Woodlands Cottage is ideally situated for you to enjoy most of the activities the Isle of Skye has to offer.  However, many of the finest activities can be enjoyed within a few metres of the cottage itself, and ALL of the activities listed below can be experienced within 10 miles of the Cottage.

  • Swimming :- With care, we occasionally don our wet suits, wander through the gate at the bottom of the garden, and go for a swim in the open water of Loch Snizort Beag in the summer, being sure to take note of local tide timetables. If this is outside your comfort zone, there is a 25 metre indoor heated swimming pool at The Fingal Centre in Portree - just 10 minutes drive away.
  • Golf :- There are two golf courses on the Isle of Skye.  The nearest to the Cottage is just one mile away, a woodlands/lochside course at Skeabost Country House Hotel.  You could easily walk there, hire clubs and equipment and enjoy a post-round drink before wandering back home along the loch-side tracks and main road. Alternatively, if it looks like rain, why not drive, or go further afield to The Isle of Skye Golf Club links course at Sconser - about 30 minutes drive away.
  • Fishing :- Permits to fish the River Snizort can be arranged at the Skeabost Country House Hotel.
  • Walking :- You'll already be aware that the Isle of Skye is a paradise for walkers of all abilities, from the challenging Cuillin Hills to the slightly more sedate Quiraing and thousands more locations.  We provide some Landranger maps in the Cottage (Please return them!) and others can be purchased from many shops on the island.  There are various short walks you can undertake from Woodlands Cottage - By going through the garden gate, you will be right on the lochside, where you could wander for quite a distance, though do please take care of the uneven ground and take notice of the tide. The ancient burial ground of St. Columba's Isle is just a short walk from the cottage.  There are signposted walks to the hotel and cafe beyond or into the village of Bernisdale to the North. 
  • Running :- Like walking, only faster - Skye is a wonderful place to run off road, with dozens of hilly and flatter tracks to take on, many of which pass by rivers, waterfalls, cliff ridges, Highland Cattle - you name it! - we can advise you on some nearby tracks to follow if you wish.  It is safe to run on the main roads, though we advise that you wear high-vis equipment at all times, and take care. 
  • Riding :- Like walking, but a horse or a pony does the work.  The Isle of Skye Trekking Centre is just 4 miles from the Cottage and offers a variety of treks for all levels and ages of riders, including beginners.
  • Cycling/Biking :- The Isle of Skye is a wonderful place for road cycling and off road biking in all their forms.  If you have arrived on Skye without bikes, you can hire some from the excellent Skye Bike Shack which is less than 5 minutes drive from the Cottage - Click here for details.
  • Kayaking :- You might have noticed there is no shortage of inland and sea lochs on the island - there is one right outside the doors of the cottage, for example - As a result, Kayaking is very popular up here.  There are various places you can hire Kayaks and instruction, or you can take your own down to the loch if you wish (once again, please take note of tide times and take great care!). We can recommend a number of places that can cater for your needs.
  • Photography :- Your challenge might be finding somewhere NOT to take a photograph of on the Isle of Skye.  We believe you could spend a day within the surrounds of the cottage and fill up a small memory card / 35mm film on your camera, but there are obviously many, many other parts of the island for you to indulge your passion.  There are also a couple of photography 'schools' on the island that arrange day treks / photography 'safaris'.
  • Gazing :- You don't have to book an expensive fortnight in Norway - The Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) are frequently seen on The Isle of Skye in the Winter months.
  • Culture :- The Aros Centre in Portree often has cultural events such as plays / live music and dance and has a comfortable cinema as well.
  • Sea Trips :- There are many options on this island, but we really recommend 'Puffins and Whales' Boat trips out of Uig.   A wonderful day or half day out to the Ascrib islands and beyond in the company of a wonderful skipper.  Click here for details.
  • Shopping :- Not, strictly speaking, an 'activity', but the main town of Portree has shops and cafe's to cater for most tastes, and dotted around the island there are many, many more shops selling almost everything you can think of.
  • ... And Lots more :- From sailing to quad biking, to birding, diving, live shinty matches and beyond, the Isle of Skye has much more to offer than we have listed above. Check out the documentation in the Cottage for further information.  Alternatively, please feel free to ask us a question before your arrival and we'll try our best to help you!