What's in the Area?

Gairloch View is situated on the north east coast of Skye, in the quiet crofting township of Digg. 

It nestles beneath the Trotternish Ridge  and the Quiraing hills, with views over the North Sound of Raasay to Gairloch and the Torridon mountains. 

This is one of Skye's most popular walking areas, a place where some of the most spectacular rock formations of the 20-mile long  Trotternish Ridge are within easy access from the road. Gairloch View is an ideal base for walking, with The Old  Man of Storr, the Quiraing Mountain Walks, the Trotternish Ridge, Rubha Hunish, Brothers Point to name but a few in this area, there are  Sea Eagles nearby and there is a very strong chance of spotting dolphins, minke whales and basking sharks in the waters around this area. There are plenty of other good walks available without going into the hills. 

From our house it is a short stroll down to the shore and you can  then walk round to Staffin Bay with its sandy beach. A little further on, coastal cliffs take over and you can get wonderful views of these  from the Kilt Rock viewpoint, with its famous waterfall and good views of nesting seabirds.

This area of Skye is designated as an area of special scientific interest in regard to its flora and fauna, local geology, fossils and unusual stones.  

Bird watching is a popular activity and the Quiraing area is renowned for Golden Eagles and many other birds of prey, as well as Ring Ouzels,  Golden Plover and other mountain birds. The Sea Eagle also nests on the Trotternish sea-cliffs. Sea and loch fishing are available at Staffin, and there are regular day tours to Uist and Harris that leave from Uig ferry port (approx 8 miles away).  

Canoeing and windsurfing are available at Whitewave Activities in Kilmuir. 

 Within a few miles of Staffin are two fascinating museums, the Geological Museum that has displays of the dinosaur bones and other fossils  which have caused so much world-wide interest in this area, and the Skye Museum of Island Life, a place where you could happily spend all day  absorbed in the relics of our distinctive past ways of life. 

In the same area are the Flora MacDonald monument, the ruins of Duntulm Castle, and  many other archaeological sites including brochs, chambered tombs and standing stones. 

 Ten minutes drive towards Portree takes you to the Old Man of Storr, a 160 ft basalt pillar dominating the local landscape, and further afield Skye has an endless number of other attractions, including Dunvegan Castle, the Talisker Distillery, the Clan Donald Centre, and numerous  fascinating small craft workshops, historic sites and spots of scenic beauty. 

A short drive west from Staffin will take you to Uig with its picturesque bay,  from which a variety of day tours to the Western Isles are available. 

 This is all too good to keep to ourselves. We want to share it with you! 

 Five minutes drive towards Staffin there are two shops, one of which also has petrol and diesel. In Staffin there is the community shop that stocks all your daily requirements and more. If you fancy a cup of tea or coffee or a snack, then pop up to the Columba 1400 where fresh meals are available as well as day time snacks, etc. Alternatively, there is the Kilmartin Restaurant in Staffin, the Flodigarry Hotel is nearby where you can enjoy an evening meal, or the Glenview Hotel in Culnacnoc - both the latter require reservations and not all restaurants etc are open throughout the year.