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“Isle of Skye, A place to dream” 5 of 5 bubbles
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“Isle of Skye, A place to dream”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2006

We have just returned from another wonderfull week on Skye, this was our sixth visit in as many years,
We originall found the place so pleasant that we got married on the island at "The Cuillin Hills Hotel" in Portree three years ago and have had our anniversary dinner there every year since(the food and service is as good as any you will find on the island)
We have eaten at most of the restaurants at some time or another but the ones that really stand out in our opinion are :-"The Sea Breeze" on the quay side in Portree, they serve great food from a general menu with much local produce used. "The Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant" in Stein, This small out of the way business serves what is probably the best seafood on Skye (they only serve seafood, no meat etc.)which is caught locally and is so fresh.(You will need to book for either of these as their quality gets talked about) Also "The Lodge" at Edinbane, We stayed here and found the couple that run it were so friendly and helpful with an in depth knowledge of the surrounding area that was very usfull to us.
On the down side we have eaten at some establishments that we will never use again !! The Chinese take away in the center of Portree (I will not name names but it is quite obvious which places we are talking about ) was so bad that we threw the entire meal away. Another so-called top class restaurant with a name that seems to count the number of chimneys they have was so over priced that even in central London they would laugh at it, and the food and arrogant service was not that good anyway ! But the worst was next to the car-bus park in Kylerhea, admittedly this was not intended to compete with the top places and was more a cafe style building but the prawns we were served up as fresh felt and tasted as though they had been re-heated several times and had the texture of soft rubber !!
Getting away from food one of they best trips on Skye is aboard the "Misty Isle" boat from Elgol to take you out and land you for various lengths of time to Loch Curruisk which is one of the most beautifull places on the island, The whole experience was so moving, this place is is classic picture postcard material and almost totally silent except for the occasionall Raven calling.
Make certain you book "The Misty Isle" boat as we have used both (there are two boats operating out of Elgol to Curruisk) Hamish the skipper is an ex fisherman and his very knowledgeable assistant (I think his name was Jamie but I appologise if i'm wrong) who is local and knows the area inside out (ask a question and his love and knowledge of the area is obvious) the assistants's assistant ? who comes round with the buscuits is also learning the trade. The second boat boat crew were reading from cue cards and knew very little about the area when asked (obviously not local or didn't care)
If your adventureous then try the Heavy Horse Stables down on The Sleat, these huge horses were so quite and gentle for their size it was amazing and riding them was quite an experience.
We're not qualified to talk about the tremendous amount of hill walks on the island but so much is available within a short walk of the roads (which are a novelty, being very narrow with passing places but all the nicest people go to Skye as everyone seems to give way to each other !)
Finally for anyone who has someone they love, a trip to Skye Jewellery in Broadford where so many of the designs are created and finished on the premises with inspiration taken from Celtic symbols and themes with series named after parts of Skye Curruisk, Blaven etc.
I look forward to going back as soon as we can.
Love and best wishes to all on Skye from Malcolm & Denise

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“Uig delights”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2005

We spent a week in a cottage in July just above Uig, with a view of the sea and the Western Isles. Even when it was misty or rained it was spectacular. The gentle noises of sheep and birds calm the soul and the shifting light on the water and islands kept me occupied for hours.

Our best free tips are to climb the Quirang at Staffin on a sunny day - you feel like you can see all of creation - or to go to the Neist Point Lighthouse (wear shoes with a good grip for these). For a little more money try a non-landing ferry trip to Tarbert or Lochmaddy for £11 each per adult (keep an eye open for dolphins and seals).

Eating and drinking on Skye are not cheap - expect to pay £8 for average frozen fish and chips in a cafe/ restaurant. However Portree and Kyle both have excellent new Co-op supermarkets which mostly charges their usual national prices so if you're self-catering you'll do fine.

We splashed out on the Three Chimneys for a romantic lunch. Yes it cost a little more than most but it was up there with the most memorable meals ever - and when are you ever going to come back to this part of the world?

As often as we can!

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“Scotland was like a warm, very pleasant shower”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2004

Having visited Europe (Ireland, England, Denmark, Berlin, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Prague, Portugal, Malta, Krete, Hungary) and Asia (India, Thailand, Bali) during the past 40 years, we decided this year to visit Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Isle of Skye.
There is more sun in Scotland than most people think, even if the BBC reports torential rains. The prices are exceptionally high (25-50 % more than on the continent), but if you forget that (and you don't try to count the GBP in Euros (€) or old Dutch guilders (ƒ), that's a minor problem.
Edinburgh was like expected: may tourists, beautiful buildings and of coure the Castle en the military Tatoo. Always try to get tickets. We got them for the dress rehearsal, one day before.
Glasgow has an overwhelming richness of culture. We were there longer than originally planned, but we needed every hour. Skye is like a fairy tale. Use busses and coaches. They drive far better than we would have done. As well from Glasgow to Skye as on the Isle of Skye. From Edinburgh Airport to Glasgow the Airport Bus to the centre of Edimburgh is a very good transfer. From Edinburgh to Glasgow you can best take a train.
Booking your flight and hotel or cottage has to be done 6 months in advance. Otherwise you are to late.
Martin Douglas' cottage in Portree (Skye) was very good. In 10 minutes you can walk to the Pier and all the other places you need.
Make as much pictures you can. Digitally you need at least 128 Mb.
Don't go to Uig on the Isle of Skye, unless you want a ferry to the outer Hebrides. But the rest of the Isle is worth visiting every inch. The castle of the McLeod of McLeod-clan has to be visited of course.
If you like it, you surely must try all Scottish beers. I have appreciated them.
Every French wine or wine from Chili and South Africa I tried in a pub or restaurant was really excellent. In Paris you only get these wines if you pay above average. The same in the Netherlands.
Wines are even better than in restaurants in Belgium.

Scots are very friendly and helpfull. But don't forget their football-mania. A chat in a pub means that you have to know (certainly when you come from the Netherlands) at least the names and peculiarities of 10 Dutch football-players, because a lot of the Scottish men know them all.

When you go back to Edinburgh from the Hebrides I would surely visit Bo'ness (west of Edinburght), where Mr. Derek de Vries has a very lovely Guesthouse (Rosyhthouse) with the most beautiful room and the best breakfast we had in Scotland!
It's nearly impossible to travel form the Hebrides to Edinburgh in a half day, that's why we stayed our last night in Bo'ness.

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