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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 Hen Harrier View , Dunvegan, near Portree, Isle of Skye
    Hen Harrier View was the original outbuilding near the home of the then owner and it was home to a horse and judging by the shoes found during the restoration it was a large one, along with a cow, cart and the fodder for ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Beith , Hungladder, near Uig, Isle of Skye, Portree
    Beith is a spacious, well-presented, semi-detached cottage on the north of Skye, with fabulous views over The Minch onto Harris; Lewis and the Shiants Islands. The area is linked to the historic and romantic legend of ...
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    photo of Heron's Rest , Feriniquarrie, near Glendale, Isle of Skye, Portree
    Five minutes’ walk from the seashore, this cosy, detached holiday cottage enjoys panoramic views of Macleod’s Tables to the east and the sea Loch Pooltiel to the west. A super area for mountain biking, climbing, ...
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    photo of Ard Meanish , Milovaig, Glendale, Isle of Skye, Portree
    This bright, comfortable detached holiday property is located in the crofting community of Milovaig, and enjoys panoramic views over Loch Pooltiel and onto the Outer Hebrides. This peaceful and tranquil place offers a ...
    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 7
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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 Meadowcroft , Drumfearn, near Broadford, Isle of Skye, Sligachan
    This lovely semi-detached property enjoys amazing views across the heather clad hills of the Sleat peninsula, and makes the perfect base for exploring the beautiful Isle of Skye and the west coast of the highlands. Set ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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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 Donmar , Bernisdale, Isle of Skye, Isle of Skye, Portree
    This beautifully renovated croft house, attached to an extension that the owners often live in, lies in the small hamlet of Bernisdale, approximately 7 miles from Portree, the main village on Skye. It boasts wonderful ...
    Bedrooms: 3
    Sleeps Max: 6
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    photo of Hygge , Ose near Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Isle of Skye, Portree
    Hygge, pronounced ’her-ge’ means spending a calm, comfortable time with good friends or loved ones. You will find this at Hygge, an architect-designed house ensuring all your comforts are taken into consideration, ...
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    photo of Seascape , Fiskavaig, Carbost, Isle of Skye, Sligachan
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    Bedrooms: 4
    Sleeps Max: 8
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    photo of South Bay Cottage , Saasaig, Teangue, Isle of Skye, 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 ...
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    photo of 7 Greep , Roag, Isle of Skye, Isle of Skye, Portree
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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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