This guide on Broadford on the Isle of Skye in the Inner Hebrides provides information to help you travel in and around the town with ease. The guide includes information on how to get to there, sights, sleeping & eating, self catering cottages in Broadford, transport, and other essential details. Also included are details about the nearby villages of Kyleakin and Kylerhea.
Local Sights & Activities for Broadford
One of the most incongruous attractions on the island, or elsewhere in the Highlands, is the Skye Serpentarium, where you can see, and touch, all kinds of snakes, lizards and other reptiles. Info - Easter-Oct Mon-Sat 1000-1700 (also Sun in Jul/Aug).Tel. 01471822209.
When the weather's clear you can take a boat trip to the island of Pabay with Family's Pride II. Trips last an hour, and leave daily from the main pier, April-October. Tel. 01471822037.
Skye's first Swing and Jazz festival in different locations around the Island. Looks like it will be great fun! The festival includes swing, big band, jitterbug and jive showcasing new and established stars in the Scottish jazz world. This years festival has a 1920's theme.
Broadford Hotels & Accommodation
Sleeping in Broadford
The SYHA Hostel is by the new pier, Tel. 01471822422. Open all year.
Finding a room shouldn't be a problem, except maybe in the peak months.
Self Catering Cottages in Broadford
Sleeping and eating in Kyleakin
The Kyleakin Youth Hostel (SYHA) is the largest hostel in the village and is centrally located, but like many B&Bs/hotels/hostels on Skye, it closes during the winter months, so do phone in advance if travelling out of season!
You will also find Skye Backpackers Hostel and the Dun Caan - both of which are far more homely/cosier than the SYHA Hostel - simply due to the fact that they are converted houses and therefore considerably smaller and more personable - both hire out cycles for a small charge, although the Dun Caan offers this service for their own guests only.
Saucy Mary's is another village hostel, which also provides 1 of the 3 local bars in the village, along with the Castle Moil Restaurant/Haakon Bar and finally the King's Arms Hotel Bar/restaurant. All 3 serve reasonably priced bar meals (along with live music at weekends & some week nights) and in addition the King's Arms has a separate restaurant for those preferring more formal dining.
Just as you enter the village you also have the MacKinnon Country House Hotel, which again has a more formal restaurant along with a hotel bar/lounge. The Taste of India has now replaced the Crofters Kitchen by the roundabout at the top of the village - very good restaurant and takeaway menus, which is open every evening until very late and is open all year round!
The White Heather Hotel is the smallest of the 3 hotels in Kyleakin and is situated right on the harbourside, down by the Bright Water Centre at the end of the pier. The hotel offers Bed & Breakfast only, but has 2 comfortable guest lounges and a drinks licence which covers resident guests only. In addition to this, there are numerous excellent B&Bs and Guest Houses which are located throughout the village and accommodate every budget. The best source of information regarding Kyleakin (including contact info. for all the companies mentioned here) is actually the village's own Community website:
Self catering Cottages in Kyleakin
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