Woodbine House
4 star guest accommodation in Uig, Isle of Skye

Activities

With stunning land and seascapes and rich heritage, Skye is a must-visit destination.  It was recently voted the "4th best island in the world" by National Geographic magazine and we agree!  Skye is a beautiful place to live and when we are not serving you delicious breakfasts we will be out on the hills or on the water enjoying the island.  We can't wait to share it with you!
 
As well as being a great base from which to explore Skye, we also offer the following activities at Woodbine.  Take your time and enjoy Skye by boat, foot, bike or kayak.

SkyeXplorer Boat Trips

Join us on a  boat trip to see Skye's fantastic sealife and seascapes.  Andi is the skipper and will take you on an informative trip from Uig Bay to see the puffins, seals, whales and sea-eagles.

Puffins and Seals

This 90 minute trip to the Ascrib Islands, a designated Special Area of Conservation, visits the Puffin breeding colonies and the resident seals (common seals and grey seals). There is a wide variety of seabirds around the islands including guillemots, gannets, razorbills, shags and graylag geese.

Whale Spotting

Join us on an exciting trip to the north of the Waternish peninsula which is a favourite feeding ground of minke whales. 
On the way back to the Ascrib Islands we will go alongside the steep cliffs of the Waternish Peninsula and will hopefully spot the resident sea-eagle family. Once at the Ascrib Islands we will visit the Puffin and Seal colonies.
 

For more information, visit www.puffinsandwhales.co.uk
and for latest sightings follow us @SkyePuffins.

Kayak hire (for B&B guests)

Novice paddler or expert, our stable and comfortable sea tri-kayak lets you get close to wildlife. The kayak sits two adults and one small child.  Uig bay is a perfect place to go for a safe and enjoyable paddle, exploring the local wildlife (including the local harbour seal and resident otter). 

Outdoor Activities

Discover the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Ridge - the longest land slip in the British Isles - with its unusual and striking rock formations.  Head out of Uig towards the extraordinary pinnacles of the Quiraing, then down into Staffin where you can visit the dinosaur footprints on Staffin beach, then head north to Flodigarry and its unusual landscape, onwards to Rubha Hunnish (the mort northerly point in Skye) and past the ruins of Duntulm Castle to the crofting community of Kilmuir before completing the 25 mile circuit to Uig. Or from Staffin head south towards Portree past Kilt Rock and the Old Man of Storr.

There are plenty of outdoor activities to try on Skye.  Here are a few to get you started!

Skye Bike Shack hire quality road and mountain bikes and can advise on routes.  Repairs, servicing, parts, coffee and cake also available! www.skyebikeshack.com

Island Cycles - Rod & Reel for bike hire, repairs, servicing, parts and all fishing tackle, rods and permits. www.islandcycles-skye.co.uk

PonyTrekking at the Isle of Skye Trekking Centre. www.isleofskyetrekkingcentre.co.uk

ACE for archery, axe throwing, clay shooting, air rifle range and paintball.  www.ace-skye.com

Skye Adventure for coasteering, gorge walking, hill walking and climbing, and family adventures. www.skyeadventure.co.uk

Whitewaves for kayaking, canoeing, climbing, abseiling, crating, walking, archery and mountainboarding. www.white-wave.co.uk

Fishing with the Skye Angling Guide. www.skyeanglingguide.co.uk

Walking on Skye

Skye is a walkers paradise. From family walks on the spectacular coastline to dramatic scrambles in the Cuillin mountains, the most challenging in Britain, the island provides fantastic walking for everyone.
Trotternish is one of the most magnificent landscape in Britain. The coastline is equally spectacular, bristling with stacks and pinnacles, its hidden features revealed only by walking.
 
In Uig we have a lovely waterfall walk, woodland walk, the unusual Fairy Glen and the cliff-top walk to Idrigill point.  The 2007 fantasy film Stardust, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Robert De Niro was filmed in the Fairy Glen and Quiraing.
 
There are numerous walks staring right outside Woodbine House - so you don't need to drive for hours to reach your favourite walks.
 
The Quiraing (4 miles)
Quiraing means 'a pillared enclosure', but the name doesn't do justice to this astonishing array of pinnacles, blocks and buttresses. The paths are rough in places but very dramatic.
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The Old Man of Storr  (3 miles)
A short, steep climb to this impressive pillar (49m). One of the most spectacular sights on the Isle of Skye. The Old Man of Storr can be at his most impressive seen through storm-torn clouds.
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Beinn Edra (10 miles)
Beinn Edra is one of the summits on the Trotternish Ridge, characterised by gentle slopes on the west and cliffs on the east. The approach can be muddy, but the crest of the ridge provides perfect walking on short grass and the views are stunning.
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Trotternish Ridge Walk  (20 miles)
The Trotternish Ridge Walk is a unique 20-mile high-level walk which involves no climbing or scrambling, yet which takes you into wild and primeval landscapes, and at every stage affords panoramic views that embrace the Cuillins, the Western Isles, and the mountains of Wester Ross.
Although no climbing skills are needed, the full ridge walk should only be undertaken by experienced and fully-equipped hill-walkers who have a map and guide book. Two days should be allowed for the full walk, and the weather reports closely studied. Mist can often descend rapidly, reducing visibility to effectively zero.

Wet weather activities

There no such thing as bad weather - only bad clothing

In Uig
 
Uig Pottery
The pottery in Uig at the ferry pier, has a lovely shop with open workshop.
 
Isle of Skye Brewery
The Isle of Skye Brewery is located in Uig.  Visit the shop to buy some local ale and other gifts.
 
Trotternish Peninsula

Aros Centre
The Aros centre in Portree hosts a cinema,small ball-pool, restaurant, exhibitions and a shop.
 
Skye Museum of Island Life
The Skye Museum of Island life is a short distance north of Uig in Kilmuir.  It is a township of thatched cottages, portraying life on the island at the end of the nineteenth century.
 
Staffin Museum
The museum displays a collection of dinosaur fossils, stone age artefacts, minerals, crystals and agricultural implements.  (See the dinosaur footprints on Staffin beach.)
 
Fingal Sport Centre, Portree
Based in the High School, the Fingal Centre has a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym, games hall and all weather pitch.
 
Around Skye
 
Talisker distillery
Talisker is the most famous whisky distillery on Skye. It is over on the west of the island at Carbost. The malts it produces are sweet, full-bodied single malt with a faintly peaty taste. The distillery was founded in 1830 by two brothers and was so successful that it had its own pier, tramway, cottages and even its own currency!
The distillery has a very well equipped Visitor Centre where you can book yourself onto a distillery tour. The reception area has displays and interpretation posters all about Talisker, its history and its whisky distilling process. Before departing on your tour you also get a generous dram of the 10 year old malt for tasting. There is also a shop on site where you can use the discount voucher you receive when paying the entrance fee for the tour.
 
Arts & Crafts
The Skye and Lochalsh Arts and Crafts Association has a comprehensive list of artists, galleries and workshops on the island.  www.skye-arts-crafts.co.uk
 
Dunvegan castle
Set in beautiful scenery and gardens, Dunvegan's stately halls hold priceless heirlooms, some of which have descended in the hands of the Chiefs of MacLeod since medieval times.
 
 

At Woodbine house we have books and games to keep you entertained.