7 (all year)
Aurora Cottage is a bright and comfortable holiday home in a fantastic setting on the northern tip of the Isle of Skye. With ample space for up to six guests in three bedrooms, the property benefits from incredible rural views towards the sea. It is favourite with families and groups of friends who want to enjoy the beautiful landscape for which the Trotternish Peninsula is renowned, as well as attractions like The Skye Museum of Island Life and the ruins of Duntulm Castle.
The cottage is five miles from Uig, in the heart of scenery that draws visitors from around the world. Uig has two general stores, a post office and a petrol station. It also has an excellent family friendly pub, The Ferry Inn; or have a nice meal at the Uig Hotel where you can tuck into plates of delicious seafood overlooking the bay where the fishermen bring it in each day. The Isle of Skye Brewing Co is next to Uig Pier, and you can stop by their shop between November and March for some beer that is truly local. Fairy Glen is a short drive south of Uig. The rock formations almost look like a tiny version of the Scottish Highlands. We can’t promise you’ll see fairies, but it is a strange, mystical place and lovely for a walk.
Portree is the main town on the Isle of Skye, approximately half an hour’s drive from Aurora Cottage. It’s a lively town with a nice buzz about it, whatever time of year you go. Colourfully painted terrace houses line the harbour, and there are a variety of independent shops and cafes, a supermarket and an active arts theatre. Portree is also a good spot to pick up fresh produce for memorable meals. Buy your meat from Lochalsh Butchers, your fish from the shop in the lifeboat centre, and fresh veg from Macleods Fruiterers in an unassuming looking industrial site. Macleods are wholesalers but are happy to serve retail customers too.
Trotternish forms the northern part of the island. The peninsula is around twenty miles long and reaches from Rubha Hunish to Portree. Although there are lovely lochs, such as Loch Leathan and Loch Fada, it is the Trotternish Ridge that draws your attention and, in particular, The Storr, which towers seven hundred and nineteen metres above the cliffs and gives a surreal sensation, as if you’ve walked onto a movie set thousands of years ago. The craggy cliffs and rocky outcrops have significant geological interest but are beautiful even to those who don’t care what they are made of or how they formed.
Don’t miss Kilt Rock with its waterfall and unusual strata that give it its name. Staffin is a lovely crofting village with a sandy bay perfect for a picnic. The views from the southern side of Loch Fada towards the Old Man of Storr are astoundingly beautiful, and the waterfalls at Lealt Gorge are well worth the drive.
Graeme & Janet Robinson joined Independent Cottages in April 2017
The spacious home is set over two levels and furnished to a high standard to accommodate up to six guests in three bedrooms.
Two further bedrooms and a family bathroom are upstairs. Both bedrooms have ocean views.
Outside: The house is situated at the end of a private road. It has a large garden with outdoor seating. There is off-road parking for several cars. Due to the lack of other houses and artificial lights, it is ideal for star gazing.
Additional Information: Linen and towels are included in the price. The property has WiFi throughout. No pets allowed. No smoking anywhere in or around the property (including in the garden or on the croft). The cottage has central heating and radiators are in all rooms.
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