morven cottage is ideally located to obtain all the resources you’ll need to make self catering convenient. There’s easy access to Dunvegan’s general market, organic fruit and veg shop, and two bakeries. Other resources in Dunvegan include a petrol station, a branch Post Office, the Highland Ordnance Company, the Croft Studio, the Health Centre, and several churches. The Old School Restaurant (book ahead), and several cafes and pubs are open during the April through October season.
Dunvegan lies approximately equidistant between The Waternish Peninsula and The Duirinish Peninsula, each of which merits a full day trip. You’ll find extensive guide materials in the Cottage with suggestions for excursions to points of scenic, geologic, and/or historic interest as well as information for walkers, serious hikers and climbers, cycling, fishing, riding, kayaking, birdwatching – in short, activities for every interest. The Three Chimneys in Colbost is Michelin-starred, but it’s essential to book ahead to ensure seating. In the opposite direction you can stop in at the Edinbane Inn for an evening meal, or head for Loch Bay Seafood in Stein. Again, booking ahead is essential for either. The informal Stein Inn is a good bet for a pub lunch or dinner.
Whilst on Skye you can pick up yarn at Shilasdair dyed from native plants to knit a sweater, watch sheepdog trials, select a sheepskin throw or rug at Skyeskyns, climb down to dramatic Neist Point, tour the Talisker Distillery, or stroll Portree’s harbour and browse the many specialty shops. Portree also has a library with computers for use of visitors and a well-stocked Co-op grocery. Plus, the fresh fish van stops in the Co-op parking lot on a weekly schedule. In addition to the many options for vigorous pursuits (trekking, climbing, archery, etc.) Skye is home to many artists: painters, photographers, weavers, ceramicists, jewelers. You’ll find a free guide in the cottage locating their many studios and open hours. Useful internet guides to Skye’s many attractions include www.theskyeguide.com; www.walkhighlands.co.uk; and www.isleofskye.com.
A week’s stay will not be long enough!