The South Of Skye and Sound of Sleat
The South of Skye is renowned for undulating hills, tufty crofts and beautiful, remote farmland. The forests here are a little more dense and mysterious, and the shoreline is less cliff-y and aggressive than in the rugged north.
Ever-changing seascapes across the Sound of Sleat are framed by long beaches, perfect for a stroll in the low winter sun.
There are stunning walks throughout the South. One of the perhaps more unusual destinations is the Point of Sleat Beach. The long winding farm track to the beach is not the most interesting of hikes, but those who persevere stunningly rewarded. The tropical looking beach will likely be your own for most of the afternoon.
The Perfect Isle of Skye Hotel
Eilean Iarmain Hotel sits on a tiny peninsula, at the mercy of the harsh Hebridean winds. But the building – not unlike a castle with its turrets and decadent 19th century architecture – is a strong little fortress, providing the perfect resting spot for the tourists and locals enjoying Skye in all its peaceful winter glory.
The hotel bar serves up delicious meals, local beers and of course, plenty of whisky. Like so many places on Skye, the ancient port of Eilean Iarmain has a rich history of unlawful distilling. Located next to the hotel sits Praban na Linne (literally, the illicit still) – and here one can sample traditionally made Gaelic Whiskies, crafted in the style of the tax-evading crofters living on Skye centuries ago.
Guided Winter Walks on Skye
Perhaps before settling in for an evening (or afternoon) of drinking by the crackling log fire, more adventurous members of your party may fancy getting out in the wilderness for a few hours. Leaving from Eilean Iarmain – even in winter – are wildlife walks with local legend Scott MacKenzie. Prepare to crunch your way across frosty fields with heavy boots and a wee red nose, in keen anticipation of spotting a shadow dart across the pure white snow.
The walks are informative and very entertaining, punctuated with awe-inspiring vistas and images of long, dark eagle wings in stunning contrast to the white-washed landscape. A true adventure – if only to excuse spending the rest of your day lounging by the fire, dipping in and out of conversation with local characters in the charming hotel bar.