Glasphein, Staffin

There are not many views that can be bettered in Staffin than from Glasphein – a quick glance out of the sitting room window at Cruachan Bed & Breakfast will tell you that.

Staffin Bay, Stenscholl Island and a horizon with the hills of Wester Ross all lie before you.   

And directly behind this homely and modern B&B is the looming presence of the Quiraing and the Trotternish Ridge.

Glasphein is one of more than 20 crofting townships in the district of Staffin, which is in the north-east of Skye. The townships are all dotted around the ridge and bay and the district is still very much an active crofting and Gaelic-speaking community.

Staffin, known as An Taobh Sear in Gaelic, has an array of spectacular coastal cliffs, grassy platforms and lochs. The Trotternish Ridge itself is the longest inland cliff in Britain and the area has several top tier national designations on account of this special landscape and environment.

Cruachan offers a warm welcome to all guests and is sited right beside the main Staffin-Portree A855 road. The rooms and facilities are light, airy and spacious.    

Cruachan was built approximately 40 years ago next to the site of a communal water tap, before a mains supply came to Staffin.

The attractive stone wall which frames the house was built by stonemasons from Gairloch while the main road was being constructed, in order to protect an old byre next to the new route.   

Cruachan is run by Wilma Toner, an islander, a Leodhasach, from across the Minch. Wilma previously lived in Staffin for several years. Cruachan offers a spacious double room with a king-size bed and en-suite bathroom.

The second room in the house offers a double/twin with a shared bathroom. The rooms are equipped with hairdryers and tea/coffee making facilities. There is free WiFi throughout and guests have access to the main sitting room with its panoramic view.

A continental or full cooked breakfast is offered to all guests and any special dietary requirements will be catered for at Cruachan, which is open all year round. 

In recent years Staffin has enjoyed an unprecedented surge in the number of visitors from all over the world, possibly buoyed by the frequency of high-profile filming by Hollywood directors, television productions, commercials and music videos. Movies like ‘Macbeth,’ and ‘Prometheus’ have all been shot locally and Harry Styles’ first solo single was also recently filmed in Staffin.

With natural attractions like the Quiraing, Kilt Rock, Staffin Beach, Lealt gorge and Old Man of Storr, the area is a magnet for any visitor to the island. Staffin has two excellent shops, a petrol station, a garage, several cafes/take-aways, a Post Office, launderette, gym, a museum and several craft outlets. More details here:

Directions: Cruachan B&B is 17 miles north from Portree, the capital of the Isle of Skye, and it takes about 30 minutes’ drive. When crossing the Skye Bridge, head for Portree which is about 45 minutes’ drive north. From Portree continue north along the A855. Eight miles over the Quiraing or Bealach road is the port village of Uig, from where sailings to Western Isles leave every day. 

Contact details: Phone Wilma on 01470 562 479 or 07792 757 849


Address: Cruachan 6 Glasphein
Isle of Skye
IV51 9JZ