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