Willowbank   Cottage

  07375 538957 A stunning self catering cottage on the Isle of Skye

Location

Broadford: Broadford is a thriving village with all basic facilities including a supermarket, deli/convenience store, bank, several cafes and restaurants. It stretches out along a splendid tidal beach with sandy coves, tidal islands and rockpools to explore. This is a birdwatcher's paradise - 157 species have been recorded here, and the White-tailed eagle is regularly sighted. The cottage is equipped with a telescope for the armchair bird/boat watcher, and lucky visitors will also see marine mammals including otters and dolphins. When the time is right, the cottage is a wonderful place from which to view the aurora borealis. The hills and straths behind the village offer a wide range of walks of varying difficulty.

Skye and Kintail: Broadford is an ideal base from which to explore Skye, being on the road leading North to Portree, the Cuillin mountains and the rest of the island. It is where the roads to the Sleat and Strathaird peninsulas begin, containing attractions such as the castle and museum at Armadale and the 'Misty Isle' boat trips into the dramatic heart of the Cuillins. Broadford is only 7 miles from the Bridge to the mainland, where the mountains of Kintail, Eilean Donan castle, and other highlights are waiting to be explored. The village of Kylerhea with the community-run Glenelg ferry, giving access to the iron-age brochs and Glenelg Inn, is also within easy reach. For lovers of fine dining, Kinloch Lodge Hotel, the home of Lady Claire MacDonald, is only a few miles away on the road to Sleat.

Activities: There is a range of activity providers in the area, offering guiding and coaching in kayaking, hillwalking, climbing and sailing. Sabhal Mór Ostaig, the Gaelic College in Sleat, offers a variety of cultural events throughout the year.

A complete list of activities is available in the house, but here are a few ideas to whet your appetite:

Talisker Distillery - distillery tours and taster sessions available.

Elgol boat tours - a variety of operators offer trips into the dramatic Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin, or across to the Small Isles.

www.mistyisleboattrips.co.uk
www.bellajane.co.uk

Sea.fari - boat trips from Armadale pier, focused on marine mammal spotting.

Kinloch Lodge Hotel - Michelin-starred dining from chef Marcello Tully at the home of renowned cookery writer Lady Claire MacDonald is complemented by a range of luxury spar treatments.

Visit Eilean Donan Castle and delve into life during the Jacobite struggles.

Climb/hike in the Cuillin mountains with experts from Skye Guides.

Experience sea kayaking. Explore coral beaches, rocky cliffs, and perhaps one of the many islands you can see from the windows of Willowbank - choose from a range of local guiding/coaching companies.

www.skyakadventures.com
www.seakayakplockton.co.uk
www.seatoskyexperience.co.uk

Take a gentle stroll along the Broadford Marble Line, taking in the abandoned crofting township of Kilchrist, the atmospheric ruined church, the fascinating remains of the early 20thC. Marble quarry, and a bronze age cyst burial and roundhouse.

Hire mountain bikes in Broadford and explore Strathaird the hard way!

Swim in a river on a hot day at Strollamus or Torrin pools.

Féis an Eilean offers a programme of over 90 events this summer - enjoy traditional music and a ceilidh with the masters.

Take the ferry over to the Isle of Raasay for a day out at the Raasay House Outdoor Centre, offering a full range of outdoor activities for children and adults, followed by a meal in the delicious restaurant or café. - or go to Kyle Rhea to catch the community-run Glenelg ferry and visit the remarkable Glenelg Brochs.

The Skye Arts and Crafts trail booklet (complimentary copies available in the house) will show you where to find over 90 small galleries, open studios, and artist and craft workshops around the island.

Stroll in the gardens of Armadale Castle and visit the Museum in Sleat, finishing with a meal at the Eilean Iarmain pub/hotel in Camus Cross. - or head in the other direction to Attadale Gardens on the mainland, stopping at one of the restaurants in Plockton for fresh seafood on the way back.