Lochbay is stunningly beautiful, as is the rest of Waternish, a peninsular of land in the north west of Skye, which arches out into the sea towards the Outer Hebrides; Harris, Lewis the Uists. In the winter you can see thick snow on the mountains of the Outer Hebrides. There are smaller islands in the bay, Mingay, Isay & Clett. These are crucial to the view as they add depth, catch the light and weather, and thus provide an endlessly changing panorama- completely mesmerising when you have the time to sit and simply enjoy it.
In winter we have the most glorious ‘Dark Skies’, devoid of light pollution; the stars are as magical as the sunsets. If you’re really lucky, you might also see the Northern Lights.
Waternish has a number of popular attractions, a pub, a famous restaurant, fabulous Diver’s Eye Boat trips. Gordon the Skipper is a mine of information and you will take the best photos of your holiday on his boat. There are dolphins, seals, porpoises and if you’re lucky a minke whale.
Also leaving the jetty at Stein are boat trips to the remote St. Kilda. Waternish also has a number of fascinating galleries & the very popular Skye Skyns. There are plenty of excellent forest walks, cliff top walks and of course gentle walks down to the pub. The house looks down on the famous village of Stein, now a conservation village but once a fishing village designed by Thomas Telford; its pretty, white washed buildings hug the shore line. Full details of all these attractions will be in the house.
Although Waternish is one of the quieter parts of Skye, it sadly boasts a bloody history hosting terrible battles between rival clans. The now ruined Trumpan Church was the scene of a bloody massacre. We are just 15 minutes from Dunvegan with its famous castle & grounds and further along the spectacular Coral Beach.
We are very fortunate to be surrounded by a host of wonderful restaurants within twenty minutes by car. Lochbay Restaurant run by the fabulously talented Michael Smith and his team is currently the only Michelin starred restaurant on Skye. The Stein Inn is currently undergoing a change of ownership; we expect great things there, too. Twenty minutes away in Edinbane is the newly opened Edinbane Lodge, attracting huge accolades. In the same village our guests adore the Edinbane Inn which also hosts live, traditional music on Sunday afternoons. In Dunvegan there are several cafes and the popular Old School Restaurant. Approximately thirty minutes away is the famous Three Chimneys Restaurant. A reliable network of taxis is available, should you wish to enjoy the fabulous wines on offer.
Portree, the main village of the island is approximately 35 mins away has another raft of fabulous restaurants and attractions, including Aros Art Centre hosting cinema, theatre and live music.