The Area

The Isle of Skye; stay amongst nature in its most raw and powerful state



The Old Church provides the chance for all lovers of the outdoors to enjoy a fantastic break in a landscape they will never forget.

 Blaven at over 900m rears dramatically up from Loch Slapin and dominates the skyline; however there are another five mountains over 700 meters in the dramatic amphitheatre that surrounds the loch.

Activities in the surrounding area


The Old Church has fabulous walking from its doorstep. There are gentle paths along the shore of Loch Slapin and to the hidden waterfalls for those who prefer a relaxing wander. For those with something a little more strenuous in mind there is almost unlimited hill walking in all directions.

Blaven is the most incredibly rewarding peak with good paths for much of the way and, with only a small scramble near the summit, it is accessible to most walkers.

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The Black Cuillin are internationally recognised as a fantastic climbing location. Its sticky gabbro rock and alpine style ridges make the Black Cuillin a unique and spectacular climbing site. Blaven and Clach Glas provide wide and varied climbing and scrambling opportunities. For scramblers there are grade 1, 2 and 3 routes which move from the gentle to the definitely tricky. 


Many kayakers come to Skye to appreciate its beautiful coastline with its many inlets and sea lochs. Loch Slapin is an ideal base to begin exploring Skye by kayak.

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 Nature lovers

Golden eagles, hawks, deer, otters, herons and seals are amongst the animals regularly seen by guests at the The Old Church. The John Muir Trust, a conservation organisation dedicated to maintaining this area of outstanding beauty owns most of the land and mountains visible from the cottage.

Indeed much of the land surrounding The Old Church is designated as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and Torrin is also covered by the golden eagle special protection area (SPA). There is a small seal colony living just off shore and otters can be seen bobbing their heads above water whilst hunting for fish. Crabs and lobsters can be caught from the small boat launching jetty on the opposite side of the loch.

For those wanting to get closer to some of the spectacular sea life, the Bella Jane and Misty Isle run fabulous boat trips from Elgol, only a 15 minute scenic car journey away.

Eating Out

Skye is home to many excellent restaurants and several breweries and distilleries


There are plenty to choose from in nearby Broadford and the internationally renowned Kinloch Lodge is only a short drive away. In the north of the island, the Three Chimneys is a must destination for many.

On our doorstep we have Amy’s Place, a little gem of a café selling good coffee, sandwiches, soup and glorious cakes.