The Aulden Days

The former Waternish Parish Church, designed by William Thomson and adjacent Manse by Joseph Mitchel, as a ‘standard Parliamentary pair’ were constructed around 1828 some 40 years after Thomas Telford proposals to the British Fisheries Society for a planned fishing port at Stein.

Telford’s grand plan involved ‘a rhythm of terraces and crescents punctuated by fountains’ and although it was scaled back as the herring fishing declined, his influence on Waternish including the Old Church and Manse, are held with pride today. 

Over the last two years the Old Church has been painstakingly restored to a luxurious standard. Original features including stone and timber floors give an impression of the original church design but within a contemporary setting. The contrast between old and new is striking.

We are proud of what has been achieved – a new and sustainable future for a historic building in a dramatic setting overlooking Loch Dunvegan and the Hebrides.

Out of the ordinary.

Made for those who wish to explore the magic of Skye.