5 Digg, Staffin.

The spectacular vistas which greet guests in the morning when they pull back the blinds gives this popular B&B and self-catering apartment its name.

In all seasons, the view of the famous rock formations is one to savour, as is the quality of the accommodation, food and home comforts of Quiraing View, which has been welcoming guests from all over the world for more than 20 years.

Run by Donna MacDonald and husband Ian, Quiraing View is located in the crofting township of Digg, pronounced D-e-e-g.

Postcard-pretty scenery is guaranteed no matter which window or what angle guests look from, either towards the tops of the Quiraing or back to the brilliant blue sea of Staffin Bay, with the hills of Wester Ross beyond.

Digg is still an active crofting township in the Trotternish peninsula, with cattle and sheep kept, fields cultivated and livestock crops and potatoes grown. Ian has several working Border Collies who are often in action on the croft and hill fetching and carrying sheep.

Quiraing View has two double rooms which are both en-suite. One of the rooms also has a single bed and can accommodate a family and looks out towards the Quiraing. The other double room enjoys views out to the Trotternish Ridge. Both rooms have tea/coffee-making facilities, a mini-fridge, TV/DVD, radio, hairdryer and ironing board/iron. Both rooms are £35 per person, per night, for bed and breakfast.

In the morning at Quiraing View guests can enjoy a continental breakfast or if they prefer, porridge or cereal instead. That start to the day can set guests up for a wide range of pursuits which guests can enjoy in Staffin, like walking or climbing up the Quiraing, the Trotternish Ridge and the Old Man of Storr. They can also take in the dramatic Kilt Rock or Lealt waterfalls or enjoy a range of walks through the local footpath network, which stretches across the 23 different townships of Staffin. Included in that, and just a short distance away from Quiraing View, is the walk through Digg down to Loch Sheanta.

Anglers can enjoy fishing, either freshwater in local lochs or by rod from the “Rocks” at the shore, while there are boat excursions from the Staffin Slipway. Guests with an interest in Trotternish’s history can visit two excellent museums, one in Staffin, the other in Kilmuir, our neighbouring community. The famous Highland heroine Flora MacDonald, who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape back to France after the Jacobite risings, is buried in Kilmuir and her monumental grave is hugely popular. There are two well-stocked shops, a filling station, hotel and several cafes/restaurants in Staffin, with an internet cafe also situated in the Columba 1400 centre. 

Donna and Ian also have a self-catering apartment. This has a double bedroom and single bedroom (max 3 occupants), kitchen, bathroom and sitting room. Prices start at £380 per week. Short breaks are also available.
The Quiraing View apartment has been fully fitted and furnished to a very high standard. Entrance to the premises is by a private stairwell. Due to fire regulations we operate a no smoking policy on the premises. No pets, except guide dogs, are allowed and there is off-road parking. There is an enclosed garden with wooden benches and a barbecue. Easy access to the beach, with panoramic views and picturesque walks.

Directions: Quiraing View is 18 miles north from Portree, the capital of the Isle of Skye, about 30 minutes’ drive. When you arrive on Skye, head for Portree. From Portree drive north along the A855. This road will take to straight to Staffin. Continue through Staffin on the same road and you will arrive at Digg, where we are situated. Over the Quiraing or Bealaich road is the port village of Uig, from where sailings to Western Isles leave every day. 

Contact details: Phone 01470 562 388, e-mail quiraingview@aol.com or for further information 




5 Stenscholl, Staffin.

Fantastic scenery, good food and warm and engaging hosts await guests staying at Achtalean B&B.

The popular establishment, which enjoys a burgeoning reputation for its welcome and has a series of glowing reviews on Trip Advisor, is run by Sue and Greg Walters. Based in the crofting township of Stenscholl, Achtalean is perfectly situated. 

Every room in the house either has a sea or mountain view and right in front of the house is the sea and the magnificent sight of Staffin Bay and Stenscholl and Flodigarry islands.

Directly opposite Achtalean and nestling above the bay are the townships of Brogaig, Glasphein and Digg. It is often photographed as the classic crofting scene in Scotland. That image has appeared in countless television programmes, magazines and newspapers over the decades. Indeed along the long straight of the Stenscholl road, visitors are parked up in laybys with their cameras snapping that scene.

Above those townships, and Sartle, is the world renowned Quiraing and the Trotternish Ridge. Staffin is a great base for many activities including walking, photography, fishing, wildlife watching, boat trips and Island tours. The sea and hills are all within easy reach of Achtalean and there is a special welcome for climbers and walkers.

Greg is a member of the Skye Mountain Rescue Team and an experienced and avid mountaineer/climber/walker who has tackled peaks all over the world. He can suggest local walks along the coast and surrounding hills and can also be your guide for the day if you wish to explore further.

Achtalean has one double room (en-suite), one double room with private bathroom and one family room (en-suite) with one double bed and two single beds. The comfortable lounge/breakfast room enjoys the bay and mountain view.

All the bedrooms have sea and mountain views and facilities include: TV, hair drier, tea/coffee tray and free wi-fi. The garden can be enjoyed by guests wishing to soak in the views. You can enjoy Greg’s delicious full cooked breakfast or lighter alternatives are available.

Achtalean is open primarily between the end of March to October but offers all year round accommodation, although advance booking out-of-season is essential.

Directions: Achtalean is 18 miles north from Portree, the capital of the Isle of Skye, about 30 minutes’ drive. When you arrive on Skye, head to Portree and from there drive north on the main A855 road to Staffin.

Achtalean is in Stenscholl and the township is on a long double-track straight section of road. Achtalean is about two-thirds of the way along that road, just past the small shop and filling station on your left, and is well-signposted. Over the Quiraing or Bealaich road is the port village of Uig, from where sailings to Western Isles leave every day. 

Contact details: Phone 01470 562 723, 07748 533 377 or e-mail mountainman277@yahoo.co.uk