The closest shop to Portnalong is 3 miles away in Carbost. It is open every day from 10am-1pm and has a stock of basic supplies, fresh veg, newspapers. Donald John's Cafe in Satran also sells basic storecupboard items, plus some bread, veg etc. 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, but this needs to be ordered well in advance.
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 during the summer, 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, the Taigh Ailean is warm and welcoming and has beautiful views over Loch Harport from the upstairs bar windows.(Winter opening Fri-Sun only and closed in January).
The Old Inn at Carbost is open all year round (apart from a few weeks in January) 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.
Donald John's Coffee Shop at Satran serves lovely lunches and fabulous home baking, plus a selection of local crafts for sale.
Caora Dubh Coffee Company is a lovely little coffee shop in Carbost, just opposite the Talisker Distillery.
And don’t forget to take a tour around Skye’s own Talisker whisky distillery in Carbost.
Walking on Skye ranges from gentle strolls to extremely challenging so 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 Isle of Skye Wildlife Tours 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