The Eyrie is the perfect base from which to explore all that the Isle of Skye has to offer.
There are two supermarket’s on Skye, the nearest to The Eyrie is the Co-op in Portree, where you can get most essentials.
For fresh produce – and to support the island’s independent traders – we’d recommend fruit and veg from Macleods (it’s a wholesaler but welcomes everyone). Bread and baked goods from Isle of Skye Bakery (which also has a coffee shop and gallery). Portree Butchers butchers (which can be found in a prefab on the car park next to Isle of Skye bakery. Fish from Just Hooked is fresh, local and delicious.
Of course there are numerous gift shops and galleries across the island and some very good art and craft galleries – a good starting point is art-skye.co.uk where you can download a number of art trail maps. Our favourites include Skye Skyns, Skye Weavers and the Isle of Skye Bakery.
Central – Local’s favourite, Scorrybreac, serves lots of Skye and Scottish produce cooked in a modern European style by talented local chef Calum Munro
South – Historic Kinloch Lodge is the island’s only Michelin star holder and well worth a visit for lunch, afternoon tea or dinner
West – The world-renowned Three Chimney’s is a must on many people’s itinerary
Our neighbour, the Skye Pie Café, the clue’s in the name, delicious pies in a cosy, quirky setting.
Further up the road, The Single Track Café, is a great stop off on a tour of the north of the island – coffee and cake that’s hard to beat
Arriba and The Granary are the best café’s in the capital and fish and chips from Stuart’s and enjoyed sat on the harbour wall is a must. Newly opened, Antler’s Bar & Grill on the town square is a bustling pub-come dining room, as busy with locals as tourists
A trip to the distillery at Talisker should be combined with lunch, a snack or a spot of food shopping at The Oyster Shed, where local scallops, prawns and, you guessed it, oysters, are simply served in polystyrene trays – against the most incredible back drop
If you find yourselves on the west coast then book ahead for a meal at The Old School House, another locals favourite with a diverse menu.
In Portree, The Bosville Hotel bar is a sophisticated spot that offers plenty of Scottish gins – and of course whisky galore, while The Pier gives a more authentic experience, think fishing folk and colourful language, the seafood in the small dining next door is simply cooked and very good. The West Highland Bar at The Portree Hotel has regular entertainment at weekends
Next door (almost) to the Talisker Distillery in Carbost, The Old Inn is the island’s cosiest pub, serving good food, all day, and plenty of local beer. Weather and midge’s permitting there’s a lovely terrace overlooking Loch Harport. Regular music nights
The Edinbane Inn is popular with locals thanks to good food and ale, and not least it’s impromptu folk session where locals and visitors alike are welcome to bring an instrument and join in with the Gaelic folk music
At the southern end of the island on the Sleat peninsula the Am Praban Bar at Hotel Eilean Iarmain is another cosy spot with good food and outdoor seating near the pier
For a car free day, there’s plenty to do on foot. Amazing hill walks from the front door or enjoy a day exploring or fishing along the coast – mackerel are abundant in the summer months and fish for Pollock, which are most plentiful from January to April.
At Storr Lochs you can fish for wild brown trout, and the River Snizort offers seasonal salmon fishing. It’s also possible to stalk deer, which can be found in large numbers across Skye. Speak to a local guide for more information.
Seek out more exceptional views with fairly gentle walking along the Quirrang, Trotternish Ridge and the glens of the Cuillin mountains, go it alone at low level or hire one of the island’s many guides to get up high in the hills.
Skye is blessed with abundant wildlife, from dolphins, otters and Minke Whales swimming around its shores to Golden Eagles, Herons and Oystercatchers flying over its mountains and coast. Take a boat trip from Portee or Elgol, which offers spectacular views of Loch Coruisk, or hire a wilderness guide and track animals of foot.
Some of our good friends are island guides and activity providers…
Skye Ghillie offers Wilderness Adventures, fly fishing and Wild Walks – which include history, wildlife and foraging
Skye Adventure is more for the adrenalin junkies with gorge walking, climbing and hiking and coasteering
Peddle your way around the island – be warned, it is hilly – with a road or mountain bike hired from Skye Bike Shack.
See the island from a new perspective on one of these boat trips
Misty Isle boat trips
Portree boat trips
Or from the air with Skye Scenic Flights