Kilmuir has something of everything; for the walker the Trotternish ridge is on our doorstep and for the less intrepid, there are lovely coastal walks. Ornithologists will find much of interest – there are golden eagles in the hills behind the house and the rasping call of the elusive corncrake, one of the rarest birds in Britain can be heard on neighbouring crofts.
For those interested in the past, Kilmuir has a lively involvement in its history; we, the community, have excavated a 2000 year old Iron Age souterrain (underground passage) about a mile from Kilmuir House. Visitors are welcome – but remember your torch! The crumbling ruins of Duntulm Castle are set on a spectacular headland three miles to the north – a favourite spot for sunset photos.
For the more energetically inclined, sea kayaking is available locally and mountain bikes can also be hired. During the summer, there are day trips to the Outer Hebrides from Uig (3 miles away) which include a bus tour to places of interest on the Western Isles.
The Skye Museum of Island Life, a collection of thatched cottages displaying the way of life in days gone by, is just up the road from us, as is the monument and grave of Flora MacDonald, the Highland Heroine who helped Prince Charlie escape “over the sea to Skye”