PLACES OF INTEREST
GLENDALE WATER MILL
If you take the beach road, just past the walled garden of Hamara Lodge, at the end of loch Pooltiel there is a track on the left that takes you down to the old water mill. This was used mainly to grind oatmeal and was still in use in the 1920's. It was fully restored in 1973 but has now unfortunately fallen into disrepair.
See a bicycle powered Harris loom and an ingenious warp setter made from agricultural machinery. Roger and Paul weave beautiful scarves, throws and lengths, in colours lifted from the natural riches of Skye.Andrea creates items to wear from their woven Tweed.
This a popular tourist attraction and the castle is worth a visit on a rainy day. The gardens are beautiful, especially in spring for the azaleas and rhodies. Boats ply from the jetty to the small islands in the loch to see the seals and heronry.
You will find the only Skye distillery beside the loch at Carbost . Talisker whisky is world famous and regularly wins awards. The distillery tour is interesting and not expensive and includes the chance to taste the distinctive smoky, peaty pure malt whisky.
KILMUIR FOLK MUSEUM
The Kilmuir Folk Museum can be found at the far north tip of the island. There are several old croft buildings and a wealth of historical information. You can spend hours here as there is such a lot to take in. Another good excursion for a rainy day.