From the Skye Bridge go right on the A87 in the direction of Broadford.
Just after Sconser, take a left turn at Sligachan on to the A863.
After about 7 miles, take the left turn on to the B8009 to the Minginish Peninsula & Tattie Bogle Trail. Follow the road through Carbost and head up the hill after the Talisker Distillery towards Portnalong.
After about 3 miles, there is a junction, take the left road to Fiscavaig.
Glendale is the first house on the right immediately after this junction - it is easily identified by the semi circular drive.
The Cottage is on the right as you enter the drive and the Studio is on the left - both will be well sign posted and parking areas marked.
Getting to Skye
Approximate distance and journey times to Portnalong
Glasgow (A82-A87)- 217 miles/347km - 5h 10min
Glasgow (A9-A87) - 249 miles/398 km - 5h 30 min
Edinburgh (A9-A87) - 240 miles/380km - 5h 30min
Inverness (A87) - 114 miles/183km - 2h 40 min
London (M6) - 620 miles/992km - 11h 40 min
There is no railway on Skye. The two nearest train stations on the mainland are Kyle of Lochalsh from Inverness then connect to local bus route and Mallaig from Glasgow. There is a ferry from Mallaig to Armadale, with connection to local bus route. For more information on train timetables visit www.scotrail.co.uk
National bus services are operated by Citylink from both Glasgow and Inverness to Portree, booking is recommended. See www.citylink.co.uk
Local bus services are operated by Stagecoach, www.stagecoachbus.co.uk
The 3 main ferry ports on Skye are serviced by Calmac.
Mallaig to Armadale.
Uig to Lochmaddy (North Uist) or Tarbert (Harris).
Sconser to Raasay.
For more information on ferry timetables visit www.calmac.co.uk
A small privately owned company also operates a ferry from Glenelg to Kylehea during the summer months. This takes you off the main route and along a stretch of single track road, but the views are spectacular and worth taking this scenic route if you have the time, see www.skyeferry.co.uk
The nearest International Airport to Skye is Glasgow and the nearest local Airport is Inverness. Car Hire is available at both Airports and it is recommended booking in advance.
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 own Talisker 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 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