The Local Area
Stonechat Bothy is situated in Drumfearn, a crofting township on the Sleat peninsula in South Skye. We are happy to recommend our favourite walks and scenic drives, local activities and places to eat out to our guests. The Bothy contains a comprehensive ‘Welcome Folder’ which includes materials on the local area and we have a book for guests to leave their recommendations.
Sleat is often referred to as the Garden of Skye due to its relative fertility and good tree cover. There are many miles of coastline to explore with views across the Sound of Sleat to Knoydart, Morar and Lochaber. The drive to the Aird of Sleat at the tip of the peninsula offers stunning views across to Eigg, and the loop road which encompasses Tokavaig is worth driving for impressive views of the Small Isles and the imposing Black Cuillin. Walking, wildlife and photography opportunities abound here.
Sleat is home to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig – Scotland’s Gaelic College. Events and entertainment are held here regularly, many organised by Seall (Scots Trad Music Awards 2015 winner of Venue of the Year). You can check their website (http://www.seall.co.uk/whats-on/) for upcoming events to make sure you don’t miss out when you visit. Their website also features a calendar of local events happening in Sleat, which includes natural history talks and creative workshops, as well as music and entertainment.
There are Post Offices at An Crubh, Armadale and Broadford (The Top Shop). Fuel is available at Armadale, from the community run petrol station. There is a Tourist Information Centre located here, bike hire and a car garage for repairs. Fuel is also available 24 hours at the Co-op in Broadford just a 15 minute drive away. There are ATMs at Co-op and the Post Office in Broadford.
For general food shopping we have excellent Co-op supermarkets with long opening hours in Broadford, Kyle of Lochalsh, Mallaig and Portree, which ensures you pass a store regardless of which way you approach us. The newly opened Community Hub near Isle Ornsay, An Crubh, has an excellent shop with everyday essentials, tasty treats and locally produced items. There are many wonderful independent shops to enjoy around Armadale including Ragamuffin, Bay Pottery and Grumpy George’s Gallery. Perfect to find gifts for loved ones and support our local retailers. At Isle Ornsay there is Floraidh Skye selling knitwear, tweed, silk and local crafts. There are also many local artist studios located throughout Sleat. Lenz Pottery in Teangue is one of our favourites. The Market Square (next to the Co-op) in Broadford is great for second hand books, antiques and vintage items.
Skye boasts world class restaurants and one is just a stone’s throw from Drumfearn! Lunches, evening meals and High Tea are available at Claire Macdonald’s Kinloch Lodge with renowned chef Marcello Tully. With a Michelin star, three rosettes and winner of numerous awards, we are proud to have this superb establishment at the end of our road. The next place to eat is just a few minutes further down the road at the Duisdale House Hotel, itself an award winning, double rosette restaurant that offers lunches and five course fine-dining in the evening. The Duisdale has a sister restaurant at the Toravaig House Hotel near Teangue, just another 5 minutes down the road, again a double rosette winner. For less formal dining head to the restaurant and bar in the Eilean Iarmain Hotel at Isleornsay, with excellent food, drink and atmosphere, all with a roaring open fire. Take the Gaelic Whisky challenge here. The Shed is a tiny café at Armadale Pier which has stunning views out across the sound. For a lighter bite then there is also a café at the Clan Donald centre at Armadale. Cafe 1925 in Ardvasar is excellent as is the food at the cafe in the Community Hub - An Crubh. There are too many restaurants in Broadford to list – you will not be short of places to eat out; but do book ahead in the summer season! We love Deli Gasta There is always fish and chips which can be enjoyed with stunning views over Broadford Bay from the Waterfront. Another very good place for takeaway is the Taste of India, Kyleakin.
Ancestry and History
The Clan Donald Centre in Sleat is home to the the ruined Armadale Castle, and here visitors can explore the Museum of the Isles and enjoy 40 acres of gardens and walks. Dunscaith Castle, a 14th century ruin at Tokavaig, is also close by in South Skye and only a short walk from the road. Skye and Lochalsh has a wealth of historical sites to explore including the famous Eilean Donan Castle (pictured right) and Dunvegan Castle.