While Glenhinnisdal basks in being “off the beaten track”, making it the ideal spot to relax and unwind, there’s not far to go for everything you may need to make your holiday complete.
The nearest shop/pub/restaurant is five miles away in Uig, where ferries sail to the Outer Hebrides. Portree, the “capital” of Skye, is ten miles or a 15 minute drive away and has everything you’d need from restaurants, to shops, supermarkets, banks, a cinema, tourist information, even a swimming pool. There are also taxi and bus services
As for Glenhinnisdal itself, if you like peace and quiet then you will love it. That’s if you don’t mind being interrupted by the odd buzzard, songbird and one or two sheep!! 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.
Around the glen alone there’s enough to keep you happy for a long time. The sea is just over a mile away from us and there is fantastic scenery, views and vistas around virtually every corner.
The Trotternish ridge, which stretches 19 miles for those wanting to test their walking legs, runs across the head of the glen and a short climb onto it from Garybuie opens up the “out of this world” views.
Heading north along the ridge reveals the Quiraing and its almost lunar landscape formations whereas trekking south, towards picturesque Portree, you reach the Old Man of Storr, the eye-catching rocky outcrop which so dominates the horizon as you drive towards the island’s main town from the south.
Also around the Trotternish peninsula you can take in the giant basalt columns that form the sea cliff of Kilt Rock, spend a few quiet and reflective moments at the grave of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s rescuer, Flora MacDonald at Kilmuir or call at the nearby Skye Museum of Island Life with its restored Black Houses.
And, if all that is not enough, there are still plenty of places to drive to and just enjoy the scenery, go horse riding, have a round of golf or try anything from sea kayaking to wind surfing, rock climbing and cycling. But don’t take our word for it – come along and find out for yourself!
Further along the coastline on one of our neighbouring peninsulas you can walk on coral beaches, sit and watch seals basking on rocks, or at Dunvegan, take a look around the longest inhabited castle in Scotland, the seat of the Clan MacLeod.
Altogether Skye has some 350 miles of coastline and is renowned for its incredible landscapes, sunsets and sunrises.
Slightly – but not much – further afield from Garybuie there is the world famous Cuillin Ridge, which whether you are simply looking at or climbing on to, is certain to take your breath away! The 12 mile long ridge annually attracts serious rock climbers, mountaineers and experienced hill walkers to test themselves against the towering peaks, while other visitors simply take advantage of the photo or even painting opportunities to capture a unique landscape.
Skye together with the neighbouring island of Raasay now boosts three whisky distilleries. Joining the ever popular Talisker Distillery at Carbost are relative newcomers the Torabhaig Distillery on the Sleat peninsula while a short ferry journey away is the Raasay Distillery. Each believes they are the best and all are worth a visit!
Meanwhile, if you love the arts and crafts, then you are going to find yourself extremely busy. The island has traditionally drawn those of an artistic inclination. The result is dozens of potteries, art galleries and a wide range of craft outlets all containing their own unique creations. Also waiting to be explored are a variety of castles – ruined or otherwise – museums and heritage centres plus an incredible number of prehistoric monuments, many dating back to 4,200 BC.
The Gaelic language, despite being under threat for a number of years is now, as it was in the past, very much in use and visitors can often hear it spoken as they make their way around Skye.
In fact with its combination of ancient and modern, seashore and mountain heights, the Isle of Skye continues to provide a variety and contrast which is difficult to match almost anywhere else in the world. Add to that the relaxed pace and stress free environment that forms such an integral part of everyday life and at Garybuie you have a holiday location that you will want to return to, time after time.