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Elgol

Beautiful seaside village that looks into the Cuillin heart as well as out to sea.


Elgol lies at the the end of the B8083 and is a trip there an back but offers a few rewards: outstanding views towards the Cuillins (perhaps the best) and wonderful sea views out towards the northern inner Hebrides. If you want ot take a trip to see it all by boat, this is the place to start (see below). You can also continue on a small road towards the crofting village of Glasnakille which faces East towards the mainland.

Wainwright said of the view, “…a beautiful foreground to a classic view, the finest in Britain… a picture that would defeat a Constable or a Turner”

Eating Out

The best food is at the Coruisk House Restaurant which needs pre-booking for the restaurant - it only has six tables and meals are cooked to order. There is also the less formal Elgol Shop (website here) and Cuillin View Gallery and Coffee Shop. The Elgol Community Centre also has soups etc

Shopping

The Elgol Shop sellss both tinned goods and also local stuff.

Travel Directions to Elgol

The only public transport is the Postbus from Broadford, which runs twice Mon-Sat and once on Sun, and takes 2 hrs. For details of boat trips on the Bella Jane, Tel. +44 (0)1471 866244; to book Tel. 0800- 7313089 (freephone). Return boat trips take 3 hrs, including about 1 hrs ashore. You should be able to see seals and porpoises en route. There's also a one-way trip for experienced walkers/climbers who wish to make the return journey on foot or to explore the Cuillins. There are also trips on the Nicola, Tel. +44 (0)1471 866236. Trips to Rùm or Canna.

Local Sights & Activities for Elgol

The best sightseeing activities require yo to either step out with boots or put on a lifejacket. There are two tour boats operating from the harbour: Bella Jane Boat Trips that carries you up to the head of Loch Scavaig and there is the Misty Isle Boat Trips also offering a similar service. A faster and more exciting way to explore is with Aquaexplore who use a rib and can take you out as far as Canna & Rum

Elgol Hotels & Accommodation

There are several B&Bs in Elgol, but a more attractive option is Rowan Cottage, Tel./Fax. 866287, www.rowncott.demon.co.uk Open Apr-Nov, a mile east at Glasnakille. You can also stay at Coruisk House (014718 66330)