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The peaceful and tranquil setting of the 'Taigh Ailean Hotel' will make it hard for you to tear yourself away from this area of magnificent coastal walks and one of the finest mountain ranges in Europe.

However, the Isle of Skye is renowned for it many historical sites, castles, abundant wildlife and varied craft shops whose appeal will have you eager to explore further afield. 

The Cuillins: just a part of the breathtaking scenery - click to enlarge.

Portree Harbour: picturesque but still a working fishing harbour - click to enlarge.

Set aside time to discover:
bulletthe Little Gallery at Portnalong (see Jean's prints in the bar!)
bulletDunvegan Castle and Grounds.
bulletSkyeskyns: Exhibition  Tannery and Sheepskin Fleece Showroom.
bulletEdinbane Pottery: ceramics inspired by the Isle of Skye.
bulletOrbost Art Gallery: art by local artists.
bulletSkye Silver: unique silver jewellery.
bulletSkye Jewellery: handmade Celtic jewellery & gifts.
bulletthe Clan Donald Centre and Armadale Castle.
bulletthe Skye Serpentarium: the only reptile exhibition and breeding centre in Scotland.
   ... to mention just a few of the many varied interests available on Skye. And, of course, there is always the Talisker Distillery just down the road at Carbost.
Or, if you are feeling that little more adventurous or in need of a challenge, then perhaps a boat trip to see the spectacular coastline from the sea, a guided tour or maybe even some  horse-riding:
bulletIsle of Skye Golf Club: if you fancy a quick round, or for golfing slightly further afield try www.golf-link-scotland.com.
bulletDivers' Eye Boat Trips - a truly unique marine experience sailing from Waternish, Glendale and Struan 
bulletSkye Adventure Cruises: sailing trips from Portree Harbour.
bulletBella Jane MV: award-winning boat trips from Elgol to Loch Coruisk.
bulletSkye Riding Centre: experience Skye from the saddle - all grades of rider catered for!
bulletPortree Riding Stables: British Horse Society approved riding centre

Some other useful information sites are the official Skye & Lochalsh website,  the ScotsMart directory and Visit Scotland, from the Highlands of Scotland Tourist Board.

Whatever your fancy, your hosts at the Taigh Ailean Hotel will be only too happy to advise, suggest and to help you make the most of your visit to this truly unique island.

Finding the Taigh Ailean Hotel is easy!

Once over the bridge onto Skye follow the A87 signposted for Portree until you reach Sligachan (right in the heart of the Cuillins). Turn left immediately after the bridge at the Sligachan Hotel and follow the A863 signposted for Dunvegan. 

After about 6 miles turn left again onto the B8009, signposted to Carbost and Portnalong. Stick on this road - after about 3 miles you will pass through Carbost (passing the Talisker Distillery) and after a further 3 miles you will come to Portnalong and the Taigh Ailean Hotel. 

For a more detailed map - click here (use the +/- buttons just under the map to zoom in /out):  

Click here to see a more detailed map ...

The Isle of Skye: Scotland's best kept secret ,,,

A local fishing boat at work, with the Cuillins rising in the background.

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