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    The largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides is dominated by the Cuillin Hills. The soft white sandy beaches of Skye contrast with the beautiful craggy Cuillin Ridge and the Five Sisters of Kintail. Portree, the largest settlement on Skye, is known for its picturesque harbour and is often the first stop for new visitors. Once accessible only by ferry, the opening of the Skye Bridge in 1995 allowed road traffic to continue its journey to the island along the A87, from the Kyle of Lochalsh on the Scottish mainland through to the west coast of Skye.

    Things to do in the Isle of Skye

    Skye has much to offer both the walker and the naturalist, with beautiful hills and lochs, inlets and coastline, populated by corncrakes, puffins and sea eagles, as well as abundant species of fish. A diverse range of boat trips enable visitors to discover the wildlife, heritage and outdoor activities available on the island: go whale-watching or dolphin-spotting, observe the colonies of seabirds, seals or sea eagles, or learn more about the rich cultural history of the island with sunset stories afloat. Climbing, cycling, sailing, diving and kayaking are just some of the more physical options available to the more adventurous visitor.

    There is also a strong folk music tradition on Skye. Gaelic folk heroes Runrig started off here and members of the group still retain links with the island. Impromptu gigs and amateur music sessions are a particular attraction for enthusiasts of all musical persuasions.

    Top Destinations

    Carbost – Just beyond this small crafting settlement, on the shores of Loch Harport, the Talisker Distillery produces a fine single malt whisky, and is open to the public for its highly popular tasting tours.

    Armadale – Less than a mile from the Mallaig ferry and the site of the ruined Armadale Castle, the lush gardens are open to the public, and are adjacent to the Museum of the Isles.

    Dunvegan – The historic Dunvegan Castle offers the visitor both stunning interiors and glorious outdoor surroundings; the Castle is perched high above the shores of Loch Dunvegan, whilst inland lie carefully landscaped gardens and beautiful woodland.

    Portree – The largest town on the island is surrounded by cliffs, and hosts a pier designed by the civil engineer Thomas Telford.  At the Aros Centre on the outskirts of town a unique RSPB exhibition focuses on majestic sea eagles; the Centre also houses an excellent bookshop, art and gift shop, and restaurant, as well as meeting all your essential regional requirements for kilt hiring!

    Kilmuir – Since 1965 the Museum of Island Life has worked to ensure that a township of traditional thatched cottages is preserved, to show visitors the different types of dwellings which were once typical on Skye.

    Sligachan – The Cuillin microbrewery opened its doors in 2004 and currently produces four specialist ales using water drawn from the local river; the beverages are usually available to sample in the bars of the local Hotel.

    Broadford – The Skye Serpentarium houses a collection of rescued reptiles and amphibians. There are currently over 50 animals on display, including White’s tree frogs and large green iguanas.

    Ellishadder – The Staffin Museum contains a varied collection of local geological and dinosaur fossil specimens, together with other fascinating prehistoric artefacts.


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    photo of The Croft House , Milovaig, Glendale, Isle of Skye, Portree
    With outstanding views over the waters of Loch Pooltiel towards Dunvegan Head and the Outer Isles, this detached former croft house has been lovingly restored to provide a high standard of holiday accommodation. With ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Staffin House Apartment , Staffin, near Portree, Isle of Skye
    Staffin House Apartment is a bright, spacious and comfortable holiday residence. Situated in the crofting township of Staffin it is an ideal place to get away from it all. The area has so much too; the dramatic Trotternish ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Glenview Cottage , Uig, Isle of Skye, Portree
    Nestling on the edge of the hillside with beautiful views across the waters of Uig Bay, this lovely cottage is ideally placed for a holiday exploring the wonders of Skye. Parking outside the cottage is made easier via a ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Braes Of Kilbride , Kilbride, near Portree, Sligachan, Isle of Skye
    Set in a rural location in the crofting township of Kilbride where sheep and cattle roam freely, Braes of Kilbride is a spacious, well-appointed, detached holiday home, which offers an ideal base for a family getaway. It ...
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    photo of Springburn Cottage , Fasach, near Dunvegan, Portree, Isle of Skye
    Springburn Cottage is a detached, rural, architect-designed property set within the township of Fasach, near to the owner's home. Both the cottage and the location offer an ideal escape from busy day-to-day life and ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Skye Eco Pod , Near Carbost, Isle of Skye, Sligachan
    This totally unique property, perfect for couples, is eco-friendly, bijou and stylish, making it a very cosy, comfortable holiday home. Enjoy the views over the open countryside from the decking. Situated within the ...
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    photo of No 2 Keepers Cottage , Skeabost Bridge, by Portree, Isle of Skye, Inverness-shire
    A traditional, stylish Highland cottage for 2 Just for couples or the single traveller, No2 Keepers Cottage is a delightful cottage which will accentuate a wonderful island holiday. We are situated centrally in North ...
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    photo of Taigh Mairi , 3 gedintailor, Gedintailor, portree, skye
    Beautiful cottage near the beach that can accommodate 6 people( using sofabed). Only 5 miles from main town with all facilities including supermarket, excellent restaurants and swimming-pool.Ideal location for seeing ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of South Bay Cottage , Saasaig, Teangue, Isle of Skye, Sligachan
    In a superb position towards the southern end of Skye, this completely modernised 150-year-old cottage stands on the sea shore overlooking the Sound of Sleat, at a point highlighted as an outstanding viewpoint by Ordnance ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Bayview House , Fiscavaig, Portnalong, Isle of Skye, Highland
    Bayview was built in the mid 1920s as a traditional croft house. It has been refurbished in late 2009 and many of the original features of the house have been retained and has the added comfort of modern conveniences.All ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 7
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    photo of Principal Lighthouse Keeper Cottage , Cantick Head Lighthouse, Longhope, Orkney
    Enjoy the life of a lighthouse keeper, but with all the modern amenities. Set on 1 acre of land, enjoy spectacular sea views and watch the lighthouses nearby flash in the night, including Cantick Head which is still ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 5
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    photo of Clova , Portree, Isle of Skye
    Clova is set within its own private and secluded garden in a residential area of Portree, with all the facilities within walking distance. Portree is the main town for shopping, with many restaurants, craft shops, boat or ...
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    photo of Waterfall Cottage , Glendale, Isle of Skye, Portree
    Beautiful viewsNestling against the side of a hill, this cosy, traditional detached holiday cottage enjoys wonderful views across the scattered community of Glendale and on towards the sea. Relax in front of the open fire ...
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