A Holiday to Skye
by Carol Milner // October 2017
A Holiday to Skye
Coach Carol loves Scotland, having lived up there for 8 years. She recently discovered Dogs Trust Holiday Cottages (http://www.dogstrustholidays.co.uk/) which has a fantastically easy search by location, date and number of pets. The search by number of dogs that the cottages allow is great, as it’s sometimes difficult finding cottages that allow more than one dog. We thought you might all be thinking about planning your 2018 holidays now so it was worth a blog!
It’s a big old drive from Weymouth, Dorset to the Isle of Skye (680 miles door to door!) but it’s more than worth the trek. It really is a spectacular island and is easy to access from the mainland now, thanks to the Skye Bridge (opening a route from Kyle of Lochalsh to Kyleakin in 1995). There are so many amazing dog friendly walks, plus there is easy access by (dog friendly) ferry to the spectacular beaches of the Outer Hebrides (Harris, North Uist, Benbecula and South Uist) from Uig.
Time for lunch and photos at the Faerie Pools
You can go as hard or soft, long and short as you like with walks. For example, the Cuillin Ridge (probably not to be tackled in a day!), or slightly lower level walks like the Quirang, the Faerie Pools or the Old Man of Storr, and then hill top or beach walks (Neist Point, Rubha Hunish and Shell Beach). There are opportunities for wild swimming, whale and dolphin spotting (especially at Rubha Hunish Lookout Bothy), otter spotting (at Kylerhea) and many spectacular photo ops!
The view from the Quiraing walk
If you do have a lowland dog (like my two soft southerners) it is a good idea to build them up to hill walking gradually (just so their pads get used to the wear and tear from the stoney paths) but I guarantee they will love the walks (and peat bog diving!) on Skye as much as my boys.
Peatbog Faeries at the Faerie Pools
If you have a sheep chaser then it is a good idea to take a long line as the sheep pretty much have free roam of Skye. My boys adore how quiet the island is, you can walk for miles and not see a soul. A real bonus is that if you have a dog who is a bit worried of dogs or people, the paths are generally very wide so you can avoid other path users. It also gives lots of opportunity for training a positive association by pairing food with people and dogs at a distance.
We had a week of walks, wild swimming for dogs and humans, café trips and sunset watching from our spectacular cottage that overlooked the Applecross Peninsula from North East Skye. The dogs got home and crashed every night, and even trying to get them up for bedtime toilet was difficult, pooch snores all round!
The view to Applecross from the cottage
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