside and great cheese from the West Highland Dairy in Achmore.  The cottage kitchen is well enough equipped to do some proper cooking!

The Talisker Distillery tour on Skye is a perfect afternoon for whisky lovers and the Carbost Inn opposite serves very good food.

There are chanterelles and hedgehog mushrooms in the woods and sea-spaghetti and dulse in the sea  – just make sure you know what you are looking for!

The cottage kitchen is well enough equipped to do some proper cooking if the mood takes you!

History:

As well as Eilean Donan castle there are many sites of historical interest in the area.  Armadale Castle holds records of the Macdonalds going back centuries, and Dunvegan Castle tells the story of the MacLeods.  Going back further in time there are ancient brochs at Glenelg, and on Skye a chambered cairn, standing stones and a carved 'Pictish' stone.  At 'The High Pasture Cave' in the south of Skye, what is thought to be the earliest stringed musical instrument in europe was recently discovered.

Going back into pre-history there are dinosaur fossils and footprints along the coast of Skye at Staffin.

There are many more historical sites in the area, information about which can be found on the Skye and Lochalsh website.

 

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