Near by attractions & places to see

Aros Experience

Aros Experience is at the southern edge of Portree (Phone: 01478 61364901478 613649; Viewfield Rd; Open: 9 am – 5.30 pm). It combines book and gift shop, visitor center,cafe, theatre and cinema. There is a large parking area and is the perfect place for a rainy day. You will find an interesting range of Skye’s unique gifts and can buy souvenirs and gifts, while listening to  Gaelic music,  You might even commission your own Skye jewelry during your visit. You can shop, eat, view the Sea Eagle exhibition or attend one of the concerts or films.  www.aros.co.uk

Neist Lighthouse

The lighthouse is perched on a cliff at the most westerley point of Skye and can be seen from a short walk along the cliff above the car park or the steep paved walk to the lighthouse itself and the interesting rocky beach. The lighthouse building is not open to the public. You may be lucky and spot basking sharks and whales that travel around the Minch and swim close to this area. www.theskyeguide.com/walking-mainmenu-32/14-strolls/132-neist-point

The Quiraing

The Quiraing is situated above Staffin Bay in the Trotternish area to the north east of Skye. This is an interesting geological area where over thousands of years the land is moving down to the sea. These landslips have caused unusual rock formations whch are easily seen from the road between Staffin and Uig.

The Old Man of Storr

The Storr is one of the  mountains making up the Trotternish Ridge. The Old Man of Storr is a pinnacle of rock at the base accessed via a footpath from a car park on the Portree to Staffin road. There is an excellent view of the Storr from the main A87 road just before you arrive at Portree. Well worth the steep walk for the views across to Rassay and the mountains of the northern mainland.

The Towns & Villages of Skye

There are several ways to get to Skye: from the Western Isles through Uig, the Mallaig to Armadale ferry; Skye Bridge; and the (seasonal) Kylerhea ferry. Buses are the only available public transport service on the island.

Portree is Skye’s liveliest and largest town, it has a scenic harbour with amazing views of surrounding hills and lined with colorful and brightly painted houses. Its name, Portree, is Gaelic for King’s Harbour, to commemorate James V, who arrived in 1540 to pacify nearby clans.  In early August the annual Isle of Skye Highland Games is held on 'The Lump' a park area situated overlooking the harbour. The main square is the bus staion and the street leading to the harbour has various shops. There are 2 garagesselling fuel and a Co-op supermarket with carpark on the outskirts on  Dunvegan Road.

Broadford (Gaelic: An T-Ath Leathann) has a 24-hour petrol station, a bank with ATM, a Co-op supermarket and small hospital.

Dunvegan (Gaelic: Dùn Bheagain) is the location of Dunvegan Castle and the seat of the Clan MacLeod chief. It  sits on the edge of Loch Dunvegan. Dunvegan Castle is open to the public with a shop, cafe, beautiful gardens and seal trips on the loch. www.dunvegancastle.com. Continuing to drive north past the castle the road ends at a small car park. From here there is a 1 mile walk to the Coral Beach.There is a car park, garage and small supermarket in the village

Edinbane This is our nearest village, where there are 2 hotels and the famous Edinbane pottery.www.edinbane-pottery.co.uk  www.edinbaneinn.co.uk  www.the-lodge-at-edinbane.co.uk 

Armadale Castle You can visit Armadale Castle through a wonderful drive along the Sleat peninsula (pronounced: slate). Sleat is occasionally referred to as the garden of Skye, and offers an enjoyable trip with scenic sea views.The Armadale estate covers 20,000 acres (8,000 hectares). It is traditionally owned by the clan Macdonald or Donald, also referred to as the Lords of Isles, however, it is now held in trust.  www.clandonald.com

Skye Games The Games are one of the highlights of the Skye calendar and are enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year as well as the local population to witness or to participate in this traditional Highland event. Although the Skye Games in their present form were inaugurated in 1877, the tradition which they represent goes back hundreds of years before that, with clan celebrations that included fiercely-constested feats of strength and endurace, together with piping and other forms of entertainment similar to those that can be enjoyed at the games today. www.skye-highland-games.co.uk

IsleofSkye.com
Skye Guide helping you plan your stay on the Isle of Skye.
Featuring Accommodation, Attractions & Activities. www.isleofskye.com also www.theskyeguide.com

Walks: There are lots of walks on Skye from short rambles to long walks into the mountains. Whatever your preference we can halp you to plan your route. A  good website is Isle of Skye Walks www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/

If you wish to explore further there is a new service from Uig to St Kilda  www.gotostkilda.co.uk

For those interested in seeing more of the wildlife of Skye or getting help to photograph the sights look at www.tomhodgetts.co.uk and www.skyewildlife.com

If you wish to know what weather to expect look at www.skyeweather.co.uk

A brief guide of the regions of Skye...

North West Skye

North West Skye has some of the most dramatic scenery on the island. It combines impressively craggy headlands, caves and cliffs with a range of coral and black sand beaches. The area inland here is also home to lochs and glens. This is one the most popular Isle of Skye regions for nature lovers as you can spot many different species from this region. You could, for example, see whales, sharks, seals and there is plenty of bird life around as well. This region is also home to Dunvegan Castle.


North East Skye

North East Skye is home to one of the best known and most popular long distance walks in the area which takes in rolling hills and arresting ridges of the Trotternish. Of all the Isle of Skye regions this is perhaps the best known for its medieval castle, Hugh’s castle, which is considered to be the last castle of its time built on the island. People visiting this region also often enjoy visiting the Fossil Museum to see the remnants of the dinosaurs that once lived here. See if you can find the Fossilised Dinasaur footprint on Staffin beach. A circular tour of the Trotternish peninsula gives dramatic views of, as well as access to: The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock Waterfall, The Quiraing, Duntulm castle, Museum of Island Life and Flora MacDonald memorial.

Central Skye

This is probably the best known of the Isle of Skye regions in terms of climbing and mountaineering. Central Skye is home to the Cuillin range of mountains which gives climbers of all levels plenty of opportunities to match their wits against the local hills and ridges. Walkers can alos enjoy the area at the Fairy Pools, Glen Brittle beach and walks up into the mountains. A popular day trip leaves by boat from Elgol viewing seals swimming and basking on the way, across to the the Cuillin mountains. Here a short walk gives access to Loch Coruisk nestled in the mountains. Central Skye is also home to some of the island’s largest towns and settlements such as the island’s capital Portree, Carbost, Broadford and Sconser.

South Skye

South Skye is often referred to as the ‘garden of Skye’ as its climate makes it perfect for cultivation. Visitors often enjoy a visit to Armadale Castle here to see the exotic trees grown there. Unlike other Isle of Skye regions South Skye is relatively flat and is mainly composed of moorland and forests. Other popular places to visit in this region include Dunsgathaich Castle and Ord Bay.