• Distance: From the Skye bridge it is a good hour drive to Milovaig.
  • Wildlife & nature: Pooltiel House is close to Neist Point lighthouse (10 minute drive, two hour walk) which is very good for whale watching in Scotland. You can spot the minke whale, the killer whale or the basking shark straight from the rocks. People filmed the minke from their kayak a bit north from Neist Point at Waternish.  At Neist Point you will find sea birds like the Gannet who throws himself into the water like a dive bomber when hunting. During construction of Pooltiel House our engineer saw a whale jumping out of the water of Loch Pooltiel while he was busy on site.
  • With a 45 minute drive you will reach the Fairy Pools on the foot of the Cuillins. Sligachan, with access to the Cuillins, is at 40 minutes.
  • You can spot deer, seals and, with some luck, otters and sea eagles on the Isle of Skye. Sea eagles are often spotted above Loch Pooltiel. On the other side of the loch are the impressive cliffs of Dunvegan Head. Depending on the time of year and the weather you can see the sunlight create beautiful effects on the hills of Dunvegan Head and its rock face or impressive waterfalls that are blown back over the edge of the cliff.
  • Shops, pubs, cafe's: In Glendale (10 minute drive) there is a village shop, tearoom and, during the season, the Red Roof Cafe Gallery. Dunvegan has some more shops (20 minute drive). In Portree there is a big Coop (50 minute drive).
  • Restaurants on Skye: The famous Three Chimneys (15 minute drive), awarded a Michelin Star in 2014, for exclusive dining or the family friendly The Old School restaurant in Dunvegan (20 minutes). Try Stein Inn in Waternish (30 minute drive) for fish & chips or The Oyster Shed at Carbost for seafood (45 minutes drive). And there is of course everything you may want in Portree, with several restaurants and lunchrooms. 
  • Kids: Dunvegan Castle (20 minutes) a beautiful Scottish castle, Corral Beaches (25 minutes), the dino prints on An Corran beach (Staffin), Orbost with its black beach (25 minutes), the swimming pool in Portree (50 minutes) or just bring your wets suits and visit the beach of Loch Pooltiel. From the Stein Jetty (Lochbay), Portree and Elgol you can book boat-trips that take you out to visit the wildlife at sea. Seeing or meeting a whale, dolphin or basking shark is an experience that will definitely stay with you and your family.
  • Whisky: The famous Talisker distillery is close by (40 minutes drive).
  • Diving and snorkeling: The waters around Pooltiel House are beautiful and much appreciated by divers. The Meanish Pier makes a good launch site if you want to go out for scuba diving or snorkeling in Scotland.
  • Boating and kayaking: explore Loch Pooltiel from the Meanish Pier.
  • Walking on Skye: There are lots of possibilities when you stay at Pooltiel House. Just walk out of the house to the end of the plot, turn left and follow the cliff. You will see some breathtaking scenery. If you want more, try the Isle of Skye walks or the walk that leads you over Dunvegan Head, on the other side of Loch Pooltiel. There are cliffs there, that are reported to have a sheer drop of more than 1000 ft.
  • Stars and Aurora Borealis (northern lights): At night, it gets really dark on Skye because there is hardly any light pollution. So, on a clear night you can see a lot of stars. Very impressive. And when conditions are favorable it is a good place to see or photograph the northern lights in Scotland. You can get a notification through twitter.