Where are we?
The Hirsel is located in Ord, some four miles off the A851 Broadford to Armadale Road at the southern end of Skye. The road to the village winds its way past rocky crags, moorland, hills, a loch and forests where deer are frequently seen and which are likely to walk out across the single track road at night so visitors are warned to drive with care. The narrow road to the village gradually reveals the true splendour of Ord, with magnificent views to the distant Cuillin Hills forming the backdrop to this most scenic of areas. Look out too for the cattle and sheep that wander across the fields and road, and on the rare occasion eagles can be seen circling above, their powerful wings keeping them well above the human visitor!
Ord is ideally situated to suit a variety of holiday choices. The sandy beach is safe for bathing and is sheltered by small islands which are home to colonies of seals and seabirds. The waters off the village are excellent for sea-kayaking and wind-surfing, being protected from the rougher water looking out to Rhum and Canna, and provide occasional opportunities for glimpses of otters and dolphins. In and around the village there are a number of walks and climbs to suit all ages and levels of fitness but you may simply wish to while away the day beach-combing or clambering across the rocky shore before returning to the Hirsel for a well-earned cup of tea or perhaps a wee dram!
Ord and the surrounding area is rich in history with the nearby ancient castles at Dunscaith and Knock stark reminders of Scotland’s turbulent and often bloody past. Long since deserted, the ruins are home only now to seabirds and rabbits but secretly conceal the days of clan warfare where the rule of law was by the sword. Boreraig, across the other side of Loch Eishort, is a Highland Clearance site you can visit and explore the abandoned crofts. In the village very near to the Hirsel is the ancient ruin of Teampull Choain where St. Comgan preached Christianity in 720 AD although this site was famed for its healing waters and healing stone long before.
Despite Ord's seemingly isolated position, there is an excellent supermarket and shops in Broadford, 15 miles away, and our local pub, at Isle Ornsay, some 8 miles away. Also, there are many excellent restaurants in the area.
The Hirsel is a haven of peace and tranquility, offering a huge range of things to see and do in this very special part of Scotland.