Welcome to Visit Waternish, the website for the Waternish peninsula on the Isle of Skye

The magic of Waternish begins with Fairy Bridge, just as you leave the road from Portree to Dunvegan. The spellbinding panorama of Loch Bay leads your eyes to Dunvegan Head, and round to the Minch and to North and South Uist on the horizon. From Trumpan and Geary the views move further north to Harris and Lewis – all these islands being part of the Outer Hebrides or the Western Isles.

Waternish offers more than beautiful views and landscapes. Enjoy the taste of Skye with some of the best fresh local food and drink the island has to offer, as well as some of its leading tourist attractions. Waternish boasts some of the best sunset and night sky gazing locations in Scotland, all of which you can do from the comfort of one of the many Self Catering and Bed and Breakfast accommodations within the area.

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Visit Waternish

The magic of Waternish begins with Fairy Bridge, just as you leave the road from Portree to Dunvegan. The spellbinding panorama of Loch Bay leads your eyes to Dunvegan Head, and round to the Minch and to North and South Uist on the horizon. From Trumpan and Geary the views move further north to Harris and Lewis - all these islands being part of the Outer Hebrides or Western Isles. This north-western corner of the Isle of Skye epitomises Scotland at its most rugged, beautiful & breath-taking. There are so many Things to Do from exploring the rich history & wildlife of the area, to visiting the many local shops (tucked away where you least expect them) - seeing artists and craftspeople at work. You may also stay awhile and have a meal at the reknowned sea food restaurant or at the Isle of Skye's oldest inn (pub). We have a variety of accommodation to offer, from Bed and Breakfasts to Self Catering Cottages. Scotland's only working Tannery, shopping galore and stunning sea views. A visit to Scotland is not complete without the Isle of Skye and a visit to the Isle of Skye is not complete without a visit to Waternish
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As many will know the Scottish Government is currently undergoing a consultation on short-term lets in Scotland with the purpose of potentially introducing a regulatory framework for the sector, believed to be worth around £723m to the Scottish economy. If you are a provider of lettable accommodation in whatever form, the proposals, if agreed, could affect your business. This may be in the form of greater regulation, licensing, planning permission requirements retrospectively, reconsideration of the Small Business Bonus Scheme for self-catering properties and potentially even a cap on the number of days that accommodation can be let.

The Association of Scotland's Self-Caterers, the principal industry body with nearly 700 members, has been part of the multi-sectoral government working group and has expressed deep concern that further regulation could have on the industry in Scotland. The association's CEO presented a business briefing in Portree on Monday and the government held a public meeting this week in Aros.

Introduction of new policies could affect your business and so your views will help inform the outcome of the framework proposals. We have shown below the government's webpage on the proposals followed by the link to the 23 questions in the online survey. Below that is a link to Guidance Notes from the ASSC. The online consultation closes on 19th July.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/short-term-lets-consultation-regulatory-framework-scotland/

https://consult.gov.scot/housing-services-policy-unit/short-term-lets/consultation/subpage.2016-07-07.1474135251/

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jfw8au0wrb7te66/Main%20Points%20for%20Consultation%20Response.pdf?dl=0

Press Release from ASSC in February.

https://www.assc.co.uk/2019/02/assc-unveils-long-term-approach-to-short-term-letting-paper/

https://www.assc.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ASSC-Policy-Paper.pdf

Para 1.4 of the Short Term Lets Delivery Group says:

'The Scottish Government welcomes the economic benefits which the development of new models of short-term letting brings to Scotland. However, we also recognise the problems caused by short-term lets which are summarised in this paper. Your views are invited on how they might be addressed'.

SkyeConnect and the Association encourage accommodation providers to complete the online survey and help ensure that this sector of Scotland's tourism industry remains competitive and free from potential punitive legislation that could inhibit growth. Equally the Association says that all short term letting has to be sustainable and that there is no 'one size fits all'.

ASSC Scotland The Highland Council Scottish Tourism Alliance WHFP Skye Times Online and The Skye Magazine VisitScotland The Road to the Isles Visit Small Isles
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Self Catering Operators event - Challenges the sector is facing / Scottish Govt Consultation exercise-a SkyeConnect event.

Date: 01-07-2019

Time: 18:00

Location: JansVans Board Room, Portree
Fiona Campbell, CEO of the Association of Scottish Self Caterers will provide an overview of the Self Catering Market ahead of the current Scottish Government review of the sector with specific reference to Amendment 11B, Planning (Scotland) Bill Scottish Government consultation: short-term letting Scottish Government’s Short Term Lets Delivery Group Transient Visitor Levy/Tourism Tax Changes in Regulation The future: Proposed Regulatory Framework / Code of Conduct All welcome - the event is free to attend, however we will be asking for donations to cover the cost of the room hire. Refreshments available.

We have published an Eventbrite link with further information which includes another event being held by the Scottish Government on 3rd July at Aros at 1000. This is part of the consultation on proposals for a regulatory framework for self-catering accommodation and short term letting.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/skyeconnect-16819587683

We look forward to you joining us with Fiona on the 1st.
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With the longest day and the shortest night fast approaching Lonely Planet has identified dark Sky tourism as the next big trend in 2019. Skye with its dark Skye and Waternish with its 3 Dark Sky sites is ideally placed both for the dramatic sunset and the starry sky that follows.
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Summer has arrived 😀
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Great to see the sunshine here again after a few dreich days.

"We came by the Fairy Bridge upon Waternish and I set down in my journal that we are entered into this enchanted world where land and sea and sky conspire to steal your heart and take your breath away... "