The five sisters in winter
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Activities

The picturesque Eilean Donan castle seen from near Falcon's Cliff

Falcon's cliff is an ideal base for photography as it sits above the picturesque village of Dornie and overlooks the famous Eilean Donan Castle. This stunning castle was originally a stronghold of the Mackenzies of Kintail, but is now the clan castle of the MacRaes. The castle is open daily from 16th March to 16th November, and is well worth a visit.

The Glenelg to Kylerhea ferry

Dornie is situated on the A87 road between Inverness and the Isle of Skye. The road passes Loch Cluanie and the spectacular mountains of the Five Sisters of Kintail. At Shiel Bridge you can take the scenic mountain route to Glenelg, with it's Iron Age Brochs or travel on the unique turntable ferry to Skye.

Mountaineering in the Cuillins of Skye in winter

The surrounding loch and mountain scenery is stunning and typical of the Scottish Highlands. For walkers there are easy lochside and riverside walks around the cottage or from Dornie village. For mountaineers challenging hillwalking is available within a few miles, with the Five Sisters of Kintail and Glenshiel to the South, the Torridon Range in the North, and the Cuillins of Skye to the West ( For more information see www.walkhighlands.co.uk). For outdoor clothing and equipment a local shop, 914 outdoor can supply all your needs.

View from Elgol on Skye

There are also a number of excellent boat trips in area. If you drive north from Kyle of Lochalsh, you can see palm trees in the quaint village of Plockton (home to TV's Hamish Macbeth). Calum MacKenzie offers award-winning boat trips from Plockton throughout the year. The trips are free if you do not see any seals.

In Kyle the Seaprobe Atlantis offers panoramic underwater vision through portholes. It sails from Kyleakin and Kyle of Lochalsh (the mainland opposite Skye). On the Isle of Skye spectacular boat trips can be made on the Misty Isle from Elgol into Loch Coruisk at the heart of the Cuillins mountains

Golden eagle soaring over the hills


Dornie is a popular area for bird watchers and there is a good chance to see a golden eagle or the rare white tailed sea eagle, which breeds on Skye. For fishermen the local lochs are full of wild brown trout or sea fishing trips can be made by boat locally.

For more information about activities available on the Isle of Skye please see www.skye.co.uk.

Other sites you might find useful:
www.aroundtheloch.co.uk - Loch Duich & Kintail Community Website
www.climbthemunros.co.uk - climb the Munros
www.go4awalk.com - brilliant walks and walk ideas
www.selfcatering-directory.co.uk - Selected self catering rental accommodation
www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk - The ultimate online guide to Scotland
www.scottishhighlandswebsite.co.uk - the portal for the Highlands of Scotland
www.clan-macrae.org.uk - the scattered children of Kintail
www.welcometoscotland.com - where to stay, things to do, travel in Scotland