Friendly Bed & Breakfast on the Isle of Skye for lovers of the great outdoors

Scotland provides year-round adventure – we love it!

Winter-climberWalking, climbing, kayaking, sailing, diving, cycling; Skye is truly an outdoor playground.

Otter Lodge is owned and run by Vanessa and Martin; they’re both passionate about the great outdoors and have many years’ experience of what Scotland has to offer. Having grown up in the Highlands, Martin is an experienced winter mountaineer and has climbed all of the Munros. Vanessa is a keen cyclist but is most at home in the water- her enthusiasms range from open-water swimming to underwater photography.

We’ve listed some activities you can do on the island below. For a more personal view of things, you can read about how we make the most of Skye. You can also check out our blog for our latest exploits.

Walking

Skye has everything from short rambles along marked trails to challenging walks along craggy ridges in the Black Cuillin Mountains. There are twelve Munros on Skye. Some are accessible to the walker; others such as the famous ‘In Pin’ require climbing and a rope to complete the ascent. Although not quite as high, the Red Cuillin Mountains are also great for walking with some fine views. Away from the lofty summits, many other parts of Skye have their own distinctive walks. A selection of these have been joined together to form a long distance route, the Skye Trail. The website Walk Highlands  has an excellent online guide to all kinds of walks and trails on the island.

Cuillin-Ridge, This photo courtesy of Skye Guides

The Cuillin Ridge, photo courtesy of Skye Guides

Mountaineering and rock climbing

A mecca for climbers, there is nowhere else in Britain that offers the kinds of routes that you find on Skye. The Black Cuillin traverse in winter is the single greatest challenge in UK mountaineering.

To add to the appeal of the Cuillin, there are sea cliffs and outcrops so numerous that they have an entire Scottish Mountaineering Club guide dedicated to them.

For more information about climbing on the island, Skye Guides is a good place to start.

Kayaking - Courtesy of Skyak Adventures

Courtesy of Skyak Adventures

Kayaking

Skye has around five hundred miles of coastline to be explored. Finding an accessible spot to launch isn’t too hard, either – here at Otter Lodge we simply cross the road with our kayaks and drop them in the water at high tide. They can get you to places that are normally out of reach and are great for getting really close to wildlife.

For more information about guided trips and training, we suggest Skyak Adventures at Breakish, near Broadford.

cycle skye, Photo courtesy Isle of Skye Bike Hire

Picture courtesy of Alan Cope

Road and mountain biking

Cycle touring is a great way to explore Skye and Broadford’s facilities make it an excellent rest and recovery spot. It also has a great array of possibilities for the off-roader and there is much to be discovered. Unsure about where to go? Why not hire gear and a qualified guide from Skye Mountain Bike Adventure.

The world-renowned trials cyclist Danny MacAskill is a native of Skye: it’s worth checking out his Youtube videos, Way Back Home and The Ridge for some truly inspiring riding!

 

Diving and snorkelling

Snorkelling

Vanessa loves snorkeling!

There are many and varied dive sites around the coasts of Skye, Lochalsh and Loch Carron. For example, the wreck of the HMS Napier offers interesting and accessible boat diving just up the road, near Kyleakin, 

There are also services in the area, including trips and charters offered by companies in North Skye, Loch Carron and Kyle.

We highly recommend Skye for snorkelling, too! Check out our blog and Facebook page for our latest dives.