Taigh Ailean (pronounced Tie Allan) is Gaelic for Allan’s house. Allan McLeod chose this remote lochside location for his croft and over a century later we have chosen Portnalong as our home because of its peaceful beauty.
Situated on the end of the Minginish Peninsular with stunning views of Loch Harport, Macleod’s Tables and The Cuillin, the Taigh Ailean Hotel is the perfect base for climbing, walking, fishing, photography or just pottering about the island enjoying the scenery, crafts and coffee.
The area is rich with wildlife. Taking a gentle stroll along the Loch you might see otters and sea eagles. Driving to Portree or climbing the Munros you could spot a golden eagle. At night when the skies are clear the stars are amazing and if you’re very lucky you might see the Northern Lights to make your stay even more special.
Our rooms are comfortably furnished and decorated with local crafts and pictures. We have a variety of rooms to suit your needs and aAll of our rooms have ensuite bathrooms with showers.
Family rooms have bunk beds and either a double or twin beds. Each room has a television and facilities to make tea or coffee.
There is a sitting room for exclusive use of guests with a large range of books, games and a DVD player and television.
In winter it feels very cosy to sit in front of a roaring fire with a wee dram from the bar.
The *TA Full Scottish* will set you up for the day, or if you prefer, you could choose porridge with milk, cream, whisky, Scottish honey or (as my granny advocated) just salt. Breakfast is served between 8:00 and 9:30. If you need to breakfast earlier, just let us know.
If you have a special request, either dietary or with regards to timing, just ask.
Munros Bar is open to residents and non residents and during the spring/summer serves food every day from 6pm until 9pm.
In autumn/winter we provide evening meals for guests if they choose to eat with us on days when the bar is closed.
With a little notice we can cater for vegans, people with food intolerances etc.
As far as possible we use regional ingredients such as Cumbrae oysters served with Isle of Harris sugar kelp aromatic water or Highland red venison. Local growers supply us with splendid greens, fresh berries and a variety of herbs. Vegetarian options are available (we can cater for vegans and other dietary requirements too but please give us as much notice as possible).
We have an excellent selection of whisky with, of course, several from our local Talisker distillery. We are also very proud of our extensive range of Scottish (and other) gins, served with *proper tonic* or as a gimlet. Our exclusive house ale ‘Gillean’ is very popular with Skye people and tourists alike.
We have a pool table, a wood burning stove for chilly nights made cosy and a variety of books about Skye for quiet moments.
The views from the bar and the beer garden are spectacular.
Well behaved dogs are welcome in both the hotel and the bar.
Please tell us if you are bringing your dog to stay so we can reserve one of the designated rooms for you.
We have our own dog, Fritz von Krumm, and the walks and beaches nearby and across the island are wonderful.
We will be happy to direct you towards the best ones!