The Isle of Skye, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides, is located off the North-West coast of Scotland. It is reached via the Skye Road Bridge (toll free), so visitors can choose to drive across or, travel the traditional way, across the water by ferry. Skye is well known for its rugged beauty and abundance of wildlife and is a popular holiday destination for walkers & climbers, wildlife enthusiasts, or people simply wanting to 'escape' from their busy lives.
Portree, the Islands capital, is a small quaint town with good amenities and lots of things to do. It has a pretty harbour with brightly painted houses and stunning scenery surrounding the town. There is also a well equipped Visitor Centre.
There are many activities available around the Island such as horse riding, sea kayaking and organised boat excursions. For golf enthusiasts, there are two golf courses open to non-members at Sconser and Skeabost. The Cuillin Mountain Range offers excellent climbing, although it is strongly recommended that inexperienced climbers use the services of one of the many qualified mountain guides. If climbing the Cuillins seems far too adventurous, there are many fantastic walks to enjoy throughout Skye for all abilities.
To find out more about the Isle of Skye, please visit the 'Official Skye Website'.
Melrose House is situated in an elevated position towards the end of a quiet single track lane in the small crofting township of Colbost, located on the Duirinish Peninsula of the Isle of Skye. There are outstanding views over Loch Dunvegan with Dunvegan Castle visible in the distance, as are the Outer Hebrides and the Cuillin Mountain Range to the South.
Situated approximately 4.5 miles from the larger village of Dunvegan, where there are good amenities including Shops, Restaurants / Bars, Post Office and Fuel Stations. Dunvegan Castle is the seat to the Clan MacLeods, which is open to visitors all year round. Colbost is also home to the highly acclaimed Three Chimneys Restaurant, which is a short 10/15 minute walk from the property, or just a couple of minutes by car, making Melrose House an ideal place for foodies to stay!
The Duirinish Peninsula is an area of rugged natural beauty, abundant with wildlife such as seals (there are huge colanies of seals on the small islands of Loch Dunvegan) basking sharks, whales and sea otters. Various birds of prey are regularly seen in the area and some visitors may be lucky enough to spot a Golden Eagle or Sea Eagle. There is good salmon, trout and sea fishing also available in the local area. The Duirinish Peninsula is viewed by many as being the most scenic area of Skye with its rugged coastal paths, stunning views out towards the Outer Hebrides and dramatic sunsets. Come and decide for yourself! Walkers and Climbers will not be disappointed with the varied walks in the area with differing degrees of difficulty suitable for all abilities. MacLeods Tables, two flat topped mountains dominating the peninsula, are a must for all walkers to enjoy the most spectacular views.
Portree, the capital of Skye, is approximately 40 minutes drive from Colbost and here you will find many more amenities and things to do.
To find out more, please visit the 'Undiscovered Scotland' website.