Taigh Uilleam has its own private access with parking and is situated on a queit working croft in Balmeanach, Braes. It is an excellent base from which to explore Skye, being only 8 miles from Portree, the capital.
The district of Braes lies south of Portree on the North side of Loch Sligachan and is made up of several Crofting townships. At Balmeanach a spit of land reaches out into the narrows of Raasay. This is an area rich in wildlife, geology and history. The "Battle of the Braes" in 1882 resulted in laws giving crofters rights for the very first time. You will find niches where fishing boats sheltered over the centuries waiting for fine weather, sight porpoise and dolphin, otter and oystercatcher and wonder at the beauty of the spotted orchid, sundew and butterwort while plover fulmer and maybe even a sea eagle soar high overhead.
The cottage has views across Balmeanach Bay towards the Island of Raasay and you can often see the ferry pass by. It has panoramic hill and sea views and is just a short walk (approximately 8 minutes) from a sandy beach which has views of Ben Tianavaig, the Trotternish ridge all the way up to Brothers Point, and the Cuillins.