Environmental activities

Our purpose-built studio and environmental activities room offers a unique space that will add another dimension to your stay in Elgol Isle of Skye. We have put together resources, maps, guides, books, identification aids, hands-on instructions, and unique where-to-see information.  This is based on our extensive experiences and detailed knowledge of the local area.

Studio and environmental activities space at Springbank Cottage Elgol Isle of Skye


There’s a telescope and binoculars for bird watching. The resident birdlife is varied and includes several regional specialities such as black guillemot, great northern and red throated diver, dipper and red grouse. Summer visitors include skylark, common sandpiper, stonehchat, wheatear, cuckoo and, on the hills, ring ouzel.

Plants and animals

From marine mammals to orchids there’s a wealth of interesting and unusual wildlife waiting here for you to discover.  Arm yourself with our guide books and identification resources and venture out for a flora and fauna foray – see what you can find.

The sky of Skye

There’s no light pollution at night so star gazing is a lot easier up here.  We’ve recently taken more of an interest in cloud watching and have added several new guides.

On the shore

Rock pooling remains a family favourite among young and old alike.  There’s crab nets and collecting gear for fun days exploring the seashore.

Huge rock pool at Strathaird Point – hours of fun for all the family. Don’t forget your wellies!


The geology of Skye is fascinating and we’ve always loved beach combing for interesting specimens so fossiling is always popular.  The shores of Loch Scavaig hold some very fossil rich outcrops.

Bugs and beasties

If you like your bugs and beasties there’s kit to set up your own mini-beast safari . There’s nets and guides for getting a closer look at dragonflies and butterflies.  The bat detector makes being out in the dark even more spooky than usual.

Quality time away from the screens

The whole idea is to make a great way for adults and kids to have fun discovering the natural world outdoors together through a wide range of activities – there’s something for everyone!  Encourage some digital detox and reconnect with the natural world.

Studio space

The room also creates studio space for art activities or can be a playroom where the kids can chill out and explore the contents of the toy and games chest.

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So, if you are thinking about a trip to Skye and you want more than just a “standard” holiday cottage, take a closer look.  We hope you will be surprised by how much is on offer during a stay at Springbank Cottage.

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