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Restaurants and attractions on the Isle of Skye

The Glenelg Ferry Kylerhea to Skye

The Glenelg Ferry

The ferry which plies its way over Kylerhea Narrows from the mainland at Glenelg to Kyle Rhea on Skye, is the last surviving manually operated turntable ferry in the world. The last of a once ubiquitous line of such ferries operating on the West Coast, the Glenachulish is now in community ownership and the Community Interest Company which runs the ferry recently established a charity arm. Operating from Easter to October the ferry is a great tourist attraction as well as providing a shorter, alternative crossing, to the Skye bridge.

Quite apart from it giving access to Skye and all that that beautiful island has to offer, the experience of crossing on the ferry is worthwhile in its own right. The short wait for the ferry, and the even shorter crossing, often provides an opportunity to see otters or sea eagles feeding in the narrows, or dolphins and even basking sharks passing through.

Come down to meet the jovial crew of friendly folk who man her. The old lighthouse is an interesting experience and is always open for a brew while you wait for your passage, or if you are just ferry watching. Itís self service but thereís nothing better than sipping on a hot cuppa while you wait and watch.

Distance From Abbey Cottage 36.9 miles / 59.5 KM

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Kyle Of Loch Alsh

Kyle Of Loch Alsh

Most visitors coming to Kyle of Lochalsh do so en route to or from Skye. Until 1995 the Skye ferries left from the slipway by the Lochalsh Hotel. Vehicles embarking here were carried across Kyle Akin (the strip of water separating Skye from the mainland) to the slipway opposite at Kyleakin

Distance From Abbey Cottage 39.8 miles / 64.0 KM

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Atlantis Glass Bottom Boat Trips

Glass Bottom Boat Trips

These unique wildlife cruises depart regularly from the pontoons at Kyle of Lochalsh every day, 7 days a week, from Easter until the end of October. Seaprobe Atlantis is licensed to carry up to 55 passengers. Two toilets are available on board, and we are also able to provide hot and cold refreshments. Sitting below the waves, looking out through the large panoramic windows, and actually being part of a whole new beautiful underwater world is an unforgettable experience for both adults and children alike

Distance From Abbey Cottage 39.9 miles / 64.2 KM

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Skye Bridge

Skye Bridge

The gateway to the Isle of Skye and of course the Outer Hebrides of Lewis, Harris and the Uists. Even better, the Skye Bridge,s contentious toll has now been abolished and crossing "over the sea to Skye" is now completely free

Distance From Abbey Cottage 40.4 miles / 65.1 KM

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Skye Serpentarium Reptile World

Skye Serpentarium Reptile World

The Skye Serpentarium was opened in 1991 by Catherine and Alex Shearer as an exhibition and educational centre, over the years we have gradually become a refuge for unwanted and illegally imported reptiles.

We have been featured on the BBC, Scottish and Grampian television and have won several awards.

Catherine is an experienced herpetologist and has helped rescue over 600 abandoned or rescued reptiles and amphibians. There are over 50 animals on display in the Serpentarium; from White,s Tree Frogs to Large Green Iguanas.

We do regular handling sessions and are always on hand to answer any questions.

The Old Mill, BroadFord, Isle of Skye Scotland IV49 9PB

Distance From Abbey Cottage 46.0 miles / 74.1 KM

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Watermill Coffee Shop

Watermill Coffee Shop

Hi everyone, the Watermill coffee shop will open on 7th April for the season. This will be our 11th year. As usual we have a lovely selection of home made cakes including luxury carrot cake, coffee gateau, lemon cake with home made lemon curd and our famed chocolate cheesecake and of course our cream scones. Also home made soup and filled rolls. Our coffee is triple certified.We sell Isle of Skye ice cream and have an off sales license selling Isle of Skye beer and the Gaelic whiskys.

We also have outside seating with glorious views over Broadford Bay where dolphins and porpoises have been spotted.

The Old Mill, Broadford, Isle of Skye IV49 9PB

Distance From Abbey Cottage 46.0 miles / 74.1 KM

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Bric A Brac

Aladdins cave of unusual bargains

A87 Road to Portree, Upper Breakish, Isle of Skye

Distance From Abbey Cottage 46.3 miles / 74.6 KM

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Skye Boat Trips

Skye Boat Trips

MV Stardust
With our 1-2 hour trips down the Sound of Raasay you will see Skye from the sea, fabulous views and unbelievable wild-life.

See seals, porpoises, white tailed sea eagles, dolphins and whales as well as numerous other sea-birds and creatures.

We,ll even lift a lobster/crab creel for you to see what we catch.

Distance From Abbey Cottage 59.3 miles / 95.4 KM

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Sea Breezes Restaurant Portree

Sea Breezes Restaurant Portree

We are pleased to welcome you to experience good quality food using the best of local produce.

Enjoy friendly service in our restaurant located on Portree,s historic harbourfront.

Our quayside location offers picturesque views.

The restaurant opened in April 2006 and has become a firm favorite with tourists and locals alike looking to sample the excellent fresh seafood on our menu.

Sea Breezes Restaurant is located on Quay Street which his part of a Conservation Area and it is believed that the stone walled building was constructed around 1890.

Distance From Abbey Cottage 59.3 miles / 95.5 KM

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Spindrift Boat Trips

Spindrift Boat Trips

Spindrift sails from Portree pier, taking parties of up to twelve on walking and wildlife visits to the Isle of Rona or the Isle of Raasay as well as shorter cruises in the Sound of Raasay.

Why not come aboard for a Sunset Cruise to finish the day with spectacular views of Skye and the islands from the water?

Kevin and Pam Simmister Kiltaraglen House Staffin Road Portree Isle of Skye 07769 701911

Distance From Abbey Cottage 59.3 miles / 95.5 KM

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Portree Village

Portree

The setting for Bonnie Prince Charlie,s last days in Scotland, Portree is a bustling port and a thriving cultural centre. Among the attractions is the Aros Centre which incorporates an exhibition capturing the drama of Skye,s history. The centre is also the access point for walks in Portree Forest

Distance From Abbey Cottage 59.3 miles / 95.5 KM

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The Granary Portree

The Granary Portree

Welcome to the Granary Restaurant and Coffee shop which is set in the heart of Portree, Isle of Skye. Whether youre looking for a quick coffee, snack or home baking or something more substantial call in and see us. Were in Somerled Square in the Town Centre. We have both indoor and outdoor seating.

The Granary, Somerled Square, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9EJ Tel: +44 (0) 1478 612873

Distance From Abbey Cottage 59.5 miles / 95.8 KM

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Harbour View Seafood Restaurant

Harbour View Seafood Restaurant

It is a singular experience to discover a restaurant which not only excels in providing the finest of fayre but does so in an ambience of charm overlooking one of the most scenic harbours in Scotland.

Encounters of this nature are rare so there is little surprise why the Harbour View Seafood Restaurant in Portree, serving the finest and freshest Isle of Skye seafood in an authentic fisherman,s cottage, is so very popular with locals, tourist and visiting yachtsmen alike.

The Harbour View Seafood Restaurant is the perfect destination if you appreciate quality food served in a setting which glows with intimacy and warmth.

The food is served with classic simplicity, ensuring that the subtle flavours of the freshest produce are unimpaired.

To further enhance the experience, there is a selection of wines from all over the world; Germany, France, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Spain, and Italy, with the quality wines from other countries being added all the time.

Situated in one of the loveliest terraces in Portree and affording a view overlooking the historical Portree Harbour on Scotland,s enchanting Isle of Skye, this is one restaurant that you should definitely not overlook...

Distance From Abbey Cottage 59.5 miles / 95.8 KM

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Talisker Distillery

Talisker Distillery

Talisker Distillery is the only distillery on the Isle of Skye, set on the shores of Loch Harport in the village of Carbost, on the beautiful Minginish Peninsula, with dramatic views of the Black Cuillin. Come and visit us for a tour and taste of our award winning Talisker 10 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky, see our 5 Copper Pot Stills and the traditional worm tubs that make our Talisker so unique. Take a look in the Warehouse at our oak casks where the Angels Share is lost to evaporation during the maturation process.

Talisker Distillery, Carbost, Isle of Skye IV47 8SR Tel: 01478 614308

Distance From Abbey Cottage 63.6 miles / 102.3 KM

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The Skye Museum of Island Life

The Skye Museum of Island Life

The Skye Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir, Isle of Skye was opened in 1965. The aim was to preserve a township of thatched cottages, each one depicting, as closely as possible, the conditions prevailing on the island at the close of the nineteenth century...
Skye Museum of Island Life
There are very few old-fashioned thatched cottages to be seen today in the Highlands. A hundred years or so ago thatched houses were very much a part of the Highland scene and within their walls, by the light of the peat fire - the crofters of the Islands kept alive the songs and stories which have made the Hebrides famous throughout the world.

Kilmuir By Portree Isle of Skye IV51 9UE t: +44 (0)1470 552206

Distance From Abbey Cottage 72.0 miles / 116.0 KM

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Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant

Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant

The restaurant is a tiny, intimate bistro situated in the historic village of Stein on the shores of Loch Bay, with wonderful views over to the Outer Isles. It is a must for anybody who loves fish and shellfish.

David and Alison Wilkinson have been running Loch Bay now for 12 years. Put simply, David is the cook and Alison is the waitress. They have both followed careers in the hospitality industry all their working lives and are endlessly flattered that this unique, simple restaurant is so popular with people who live on Skye and of course, those visitors who seek out this remote spot. To be able to live and work in such magical surroundings certainly makes them feel very lucky despite the hard work!

Loch Bay has been given an AA Rosette for many years, an Award for Excellence from Scotland the Best, a Certificate for Excellence from Trip Advisor, as well as entries in the Good Food Guide and Michelin Guide.

Distance From Abbey Cottage 75.0 miles / 120.7 KM

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Stein Inn The Oldest Inn On Skye

Stein Inn

The Oldest Inn On Skye
The shores and seas around Skye abound with marine life, whilst the land supports sheep grazed on sweet heather, wild venison and the renowned highland cattle. The finest and freshest produce is readily available and is transformed at the Stein Inn into mouth-watering, home-cooked dishes.

Diners can take advantage of eating in the non-smoking dining room, or eat in the bar. Whether choosing a bar snack, light lunch or a full three-course evening meal, the emphasis is on good, wholesome food at affordable prices..

Distance From Abbey Cottage 75.0 miles / 120.7 KM

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