Destination: Isle of Skye

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Inner Hebrides remote Scottish Island, rugged wilderness

Isle of Skye

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Introducing Isle of Skye


Skye is Scotland's largest island, full of beauty and a variety of scenery. Though often cloudy (Skye is the Norse word for cloud!) this actually can bring a sense of mystery to the island, and any rain showers are more than made up for by the spectacular mountain scenery which include the unmissable Cuillin Ridge; extensive wildlife and a range of activities including walking, cycling, pony trekking and a host of boat trips to choose from. It also has a milder climate than you might imagine for somewhere as far north, making it much more hospitable than some of the Scottish Highlands. Portree is the island's main town. Its picturesque natural harbour has beautifully coloured houses surrounded by high cliffs, and many of the town's main activities take place here. The town is the main cultural centre for the island with concerts, exhibitions and theatre performances.

Isle of Skye

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Region: Scotland

Time to spend here: 1 - 3 days

More Information: www.skye.co.uk

What's nearby? Outer Hebrdies, Isle of Lewis

What transport do you recommend? You reach the Isle on a ferry. Island transport here is limited so a vehicle is very useful!

Did you know? Traditionally on Skye 'Whistling up the wind' is considered unlucky, summoning a gale that may lead to the loss of the boat.

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What can I see in and around Isle of Skye?


Kirkwall

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Orkney's capital Kirkwall has a sense of magic, having stood for hundreds of years, and today you will discover a wonderful selection of craft shops, restaurants and cafés. This bustling market town and Royal Burgh was founded by Vikings around 1035. The original town is one of the best preserved examples of an ancient Norse town. The distinctive red sandstone of St Magnus Cathedral known as the 'Light in the North' was founded in 1137 by the Viking, Earl Rognvald, in honour of his uncle St Magnus.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Skara Brae

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With a variety of attractions, wonderful wildlife and some amazing scenery, the West Mainland is difficult to rival. The Neolithic settlement of Skara Brae, near the dramatic white beach of the Bay of Skaill, is one of the best preserved groups of prehistoric houses in Western Europe. Maeshowe is the finest chambered tomb in north-west Europe and more than 5000 years old. It was broken into in the mid-12th century by Viking crusaders who carved graffiti runes on the walls of the main chamber. Don't miss a visit of the Ring of Brodgar, the largest Neolithic standing stone circle in Scotland!
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Stromness

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The rambling, winding streets flanking the town of Stomness have changed little since the 18th century and the flagstone-paved main street curves along the waterfront, amid attractive stone cottages. The town has been a safe haven for mariners for centuries and still has a strong connection with the sea.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Archaeological Islands

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Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre and Eynhallow are all very rich in archaeological history. These isles have more than 160 sites to explore! Rousay boastssome of the best preserved monuments in Scotland, earning a reputation as the 'Egypt of the North'. The distinctive hilly scenery on the isle was carved out when glaciers spread across the land. The smaller neighbouring isles are also intriguing. Egilsay houses a round-towered church in memory of St Magnus, on Wyre you can see a Viking chieftain's stronghold and Eynhallow was once a holy isle with evidence of a 12th-century monastic settlement.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Old Man of Storr

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The Old Man of Storr is one of Scotland's most dramatic and most photographed landscapes. This massive pinnacle of rock stands high on the Isle of Skye. The walk up there is a bit steep but reasonable (1.5 hours approx. to complete), and the views across Raasay and Rona are spectacular.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Trotternish Peninsula

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Trotternish Peninsula contains some of the most striking landscapes in Scotland, including the Old Man of Storr, which is one of a few rock pinnacles that stick up in front of The Storr – part of the long Trotternish Ridge, formed from volcanic activity. The peninsular also has the Skye Museum of Island Life which includes 7 thatched cottages – 4 of which are furnished as they would have been during the 1800s. The museum also includes many historical documents about the island. The Ruins of the 14th century Duntulm Castle are positioned on a dramatic cliff-top looking towards the islands of the Outer Hebrides. At the northern end of the Trotternish Ridge lie the Quiraing – an amazing landscape of rock formations.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

Cuillin Hills

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The spectacular Cuillin Hills present an array of opportunities for adventure seekers with some challenging hiking or rock climbing. It's also possible for the less adventurous to enjoy the fabulous scenery with plenty of lower level trails which still give a great impression of one of Britain's best mountain ranges.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Boat Trip

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The Skye's coastline provides many water sports opportunities with Sea Kayaking being particularly popular. You can also take one of the many boat trips where you can get close to and learn about the marine life in the area.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Armadale Castle

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If you took the ferry from Mallaig, then you'll arrive at Armadale, where you'll find Armadale Castle and the beautiful gardens which lead out on to some stunning views of the Cuillin Hills and the Sleat Peninsula. Within the same estate, you'll also find the Museum of the Isles which traces the history of the Highlands and Islands through the eyes of the McDonald Clan.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Dunvegan Castle

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Dunvegan Castle is the island's most historic building. Part of the building is thought to date from the 9th century and has been home to the Chiefs of Clan Macleod for 800 years, which makes it the oldest continuously lived in castle in Scotland. Inside you can see many fine paintings and clan treasures including the 'Fairy flag'. You can enjoy a tour of the castle and grounds which include some delightful gardens. You can also take boat trips out to view seals in Loch Dunvegan as well as fishing trips.
Time to spend here: 3 hours   More information

Eilean Donan Castle

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The iconic Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most visited attractions in the Scottish Highlands and can be seen on the way to Skye from Inverness or alternatively on a boat trip from the island. It has been used as a location for many Hollywood movies and is simply an idyllic Scottish castle.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

Outer Hebrides

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From Skye you can take a ferry to the islands known as the Outer Hebrides which includes Uist and Barra to the south and Harris and Lewis to the north. To the west of the Isle of Lewis you'll find the Callanish Standing stones which date back to 2900 BC.
Time to spend here: Full Day   More information

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