Places to see & things to do within a few miles
A walk that begins literally from the back door. Turn left out of the gate & look for the waymarker 100m down the lane on the right. Alternatively, turn right out of the gate & follow the road for half a mile until you reach the cattle grid at the sharp right-hand bend. Again there is a sign marking the way. It can be boggy & much of the walk is through moorland heather.
Flora MacDonald's Memorial
In Kilmuir Cemetery is a tall memorial to Flora MacDonald, ‘Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’ (aka Bonnie Prince Charlie). Despite the romanticism of the Skye Boat song, she was a real & remarkable person. This is a place to come & spend a moment reflecting on her amazing courage.
A short 5 minute drive from the cottage. The Uamh Oir or Cave Of Gold is a secret place, Skye's answer to Fingal's Cave on Staffa, but in miniature. It gives a delightful short walk & is a great place for a picnic, however the final pathless coastal slope down to the cave is very steep & dangerous, requiring care. You can walk out to the headland & explore rock pools.
In 2015, there was a major discovery of fossilised dinosaur footprints on the shore just south of Duntulm Castle. These prints, visible only at low tide, make up the biggest trackway in Scotland. They are prints of Sauropods, a group of huge, long-necked dinosaurs that includes the Brontosaurus & Brachiosaurus.
The castle was built in the 14th & 15th centuries when the area was subject to feuds between the rival MacLeod & MacDonald clans, the latter eventually gaining the upper hand. Around 1732 the castle was abandoned, when Sir Alexander MacDonald built a new residence, Monkstadt House, 5 miles to the south, robbing much of the castle's stone as a building material.
The River Rha is formed from small burns on the Trotternish Ridge near the Quiraing which combine & flow south-westward to Uig. Park at the Uig Community Hall & take the short walk to the A87/A855 junction. A 100m up the single track road on the right is the footpath & a 2 minute walk to the twin level waterfall.