Unique Fishing Village

The cottages are situated in the secluded small fishing village of Elgol. Down at the shore there is a small harbour where local fishing boats land their catches of lobster and langoustine among others.

Boat trips run from the jetty into Loch Coruisk, in the heart of the Cuillins and there is extensive scope for a variety of outdoor pursuits.

Excellent restaurants such as the renowned Three Chimneys Restaurant are to be found on Skye.

Loch Coruisk

Loch CoruiskLoch Coruisk is a fresh water lock right in the heart of the horseshoe shaped Cuillin Mountains directly opposite Elgol. Elgol may be at the end of the road, but it is a gateway to Loch Coruisk via a short 20 minute boat trip from Elgol pier.

Coruisk is a mystical and very remote loch in the very heart of the Black Cuillins. Loch Coruisk is reputed to be the home of a water horse, or perhaps better known as "Kelpie", the Scots name given to a shape-shifting water spirit inhabiting the lochs and pools of Scotland.

In recent years Loch Coruisk has become renowned as one of the most romantic places for a Scottish wedding. Mary's Thatched Cottages has been extremely popular for wedding couples. The traditional thatched cottage is very cosy and is the perfect place for a honeymoon.

Popular film location

It is hardly surprising that Skye has become so popular with cinematographers, given the combination of spectacular and varied landscapes, changing weather, and resultant light effects. Here is a recent list of films as compiled by VisitScotland:

  • Prometheus (2012) – In Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller, the film starts in Scotland in the year 2089 on the Storr, where an archaeologist (Noomi Rapace) discovers the ancient star map in a cave under the Old Man of Storr.
  • Macbeth (2015) – Starring Michael Fassbender, Macbeth used a number of locations on Skye. The Quiraing is the setting for the point in the film when Macbeth returns from battle and is anointed The Thane of Cawdor by King Duncan.
  • The BFG (2016)The BFG (2016) – Roald Dahl’s classic children's story was reimagined for the big screen in 2016, with the landscapes of the Quiraing and the Storr on Trotternish Ridge, and the mountainous Cuillin, inspiring the fictional "Giants' Land".
  • Stardust (2007) – Skye looks truly magical in this fairy tale adventure. Michelle Pfieffer's wicked character Lamia can be seen on the Quiraing as she sets out to hunt down Yvaine, a fallen star.
  • The Land that Time Forgot (1975) – This fantasy adventure film had everything; submarines, dinosaurs and Skye! The final scenes featured Quiraing (and Old Man of Storr) which were turned into sea cliffs at end of the film as the hero casts his message in a bottle into the waves. Did you know that you can walk in actual dinosaur footprints at nearby Staffin?
  • Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) – Kristen Stewart took the titular role in this dark fantasy film. Seen from the sky, the Quiraing was the landscape which lay in between the enchanted forest and snow forest. You can also see a group of travellers travelling over the Old Man of Storr.
  • 47 Ronin (2013) – A samurai adventure starring Keanu Reeves, the Quiraing was used as the location of the film’s giant Buddha.
  • Coming up: King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and Transformers: The Last Knight, both due to be released in 2017, may feature scenes shot at the Quiraing.

VisitScotland have a great page where you can see a lovely video and explore Skye further

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