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  • Portree's picturesque harbor
    Portree's picturesque harbor
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  • Wentworth Street
    Wentworth Street
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  • One of the local churches
    One of the local churches
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    You won't find many street names on Skye

    by scottishvisitor Updated Sep 30, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Street names are few on the Isle of Skye known affectionately as just 'Skye'. I found just three, one in Broadford = Main Street, two in Portree, well it is a little bigger than Broadford and has the Island's only High School, Wentworth Street and Bank Street, I never found anymore. However the postman can have no fears here, I did discover Skye has a postcode IV = Inverness, Dunvegan's is IV55 8ZE, you would think a place as scenic as this would have its own postcode = come on Royal Mail and get your act together, give Skye its own postcode and provide an address for the Fairy Glen.

    Fondest memory: I still don't know

    Dunvegan The Fairy Glen & the Locals Uig = so short a name - so big on seascapes Broadford Portree
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    Where is Skye - the connections

    by scottishvisitor Updated Sep 29, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Skye lies just off the Western Highlands of Scotland and is the largest Island in the Inner Hebrides. The stretch of water seperating the Isle of Skye from Scotland is known as the Minch. The west coast of Skye borders the Atlantic Ocean.

    Fondest memory: I'll let you know when I make up my mind

    Connecting you to Skye Bridging the Gap But with a much prettier bridge The Plant life on Skye is simply sensational
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    A Typical View of Skye

    by scotlandscotour Written Mar 24, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Remote and very cute cottage.
    Red post box
    Red phone box
    Lots of sky, rough pasture, open and inviting hills, open roads and a weak sun breaking through clouds.

    Fondest memory: This picture is the road to Staffin and the Quiraing, at the north end of the Trotternish Peninsula, which is a journey to savour.

    A Typical View on the Road Towards Staffin, NE Sky
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    Some Gaelic for the Roadmap

    by RhineRoll Updated Aug 8, 2005

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    Favorite thing: In these parts of Scotland, I am happy to tell you that it is inevitable that you come across words from one of the most intriguing and beautiful languages of Europe -- Gaelic! Most of the words you will see either on your road map or on bilingual signs. The Gaels have a deep relationship with their surroundings, so there are plenty of place names. Many names are descriptive, some Gaelic knowledge will help you to understand what the place is about.

    This is what you could come across:

    *Ath-, -Atha -- ford (Ballina -- Beal an Atha -- mouth of the ford, Broadford, An t-Ath Leathann -- literally the "broad ford")
    *Bal-, Baile -- town -- (Ballachulish -- Baile A'Chaolais -- town of the narrows)
    * Ben, Beinn --- Mountain (Ben Nevis)
    * Sgurr -- sharp mountain, peak, pinnacle ( Sgurr Na Stri -- "peak of Strife")
    * Meall -- Rounded Top, round ridge (Meall Gorm -- Blue ridge)
    * Bealach -- mountain pass (Bealach Na Ba -- Pass of the Cattle)
    * Eilean, innis -- Island (Eilean Ban -- the fair Isle)
    * Aodann -- Slope, hill-face (An t-Aodann Ban -- Gaelic Name for Edinbane, the "fair slope")
    * Allt -- stream -- the possessive case of allt is uillt -- taigh is a house. Hence Taynuilt -- Taigh an Uillt -- House of the Stream! It's not that difficult, is it? :-)
    * Gleann -- Glen, valley
    * Eas -- waterfall
    * Druim -- back (meaning rounded ridge) -- Drumnadrochit -- Druim Na Droichead -- "Ridge of the Bridge"
    * Sràth (pronounced Strah) -- wide valley
    * Kil- (related to "cell") -- church
    * Dun -- Castle, Fort (Dun Eideann -- Edwin's castle -- Gaelic name for Edinburgh)
    * Coire -- corrie, gully
    * Ceann (Kin-) -- Head, End -- Kinlochleven -- Ceann Loch Liobhain --" Head of the Lake of the grey water"
    * Caol, Caolas -- narrow, narrows -- Kyle- Kyle of Lochalsh -- Caolas Loch Aillse -- the narrows of Loch Aillse

    and, most importantly,

    uisge -- water
    beatha -- life
    uisge beatha -- water of life -- Whisky! :-)))

    Suas leis a' Gh��idhlig -- up with the Gaelic!
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    Disabled Access on Skye

    by RhineRoll Updated Jul 5, 2005

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    Favorite thing: As you can imagine, disabled access is difficult in such a remote and mountainous place.

    The villages of Portree and Broadford are unproblematic, although Portree harbour is a steep road down from the village center. Elgol is the most difficult settlement I have been to.

    A small guide of accessible places can be ordered from:

    Mike & Hazel Wotton
    Greenbank
    Halistra
    WATERNISH
    Isle of Skye
    IV55 8GL

    UK + (0)1470 592369

    http://www.greenbankonskye.co.uk/

    Accessible Loo on Loch Harport (Talisker)
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    When To Visit

    by RhineRoll Updated Aug 10, 2005

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    Favorite thing: When to visit the Isle of Skye? The best months are probably May and September. July and August are not so good as mass tourism rears its ugly head. In theory, Skye is large enough to find peaceful places even during peak season, but July and August are also the "midge months" -- I'd really advise you to visit outside the main tourist season.

    Don't come here from far away for just one day. You run a high risk of picking one of those days that have earned the island its nickname "Eilean A'Cheo" -- the Misty Isle.

    Eilean A' Cheo -- The Misty Isle

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    Portree

    by Igraine Written Sep 22, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Portree, the Right Port, is the capital of the isle of Skye. Here you will find the most shops, like a big supermarket, and things like the postoffice and such. With only 5,000 its not a big place but it is a central gatherpoint of tourists. So it can feel crowded after driving through the hills.

    The port of Portree The fampus colored houses Nosy seagull

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    Elgol

    by globetrott Updated Aug 15, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The ship to Lough Corruisk leaves at ELGOL, a small village on the west-coast of the Isle of Skye. The road to that village is a single-track-road with passing places and you will need about 1 hour to get to Elgol.

    Fondest memory: this was our boat to Lough Corruisk - it was able to transport about 25 passengers, and the trip included a tea-break with scoones, as there is absolutely no kiosk, restaurant or any other facilities at Lough Corruisk.

    Elgol & Isle of Skye
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    Walking in the Cuillin Mountains

    by dhod Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The day we decided to climb Scur na Gillean, the peak of the Black Cuillin mountain the weather could not have been better. It is about a two hour walk from the base hotel before reaching the foot of the mountain and there was snow on the peak, however the sky was clear and the views as we ascended were amazing. As we sat to rest and have a cup of tea at about 3,600 ft we could see for miles right around the Island.
    The people who enjoy hill walking and climbing, a trip to Skye would be incomplete without experiencing the Cuillin.

    Fondest memory: The fabulous views.

    A well-earned break at 3,600 ft
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    Scenic views passing through Glencoe

    by dhod Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Whilst driving up to Skye from Edinburgh you pass through Glencoe, home of the longest mountain ridge in Britain.
    Glencoe is a great place for walking and climbing, however even just driving through is amazing.

    Fondest memory: The sweeping mountains as you pass throught the windy valley roads.

    Driving through Glencoe
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    the northern peninsula

    by call_me_rhia Written Dec 22, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Te northern peninsula of the Sile of Skye - roughly the area north of Portree, is a very magic piece of land - the scenery changes and becomes wilder and more craggy - villages become sparser and sparser, rocks and stones dominate the landscape

    Fondest memory: The coastline - at every turn there's something unexpected: once it's a cove, then some impressive stacks, then a half-hidden sea-cave. All very dramatic

    scenery along the northern peninsula

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    a Northern Fulmar

    by globetrott Updated Oct 28, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Be carefull, when walking in the cliffs. Especially in the time, when the birds are sitting on the eggs it could be that the other part of the family is flying " Kamikaze-attacs " in order to chase you away, like It happened to me close to the Kilt-waterfall and at other places, where I was not aware of the fact that birds were breeding closeby.

    Fondest memory: How could I ever have thought, this would be a Sea Gull ??
    .
    It is a Northern Fulmar of course - thanks a lot David (Traveldave) for the information !!

    a Northern Fulmar
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    Lough Coruisk

    by globetrott Updated Oct 28, 2012

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    Favorite thing: Lough Corruisk is quite a remote lake surrounded by complete wilderness and nature, without any facilities, no restaurant, no kiosk, no toilets !

    Fondest memory: Lough Coruisk is a small mountain lake, that you can reach only by walking some hours, or by taking the boat from Elgol like I did. That trip takes almost a full day and you will have about 90 minutes there at the lake in order to take a walk or relax in totally unspoilt nature.
    This is a link to the boat that I took from Elgol: The Bella Jane

    Lough Corruisk on the Isle of Skye
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    Hairy Coos

    by CandS Updated Jul 1, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Here are some cute Isle of Skye brand (?!?!) Hairy Coo's that we found while driving around on our day trip... Cute huh?? :) I don't know what it is about these guys but I really love Hairy Coo's...funny for a person that's not too fond of cows... ;)

    Hairy Coos
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    The Old Man of Storr

    by dhod Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Favorite thing: For those that don't feel like tackling the Cuillin Mountains then a trek up to the Old Man of Storr is a worthy replacement.
    The views from the top are just as spectacular and the flat plateau at the top is great for sunbathing!

    The Old Man of Storr interesting rock formation
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