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The beach near the house.

The beach has gently shelved sands.

The drive to Leobost

The drive to Leobost House.

You can fly kites in the field which is part of the grounds.

Kite flying in Leobost grounds.

At Glendale there is a Craft shop (01470 511240/51292) as well as the world famous Three Chimneys Restaurant.

Talisker Distillery (01478 614308), a famous Classic Malts whisky distillery, is located in Carbost to the south, around 20 miles away.

Edinbane, on the road to Portree, has a popular pottery.

The Stein Inn, the oldest pub in Skye

At Waternish is the Stein Inn, the oldest Inn on Skye, and also a good fish restaurant, the Halistra Pottery and the Dandelion Designs Studio.

Beach. Go down the drive from the house and turn to the right along a pretty sea-side path and in ten to fifteen minutes you will come to one of the best beaches in Skye. This is Bharkasaig with its sheltered bathing, rock pools and beautiful stretch of dark volcanic sand (excellent for sand-castles).

The beach only 15 mins walk from Leobost

For the intrepid walker you can continue on to the famous 'Maidens Walk' through the forest and over the moors until you reach the big stacks of rock standing tall in the foaming sea beneath you. These are about six miles away.

View across Loch Bracadale to Idrigill Point from Oronsay.
Idrigill Point & MacLeod's Maidens from Oronsay looking over Waoy, Loch Bracadale.

The Orbost Gallery for lovely paintings and prints is at Roag and walkable from the house. Home cured wild boar, venison and other meat delicacies can be bought at Orbost farm-house (Tel. 01470 521828). The Dun Studio is at 3,Roskhill and very close by.

Dunvegan is approximately 3.5 miles away and has an excellent small super-market, green grocer, garage, church, bakery (for delicious new-baked bread) several gift shops, hotels and restaurants. There is the Croft Studio (01470 521383) and the Giant MacCaskill Museum.

Dunvegan castle, 5 miles away, is the oldest inhabited castle in Britain and is the ancient seat of the Chief of the Clan MacLeod. Inside there are many historic relics, the drinking cup of Rory Mor, the vest worn by Prince Charles Edward Stuart, Flora MacDonald’s stays and the famous fairy flag which has twice been unfurled and waved to save the Macleods in battle. If it is unfurled a third time it is prophesied that both flag and standard bearer will disappear for ever so for now it stays where it is. Outside the castle grounds and gardens are also well worth a visit.

Portree, the most important town on Skye, is approximately 23 miles away. It has a pretty harbour and quay-side, big Co-op supermarket, Chemist, Butcher, Bakery and a wider choice of shops for clothes and gifts. There are also two Arts Centres, the Aros Centre which has a restaurant and cinema(Tel.01478 613649) and the An Tuireann Contemporary Arts centre on the Struan Road (Tel 01478 613306).

This only gives a tiny taste of what is on offer, there’s plenty more, horse-riding, boat trips, a Serpentarium of strange reptiles, superb internationally known restaurants such as Claire MacDonald’s Kinloch Lodge and The Three Chimneys.  For the historians there is Prince Charles’ Cave at Elgol and Flora MacDonald’s grave at Kilmuir. There’s plenty to see and do and simply not room to write about everything!  

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