Monday, July 27, 2009

Self-catering Holiday Homes Kensaleyre Isle of Skye

Self-catering Holiday Homes, Kensaleyre, Isle of Skye. From their elevated position, these two single-storey holiday properties, Caladh Cottage and Caladh House, enjoy fine views across Loch Snizort (a sea loch), and out towards the hills beyond. Centrally situated on the Isle of Skye, both properties stand detached – Caladh House offering spacious accommodation for families (all bedrooms are en-suite), whilst the smaller, neat little Caladh Cottage, is more suited to a smaller group. Portree, although referred to by locals as ‘the village’, is the main town on the island, and lies 6 miles distant, with its selection of fine restaurants and lively pubs. Boat trips run from the little cliff-edged harbour, and also of interest is the Aros Centre which outlines the island’s history and has a children’s play area and way-marked forest trails, together with a theatre that shows films and hosts Gaelic concerts. The An Tuireann Arts Centre a mile or so out of Portree gives insight into contemporary visual arts, and stages concerts and exhibitions. For a taste of local entertainment, ceilidhs – Gaelic song and music evenings – are held on several evenings each week throughout the summer season. Within the area of Portree, bicycles can be hired and horse riding is available. The ferry terminal for the Outer Hebrides is just a short drive from Caladh, and the Whitewave activity centre, a similar distance away, offers canoeing. Diving can also be organised in Lochbay, towards Dunvegan. The famous Cuillin mountain range is about a 20-minute drive away and makes a great day out for the avid climber. A similar distance away lies Dunvegan Castle with its Fairy Flag (reputedly given to the Clan by fairies to protect them in times of danger) and history of the Clan MacLeod. The Clan MacDonald have their seat in the southern peninsula of Skye, together with their Clan and Heritage Centre set amidst splendid gardens, and from this area, the ferry leaves for the mainland at Mallaig. Sea safari trips also prove popular, and at Kyle of Lochalsh, trips in glass-bottom boats are available. Dotted throughout the area of Skye and Lochalsh are crafts shops to browse around and spectacular scenery to enjoy. Immediately across on the mainland lies picturesque Plockton – famous for its palm trees, and a favourite anchorage point for yachts.

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