Things to do

You could start the day with breakfast at Beth’s Cafe in Balmacara Square (a short walk from the cottage), enjoy shopping for gifts at the Home in the Highlands shop or spoil yourself in the beauty salon. Then there are many walks and things to do on the NTS Balmacara & Lochalsh website, in particular a local walk to Loch Achaidh na h-Inich from the Square and Plockton & Lochalsh walks. In Kyle, there is a leisure centre with a swimming pool.  Local walking routes and maps can be found here:- http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/kintail/lochalsh.shtml

Armadale Castle and Clan Donald Centre in South Skye are well worth seeing, with walks in the beautiful grounds, Museum of the Isles, cafe and shop.  Attadale Gardens at Strathcarron are beautiful in the Summer season, as is the scenic walk to the famous Fairy Pools on the River Brittle at the foot of the Skye Black Cuillin. The pools entice visitors from all over the world, providing wild swimming for those brave enough to enter the cold water – and a fantastic photo opportunity.

Of historical interest are the Brochs at Glenelg, Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye and Eilean Donan Castle. during the open season. Horse riding and pony trekking are available locally:  http://www.lochalsh.co.uk/pony_trekking_lochalsh.shtml

If you’re interested in the diverse wildlife of the area there are many opportunities. For marine life, enjoy the local glass bottom boat trips, Calum’s seal trips or the Skye tour from Kyle, or a boat trip from Plockton or Upper Breakish to look for seals, otters, dolphins, sharks, whales (even occasional Humpbacks) and eagles. There are boats from Elgol to Loch Coruisk at the foot of the Cuillin mountain range, or to the Isles of Rum and Canna.  Sea fishing is also available.  If you would like something more energetic, why not go kayaking from Plockton with the experts where you can learn basic skills or undertake a more significant trip.  Serious hill walkers and mountaineers will find plenty of challenges in the Cuillin mountains of Skye, or further north in Torridon.  For an easier day, why not watch for otters at Eilean Ban, once the home of Gavin Maxwell (author of Ring of Bright Water) and now the site of the Bright Water Visitor Centre, or spend some time at the otter hide at Kylerhea.  A fantastic circuit anti-clockwise is across the Skye Bridge, descent to Kylerhea, returning to the mainland via the magnificant Glenachulish ferry (easter to mid-October) and lunch at the Glenelg Inn.
*Also, keep an eye out for the pine martens (see video here) and for white-tailed eagles in the area.
Alternatively, you could take advantage of the famous Kyle railway line linking Kyle of Lochalsh and Plockton with Inverness, or perhaps visit beautiful Isleornsay or Armadale for lunch, galleries and craft shopping.
If you bring your dog(s) on holiday, they may enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches at Plockton, Lower Breakish and Sandaig (check the tide times first to plan your visit at low tide).