Gesto Cottage - self catering holiday accommodation on Waternish, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Situated in the lochside village of Stein, on the Waternish peninsula, at the north end of the beautiful Isle of Skye. The village has a superb Inn and Seafood Restaurant. An Art Gallery is located in one of the very old buildings along the street. The gallery sells postcards, local craftwork, pictures and all manner of quality gifts. Just out of the village, a stroll up the road, is the famous Skye Skyns workshop. Here you can see the ancient process of tanning the sheepskins going on and you can purchase the finished product. The peninsula also has two excellent potteries, selling very high quality locally produced items.
There is some excellent walking on Waternish and you will enjoy the peace, safety and the freedom of space which is abundant in our area. You can walk the hills, the forests, the roads, the tracks and the shore directly from Gesto Cottage. Take time to enjoy Waternish - you may find buzzards, hawks, kestrels, seals, jellyfish, porpoise, dolphins and even the rare Golden Eagles without wandering far. The shore is always an amazing treasure trove of shells, birds, flotsam and jetsam left by the tides. The clear water is amazing - you can even watch the underwater life from the jetty!
The nearest village with shops is Dunvegan, a 10 minute drive away. Here you will find two general stores selling groceries. One of these also sells daily papers, when they finally arrive after 11:30am! There is an excellent Greengrocers, selling every variety of fruit and vegetables that you can imagine (herbs and salad goods are grown locally). There is also an excellent Bakery and Coffee Shop. There are two Garages, and several Hotels that offer a good variety of places to eat out. Dunvegan also houses the local Medical Centre.
The very famous Dunvegan Castle, home to generations of the MacLeod clan is a mile out of the village centre. This has a gift shop, restaurant and ample parking. It stands high on a rock, overlooking the loch. The Castle and Gardens are well worth a visit.
The town of Portree is a 30 minute drive away from the cottage. Here you will find banks, supermarkets and all variety of shops. There are many hotels, which offer a wide range of catering for both adults and children. You can also buy local seafood in the shop on the quay. The Aros Centre, just out of town, on the road to the bridge, has an excellent restaurant, particularly child friendly, and a cinema/theatre, which hosts concerts and films, often showcasing local talent.