Our Green Policy

Roskhill House

Living in such a beautiful part of the world really brings home the importance of protecting the planet. We do try our best to reduce waste, use resources wisely and not introduce any more chemicals into the environment than we need to. 

We continue to be members of Green Tourism which is considered one of the most rigorous certification programmes of its kind. We have recently been awarded a Green Tourism Silver Award in recognition of the efforts we are making to create a responsible business - we are the only guesthouse on Skye to have achieved this. You can view the assessor's report here. We have also secured the highest possible sustainability rating from Booking.com.

Water

We provide chilled tap water in your room fridge which is refreshed each morning if you wish. The water from the tap in the bathroom comes direct from the mains, not from a tank, and is fine to drink.  We will always refill your water bottles for you - feel free to use the water filter in the snug too. We've upgraded all the bathrooms this year, installing water efficient showers and toilets too.

Food & Drink

Whenever possible, we source locally produced food in order to support the island community and to reduce the carbon footprint of our provision. 

We serve a 100% vegetarian and plant-based menu. Our eggs are from our own flock of adopted hens, now living a happy retirement from the commercial egg industry, and thriving on a non-soya and Vegetarian Society approved diet. 

We now use 100% regenerative farmed flour. This is a soil-positive approach to farming and we are delighted to be using Wildfarmed flour in all our baking from Spring 2024.

We are opening our "honesty box" from Spring 2024 - through which we'll be selling eggs, breads, cakes and marmalade all made at Roskhill House. This is an ideal way to reduce waste, while also generating funds for local green projects. 

Towels and Linen

We follow Visit Scotland recommendations and change towels once every three days. We are happy to change towels on a more frequent basis if you require.

Recycling and composting

We recycle as much as possible including paper, cardboard, aluminium cans, and glass and plastic bottles. We compost on site - with recycling and discrete composting bins (for ground coffee granules and plastic free tea bags) in all bedrooms. UK guests can now take away our used coffee grinds - excellent for nourishing your gardens. 

Guest Toiletries

We have chosen guest toiletries (Noble Isle) that are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free and made in the UK. We have switched our toilet paper. We are no longer using chemically bleached white paper imported from China and are now pleased to stock Naked Sprout's unbleached sustainably sourced bamboo paper, made in the EU. 

Cleaning Products

We use Method and Bio-D environmentally friendly cleaning products to minimise harmful effects to the environment.

Electricity

We would ask you to switch off your room lights when you leave. Our electricity is supplied by Octopus and is from 100% green energy sources.

Cycling

Skye is an increasingly popular destination for cyclists and walkers. We have a secure bicycle shed on site and facilities to ensure that your walking gear dries, ready for your next encounter with Skye's climate. 

We have two Volt Pulse electric bikes available for hire (for £5 per hour).

Travel and Transport

Getting to Skye by public transport is straightforward, with excellent train and bus services from Inverness. Travelling around the Island is more challenging as there is no rail network on the island. Bus services do start and finish in nearby Dunvegan. There are good local taxi services available, which can connect guests to the public transport network. 

We have a Electric Vehicle charging point for guests - for a charge of £0.50 per kwh. 

There is so much to see and do on Skye. We actively encourage guests to stay for three or more nights to really enjoy the island. To encourage this, we have a 3 night discount rate on all rooms. We hope that many guests take advantage of this - it will enhance your visit and will help address some of the congestion and over-tourism issues that the island faces at points during the summer. 

Garden and grounds

We are now cultivating our back garden to include a wildflower meadow that will support pollinators while also providing a home for a diverse range of birds. We've planted native species trees there too. We'll continue to maintain a lawn to the front of the property, but have also invested in more plants that will also enhance the biodiversity around Roskhill House.

Supporting local organisations

From Spring 2024, all tips received from guests will be donated to SEALL, one of Scotland's leading rural performing arts promoters. Based on the Isle of Skye, they bring the magic of performance in music, theatre, dance, literature, comedy and children’s shows to remote rural venues across the Isles of Skye and Raasay.

Single use plastic

We strive to eliminate single use plastic items from Roskhill House. We'll always aim to provide a non-plastic, non-disposable alternative. Our toiletries are provided in refillable bottles and we do not stock or sell water in plastic bottles. We don't provide plastic straws or takeaway food or drinks containers (or lids).