A Day Visit to Waternish, Isle of Skye
10 GREAT THINGS TO DO ON A DAY TRIP TO WATERNISH
The Isle of Skye is a wonderful island with amazing scenery and places to visit. Just in case you happen to be staying somewhere else on the island, we thought we would give you some ideas for a days visit to Waternish. Here’s a wee taster of what our peninsula has to offer (in no particular order!)
No 1 – Visit artist/printmaker Denise Huddleston in her studio
Cuckoo Tree Art Studio is a small studio and gallery showcasing the work of Denise Huddleston, an artist, designer and printmaker with a passion for the natural world. Denise has a long history in her craft and previously was a college lecturer in her area of expertise. Browse and delight in her original art, handmade prints, greeting cards and gifts. By prior arrangement it is also possible to experience practical workshops and demonstrations for small groups. Open most days but best to check beforehand. You will always have a warm welcome
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No 2. Shop for Homemade Scottish Tablet at Donnie’s Tablet Shed
A visit to Waternish isn’t complete without a visit to Donnie’s Tablet Shed. The wee purple shed is filled daily with Donnie’s Award Winning Homemade Traditional Scottish Tablet. Flavours include Original, Isle of Skye Sea Salt, Stem Ginger, Isle of Skye Liqueur with Drambuie, Malt whisky with Talisker, Maple Syrup and White Chocolate and Cardamom. Isle of Skye Cards and Waternish Tea Towels are also available. Don’t forget to take a selfie at the box and share it in Donnie’s Tablet Shed social media.
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No 3. Enjoy a boat trip with Diver’s Eye to enjoy the magnificent wildlife in the North West Isle of Skye
There is so much to see in the waters that surround Waternish, and it changes with the seasons of the year. We have some wonderful birdlife including puffins and skuas and there are orcas and other mammals that use the Minch on their migratory route. There is so much to see on a boat trip with Diver’s Eye. Enjoy the experience and knowledge of Gordon on his boat Elena C.
A great day out on the water.
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No 4. End your day with dinner at Lochbay – Isle of Skye’s only Michelin Star restaurant.
North West Skye is becoming renowned for first class food. However the best and only Michelin starred restaurant in the Isle of Skye is here on Waternish, Loch Bay Restaurant. Run by Michael and Laurence Smith, and their committed staff it offers exceptional contemporary Scottish seafood, mostly caught locally, with French influences.
A visit to this cosy restaurant is the highlight of any trip and is certainly a brilliant way to end your day exploring our peninsula.
Fabulous food in a cosy environment – but vital to book well in advance.
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No 5. Vist Skíō Pottery Studio – a recent addition to Waternish
Skíō Pottery is a new visitor attraction here on Waternish, just opening this Spring. Luke and Kayti create functional and decorative pieces in small batches from their studio at the beginning of Waternish. As well as appreciating and buying their pieces you can watch them work and at times, and by arrangement, offer workshops.
When they occasionally are closed they have a croft box at the side of their house, always well stocked.
A new and sometimes quirky ceramics pottery high above Loch Bay.
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No 6. Take a walk and enjoy our tracks and trails.
The Isle of Skye is famous for its wild mountains – but walking or climbing these volcanic rocks is not for every one all of the time.
Waternish has some scenic, relatively flat walks that go from one side of the peninsula to the other and from one end to the other – and bits in between. The views of the Minch and its islands, the Western Isles in the far distance, and Trotternish are amazing. You are never far from a historical site and keep your eyes to the sky in search of an Eagle or two.
(Please remember to shut gates and keep dogs on a lead around sheep and cattle.)
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No 7. Visit Dandelion Designs artists and images gallery for the ideal momento
Situated in the Thomas Telford designed, conservation village of Stein, Dandelion Designs and Images Gallery is both a craft shop and gallery. In the gallery the Myhills display their collection of mixed media artwork and invite other local artists to display to add to the variety, inspired by the unique environment and heritage of the surroundings.
The craft shop offers a huge variety of souvenirs, mementos and gifts of your visit to Waternish and Skye.
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No 8. Tour Scotland’s only operating sheepskin tannery, visit their shop and have a coffee in their yurt.
An absolute must on any bucket list must be a visit to Scotland’s only working commercial woollen tannery. Skyeskyns offers a 5 Star visitor experience . Enjoy a free guided tour of how it has been “done” for generations. Then browse their huge collection and variety of sheepskins for sale – they are so cuddly! There is also a large selection of woollen clothing and accessories from leading designers.
If you can escape from their retail floor, then why not have a relaxing cup of artisan coffee or specialty tea and delicious home baking in the Yurtea&coffee. Then go back and buy the sheepskin you had been thinking about!
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No 9. Step back in time and explore our ancient and at times bloody history.
Waternish, or Bhàtairnis in Gaelic, is a spectacular coastal penninsula in the far north west of the island. From Portree the turning for the peninsula is about 5 miles before Dunvegan Castle. A visit to the castle is a must on any trip to Skye. A wee trip to Waternish would make a great addition to your day.
Waternish has some ancient history with ‘brochs’ dotted around the place; some bloody battles between neighbouring clans; some Fairy stories; a conservation village; a couple of famous graves; and so it goes on.
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No 10. Visit St Kilda with Go to St Kilda for a once in a lifetime trip. (booking in advance required)
Throughout the summer months , when the weather is reasonably calm, you can take a day boat trip from Stein Jetty to St Kilda, the UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site and National Nature Reserve. Everything about your day is a once in a lifetime adventure and experience. You will see how the residents of the island used to live. Some amazing wildlife and seabirds including puffins. fulmars and gannets.
There is no place quite like St. Kilda
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There’s so much to do on your doorstep, why not come and stay for longer.
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Where sky meets Skye.
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