Visit Skyeskyns in Waternish
Open seven days a week
Welcome to our unique attraction on the Waternish peninsula
Visitors to Skyeskyns Waternish Tannery are transported back in time to witness how real sheepskins are made using time honoured methods of leather making - one of the oldest crafts known to man.
Our tannery tours are free, take place at regular intervals throughout the day, and there is no need to book.
On arrival, you can also watch our wee tanning process video and listen to an audio tour of the tannery. Our audio tannery tours are available in five languages: English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Listen using your phone and our QR code on site or use one of the media players available.
After the tannery, explore our beautiful original showroom and shop for high quality sheepskins, accessories and clothing.
Take a break with gorgeous coffee, bakes and soup in our unique pop-up seasonal café, the YURTea&Coffee, open seven days a week until September. During the winter, why not grab a coffee from our coffee corner in the Showroom.
Discover the story of leather: our tours
You can enjoy a free guided tour of our workshop where you will see all the traditional implements used by the Tanner: the beam, paddles, racks and buffing wheel, horse and iron as well as the lengthy hand finishing processes, which help to create the world famous Highland hand-combed fleece, which is exclusive to Skyeskyns.
After the technical tour, we will take you to our showroom to find out more about the different breeds and types of sheepskins. Audio tours of the showroom are also available. You can browse through our comprehensive range of luxurious fleeces and quality woollen and leather goods. You’ll find it's the perfect place for that exclusive and lasting keepsake of your visit to the magical Isle of Skye.
Tours take place on a regular basis throughout the day. Whilst you wait for a guide to become available, why not listen to an audio tour or browse around our site? You can explore the showroom, pop into the Yurt or simply admire the views!
Please note that our tannery is situated at our Waternish address, IV55 8GD.
Our Portree store does not offer tannery tours.
Everything you need to know to visit
Skyeskyns is open daily (Mon - Sun) from: 10 am to 4.30pm seven days a week.
Tours usually take place between 10am and 4.00pm. No need to book.
Please check our YURTea&Coffee page for details of opening days and times.
How to Find Us
Our postcode for your SatNav is: IV55 8GD . Address 17 Lochbay, Waternish IV55 8GD.
From the main Portree to Dunvegan road, the A850, take the turning for Waternish (B886)
Skyeskyns is clearly indicated from the main road. Follow the road for approximately 3 miles to the T junction. Turn right and our car park is just ahead of you.
Car parking is available onsite as is a charging point for electric cars.
Toilet facilities are available onsite
Disabled toilets are only accessible through the tannery and therefore restricted in access. Please ask on site. We apologise for any inconvenience. No dogs in the showroom and tannery please.
The entrance to the Tannery has level access from the car park. The showroom is up a flight of stairs but our staff are always happy to bring down selections of fleeces for customers with limited mobility.
Our Yurt has disabled access ramp which can be set up on request.
Our tour information and Yurt menu can be made available in large print on request.
Our attractions and shops Skyeskyns on Skye
From witnessing how real traditiional sheepskins are made to browsing our beautiful shops or enjoying our Yurt hospitality, come and discover Skyeskyns has to offer.