Waternish is still very much a peaceful traditional crofting area, little affected by the passage of time and one of the most unchanged parts of Skye. Magnificent views west to Dunvegan Head, and out over the Minch to the Outer Hebrides, can be enjoyed from much of the peninsula, together with views east across Loch Snizort to Trotternish.
: There are plenty of fine walks, long and short in Waternish alone. The area is rich in wildlife and flowers, with eagles, otters and an abundance of orchids. It is also a good base from which to explore North West Skye and visit the Cuillins. There is also a diving centre (Dive & Sea the Hebrides
) and a jetty.
Eating & Drinking
: Stein is well served for visitors. It is home to the oldest pub on Skye, the Stein Inn
, which offers real ale, a fine selection of whiskies and good food in the bar and dining room, all within the setting of a sensitively restored 200 year old building of great charm and character. 100m away at the other end of the village is the well known Loch Bay Sea Food Restaurant
. Other establishments a little further afield include the fine cuisine of the restaurant at the Greshornish House Hotel
, the warm welcome and great food at the Edinbane Lodge
, or the acclaimed award-winning menu of The Three Chimneys
Many of Skye’s craft workers are in the North West and should not be missed. In Waternish there are the SkyeSkyns
tannery & shop, The Skye Shilasdair Shop
knitwear and Brae Fasach Café & Gallery
. And, of course, Dandelion Designs
craft workshop and Images Gallery on the ground floor of 'The Captain's House' itself!
Nearby are Edinbane Pottery
, and the Croft Studio
Also look out for the Gallery and Studio Trails booklet available throughout the island and its associated website
for a comprehensive guide to arts and crafts on Skye
The history and folklore of Waternish encompass a romantic and turbulent past ranging from the Clan Wars of the MacLeods and MacDonalds, through the supernatural to the tragic and intriguing tale of Lady Grange, secretly imprisoned in the Hebrides for 15 years by her Jacobite husband, she was buried at Trumpan.
Local historic sites abound, including a number of ancient monuments such as Trumpan Church, scene of a bloody battle when, on a Sunday in 1578, the Clan Macleod were surprised at worship, locked in the church and burned alive within, by the MacDonalds of Uist, who were themselves massacred within hours on a nearby shore! Others include Dun Hallin and several famous Clan battle sites, as well as the village of Stein itself.
The rest of North West Skye is readily accessible from Stein and well worth exploring. Dunvegan is no more than 15 minutes drive away and offers food shops, petrol, crafts and a good choice of eating places as well as Dunvegan Castle
, the seat of the Clan MacLeod, and probably Skye’s main visitor attraction.
You can find out more about visiting Scotland in general on the 'Welcome to Scotland' website by clicking www.welcome-scotland.com
, Waternish in more detail at www.visitwaternish.co.uk
and the Isle of Skye in general at www.skye.co.uk
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