Spring & Summer 2018 – Includes our ‘top 10 things to do here when it rains’20th September 2018
What to do on Skye when its raining heavily (or the midges are out....)
We spent a very rainy Hogmanay here a couple of years ago making pots and coasters and enjoying hot drinks. Vicky is amazing and its such a cosy place to hang out when the weather is horrible outside. Kids are welcome too. As with everything on Skye its best to book ahead to avoid disappointment.
Across the bridge in Kyle of Lochalsh, we sometimes find we have the pool here to ourselves.
Beths Coffee Shop, Balmacara
If you go for a swim you could head to Beths Cafe in Balmacara Square after. We are looking forward to investigating the new Deli there too! Check opening times, especially out of season.
Two new Distilleries have opened near to us this year, Torabhaig in Sleat and Raasay, both very different to each other, and we recommend visiting both. You can even be driven around all 3 distilleries by Skye Distillery Tours and enjoy a dram or two.
I love going round here as I think the interpretation is great and they have activities for kids too. You can learn at lot about the history of the island, the clans, the Jacobites and the clearances. There is a very good cafe and beautiful gardens to explore too. Fairly sheltered with all the trees and so a good place if the wind is up a little .
We love being at home best of all, with a fire on, just reading or cooking - these are some of the best days.
The pub at the Eilean Iarmain, Am Praban, has a fire and is the home of the Gaelic whiskies. Find out more about at Praban na linne -. They are also distilling Gin here and I have heard that its very good but have yet to try it myself. There's a gallery and a shop selling tweed and woollen items. Its a very beautiful location to spend an hour or two.
Loads of whiskies in the bar to enjoy. Just watch the weather roll by, with views of the Cuillin ridge. They have a good park for kids too and are dog friendly. Decent food too and the home of the Cuillin Brewery.
Also known as Sneezeweed, Goose tongue or White tansy, we saw prolific flowering this year of Sneezewort on ground that last winter we cut and improved the drainage on and where the ducks had spent most of their time foraging. We don't think this area has been cut or grazed in the last 15 years. In other parts of the croft where the ducks hadn't ventured and no drainage improvements were carried out, Sneezewort appeared here too. Why did all this dormant seed suddenly germinate at once? What triggered it?
Answers on a postcard please 🙂