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Issue 92 - Scotland Magazine Loves

Scotland Magazine Issue 92
April 2017


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Scotland Magazine Loves

The highlights of our journey to Skye

Handmade on Skye… Wheatear Textiles (1)

After leading busy working lives for many years, in May 2006 Maxine Stephenson and her husband moved to the Isle of Skye. With time on her hands, Maxine began to sew and discovered a passion for textiles — the rest, as they say, is history. Based in a little cabin down a single-track road and surrounded by spectacular views, Wheatear Textiles creates attractive handbags using the highest quality Harris Tweed. All of Wheatear’s products are designed and handmade by Maxine, and are inspired by the colours of the surrounding natural environment.

Skye from the water… Red Moon Cruises (2)

Many thousands of visitors tour Skye every year. Yet few get the opportunity to appreciate its grandeur, beauty and remote places from the most vivid of vantage points: the surrounding sea. But that’s exactly what Red Moon Cruises can offer! Up to four guests may join Scott & Mary aboard the Red Moon and enjoy a private cruise of Skye's most remote and intimate coves. Take in stunning vistas and look out for local wildlife from the comfort of this ‘nautically-themed luxury country cottage’, before enjoying delightful meals on board. It’s a real treat!

Self-catering with a view… Number Ten (3)

Luxurious and private, Number Ten is an extension to Alan and Diana’s home and working studios, and enjoys it’s own private entrance and garden. It sits in croft land just above the shore, with easy access to the beach, and a bespoke shelter — The Hide — where you can enjoy the view from the comfort of a cosy cabin, complete with wood burning stove and blankets. With uninterrupted views across Loch Dunvegan to the Coral Beach and the Outer Hebrides, Number Ten is a truly relaxing environment that makes for a perfect base during any holiday on the island.

A piece of Skye for your home… Skyeskyns (4)

A family business launched in 1983, Skyeskyns was founded by husband and wife Clive and Lydia Hartwell at their croft in Waternish. Today, the second generation of the family plays an increasing role in the business, which is the only woolskin tannery of a commercial scale in Scotland. While on Skye, be sure to take a tour of the workshop and learn about one of the oldest crafts known to man. Afterwards, peruse the fine selection of quality sheepskin rugs, clothing, and accessories — what better memento could one find to add a touch of Skye to a home?

Eco-friendly accommodation…Two Byres (5)

Set in the crofting community of Hallin, on the Waternish peninsula, the Two Byres is a modern, eco-friendly house available for holiday lets on the Isle of Skye. Enjoying uninterrupted panoramic views stretching from the Cuillin mountain peaks, Dunvegan Head, the Minch all the way to the Outer Hebrides on the horizon, one couldn’t imagine a more peaceful retreat. The house comfortably accommodates six guests in light, spacious rooms and, importantly, its wooden construction was carefully designed in order to blend into the surrounding countryside.

Experience history… Dunvegan Castle (6)

Long the seat of Clan MacLeod, this impressive fortress can trace its history as far back as the 13th Century and is one of Skye’s most famous attractions. Be sure to drop by and enjoy a tour of the castle and gardens, take a boat trip on Loch Dunvegan to see the local wildlife, enjoy homemade soups and snacks in the café, and pick up a memento from the gift shop. What’s more, if you happen to be a MacLeod yourself then you must be sure to attend the clan gathering, which is held at Dunvegan every four years and, so we're told, is quite the event!


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