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Local Attractions on Skye
The locality around the 'North End' and Trotternish Peninsula offers some of the best hill walking and climbing on Skye and spectacular views of the island.
Rubha Hunish, one of the most famous Skye walks, is accessible directly from our croft - where you can join the marked footpath to the ex-Coastguard's Lookout (now a Mountain Bothy), passing the ruined village of Erisco and with views over to Duntulm Castle and the Outer Hebrides. Minky Whales, Orcas, Dolphins, Basking sharks and Sea Eagles are often spotted from Rubha Hunish and this is a popular all year round walk with both locals and tourists.
Walks to the Quiraing are also accessible from Shulista. One of the most famous walking locations on Skye, the Quiraing is almost an 'other worldly' landscape of rock formations, which includes the Needle, the Prison and the Table. The name "Quiraing" translates as "pillared fortress" and perfectly describes the undulating, towering formations that draw walkers year after year.
Duntulm Castle is a 10 minute walk from Shulista and its romantic ruins are perched in a dramatic cliff top location, looking out towards the Outer Hebrides. Steeped in history and legend, the ruin is accessed is by a short track over croft land. New Dinosuar footprints were recently discovered in 2015 - take a scenic walk from your Wigwam® Cabin to the rocky beach below the castle and try to find them!
The Museum of Island Life is 5 minutes drive from Shulista, which features a group of 7 thatched cottages, illustrating how islanders lived over 100 years ago. This museum is crammed full of local history, artefacts and a visit is like walking back in time. Flora MacDonald's grave is also situated here, and more recently, the fashion designer Alexander McQueen was buried here.
Shulista is 10 miles from Uig - gateway to the Outer Hebrides via Calmac Ferries. Uig offers a selection of shops, cafes, bars, Uig Pottery and of course, the only brewery on the island! Here you can also visit the Fairy Glen, an unusual landscape of miniature mountains, full of mystical beauty.
Staffin is 10 minutes drive from Shulista and has a range of craft shops and local cafes. Columba 1400, a centre run by an award winning social enterprise and charity group, acts as a hub for the local community and tourists alike, offering a cafe, library, internet facilities, an all weather floodlit sports pitch and a games room.
Staffin is also the perfect spot to walk in the footsteps of dinosaurs. The first in-situ dinosaur tracks in Scotland were discovered on Staffin beach, and are preserved as natural moulds in sandstone. These can be seen at low tide. There is also a dinosaur museum nearby crammed full of information on dinosaur footprints, fossils and the geology of the local area.
The Old Man of Storr is 15 minutes drive away and offers a spectacular walk to a famous summit, passing through an iconic landscape. There are stunning views across to the Isle of Raasay and to the mainland en route to the summit.
The Uig Hotel is about 10 miles from Shulista and offers a very warm welcome, a cosy bar and a lovely restaurant with beautiful views over the bay, towards the CalMac ferry to the Outer Hebrides.
Portree, the island's capital is just over 20 miles away and offers a wide range of facilities including supermarkets, cafes, take aways, a swimming pool and leisure centre and boat trips for seal spotting, sea eagles and fishing trips. Additionally, the Aros Centre contains a cinema, gift shop, cafe, theatre, and is one of the Top 5 most popular tourist attractions in the Highlands.
A bus service runs from Portree on the North End Loop and stops at the red phone box at the end of Shulista township track.