Skye is an island of dramatic vistas of wild landscapes and fantastic views across to other islands or the mainland. Prone to changeable weather conditions, the sky and landscape are always part of your Skye experience. And in sunny weather we think that there is nowhere else like magical Skye. No wonder this island is a magnet for painters, photographers and film crews!
Crepigill is a small crofting township at the southern end of the Trotternish Peninsula. Overlooking the River Snizort, this self-catering holiday cottage, Crepigill Cottage, is only a few minutes walk away from the historic St Columba’s Isle, a small picturesque and peaceful island in the river which was the site of the Cathedral of the Bishops of the Isles between the 11thC and 15thC. Reached by a short footbridge, 2 intriguing medieval knight’s gravestones and the mortuary chapel of the Clan Nicholson are found here amongst the meadow flowers. A carved Pictish Stone known as the Clach Ard is also just a few minutes walk away from the cottage.
The Trotternish Peninsula
Crepigill Cottage is at the southern end of the Trotternish Peninsula where you will find the fabulous and bizarre landscapes of The Quiraing and The Storr and the dramatic 200 ft high Kilt Rock cliffs and the Lealt Falls, one of Skye’s most spectacular waterfalls. The crofts in the township of Staffin are clustered around a beautiful sandy bay and the museum here exhibits some important locally found dinosaur footprints. The Flodigarry Hotel was once the home of Flora MacDonald of Bonnie Prince Charlie fame who was also closely associated with this part of Skye. At Kilmuir there is a monument to Flora’s memory as well as the Skye Museum of Island Life where a collection of traditional thatched blackhouses show how the islanders used to live. The cliff top ruins of Duntulm Castle make a rewarding short walk across a grassy headland. The wonderful Fairy Glen and the port of Uig are also a few miles north of the cottage and here you can take a ferry to the Isles of Lewis, Uist and Harris.
The Waternish Peninsula & Portree
Travelling west from the cottage it is easy to access the stunning Bracadale Bay, the dramatic Waternish Peninsula, Dunvegan and the coral beaches at Claigan as well as Neist Point, a popular location for whale and dolphin watching.
Travelling south, Portree, the island’s capital only 5 miles away, will provide everything you need for a self catering holiday. The visitor information in the cottage is very comprehensive but the Tourist Information Centre in Portree will provide any additional advice.
Broadford, The Red Hills & the Black Cuillin Ridge
Further south, the village of Broadford stands on a beautiful sandy bay backed by the Red Hills. The Black Cuillin Ridge with its pinnacles, fine peaks, dramatic cliffs, bare rock faces and Fairy Pools, form one of Skye’s most famous vistas.
Information about walking routes, itineries by car and boat trips can all be found in the cottage but if you tire of driving, organised minibus tours take you around the island or to other areas. There is a bus stop very near the holiday cottage.
Every part of the island of Skye offers spectacular walking and climbing. The hay meadows and wild flowers, the colours of the landscape, or the chance of seeing a golden eagle, the massive sea eagle, a corncrake, whales and dolphins, seals and otters, attract many visitors. There are opportunities for sea, loch and river fishing, golf, horse riding or eating out to suit all pockets. On the cottage doorstep the River Snizort is reputed to be Skye’s best salmon fishing river. There is a 9 hole golf course at the nearby Skeabost House Hotel, and horse riding stables and cycle hire are less than 5 miles away.
Artists’ studios and craft centres are found throughout Skye and many visitors enjoy watching a game of shinty or the highland games in August, visiting the indoor swimming pool, the distillery at Talisker or the cinema at the Aros Heritage Centre near Portree.
This self-catering holiday accommodation at Crepigill Cottage is ideally located for touring Skye!
“We never tire of Skye!”