Snowy mountains, tumbling rivers and a spectacular coast can all be discovered on Scottish self-catering holidays in Glendale. This sleepy community is located on the rugged and remote Duirinish peninsula, on the northwest coast of the Isle of Skye. It consists of a series of crofts, strung out along the coast and banks of the Hamra River. There is a church, a community hall, and a shop and post office which sells a range of local produce. Opposite the post office, Café Lephin serves good coffee, homemade cakes and light lunches, as well as a variety of locally produced gifts. Just south of Glendale, Red Roof Skye is a small restaurant in a remote location, serving delicious food prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
Walk west from your Glendale holiday cottage and you will reach a secluded, sandy bay, at the mouth of the Hamra River. It is a quiet spot for a swim or picnic, even in the middle of summer. There is another beautiful walk to Neist Point Lighthouse, a working station built in 1909, perched on a clifftop overlooking the causeway. A short drive eastward from Glendale holiday cottages, Colbost Folk Museum provides a fascinating insight into island life. Nearby, Dunvegan Castle and Gardens are well worth a visit, with tours and boat trips to a neigbouring seal colony.
A scenic hour’s drive southward from Glendale, Talisker is home to one of Scotland’s most iconic distilleries, with tours and the chance to try a dram of their finest whisky. Nearby, there is a remote, sandy bay at the mouth of Sledale Burn. Look out for Golden Eagles, which are often spotted soaring over the craggy hilltops. The Old Inn is a charming pub overlooking Loch Harport, serving whisky, ales and a variety of hearty dishes. Glendale is an hour’s drive from Uig, where you can take the ferry to the Hebrides. The drive to the Scottish mainland via the Skye Bridge takes roughly an hour and 40 minutes.