Just 6 miles from Portree, Taigh Mairi is an excellent base for exploring the island. Wildlife lovers are often lucky to see dolphins leaping in the bay only yards from the house. Birdwatchers will also be kept busy – the sea eagle is not infrequently seen from the croft.
Skye is a very popular tourist destination with many unique attractions. These range from the spectacular Cuillin mountains to the more relaxing atmosphere of several famous restaurants. There are many opportunities for boat trips and outdoor activities, plus plenty of places to visit including gardens, castles, historic monuments, art galleries and craft shops. Pictured here is Dunvegan Castle, home of clan MacLeod.
Taigh Mairi is in the district of Braes (Braigh Trotternish) which is one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of Skye. It overlooks the Sound of Raasay described by Rudyard Kipling as having the most beautiful view of any place in the British Empire!
Braes is a paradise for children. The garden, with its swing is safe for toddlers; while older children would enjoy following the various burns (streams) from the sea to the hills.
400 yards away is a sandy beach which is safe for swimming and is regarded as one of the best on Skye. There are also some impressive although doubtless dangerous waterfalls.
Braes is fascinating geologically being a meeting place of several systems – there is even a cliff of coal running into the sea. The shore below the house consists of a rocky beach and some low cliffs which include a cave which when the conditions are right spouts in a very satisfying manner.
There are a few pre-historic archaeological remains but the district is best known for the part it played in the crofting wars of the late 19th century. The Battle of Braes of 1880s is, or was, famous in the annals of Radical Scotland. Fortunately it is now unlikely that the sounds of civil disorder will interrupt your peaceful holiday.
Braes seen from Raasay
If you want to explore the Isle of Raasay, there is a regular ferry service from Skye at Sconser.
For boat trips to enjoy the local wildlife, see the summer services advertised in Portree, Kyle, Elgol and Broadford.
Visit the IsleofSkye.com web site for information about the island.
View from cottage across to Raasay