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An Artist Life (Dunhallin)

Tel: (0) 1470 592 205
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Contact: Diane Hoff-Rome



No experience required. Curiosity essential! Revitalizing! Two day creativity painting workshops. Includes tuition, materials, lunch. Studio & garden.

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An Eyrie Penthouse (Dunhallin)

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Contact: Diane Hoff-Rome



New contemporary ‘penthouse’ - a perfect haven for two.
Stunning sea views, sunsets...star gazing.
“Simply beautiful!” (Guests from Scotland)

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Anait



Iron Age promontory fort and reputedly an early Christian church and settlement.

Visited by Boswell & Johnson in 1773. This site is regarded as one of the most important Christian sites in the Hebrides.

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Aonish



Early 18th century ruined house & settlement of Fife merchant venturers.
Photo courtesy of Angus McGhie

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Ardmore & Bitacora Holiday Cottages (Ardmore)

Tel: 01470 592 305
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Contact: Ali MacDonald



Bitacora & Ardmore cottages boast a fantastic location. It is a great place to chill out and witness the fantastic views and Glorious Sunsets. 5 or 3 Star luxury for up to 6 people.

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Auld Mission Cottage (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 362
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Contact: Angus & Teresa McGhie



A 2 bedroomed stone-built cottage, with magnificent views of Lochbay and out to the Western Isles. All modern conveniences. Within easy access of Stein Inn and the rest of the Isle of Skye.

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Auld Orwell Cottage (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 363
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Contact: Lydia Hartwell



Within walking distance of Stein, a unique, deceptively spacious, traditional stone cottage offering 4* luxury in flexible accommodation for 2 to 6 people.

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Brae Fasach Gallery / Cafe (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 732
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Contact: Ian Williams



Ian Williams pushes clay to the limits. His work is described variously as: inspired, fresh, never seen before. His sketches are simple lines evoking memories of the moment. All welcome at the gallery

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Broad Reach (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 363
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Contact: Lydia Hartwell



Luxury self-catering with a nautical theme.

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Cottage at Tir Nan Og (Dunhallin)

Tel: (0) 1470 592 205
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Contact: Diane Hoff-Rome



Luxurious 4 Star cottage. Spectacular sea views, sunsets. Welcome hamper and fine Wine.
"Beautifully appointed...best holiday home we have stayed in."
(Guests from England)

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Dandelion Designs & Images Gallery (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 218
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Contact: Cathy Myhill



Friendly craft workshop and gallery in the heart of historic Stein village on the shores of Loch Bay. A showcase for our family, Cathy, Pat and Liz Myhill. Featuring our own original designs on wood, paintings, prints, photographs, jewellery, cards and candles.

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Divers Eye Boat Trips (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 219
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Contact: Gordon or Aileen MacKay



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Dunhallin



The fort on the hill: comes from Gaelic and Norse. It is a prominent pre-historic stronghold being an Iron Age dun (700 BC - c550 AD)

Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture.

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Fairy Bridge



This is said to be where the fairy wife of the Chief of MacLeod left him to return to her own people. She left their son wrapped in a silken shawl which, as the Fairy Flag, could be used three times

Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture.

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Gareth John

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Contact: Corncrake conservationist



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Gesto Cottage (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 281
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Contact: Chris Barton



Historic detached fishermans cottage in Stein Village. Fully renovated, comfortable and very well equipped. Private gardens front and rear. Ample off road parking. Walk to superb seafood restaurant, shore, inn and jetty in just one minute!

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Gillen Apartment Stein Inn (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 362
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Contact: Angus & Teresa McGhie



A one bedroom apartment within the Inn but with separate entrance. All modern conveniences. All inclusive tariff. Excellent base for exploring the island.

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Greenbank B&B (Halistra)

Tel: 01470 592 369
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Contact: Hazel Wotton



In the peaceful township of Halistra, Greenbank offers stunning sea views,two spacious en-suite rooms; one double and one twin, generous breakfasts and a warm welcome.

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Greshornish House Hotel

Tel: 01470 582 266
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Contact: Neil & Rosemary Colquhoun



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Halistra Pottery (Lower Halistra)

Tel: 01470 592 347
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Contact: Neal Hately



I make decorative functional domestic earthenware pottery. My work is rooted in the country pottery tradition with contemporary shapes and colours producing an irresistable mix.

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Hallin Church



Manse and Church of Scotland ascribed to Telford

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Hillside B&B (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 263
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Contact: Mick & Lyn O\\\'Sullivan



Mick & Lyn would like to welcome you to Hillside B&B, which is set in a stunning location with uninterrupted seaward views across to the Outer Hebrides.

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Island View Self Catering (Dunhallin)

Tel: 01470 592 763
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Contact: Claudia Loessl



Cosy self catering unit, sleeps 2, sea views, open fireplace, kitchen, sitting room, bedroom, bathroom, free Wifi

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Kathie & Steve's Bed and Breakfast (Dunhallin)

Tel: 01470 592 236
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Contact: Kathie & Steve Ford



With magnificent views from all rooms across Loch Dunvegan and over to the Outer Hebrides, we offer two double rooms, free Wi-Fi access and freshly cooked breakfasts to your requirements

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Knockbreck - Dark Skies



Fabulous views of the stars, the planets and the Milky Way even with the naked eye. Car park opposite school with 360 degree views. School has security lighting after midnight

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lanetech - it solutions

Tel: 01309 678 149
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Contact: David Powell



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Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 235
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Contact: David & Alison Wilkinson



This renowned atmospheric bistro on the loch side in Stein offers a warm welcome and friendly service. For simply sublime seafood, Loch Bay is a must on Skye

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Loch Bay Seaside Cottages (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 235
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Contact: Alison Wilkinson



Two quintessential 18th Century cottages with modern, well equipped comforts, including wi fi and dishwasher. Gardens overlooking the loch. Scenic beauty. Within waking distance of renowned seafood restaurant and the oldest inn on Skye.

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Lochbay (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 377
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Contact: Johnny McMaster



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Lorgill Bed & Breakfast (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 346
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Contact: Graham & Madeline Jones



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Quirky Antiques (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 700
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Contact: Pam Carvell



Popupshop selling quirky antiques, Victoriana, Art Deco glassware & ceramics, vintage china & vintage collectables. For opening dates please email owner or visit Twitter @QuirkyAntiques

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Rainbow Cottage (Camus Lusta)

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Contact: Chris & Meena Watts



With a spectacular location at the head of Loch Bay Rainbow Cottage is a lovely, warm, well furnished and equipped holiday cottage enjoying fantastic views up the loch and across to the outer isles.

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Rubha Dubh



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Sgorr



A fantastic area for seeing wildlife and for a cliff-top walk.

Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture.

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Skye Luxury Cottages (Geary)

Tel: 01470 592353
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Contact: Catrina & John MacPhee



Catrina and John welcome you to get away from it all and relax in comfort and style in our self catering accommodation.

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Skyeskyns Ltd - Exhibition Tannery (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 237
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Contact: Dave Till



Five star visitor experience to hear the story of leather and for everything in sheepskin...

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Stein



Some plans for the proposed designed village can be viewed in the entrance hall of Stein Inn.
As well as a tidal jetty, there are also public moorings.

Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture

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Stein Inn (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 362
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Contact: Angus & Teresa McGhie



The oldest inn on Skye has comfortable rooms, all en-suite with sea views. Full Scottish breakfast available. Good base for exploring this beautiful island.

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Stein Inn (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 362
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Contact: Angus & Teresa McGhie



The 18th century Inn is the oldest on Skye. It serves bar meals made from locally sourced ingredients, including seafood. CAMRA area pub of the year. Real ales and 125 malt whiskies.

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Stein Jetty - Dark Skies



Sea level public car park with access to jetty where on clear nights you can see the stars, planets and the Milky Way even with the naked eye. Fairly good views especially to the north. Some building lights before midnight.

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The Captain's House (Stein)

Tel: 01470 592 223
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Contact: Cathy Myhill



The Captains House is a 200 year old listed building with an idyllic shoreside location in the historic fishing village of Stein, which is a Conservation Area

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The Old Byre (Lochbay)

Tel: 01470 592 332
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Contact: Elma Sands



Contemporary and cosy get away for couples. Short breaks possible.

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The Skye Shilasdair Shop (Lower Halistra)

Tel: 01470 592 297
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Contact: Judi Hodgkin



Shop selling naturally-dyed yarn / designer garments & knitkits and craft accessories.

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The Two Byres / An Dà Bhàthach (Halistra)

Tel: +33 (0)6 7736 8944
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Contact: Hanne Stemann & Jimmy Lawson



Modern, light, spacious house, equipped to the highest standards comfortably accommodating 6. Set in the crofting community of Hallin, offering uninterrupted panoramic views stretching from the Cuillin mountain peaks to the Outer Hebrides.

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Tigh na Mara (Halistra)

Tel: 01463 715 939
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Contact: Bill & Janice McArthur



Coming up to being a century old, 'Tigh na Mara' is an upgraded and recomended, comfortable, traditional croft house sleeping five with fabulous views from nearly all its rooms.

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Trumpan



See legendary testing stone in grounds of the late Medieval (12th to 16th C. AD) church. Here at Trumpan Church, in May 1578, the MacDonalds of Uist burnt to death a congregation of worshippers to exact revenge...

Thanks to Pat Myhill for the picture.

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Trumpan - Dark Skies



A car park with superb 360 degree views and no artificial lighting. The sky, the stars, the Milky Way can take your breath away even with the naked eye. Think what you could see with binoculars or a telescope. Viewing area at side with seating.

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Waternish Point



The point is marked now by an automatic lighthouse. There are wonderful views out over the Minch to the Western Isles. If you are lucky the wildlife in the sky and in the sea can be captivating. To get there see our Walk Waternish page.
Photo courtesy of Angus McGhie

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Siskins on Waternish

Siskins on Waternish

Siskins are small members of the Finch family.  A few stay on Skye all year round, but most migrate to the south of the UK for the winter before returning here to breed.  For the last three years Waternish has welcomed one particular female Siskin.  When she first arrived on a bird feeder in the garden of Nurses Cottage, Hallin in May 2008, the number on the tiny ring on her right leg was read (over 3 days by telescope) and the number sent to the British Trust for Ornithology.  From their data we know she was ringed in Highley, Shropshire (over 600km away) in February 2006 as a 2 year old.  A few ringed Siskin turn up every year, mostly unreported due to the difficulty in reading the rings on live (and lively!) birds.


Next April she returned to the same feeder in the same garden.  Once again the ring was read and the 7 digit number matched.  Presumably she had returned to Shropshire for the winter and back to Waternish to breed.


After a few weeks she disappeared.  Small birds have correspondingly short lives and dangers abound.  We feared the worst.


Then, on March 25th 2010, two ringed Siskin appeared on the feeder along with four others.  The process of trying to decipher the rings began again.  Two days later we had a new ring number, also a female, and bits of the other one.  Two more days after that we had all that number too, and it was our original bird!  She had survived the particularly harsh winter and returned for a third summer.


As I write this she is devouring seed in the garden, building up strength for another breeding season.  We wish her many happy returns.  Another ringed Siskin, a male this time, has been seen locally, but no luck on the number so far.  The BTO will be informed of the sightings as usual.  Live bird data from small birds is rare, due to the difficulty of reading rings, so every report is important.


Waternish may be better known for it's Great Northern Divers and White-Tailed Eagles, but one common finch has a special attraction too.  Garden birds are a delight any time, but one with a story is special.

 


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