Knott cottage is ideally situated for accessing the delights that the Isle of Skye has to offer. Many of Skye's most notable visitor attractions are within a 30-minute drive.
Walking / climbing: Skye is a perfect location for mountaineers and walkers / hillwalkers of all abilities From mountains (the Cuillin Range) and hills (Trotternish) to more gentle walks directly from Knott Cottage including an interesting stroll along our mussel strewn foreshore.
Fishing can be enjoyed from the headland of our bay, the River Skeabost, various inland lochs and numerous other points around the Island. Inland lochs include the Storr Lochs where boats for fishing are available for hire. Fishing trips are available from Portree and other piers around the island.
Horse Riding and Trekking is on offer within walking distance from Knott Cottage at the Isle of Skye Riding Centre.
Golf Courses are situated at the Skeabost House Hotel.
Sea Kayaking, Canoeing, Windsurfing and Archery (with tuition when needed) are all available at Whitewave Outdoor Centre. Also several guests have brought their own kayaks and have launched from the shore at Knott.
Mountain biking in Skye was recently cited by MBR magazine as having the best single-track trail in Britain. The backdrop of incredible scenery makes this one of the best and most challenging places to mountain bike in Scotland.
Due to the lack of light pollution Skye's night skies are acclaimed as some of the darkest and with 9 recognised "Dark Sky Discovery" sites which makes it an excellent place to view the mesmerising canopy above. Often you need go no further than the door of your Apartment at Knott to view this natural wonder. We receive an email from Aurora Watch UK to let us know when there is a red or amber alert regarding the Aurora Borealis.
Boat trips can be taken from several points including Portree, Dunvegan Castle and Staffin.
Paleontology and Geology: The Isle of Skye is an excellent natural laboratory for observing geological matters and fossils. Skye (particularly the Trotternish peninsula) is one of the richest locations for dinosaurs and fossils in the UK. The Staffin Museum (near the famous Kilt Rock) is where some of the dinosaur finds can be viewed.
History: Dunvegan Castle with its glorious gardens is situated 12 miles to the west. The castle, home to the chieftain of the Clan Macleod, is the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland and the most visited destination on the Isle of Skye.
St Columba's Isle at the head of the River Snizort has the remains of a chapel dedicated to St Columba - the best known of many saints associated with Skye. It also has the traditional burial place of the chiefs of the Clan Nicolson.
The legend of Bonnie Prince Charlie and Flora MacDonald is commemorated in various places in NW Skye.
Follow in the steps of Boswell and Johnson who undertook their "Hebridean Tour" in the 18th Century.
The Aros Heritage Centre in Portree houses a theatre/cinema with a varied programme of concerts including traditional and modern Scottish music, plays and films as well as live webcam footage from sea eagle and other birds' nests. There is also a family friendly restaurant and a large retail area.
Arts and Crafts - A wide variety of local arts and crafts can be viewed and purchased in numerous workshops, studios, galleries and shops throughout Skye.
Skyeworks Gallery in Portree promotes local art and craft. It also has a select range of art and craft items for sale. It is situated in the same building as the Isle of Skye Baking Company which offer artisan bread and bakery goods and a good cafe.
The Skye Museum of Island Life at Kimuir comprises 7 thatched cottages depicting the lifestyle of a crofting community of a century or so ago.
Talisker Distillery on the shores of Loch Harport. Take a tour and have a sample of Skye's own single malt whisky.
The Skye Serpentarium, Broadford. Please believe that even if you have a snake phobia, you will enjoy and learn a lot from a visit to this unique attraction.
There is a Public Swimming Pool attached to the High School in Portree.
Evening Entertainment - regular performances of Theatre, Film, Traditional Music, Ceilidh are held on the Island.
Skyeskyns: a family business established in 1983, Skyeskyns' tanning process has been created to reflect the remoteness of its Highland location and surrounding crofting community. Today, visitors are transported back in time to witness how real sheepskins are made using time honoured methods of leather making - one of the oldest crafts known to man. Here you can enjoy a free guided tour of the workshop where you will see all the traditional implements used by the Tanner.
Food and Drink
There is a wide choice of Restaurants, Cafes and Hotels to suit all budgets, many featuring fresh Isle of Skye produce. Among the local choices are Edinbane Inn and The Lodge Hotel in Edinbane, the Granary and Café Arriba in Portree, the Old School House Restaurant in Dunvegan and the Stein Inn and Lochbay Seafood Restaurant, both in Stein.
As you travel around the area, you will see the signs in some unexpected places for small tearooms some with galleries, all with their own character among them being The Red Roof in Glendale, The Wee Tearoom at Eynort, and The Tea shop and Ellishadder Art Cafe, both in Staffin.