Imagine a land alive with captivating views and overflowing with wildlife and you have just thought of the Isle of Skye. At the northwest of the island is the Waternish peninsula and at the heart of this is the tiny fishing village of Stein.
Essentially a crofting (or farming) community, the area has, for centuries, drawn visitors for both fair means and foul, from Vikings to Jacobites. The historic interests of the area are abundant and include prehistoric brochs, 6th Century ruins and ancient clan seats. Stories abound of fairies and the Fairy Flag, of clan battles and brutal murder.
Add to these interests, craft shops, galleries, a tannery, a dive centre & boat trips, a restaurant, a number of enchanting local walks and a variety of wildlife and you have found paradise!
For the seafarer, Stein Inn benefits from four moorings situated in Loch Bay as well as the Inn’s own personal mooring (please check with us that it is able to be used). Landing is simple… there is a tidal jetty on which to come ashore. Over and above the Inn’s normal services, there is a specially designated “yachties” shower facility.
The Isle of Skye has some of the darkest skies in Europe and in particular here on Waternish. Consequently Visit Waternish has identified three Dark Skies Discovery Sites where you can look at the wonders of the heavens without the interference of light pollution. However the reality is that given dark, clear nights you can look out from any place on Waternish, switch off any outside lights, wait 10 minutes for your eyes to accustom and behold the wonders of the Milky Way, etc. You might also be lucky to see an Aurora Borealis.
Visit Waternish – Website for the local area
Brae Fasach Gallery – art and craft workshop
Dandelion Designs – craft shop and gallery
Dive and Sea the Hebrides – dive centre
Divers Eye – Boat trips from Stein
Quirky Antiques – an occasional pop up antiques shop.
Skyeskyns – exhibition tannery and shop
The Skye Shilasdair Shop – Dye House & Exhibition
Waternish Farm – Guided conservation Walks