I am pleased to say that we have been awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence Award, so you can book with confidence, we look forward to hearing from you.
Please follow us on Instagram @hillsideskye and tag us in your photos recommendations for our guests such as places to go things to see, good places to eat would be good too 😀
We have had to say goodbye to our XBOX 360, it had a good life.
So, new for 2017 is a PS4, I'm not a gamer, just don't have the interest or patience for it (don't understand them really) if anyone can recommend any good games (for all ages) please let me know, feel free to bring your own games too, just don't forget to take those one's home and chill out with the PS4 after a days sightseeing.
Cold Starry skies and fresh mornings generally mean a good day ahead, MacLeod's Tables are approx 10 min drive away. Great views from the top and also very flat (like a table top) amazing views well worth a hike. Work beckoned so no walking for me, instead a photo taken from our croft up the hill from Hillside
If you want to get away from it all, why not book a break at Hillside Cottage.
Peace and quiet guaranteed, although I can't say that about the weather. After a day exploring, what better way to warm up & recharge your batteries than to come back to the cottage, with the added bonus of the wood burning stove to make the place extra toastie. Everything you need in the kitchen to whip up a meal or maybe book into one of the restaurants in the area (please check opening times)
We have had an amazing start to October, so when time allows Spencer and myself with friends have gone off walking. Spencer guided Gill up Sgurr Alastair while Ian and myself met them at Coire Lagan. It was a beautiful walk, so peaceful, it was just so nice to get out in the wilderness again. Sunday we went to Bharcasaig bay, about 10 minutes from the cottage. This is a beautiful bay with 360 degree views and is best when the tide is out. Go for a swim or just enjoy the view, you really can recharge your batteries here. From this point you can head out to MacLeods Maidens, another lovely walk
It's that time of year again when we are winding down, it just feels like yesterday that the season was just starting for 2016.
We have had plenty of visitors at Hillside, who have all enjoyed our cottage and Skye and it's been great to meet you all.
Now the Island is becoming quieter, the nights are drawing in and feeling very Autumnal. This is an ideal time of year to visit if your into photography as the light changes all the time and the landscape looks different to when the sun shines! we have also had good aurora alerts, so hopefully the sky will be dancing in many colours.
For those cooler Autumn days, after a great day exploring, why not put the wood burner on, sit back, relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility.
short breaks are available, so why not get in touch, then you too can explore our magical misty Isle
We look forward to welcoming you to Hillside Cottage
The hillsides and moorland are starting to turn an amazing purple, there are so many different shades of purple heather, the bracken has turned bronze in colour, sunrises and sunsets are just amazing, all this as the Island is becoming quieter, I love this time of year.
The whole of Skye has seen a significant rise in visitors attracted to our Island, many who book early, others just turn up and hope for the best, unfortunately, a fair few of them had to sleep in their cars as Skye was completely booked out for most of the Summer. I think this probably has to do with the marketing from Visit Scotland and the amount of films that are being made on the Island now, most recently Transformers, don't think I'll be watching film! (A little on the old side...haha)
I would like to say a big "thank you" to all of you who have stayed at Hillside, it has been a pleasure to meet you and so nice to see return visitors
Bookings and enquiries are slowly trickling in for 2017, so if you would like to stay with us, please don't hesitate to get in touch 😀
Gail & Spencer
Both Spencer and myself are in training for another charity cycle ride and Spencer is also doing a personal challenge cycle ride, Land's End to John O Groats, unsupported and solo!
if you have ever thought of cycling on Skye, then bring your bikes, whether road or hybrid there are plenty of routes to choose from, road and off road, easy rides to more challenging rides. We are always looking for new places to go and Spencer is constantly entering routes into his Garmin, don't worry about storing your bike, we have a garage that you can have access to for safe storage......so if you fancy cycling amongst beautiful scenery, seeing wildlife, flowers etc that you wouldn't see by car, then why not book a stay with us 😀
Can I please stress the importance of taking out travel insurance, it's not just for overseas holidays but UK breaks too.
You just never know when you may need it as a couple of our guests have had to cancel due to medical emergencies.