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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 Fleet Cottage , Portree, Isle of Skye, Isle of Skye
    With wonderful views across the bay to the Cuillin mountains, this traditional crofter’s cottage nestles on the shores of Loch Portree and offers spacious accommodation. Built around 1850, it has been lovingly restored, ...
    Bedrooms: 2
    Sleeps Max: 4
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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 ...
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    photo of Solas , Scullamus, near Broadford, Isle of Skye, Sligachan
    Sólas is a two-storey apartment which adjoins the owner’s detached house and is located in the crofting township of Scullamus, where you will find facilities including restaurants, a pub, supermarket, chemist and post ...
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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 ...
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    photo of Skye Eco Pod , near Carbost, Isle of Skye, 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 Shore View , Portree, Isle of Skye
    Shore View enjoys an outstanding shore side location with dramatic views over Portree Bay and the Cuillin. The property is a comfortable and welcoming holiday home, in the quiet area of Bayfield. Portree is the main town ...
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    photo of Cornucopia , Portree, Isle of Skye
    Overlooking the entrance to the harbour this cottage style property is one of three in a beautifully restored 19th century listed mill conversion. Offering magnificent views over the sea to the Isle of Raasay, the ...
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    photo of Seabird Cottage , Broadford, Isle of Skye, Isle of Skye, Sligachan
    Seabird Cottage enjoys an enviable location just yards from the shores of Broadford Bay and benefits from magnificent views across the water towards the mountains of the west coast mainland as well as overlooking eight ...
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    photo of The Croft House , Milovaig, Glendale, Isle of Skye, 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 ...
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    photo of Seascape , Fiskavaig, Carbost, Isle of Skye, Sligachan
    Enjoying a stunning location overlooking the small beach of Fiskavaig Bay and on towards Loch Bracadale, the island of Oronsay and Macleod’s Tables, this detached house is furnished and equipped to a high standard to ...
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    photo of Taigh Chirsty , Portnalong, near Carbost, Isle of Skye, Sligachan
    Taigh Chirsty is a traditional crofters cottage, sympathetically renovated keeping many of the original features, offering home from home comforts and in an enviable location overlooking Loch Harport. Situated within the ...
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    photo of The Ploughmans Cottage , Edinbane, Isle of Skye, Isle of Skye, Portree
    Tucked away in a quiet corner of Edinbane, with great food and live music, this single-storey cottage enjoys beautiful views of Loch Greshornish. Standing detached in a large enclosed garden, it is presented and furnished ...
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    photo of Bracadale House , Portnalong, near Portree, Isle of Skye, Sligachan
    Bracadale House is a detached, architect-designed property situated on the shoreline of Loch Harport, and is designed to capture the outstanding loch and hill views from all the rooms especially with floor-to-ceiling ...
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