The closest shop to Portnalong is 3 miles away in Carbost. It is open every day and has a stock of basic supplies. There is also a Post Office in Carbost. The nearest large supermarket is the Co-op in Skye’s capital Portree (1/2 hour drive away). Portree has a good range of shops and you should be able to find everything you need. Tesco also offers a “click and collect” delivery service to Portree.
Eating and Drinking
Our local pub is the Taigh Ailean Hotel, a 3 minute walk from Glendale Cottage and Studio. It is open from 6-11pm every evening, serving Skye beers, a fine selection of malt whiskies and an even finer selection of gin. Bar meals are served between 6pm and 9pm and the food is excellent, making use of fresh local ingredients when available. Dog friendly, with a pool table, the Taigh Ailean is warm and welcoming and has beautiful views over Loch Harport from the upstairs bar windows.
The Old Inn at Carbost is open all year round and also serves excellent food and Skye beers in a cosy atmosphere. Look out for the music nights, lots of fun.
The Sligachan Hotel is about 20 minutes drive away and hosts its own micro brewery.
The Oyster Shed on the road from Carbost to Portnalong has a fabulous selection of fresh seafood, including its own locally grown oysters and takeaway snacks. Open all year round it is definitely worth a visit.
And don’t forget to take a tour around Skye’s ownTalisker whisky distillery in Carbost.
Walking on Skye ranges from gentle strolls toextremely challengingso there’s something to suit all ages and levels of fitness. Check out www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye and www.theskyeguide.com for more information.
Wildlife on Skye is abundant, varied and everywhere. From birds in the garden at the Cottage and Studio to the majestic golden eagle and stunning white tailed eagle, from the seal colony at Dunvegan to whales and dolphins around the coastline, from red deer to otters you will not be disappointed. With patience (and a bit of luck) you may see all of those on your own, but why not book a guided tour with Skye Wildlife and benefit from local knowledge of the best places to spot your favourite wildlife.
A very useful site with more information about activities and attractions on Skye is www.isleofskye.com
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