The Isle of Skye

 

The Isle of Skye (Eilean a' Cheò) is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides located in the North West of Scotland. Easily accessible via road due to the famous Skye bridge connecting Kyleakin to the south of the island with Kyle of Lochalsh on the main land. Many visitors to the island prefer to take one of the various small and large ferries ‘over the sea to Skye’. Once on the island there is an abundance of visitor attractions, wildlife, eateries, history, and areas of natural beauty. Dinosaur Fossils, Clan Warfare, Highland Clearances, ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ and the Jacobite Rebellion are all easy to look back on in Skye with both Clan MacDonald and Clan MacLeod Castle’s being situated here. The island itself is the largest of the Inner Hebrides at over 600 square miles. Skye was recently voted '4th best island in the world by National Geographic Magazine.'


Skye has a rich crofting heritage; many locals own their own animals and make use of the land by generally small scale farming. Fishing is an industry which has been rich on the island through the years with an abundance of fresh shell fish coming from the waters around. Gaelic is still spoken on the island although numbers of speakers have declined over time; many children attend Gaelic medium schooling.


The weather on Skye can be interchangeable at various times of the year, the natural beauty is often defined by the fast pace of the weather systems often feeling like the views are evolving right where you stand. Peace and tranquillity can be found on Skye whether it be watching one of the best loved sunsets in the world (Travel Magazine, 2013) looking over to the Outer Hebrides with a glass of Talisker Whisky in hand on a summer's evening, or stargazing on a clear winter's night in some of the world's clearest skies (Dark Skye, 2015).


Many come to Skye to scale the peaks of The Cuillins mountain range, or get one of the Munro’s under their belt. Outdoor activity is in abundance with inland lochs for kayaking, a variety of sea jetties for boating activity, and trekking centres to take in the views by horseback. There are many accommodation providers from self-catering to luxury hotel experiences.


For many Skye is a magical island if you are looking for a little more information, or are planning a trip we have compiled a small list of useful websites for you to have a look at.

Tìoraidh an-dràsta

 

Visit Waternish - Find out what is in our area.

Skye.co.uk - For all you 'need to know'.

Broad Reach - A luxury self-catering home-from-home in the Highlands for up to 4 people on the magical peninsula of Waternish.

Lochbay Restaurant - Small contemporary restaurant in Stein by chef Micheal Smith.  Scottish with French influences.

Shilasdairshop -  Yarn, kit and woollen garment shop and dye house exhibition.

Ian Williams - Just next door! Brae Fashach art studio, ceramics, and coffee.

Dandelion Designs - Unique handmade arts and crafts.

Stein Inn - The oldest Inn on Skye.  Food, drink and great views.

Divers-eye Boat Trips - A variety of trips from family days to expert dives.

Dark Skye - Skye & Lochalsh enjoy some of the darkest skies in Europe. Free from the light pollution which blights towns and cities, our inky black skies present the heavens in all their spectacular beauty.

Waternish Farm - New venture, walks and afternoon teas on the beautiful Waternish estate.

Bitacora Skye - Holiday house with stunning views from an elevated position on Skye’s Waternish Peninsula.

 

And Further Afield

 

http://www.skyakadventures.com/

http://www.theisleofskyetrekkingcentre.co.uk/

http://bit.ly/VisitScotlandSkye

http://www.oldschoolrestaurant.co.uk/ 

http://www.edinbaneinn.co.uk/