Megan Kirk, Hidden Scotland Competition Winner

19th January 2018
Back in October I entered the Hidden Scotland competition to win a three night stay at Stonechat Bothy on the Isle of Skye. Skye has been a place I have wanted to explore for quite sometime, being a huge fan of the Scottish outdoors Skye has been top of the list for Daniel and I’s next trip. We had previously been to Skye, but only driving through to get to Harris. It was lovely news to find out we had won! The owners were amazing for allowing us to come on the dates that worked for us.
Stonechat Bothy was the loveliest place to be. It was spacious and bright yet became a cosy and homely place in the evenings. There was everything we needed and more. Laura and Phil have kept everything simplistic creating a wonderful modern space to be in. The wee pics on the walls, the coasters and eco friendly products were all wonderful little touches. We adored having our own box of duck eggs on arrival, a lovely touch. It’s such a wonderful place to drive up to after a day of adventuring knowing you’ll be dry, cosy and warm snuggling on the big couch with a book. Evenings with the fire going and a whisky were glorious.
The view in the morning was fantastic and we were graced with three glorious sunrises, creating different colours and cloud patterns for us to gaze at whilst having breakfast. We spent most of our first full day walking the Point of Sleat route. There was a secret beach on part of the walk where the sand was white and the water blue and sparkling in the winter sun, we could have been in the Mediterranean. However, after a quick paddle this was of course not the case, brrrr! This walk provided glorious views of the snow topped hills of Mallaig, Eigg and Rum. We then explored the walks thorough the woodland areas around Armadale Castle. These walks provided views across to Knoydart as the sun began to set.
The second full day was overcast yet dry and relatively bright. We chose to go to the Storr, stopping at Sligachan for views of the Cuillins and a wee walk on the way. The Storr was a fantastic place to be, the rock formations are fascinating and we enjoyed exploring the winding pathways. Once at height there was also lovely views of Raasay. The wind picked up and at one point I could barely stand, fantastic to blow away the cobwebs. We then had a drive around the north part of the island stopping at picturesque locations including Kilt Rock. We went for dinner at the warm, cosy pub at the Hotel Eilean Iarmain, a short drive from the Bothy. It had a roaring fire and was busy with guests and locals. Lovely food and nice atmosphere.
Overall a lovely wee trip and such a treat.

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