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 Skye time - it's not just words - but a whole way of life.  

Here at Garybuie in the tucked away and beautiful Glenhinnisdal, there's a chance to enjoy life as perhaps it should be - slow, relaxing, no hustle and bustle, with time to stop and stare, take in the stunning scenery and simply...relax!!! While you are enjoying the tranquil, yet magnificent surroundings and being pampered at Garybuie, you are certain to slot into Skye time without even realising it. Here the pace is sedate and combined with the friendly welcome and comfort of your stay with us, those everyday stresses and strains will seem a million miles away.







Garybuie - Gaelic for Yellow Garden, so named because of the glorious laburnum tree which blossoms at the front of the house in May and June - is set in the heart of Glenhinnisdal with the peace and quiet interrupted by little more than a swooping buzzard, busy bee or possibly a quacking duck!



Yellow Garden




 The nearest shop/pub/restaurant is five miles away in Uig, where ferries sail to the Uig HarbourOuter Hebrides. Portree, the main town, is ten miles away and has everything you'd need from restaurants, to shops, the harbour with fresh fish, banks, a cinema, tourist information and a swimming pool. 




Glenhinnisdal  is edged by the eye-catching Trotternish ridge with its stunning views of the geologically world famous formations of the Quiraing. We have a salmon river in front of us and there is a loch with trout in the hills behind. Permits can be obtained to fish both. Walking - either seriously or just for a stroll - is literally point yourself in the direction you want to go, and set off - it's that simple, whilst the quiet highways and by-ways make cycling an ideal way to look around.









The sea is just over a mile away from us or for the hardy there's always the option of a plunge into the burn-fed waters of the River Hinnisdal as it tumbles through the glen. See basking seals and maybe whales just around the coast, walk on a coral beach or why not call at the longest inhabited castle in Scotland or visit the burial place of Flora MacDonald who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape. 





Sunset in the glen


Skye itself has been described by many as the most scenically spectacular of all Scotland's islands. With 350 miles of coastline to enjoy, the craggy peaks of the Cuillin ridge to take in and a series of beautiful sea lochs to make your way around - or across - there will be plenty to enjoy while you're on Skye time! 






Why not leave your car at Garybuie and explore the Trotternish Ridge on foot. Magnificent views await you along with the chance to see White-tailed eagles up close! Away from the traditional 'hot spots', here's an opportunity to appreciate Skye with its rugged and peaceful beauty. Check our 'What's New' page for details.







Garybuie is situated around 10 miles out from Portree, the main town of Skye, (a 15 minute drive) and five miles from Uig, with its ferry to the Western Isles (10 minute drive). Portree has a variety of dining and shopping facilities, as has Uig although on a smaller scale.
If coming to Garybie via the Skye bridge or if you have crossed by ferry to Armadale, follow the signs for Portree and as you are coming into the town look, out for and then follow the signs to Uig, along the A87. After 10 miles or so you will see a sign for the River Hinnisdal, followed almost immediately by a right hand turn sign for Glenhinnisdal itself. Head up the Glen for 1 mile and you come to Garybuie - we are the house by the red telephone box.
Alternatively if arriving at Uig on the ferry, then head out on the A87 towards Portree. After five miles look for a left turn into Glenhinnisdal. 



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