Isle of Skye Pipe Band at Portree.

This evening, I am posting information on the Isle of Skye is one of Scotland’s top visitor sites offering a wide range of stunning views, history, castles, wildlife and activities. This island forms part of the Inner Hebrides and is located off the N.W. coast of Scotland.

The name Skye is derived from Gaelic and means ‘winged’ or ‘divided isle’

The principal places and landscapes to view and visit include:

  • Armadale Castle and Gardens: The castle is a ruin but close by is the well presented Museum of the Isles which covers 1500 years of island history with focus on Clan Donald, Lord of the Isles. There is also a family history research centre. The gardens extend to 40 acres. Nature trails take visitors into the mixed woodlands.

Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye, Scotland

  • Isleornsay: A former fishing port but now comprising hotel, pub, art gallery, Gaelic Whisky outlet, clothing shop and other accommodation. Superb views and photo opportunities.

Isleornsay, Skye, Scotland

  • Broadford with it’s wide bay  and art and craft shops.

Broadford Bay, Skye

  • Sligachan: A good base for hikers and climbers who wish to access the Cuillin Hills.

Black Cuillin Mountains from Sligachan

  • The capital, Portree, with it’s shops and colourful harbour houses.

Portree Harbour, Skye

  • Stunning geology in the north (Trotternish) which includes the Old Man of Storr, Quiraing, Needle and Prison.

Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock

  • Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir.

Museum of Island Life, Skye

  • Flora MacDonald’s memorial at Kilmuir.

Flora MacDonald Monument

  • Uig Bay: Located in the north of Skye. Ferry connections to  the Outer Hebrides. Eateries, pottery and a brewery.

Uig Bay, Skye.

  • Fairy Glen: A slightly bizarre small valley (glen) populated with small conical hills.

Fairy Glen, Skye

Dunvegan Castle, Skye

  • Dun Beag Broch, remains of a high status dwelling from the iron-age.

Dun Beag Broch, Skye

  • Talisker Distillery: A popular single malt which is mildly peated. Tours of the distillery are available.

Talisker Distillery, Skye

  • Fresh oysters at the Oyster Bar near Talisker Distillery.

Oyster Bar, Skye

  • Waternish and Trumpan Church. Latter was site of a major conflict in 16th century between MacLeods and MacDonalds.

Trumpan Church, Skye

View from Kilt Rock, Skye

  • Elgol: A small crofting and fishing village accessed by a scenic but winding and narrow single track road. Offers views of the Cuillin Hills, Loch Scaivaig and Soay (island).

Elgol, Skye

  • The shore side village of Kyleakin with ruined castle.

Caisteal Maol , Kyleakin, Skye

Most of the sites illustrated above can be visited within course of a one day tour.