Glenelg the Gateway to Skye

Holiday Cottages in Scotland, by Veronica.

Glenelg village is a collection of largely white-painted properties set around Glenelg Bay which has stunning views west across the Kyle Rhea to the mountains of eastern Skye. Glenelg has long been the gateway to Skye until the road from Inverness reached Kyle of Lochalsh in 1819. Today there is still a seasonal Glenelg ferry that carries a few cars across the water. The local area is reknowned for its spectacular scenery from Loch Hourn and Britain’s last great wilderness Knoydart, to the legendary hikers’ challenge of the Five Sisters of Kintail.

Glenelg itself has the beautiful The Glenelg Inn which serves delicious food, and stunning accommodation. There is also a shop and post office in the village. Any budding historians will enjoy a visit to the Bernera Barracks, just to the north of Glenelg. They were built in the aftermath of the 1715 Jacobite uprising the Government and were completed in 1723. The barracks can be viewed at reasonably close quarters, but are fenced off for safety reasons.

If you want to explore Glenelg and the surrounding area for longer, have look at Creagan Mhor, an outstanding self-catering property just a mile from the village of Glenelg. This renovated church manse stands proudly at the top of the Sound of Sleite The house looks down the Sound with breathtaking views of Skye, Gavin Maxwell’s Sandaig, Eigg, Rhum and Ardnamurchan point. There are outstanding vistas from every window in the property. Set in nearly an acre of garden, there is a path that leads you straight onto the beach where you have the chance of spotting dolphins, porpoises, seals and even golden eagles.

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