A lovely self catering cottage in Glenelg in the Highlands of Scotland
Glenelg is a fantastic place to watch wildlife. The coastline offers opportunities to watch otters and seals and occasionally dolphins and porpoise pass through the Kylerhea narrows. Also very rarely basking shark and minke whale have also been recorded.
A pair of breeding sea eagles are local stars near the ferry. Most days in the summer they can be watched catching mackerel or robbing sea gulls of their fish on the Incomng tide. In 2014 the eagles, called Victor and Orla locally, successfully raised two chicks. These eagles have starred on several TV wildlife programmes including the "One Show" and BBC "Hebrides" series.
This lovely sandy beach is a popular place in the summer for swimming, picnicing, relaxing and sunbathing. Seals and sea birds can often been spotted along the coastline. The beach is about a mile from Smithy Cottage and has lovely views over the sea to Skye and the Sandaig Islands.
Visit the Brochs.
The brochs are a short drive from the cottage and well worth a visit to see these huge ancient stone towers. The brochs date from 2000 years ago and were built as defensive structures by the Picts. The nearby Wagon Cafe also serves excellent home made cakes!
Glenelg to Kylerhea Ferry.
During the summer the the small turntable ferry operates from the mainland to Skye. The journey takes about 5 minutes over the wild tidal currents of the Kylerhea narrows and is a great place to watch the local wildlife. Please see Skye Ferry for more information.
Glenelg is a great place for cyclists whether you want a gentle pedal around the village and sea front or an adventure crossing the Mam Ratagan. Bikes can be hired locally at the Bike Shed next to the Wagon Cafe at Corrary Farm.
The fast tidal currents of the Kylerhea narrows are a mecca for advanced kayakers but the coast also provides fantastic opportunities for more gentle paddling. If you don't have your own kayak then tuition and trips can be provided by several local sea kayak companies such as Skyak Adventures, Sea Kayak Plockton or the Nation Trust Rangers in Kintail.
The waters of the lochs and sea around Glenelg and Arnisdale are teeming with fish as are most of the rivers. Permits for trout and salmon fishing can be obtained from the Glenelg Shop (in Glenelg village) and are valid for the Glenmore River and Loch a Mhuilinn (a day permit is £10 per rod). For sea anglers spinning off the rocks or jetties offers the chance to catch mackerel or saithe.
A short walk of 1.5 miles down through the forestry to the beautiful Sandaig bay. This peaceful spot was immortalised as Camusfearna in 'Ring of Bright Water' - the famous book by Gavin Maxwell telling of his life with his pet otters. To visit the islands it is best to go at low tide.
Glenelg is a great base for some fantastic walks which can range from gentle strolls along coastal paths to epic long days along the Kintail ridges.
A few miles south of Glenelg in Arnisdale is Beinn Sgritheall. It is considered to be one of the steepests Munros at 975m from sea level. The name is pronounced Ben Skreehal - the hill of screes - and it is aptly named. It has a curved summit ridge with three tops.
The Glenelg Inn is a traditional Highland Inn with cosy character, lively music nights and superb local Scottish cuisine all set in a spectacular setting with uninterrupted views over the Sound of Sleat to the Isle of Skye.
Eilean Donan Castle.
As one of the most iconic images of Scotland, Eilean Donan is recognised all around the world. Situated on an island at the point where three great sea lochs.
Find "what's on" in Glenelg and Arnisdale, from Ceilidhs to coffee mornings, the Glenelg Gala day to the Dirty Thirty. The Community Hall in Glenelg and the Ceilidh House & Heritage Centre in Corran (just past Arnisdale) host events all year round. The Glenelg Inn has frequent live music (plus impromptu musicians popping in).