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Isle of Skye

The island of wonder and timeless magic

DSC_0028 - Janet MacLeod

Probably Scotland’s most recognisable island. Its magnificent mountain peaks are often pictured shrouded in romantic mist and clouds, giving way to its name ‘Cloud Island’ in old Norse.


The Museum of Island Life offers a glimpse into Skye’s fascinating history and dates all the way back to the era of dinosaurs with footprints and fossils.

Skye is the largest and most northerly of the Inner Hebrides, connected to the mainland by a bridge. Eilean Donan Castle situated at the gateway to the island is a sight to behold and not to be missed.

The island’s deep rooted human history has been captured in poetry, stories and song over the generations. Its tumultuous past witnessed the Highland Clearances and relentless Clan Warfare.

Skye’s dramatic volcanic landscape has been the backdrop for many films, including the first ever feature-length film in Scottish Gaelic. Shaped over millennia the island has distinguished craggy peaks, rock formations and sea stacks. Among its most famous sights are the stunning series of rocky pinnacles that make up both the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr.

Neist Point is another spectacular spot, where minke whales and soaring eagles are often spotted. The flickering fairy pools are a wonderful spot for wild swimming, whilst The Cuillin Range and the Trotternish Ridge are home to twelve Munros - peaks over 914 metres. It’s a world-class destination for walkers and climbers.

Portree is the main town. The perfectly picturesque harbour with its pretty pastel coloured houses is fringed by dramatic cliffs. Connect with the local community who still embrace Gaelic culture and traditions to this day, and enjoy their warm hospitality.

Whisky lovers are in for a treat at Talisker distillery, the oldest working distillery on the island.  The Museum of Island Life offers a glimpse into Skye’s fascinating history and dates all the way back to the era of dinosaurs with footprints and fossils.

We recommend a visit to:

  • Dunvegan Castle: The oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland, explore its stunning gardens and fascinating history.
  • The Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr.
  • Neist Point: The headland with lonely lighthouses.
  • The majestic Loch Coruisk: Sitting at the foothills of the towering Black Cuillin mountains.
  • The Magical Fairy Pools: Take a refreshing swim in the enchanting Fairy Pools, where the crystal-clear waters beckon, but remember to brace for the chilly temperature before taking the plunge.
  • A.C.E Target Sports: Test your precision at A.C.E Target Sports with activities such as clay pigeon shooting, archery, and even axe throwing for those seeking an adventurous challenge.
  • Rubha Hunish: With parking space for up to eight cars and a two-hour hiking journey, venture to Rubha Hunish. Bring your binoculars and try your luck at spotting whales, including Humpback and Killer whales, out at sea.
Ferry Route Past Skye - Janet MacLeod

For more information and must-sees, visit the Isle of Skye Website.

Farmer and his Dog - Janet MacLeod

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