Canopy looks out over Portree inner bay towards Ben Tianavaig, the southern end of the Trotternish Ridge, which extends from Portree to Staffin at the north end of the island. The River Varragil runs into the head of the sea loch, at low tide exposing mudflats and shingle banks which are feeding grounds for waders, duck and seabirds. Ben Tianavaig, although small by Cuillin standards, is a wonderful mountain with cliffs, broken land forms, a sandy bay, lochans, waterfalls and moorland. In all weathers the views are spectacular, the light ever changing. I never tire of looking out of our window or wandering down to the shore at the bottom of the garden enjoying the peace, beauty and wildlife.
Portree, the “capital” of Skye has an active harbour with fishing boats, yachts and small craft. Catriona sells fresh local fish on the pier. Boats run trips along the coast where you may spot a sea eagle, seals, porpoises, dolphins or even an otter.Canopy is ideally situated close to cafes, restaurants and bars where traditional music is often played. During the summer months the Portree Pipe Band regularly parades around the square. The Aros Centre has a theatre and RSPB sea eagle exhibition.
Skye is a large island and has a great deal to offer: the Cuillin mountain range for climbers, many walks ranging in length and difficulty, fly fishing, sea fishing, kayaking, castles, gardens, museums, art galleries, potteries, crafts. Portree is centrally placed so whichever form of transport you prefer: walking, cycling, bus or car, Canopy provides an ideal base for exploration. Information and maps are available at Canopy. Portree has a Tourist Information Centre. Rob, a local ecologist and yacht skipper will be happy to tell you about our favourite spots and how to get there: the atmospheric Storr, cliffs that host many seabirds, “coral” beaches, waterfalls, brochs…… the landscape is stunningly beautiful.
Come and enjoy Skye, you won’t regret it!