Stunning views reflected in the Loch

Activities - If you’re looking for an activity based holiday then Tigh-an-Aullt has something for everyone.

Cycling

The area around the cottage has lots of varied gradients from easy to seriously challenging; two routes we suggest are:

  1. Cycle along the opposite side of Loch Duich from Rattagan through Letterfearn to Totaig
  2. Why not cycle over Mam Ratagan to Glenelg, a serious ride with dramatic views on the way up and a thrilling ride down into Glenelg
  3. The ultimate ride we believe is the hill road to Applecross over the Bealach na Ba’ or The Pass of the Cattle

Sea sports

Enjoy a days Kayaking with Willie the local National Trust Ranger. Visit www.nts.org.uk/Property/Kintail-Morvich/

The mountain & Sea Guides of Applecross cater for all levels of both sea kayaking & mountaineering from novice to experienced. Visit www.applecross.uk.com/msg

Closer to the cottage for sea kayaking in Plockton

Walking

Fantastic walking to suit all levels of experience can be enjoyed in this area. The following are just a small selection:

  1. Behind the cottage is the starting point for a classic ridge walk The Five Sisters of Kintail, which includes 3 Munros. Visit www.walkhighlands.co.uk/kintail/fivesisters
  2. The walk from Morvich to the Falls of Glomach is well worth doing. The Falls are spectacular. Visit www.walkhighlands.co.uk/kintail/Fallsofglomach
  3. The NTS ranger based at Morvich does guided walks in the area and they come highly recommended. Visit www.nts.org.uk/Property/Kintail-Morvich/
  4. The longest walk starts in Morvich and goes via Glen Affric to Loch Ness. Visit www.caledoniahilltreks.com/hills/section_11.htm

Fishing & whale watching

There is fishing in the hills for brown trout. For salmon fishing try the River Croe near the cottage. Visit www.trout-salmon-fishing.com/scotland-river-croe.htm

For local sea fishing and boat trips visit www.charterboats-uk.co.uk/spiritofadventure

For whale watching Seafari at Armadale Pier in Skye are the local people to see. Visit www.seafari.co.uk

Further afield MV Kerry based in Gairloch does both whale watching and sea fishing trips. Visit www.hebridean-whale-cruises.co.uk

Pony Trekking

This is one of the best ways to see the local area; there are two local family businesses based in Shiel that we can recommend: Visit www.highlandponytrekking.co.uk

Places To Go

Shieldaig

A small coastal settlement at the head of Loch Shieldaig. On Shieldaig Island, White Tailed Sea Eagles nest every year and the RSPB have set up a camera, for seeing the nest and the chicks, also the parents feeding them. There are plenty of places to eat but our special place is Nanny’s Shop which is a craft shop with lots of special gifts. They have excellent food and coffee too.

We highly recommend Torridon Sea Tours who are based in Shieldaig and a very special trip is their sea food cruise. We have done this trip with our own family; both young & old had a great time and thought that it was the highlight of their holiday.

Visit www.torridonseatours.com

Plockton

This village’s claim to fame was that it was the setting for the TV series, Hamish Macbeth; the climate is very temperate and this is one of the only places where Palm Trees grow in North West of Scotland. There are lots of art galleries & craft shops and lots of places to eat especially;

  1. www.plocktonhotel.co.uk
  2. plocktoninn.co.uk
  3. www.plocktonshoresrestaurant.com

We eat regularly at the above places so a good Scottish meal is certain!

Whilst you are in Plockton why not take a seal watching trip with Calum this is a favourite with all children. If you do not see a seal there is no charge!

Visit www.calums-sealtrips.com

Kyle of Lochalsh

Kyle was renowned in past times, before the bridge across to Skye was built, for the long traffic-delays waiting for the ferry to Skye. Today it is the area shopping centre with 2 Banks/supermarket/butcher/Post Office/Cafe/Craft shops/Pharmacy

There is a boat trip based in Kyle which has a glass bottom which provides you with a new perspective of life under water. Visit www.seaprobeatlantis.com

There is a rail station in Kyle which goes to Inverness with connections to the rest of the UK; if you like train journeys this is one trip you should do. Steam trains do special trips here.

Eilean Donan Castle & Dornie village

This world famous castle is built on a small island and is connected to the mainland by a small bridge. This iconic castle is a must see attraction. We have visited the castle many times with children and grandchildren and every visit we discover something new! It is great for all ages. Visit www.eileandonancastle.com

The village of Dornie is well worth a visit, with nice places to eat and a great art gallery & coffee shop, a must place to visit.

Glenelg

A visit to this very special glen is always one of our favourite day trips as there is much to see and do. To get there a drive over Mam Ratagan is a delightful experience, it’s a smaller version of the Bealach na Ba` road to Applecross. Places to visit:

  1. The ancient Brochs must be seen to admire both the construction skills and the design skills of the inhabitants. Visit www.lochalsh.co.uk/glenelg_broch.shtml
  2. There is also excellent walking in Glenelg & district, the road continuing to Corran and Arnisdale, famous for the setting of Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell. Visit www.walkinghighlands.co.uk/kintail/glenelg.shtml
  3. The last running turntable ferry to Skye is from Glenelg jetty to Kyle Rhea and is available from Easter to Mid-October every year. It is a magnificent boat crossing as the loch is very narrow and the tide runs up to 8 knots (9.2mph).The drive from the ferry to join the main road is spectacular. When you reach the main road turn left for Broadford & Portree and turn right to cross the bridge to the main land. Visit www.skyeferry.co.uk
  4. There is only one place to eat the - Glenelg Inn. Visit www.glenelginn.com
  5. Applecross Peninsular

Any trip to this part of the North West is not complete without a trip often described by visitors as the nearest place to heaven, which perhaps is why St Maelrubha, the Irish monk, arrived in Applecross to found his monastery in the 7th Century. More recently it has been made a place to visit after the Monty Hall TV series. Visit www.visit-applecross.org

Places to visit further away

  1. Inverewe gardens nr Poolewe. If you love large formal gardens this is the best in the Northwest of Scotland. It covers 100 acres and was created by Sir Oswald MacKenzie in the last century, it’s a long journey by car but well worth the effort, and there is a place to eat in the garden. Visit www.nts.org.uk/property/Inverewe-Garden-Estate/
  2. For the ladies in your life take her to Ragamuffin (work it in with a whale watching trip) @Armadale in Skye. Visit www.welcometoscotland.com/regions/skye-lochalsh
  3. Any visit to Skye can be justified if you visit Lady Claire Restaurant & Hotel and experience lunch or dinner, they are a real treat. You can always arrange a days’ cooking course at www.kinloch-lodge.co.uk/ClaireMacDonald.aspx
  4. On your way to Applecross or Shieldaig why not visit Kishorn Sea Food Bar where the freshest sea food is served, with every type of local shellfish normally on the menu. Visit www.kishornseafoodbar.co.uk

Isle of Skye

The island of Skye is about 15 miles from Tigh an Aullt and is the largest island of the inner Hebrides. The South of the island is called Sleat and is known as the Garden of Skye, as it is very lush with many trees and lots of vegetation. North of Broadford lies the Cuillin Mountains which are probably the most majestic range of mountains in Scotland.The North of the island is much more rugged and desolate with its own kind of beauty, but with many interesting places to visit.

Remember that you can still cross to Skye by ferry from Glenelg.

The island has a great many attractions including Dunvegan Castle in the North of Skye whilst you will find the Clan Donald visitor centre in the South of Skye.

From Uig in the North CalMac ferries run to the Outer Hebrides whilst in the South at Armadale Pier ferries run to Mallaig. From where you can catch a steam train to Fort William.

One attraction that cannot be missed even if you have never tasted Malt Whiskey is to visit the Talisker Distillery on the West side of the island.

There are a great many wildlife trips and the main ones run from Portree for Sea Eagles and from Elgol and Amadale in the South of Skye for Dolphin & whale watching trips.

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