Isle of Skye Travel Guide

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Isle of Skye Highlights

  • Pro
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     Incredible Scenery, nice white-washed villages 

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     Bridge destroys much of the island feel, many tourists, midgies, few wet weather options, too many tour buses whizzing round with swarms of backpackers 

  • In a nutshell
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     Hit good weather and you'll fall in love - bad weather and you're miserable. Its like Brigadoon. It's up to you what 'good' and 'bad' are!! 

Isle of Skye Things to Do

  • At the Grave of Flora MacDonald

    An imposing Celtic cross, the memorial to Flora MacDonald who died on 4th March 1790, dominates the cemetery in Kilmuir, Skye. Perhaps appropriately sited behind the Museum of Island Life. Born in South Uist in 1722 she suffered the early death of her father and her mother remarrying - this time to a Hugh MacDonald of Armadale. The chief of her...

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  • Skye Museum of Island Life

    The Skye Museum of Island Life opened in 1965. The township of thatched cottages represents conditions at the close of the nineteenth century. Within their walls, by the light of the peat fire, crofters kept alive the songs and stories which have made the Hebrides famous. Warm, sturdy and made from local materials these houses suited the landscape...

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  • Dunvegan Castle

    Dunvegan Castle has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years. Architecturally it contains work of at least ten building periods. Its history, and that of the famous Clan whose Chiefs have ruled from their castled Rock are rich with drama and packed with colourful interest. Within Dunvegan's stately halls are priceless...

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Isle of Skye Restaurants

  • a great experience

    The Chippy in Portree is a typical Fish & Chips like you find it in many places all over Scotland and the UK. But for me it actually was the very first real Fish&Chips in my life - I mean we have fish-restaurants in Austria of course, but not of that kind like the typical Fish & Chips in the U.K., where they wrap everything togeather in paper and...

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  • The One and Only

    While in Kyleakin we stopped at Saucy Mary's for some lunch. The atmosphere has a destinct nautical feel and is very much in keeping with the little harbour. Saucy Mary's has no competition from anyone - it is the only eatery here, so if your hungry or thirsty or just need a restroom this would be the place to stop. We had cold meat platter with a...

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  • Excellent Hailbut

    Excellent relaxed, top quality restaurant. The food was delicious throughout. Well worth booking the night before.Well recommended.There is also choice of bar meals at the attached "Merchant Bar". I had the Hock & Monkfish Terrin follwed by the Halibut, and finished off with a great selection of scottish cheeses. Cost of around £76 for two people,...

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Isle of Skye Nightlife

  • Great Pub with a Gaelic Theme

    The wood-lined Am Praban bar probably is your best bet for a great night out in South Skye. The bar belongs to the award-winning Isle Ornsay Hotel, owned by Sir Ian Noble, a slightly eccentric and unbelievably rich merchant banker with a big heart for the Gaelic cause. Whereas Mr. Noble does not particularly like people who do NOT speak Gaelic, the...

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  • Backpacker Local

    This pub on the water front seems to be rather popular with both locals and guys from the youth hostels too. It's one of the three bars in the village, none really got me excited, this seemed the least offensive. It's a nice enough place, and of course the fact that smoking inside public buildings such as pubs is banned these days, makes drinking...

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  • Night life in Portree

    To be honest on first impressions, we thought Portree was a little rough on a Friday night, it was full of absolutley blind drunk Scotsmen. The first pub i was asked if i had any drugs on me, do i look that shady????The truth is they are really just rough diamonds to be honest, and eventually got speaking to some of the locals who were friendly...

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Isle of Skye Transportation

  • the fastest ferry to the Western...

    The fastest way to get to the Western Hebrides is also through the Isle of Skye: In Uig, on the north-west-coast of the island the ferry will take passangers and cars to Tarbert in Harris and to Lochmaddy in North Uist. These ferries are quite expensive and when you have a high motorhome you also need to make a reservation some time ahead.I have...

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  • take the side-road through Glenelg

    Another way to drive by car to the Isle of Skye is on a side-road over Glenelg & Arnisdale, two lovely, but really remote places in the Scotish Highlands. The street will take you first through some scenic woods and you will end at Kylerhea, where a ferry takes you to the remote south of the Isle of Skye.Click on the weblink below to find more...

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  • Take the main road over the bridge

    The main road to the Isle of Skye will take you through some of the most scenic areas of the highlands on the road A87 from Inverness or Ft. Williams from the Scottish mainland over a bridge in Kyle of Lochalsh. You will pass by Eilean Donan Castle - shown in my 2nd picture, a scenic castle that is open also for visitors.Some time ago it was quite...

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Isle of Skye Shopping

  • All things in one totally unbelievable

    Skye Surprises really is a big surprise the shop which will cater for your every need = a petrol station - internet station - laundry station - food station - gift station - money changing station - fuel station (Peat for your fire) have I forgotton anything ah yes drinks and postcard station Depends on what you want - I bought most of my gifts...

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  • Great Gifts to make you giggle

    This little gift shop was packed with many touristy items such as hielan coos and the like. We spotted a series of books by 'Woods' I bought "Are there any crofters left out there?" and "Other uses for sheep" both totally funny, they had me laughing all the way back to Malliag. Depends on your sense of humour!! The books were £2.99 each

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  • A Place for Green Fingers

    I hate shopping but love gardening and can never resist a garden shop so had to stop here to see what they had. It was a silly idea because I was travelling back to Malliag to continue my holiday, so could not buy anything except some wild flower seeds. I adored the shop sign which read Garden Shop for the serious gardener " accidental " " silly "...

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Isle of Skye Local Customs

  • Highland Games in the Isle of Skye

    Highland Games are a great festivity like you will them find only in Scotland. For Highlandgames in Skye click on my link below !In General there are some competitions that are hard to understand like "Tossing the Caber" shown in my first 2 photos here: This heavy trunk should not be THROWN A BIG DISTANCE, but :It has to be thrown in a way, that...

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  • MUNRO BAGGING 2

    Now, Sir Henry went a little further and had two other groupings of peaks, as well - corbetts, which rise between 2500 to 2999 feet and donalds, which top out between 2000 and 2499 feet. I also read that there are nine 'tops' in the Cuillin besides the eleven munros. A 'top' is ...? Sgurr a' Fionn Choire reaches above 3000 feet but is not...

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  • MUNRO BAGGING

    Statistics can lead to all sorts of *** behavior and in the World of mountains, statistics can become an end to themselves. You have people collecting - at very high cost - the 'Seven Summits', the highpoints of each continent; people who collect the highpoints of all of the 50 US States; there is even a few people I know who try and stand atop...

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Isle of Skye Warnings and Dangers

  • NO parking on Passing Places

    A lot of roads in the countryside of Scotland are still SINGLE-TRACK-ROADS with passing places and these passing places sometimes are used by tourists to park their cars and take photos of the beautiful landscapes.If the police catches you, parking there without beeing really close to your car, it might be really expensive - as these small roads...

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  • Moving to Skye Permanently? NO Thank...

    There is quite a number of people who fall so much in love with the island that they decide to relocate to Skye and live there permanently. Most people come to the island from other parts of Britain where they often have made so much money that they can afford a slower-paced lifestyle in scenic surroundings. Other people are lured by the beauty of...

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  • MIDGES and ticks

    Most of the area around the Cuillin is open moorland - tundra, if you will - speckled with purple heath, bracken fern and the occasional sheep. You could feel right at home if you came here from Norway or Alaska. Like tundra everywhere, there is a superfusion of insect life - insects which seem to be there only for the purpose of making your life...

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Isle of Skye Tourist Traps

  • Aros Centre Portree - updated for 2011

    I'm writing this as the Tourist Trap review for the Aros Centre is seven years out of date.Aros has free parking, a lot of it and Disabled Access. There is a pleasant bar and cafe - kept very clean, as are the lavatories. Food is from a limited menu, snacks, salads, sandwiches, soup - freshly prepared and reasonably priced. You can eat inside or...

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  • Aros Centre - Portree - Rip Off

    "Aros" is one of the few places to go on a wet or midgie day (many) and can leave a bitter taste!The centre pupports to have displays and exhibitions about the Sea Eagles and Highland Clearances / Life on Skye, which it does - just about.It costs £4 per adult and isn't worth a penny. It should be free, with donations and the revenue from the cafe &...

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Isle of Skye What to Pack

  • To shoot a "GREY HERON" bring your...

    Grey Herons are my favorite birds to shoot by tele-lens as they are extremely shy and will fly away, as soon as you get closer than maybe 60 meters....They absolutely do not care, as long you sit in the car, but as soon as you turn off the engine, or open a window, theywill fly away immediately.But I have my APO 5,6/400mm lens ready and I was...

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  • Doing laundry in Portree

    We were directed to "the bright yellow hostel" (downtown next to the square) in Portree as a place to do our mid-trip laundry. Follow the paved road around to the back of the building and the laundry entrance is located there on the bottom floor. (Do NOT drive down in there or you might not get back out as it used for delivery trucks.)Portree...

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  • Essential Things for Successful Island...

    Skye has gotten a pretty decent infrastructure during the recent years, but distances can be very big on this large island with peninsulas and deeply indented sea lochs. Prices will be higher than what you are used to from your city. You need to have waterproofs with you as it rains very often here. Better go for the good quality stuff as the...

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Isle of Skye Off The Beaten Path

  • Dùn Fiadhairt

    Completely hidden from any road, and just 1½ kilometres north of the Dunvegan Castle, lies the Fiadhairt peninsula, connected to the mainland by a connecting strip of land barely 50 metres wide. Here is to be found the magnificent Dùn Fiadhairt, one the best relict brochs on Skye, save Dùn Beag.Just before the main road north crosses Loch Suardal...

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  • Ard an t-Sabhail

    If you are looking for a (not too far) out of the way place on Skye with breath-taking views over the ocean and islands, you can hardly do better than make the 20 minute walk up Ard an t-Sabhail. This is a small, knobbly hill, located a little north of the village of Fiscavaig.To get there, drive through Fiscavaig, past the last houses, and park up...

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  • The Deserted Village of Kilchrist

    Kilchrist Churchyard is a familiar tourist attraction on the road from Broadford to Elgol. But with a little effort, the remains of the deserted village of Kilchrist, only a kilometre away across the road, are well worth a visit.Kilchrist was one of the thriving highland communities that suffered in the Highland Clearances of the 19th century, when...

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Isle of Skye Sports & Outdoors

  • HIKING/CLIMBING

    A lot of terrain in the Cuillin can be covered by a walker though as you get higher in the range you probably want to have had a little experience with mountain environments and no fear of heights. For climbers, there are endless routes, faces and ridges to ponder. This is ground zero for British climbing. Even George Mallory, himself, put up a...

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  • A Mountaineer's Paradise

    The Black Cuillins rise to a height of 3,000 feet straight from the sea, not the biggest in the world, but this mountain range is the most demanding place for climbers in the United Kingdom. The Black Cuillins has jagged peaks of rough grey gabbro rock a dramatic place indeed. I have included a web address in this tip for anyone who is interested...

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  • a Northern Fulmar

    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...

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  • Lough Coruisk

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

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  • Flora Macdonald

    Flora Macdonald is one of the local heroines in the Hebrides. She was born on one of the islands and gained fame when she helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape from Skye in 1746 when the English were so intent on catching him that they put a price of £30,000 on his head. Flora disguised him as a Betty Burke, an Irish maid for whom she had a travel...

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An Aird, Braes.
Things to Do
Fairy Pools walk
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Dont miss Glenelg & Arnisdale
Off The Beaten Path
by train to the Isle of Skye ? just kind of !
Transportation
Take a cruise to Lough Corruisk
Transportation
take the coast-road towards the north
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Quiraing
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Uig - the gate to the Western Hebrides
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take the road to Trotternish
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remote bays all over the Island
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A small lake near Broadford
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Broadford
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The Old man of Storr
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The O'l man of Storr from the back
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Kyleakin - the place to enter the Isle of Skye
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Neist Point and Lighthouse
Off The Beaten Path
Kilmuir - Skye Museum of Rural Life
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Eilean Donan Castle - ON the way to Isle of Skye
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A lovely, old bridge in Broadford
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Star Wars on Skye
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Europes remotest toy museum
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crafty fun for all
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Coral Beach near Claigan
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Trotternish is a must see!
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Walk to The Quiraing
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Elgol
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Neist Point
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Cill Chriosd
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Dun Beag
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Uamh Oir (Cave of Gold)
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Kilt Rock and The Mealt Waterfall
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Talisker Bay
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Dinosaur footprints at An Corran
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Kilmuir Cemetery
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Fairy Glen
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Quiraing
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Driving in the Isle of Skye
Transportation
Ferry - Mallaig to Armadale
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Sleat = The Place for the Ferries
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My first view of the Highlands
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Map of Isle of Skye

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