Lots of people assume that Skye shuts down for winter, but they would be wrong. Whilst it is true that many businesses close at the end of October and do not open again until Easter, there is still plenty to see and do. The weather can be wild, wet and windy, but temperatures rarely drop below freezing and snow is usually confined to the high hills. Roads are deserted and if you choose to walk at one of the famous landmarks such as the Old Man of Storr or the Fairy Pools, you might not meet another soul.
Whilst Winter days are short here, nights skies can be incredible, Skye has the darkest possible night skies in the whole of the UK, and nine separate sites on the Island have been granted Dark Sky status. The Northern Lights can also be seen from Skye in the Winter, although of course they cannot be guaranteed. Last Winter was a particularly good year for viewing the lights and we witnessed a spectacular display from the house in February.
Whilst some pubs and restaurants close for the season, you will always find somewhere to eat, we keep an up to date list in our bedroom folders detailing all of the cafes and restaurants you will find open, together with their opening times.
As for visitor attractions, Scotland’s most photographed castle, Eilean Donan remains open throughout the year and is only a few miles from Skye. Talisker Distillery, the only distillery on Skye is open all year, combine a tour here with a visit to the Oyster Shed, a great place for fresh seafood and also open in Winter. Waternish, just a ten minute drive from the house has an ‘open for Winter’ campaign, here you will find Skyeskyns, Scotland’s only sheepskin tannery and a 5 star Visit Scotland attraction. Free tours run all year. Next to Skyeskyns you will find Brae Fasach, an art gallery and cafe and you can be assured of a very warm welcome here. The oldest inn on Skye, the waterside Stein Inn is just down the road form here and again open all year.
Hopefully, we’ve given you a taste of Skye in Winter, so why not plan a visit this year ? We are also open all year and would love to see you.