Auld Mission Cottage

The Island

Auld Mission Cottage

Waternish or Bhatairnis in Gaelic is in the far north west of the Isle of Skye.

UinishIt offers so much for the visitor to do.  A breath taking walk to Waternish Point with fabulous views of the Western Isles, with a couple of pre-historic brochs or Duns on the way; or a shorter walk to Sguirr Bay(Loch Losait) with views to Uig and the Trotternish Ridge. There is the old ruined church and cemetery at Trumpan, the scene of the murder of so many MacLeods by the MacDonalds in the devastating fire in the church and then the retribution of the MacLeods of Dunvegan shortly after in the Battle of the Spoiling of the dyke.  Also to be seen in the Church yard is the grave of Lady Grange. Skye abounds with tales of fairies and ~Waternish is no different.  In fact it has its own Fairy flag which can be viewed at the nearby Dunvegan Castle. Where ever you are on Waternish you should keep an eye on the sky or on the water. You never know what you might see.

Loch SnizortThrough the summer when the wind allows there are boat trips from Stein jetty operated by Divers Eye Boat Trips . The area has a selection of visitor attractions including Scotland’s only working tannery, SkyeSkyns.  There is Dandelion Designs, the Skye Shilasdair ShopBrae Fasach Gallery, and Hallistra Pottery. Waternish has the oldest inn on Skye, Stein Innoffering lunches and evening bar meals using the best of local produce Skye has to offer.  The Inn is also renowned for its selection of 130 malt whiskies and its well conditioned cask ales.  Also at Stein is the well known Lochbay Seafood Restaurant offering the freshest of seafood. The area has traditionally been a crofting area and some of these old ways still persist or are being rejeuvenated,  So there is a lot of selling at gates of eggs, cheese and mushrooms especially over in Geary. So plenty to do.