For those thinking about staying in winter (this can mean any time between early November and mid-March) please realise that: the weather is frequently very wild, wet and windy. There are lovely days but you need to be prepared for the norm.
We don’t get snow very often and generally not very much but it can happen and when it does roads, and the track to Allt Dearg, can get blocked. Also the days are very short, particularly in December and January and many of the summer attractions and restaurants are closed.
The cottages are very well equipped with electric heaters and there are plenty of blankets and hot water bottles. There are also open fires (please see individual cottage facilities, Old School House or Allt Dearg, for details of where) but keeping warm is likely to cost quite a bit more in electricity than in the summer.
If it gets really cold, and this is now very seldom but it has happened at both cottages, the water supplies can freeze up.There is nothing that we can do about this but water can be collected from the burns close by.
We don’t wish to put anyone off but equally we do not wish people to come without being prepared. Skye is beautiful in winter but it can be rugged too.
Please note that the Sligachan Hotel (pub near Allt Dearg) no longer closes for the winter and The Old Inn in Carbost is also open all year round.In December and January you should check opening hours.