Experiences

An Airigh

The Hebridean Isle of Skye is an island rich in natural wonders, wildlife and history. Top visitor destinations include Neist Point, Dunvegan Castle, Talisker Distillery, Fairy Pools, the Coral Beach, the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing. These are incredible places to visit and to explore but Skye also has so much more to offer and slowing down and keeping local will reward you.

Dining for Food Lovers and Special Occasions

Skye is rich in produce from the sea, land and above. Shellfish from the sea lochs around the island are delivered to your plate including mussels, langoustines and crab.  Locally grown salads and vegetables and Skye reared lamb, beef and game provide a bounty for you to enjoy.  

For that special occasion there are many top quality restaurants showcasing Skye’s amazing range of local produce. It’s so hard to choose but here are some of our local favourites and they are all very friendly and relaxed with amazing service.

A few miles from An Airigh is the world renowned Three Chimney’s Restaurant by chef Scott Davies. 

Just across the loch from An Airigh is the Lochbay Restaurant at Stein by Michelin star chef Michael Smith.

The Tea House / Chidakasha is over the hill in nearby Glendale where you can experience a vegetarian restaurant with a unique blend of food and tea in a tranquil hideaway. We are sure that you will love it, we do!

Clan History and horticulture at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

Dunvegan Castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of clan MacLeod for 800 years. It is a five star tourist attraction and great place for a taste of local history and for lovers of horticulture.

You can take a tour of the Castle and see the Fairy Flag, but we love to explore the grounds, the beautiful walled garden and delight in its five acre of gardens which became a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Partner Garden in 2022. Knowing the challenges of gardening in Skye we can fully appreciate what the gardeners have achieved! 

Pedal Power at Skye Weavers

Just over the hill from An Airigh near Glendale is SkyeWeavers. A small weaving and sewing business which uses bicycle pedal-powered looms to weave a variety of woollen products including scarves, blankets, throws and wraps. 

Run (or cycled!) by Roger and Andrea and a friendly team they use wool from the local sheep including from our own flock of Hebridean sheep. Provenance and quality are their guiding principles and Skye their inspiration.  

A great visit to learn about the process of design and production, their inspirations and amazing range of products. We are delighted to include a selection of their soft furnishings for you to enjoy in An Airigh.

Take the ferry to the Isle of Raasay 

We highly recommend a day trip to Isle of Raasay which is only a short but scenic ferry ride from Skye and visit Raasay Distillery and lunch at Raasay House. 

Drive along the very dramatic Callum’s Road which was built by Callum himself frustrated that the council wouldn’t build a link road to his township! 

There are great walks including Dun Caan (a flat top mountain dominating the skyline): or follow the coastal path to the atmospheric cleared village of Hallaig  with a memorial cairn to the Gaelic poet Sorley MacLean;  or explore the old iron mines where German prisoners of war worked during WW1.

Explore Skye by sea – speed bonny boat

We think that the best way to experience Skye and the Hebrides is by boat and there are a great variety and number of boat trips to choose from. 

Divers Eye run wildlife focused trips from Stein taking you along the coastline and the small islands of Loch Dunvegan. The gentle cruise takes you up close to seals as they rest of the rocks and you might find yourselves following the dolphins through Loch Dunvegan.

St Kilda is a unique archipelago in the Atlantic, it’s both a World and a Natural Heritage Site. You can GotoStKilda from Stein on a four hour fast speed comfortable craft. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience for nature lovers and those seeking to take to the Hebridean seas.   

Loch Coruisk is one of the most stunning and romantic of lochs in Scotland. It can either reached on foot by a very long trek or by a short boat trip by Bella Jane from Elgol. Loch Coruisk really captures the real essence of the Cuillin and Skye. 

A land of ancient stories