Taigh nam Braithrean
Isle of Skye
West Coast of Scotland
Taigh nam Braithrean (pronounced Tie nam Brahren) is Gaelic for 'House of the Brothers'. Within walking distance of the picturesque headland, Rubha nam Braithrean, on the east coast of Skye's Trotternish peninsula, it is located about 15 miles north of the island's capital, Portree, ( all facilities, restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, etc.) and enjoys superb views over the Sound of Raasay to the island of Rona and the Torridon mountains on the distant mainland. The views looking west are of the dramatic Trotternish Ridge with the remarkable rock formations of the Quiraing beyond.
The house stands on its own within a well-cared for and landscaped garden. There is an attractive patio with barbecue and garden furniture where children can play and you can relax and enjoy the long hot summer days (Yes, they do exist on Skye). The house itself has been extended and renovated so that the traditional whitewashed exterior now conceals a modern, cosy interior. There is a wood burning stove in the welcoming sitting room, in addition to the LPG central heating; the kitchen-diner is well-equipped; there is a double bedroom with en suite bathroom on the ground floor and two twin bedrooms and another bathroom upstairs.
You will find one or two shops nearby in the village of Staffin and at the Columba 1400 centre there is a caf�/restaurant with internet access. There is a hotel which offers evening meals only a stroll away from the house. If you venture a little bit further up the peninsula you reach the famous Flodigarry Hotel and history buffs will be interested to know that Flora MacDonald's former house now forms part of the hotel. (It was Flora MacDonald who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape after his defeat at Culloden.) She is buried not far away at Kilmuir near Duntulm Castle, ancient seat of the Clan Donald chiefs.
Walkers and climbers have long been attracted to the Quiraing. Try taking the amazing road through it and over to Uig on the west coast. Here, a ferry sails back and forth to the Outer Hebrides. En route to the cottage you will go past another remarkable rock formation, the Old Man of Storr. The path up to the foot of the rock is very good and suitable for all ages (provided they are reasonably fit). In the summer it is a very popular walk. This coast is also a good place for spotting sea eagles. Yet another of Staffin's claims to fame is the site of some fossilized dinosaur footprints found on this shore in 1996.
On a wet day (Yes, Skye gets these too!) you can enjoy finding out about the island's history at the Aros centre. At Portree harbour there is a choice of various boat trips around the coast. Sconser has a 9-hole golf course and a little ferry which sails across to Raasay. There, you are in a completely different environment with the opportunity for many excellent walks.
At Portree take the route up to Dunvegan, the home of the Chief of Clan MacLeod with its castle and Fairy Flag. If you are feeling energetic you could try climbing the strange flat-topped hills, MacLeod's Tables, while in the area. If, however, you are a serious climber you will no doubt head straight for the magnificent Cuillins.
Heating is by LPG central heating (included) and wood burning stove. Bed linen and towels are included. Up to two well-behaved pets are welcome by arrangement.
Accommodation (sleeps 6):
- Sitting room with wood burning stove and TV/VCR/DVD.
- Kitchen diner with washing machine, tumble-drier, fridge freezer, microwave etc.
- Double bedroom with ensuite bathroom with bath (shower over) wc and basin.
- Bathroom with bath/shower, WC and wash basin.
- Twin bedroom.
- Twin bedroom.