Places to Visit
Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides, having some 350 miles of coastline. Over 1 million years ago the majestic landscape of mountains, moorland and lochs was created by violent volcanic activity. Deep Glens and spectacular peaks were formed during the ice age.
The Red Cuillins are amongst the dramatic natural beauties of the isle, enjoyed by many climbers both in winter and summer.The island tells of a rich and turbulent history, which datesback to the Iron Age.
Vikings settled and dominated Skye for almost 400 years.Like so much of Scotland there was recurring fighting between the clans. On Skye theMacdonald Clan, known as the Lords of the isle (Armadale Castle) and the MacLeod Clan (Dunvegan Castle) were at war for many years.
It was on the Isle of Skye that Flora MacDonald gave shelter to Bonnie Prince Charlie from the English army and helped him to escape to France. A memorial to her can be visited in Staffin in the north of the island. Further information can be found at the following websites.
Take a look at http://www.skye.co.uk: The “official” guide to Skye & Lochalsh with lots of information of what to do and see on and around Skye.
And it is also very well worth while looking at http://www.theskyeguide.com for a very honest appraisal of Skye & its attractions.
“There’s lots to see and do in the Isle of Skye. Castles, gardens, walks, whales, otters, beaches”
(pronounced “slate”) The Sleat Peninsula is often known as “The Garden of Skye”. Here the terrain is gentler than many other areas of Skye although no less impressive. There are some wonderful beaches within easy driving distance. The peninsula stretches some 25 miles from the main body of Skye culminating in the Point of Sleat at the southernmost tip. There are a number of award winning restaurants along the peninsula as well as many craft shops and galleries.
Castle and Gardens
The house is within easy walking distance of Armadale Castle and gardens. There is a ruined castle, extensive gardens, an excellent and award winning museum (good for children) and lovely Cafe with locally produced goods. Take a look at www.clandonald.com.
Dunvegan Castle is on a favourite walk.
There are some wonderful walks around the Sleat Peninsula, catering for all levels of ability and ages from a simple stroll to a 14km hike. There is some excellent information available on www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/sleat
Round at the ferry terminal (again easy walking distance) there are boat trips out to see wildlife (weather depending). Take a look at www.whalespotting.co.uk/trips for further details. Time after time our guests have written about the fantastic trips they have had with Sea.fari Adventures.
Another choice is to take a car over on the ferry to Mallaig and explore around that area including Arisaig (www.arisaig.uk.com) and some gorgeous beaches.
Travelling further afield there are many choices. A favourite for lots of people is to go to Dunvegan Castle and from there onto the amazing Coral Beach which has to be seen to be believed.
You can hire bicycles to go exploring off the beaten track – check out www.armadalebikes.co.uk.
There is also sea kayaking near by (www.skyakadventures.com). About 10 miles away there is Kylerhea otter sanctuary with hides which is one of the best places in the UK for otter spotting (http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/)
“Traditions are very much kept and around a third of the population speaks Gaelic.”
The Gaelic College, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, is expanding rapidly and hosts many interesting cultural events throughout the year. Concerts, Cèilidh and Music.
For an up to date listing of events check out their website – seall.co.uk
Museum of the Isles
Find out more about the Clan Donald at the Museum of Isles at Clan Donald Skye.
Find out more at clandonald.com/heritage
Food Fairs, Walks and Wildlife
Clan Donald Skye have a multitude of events throughout the year from Dawn Chorus Day, Piping Competitions and Monthly Food Fairs.
Find out more at clandonald.com/events
Walks & Wildlife
There are a lot of known walks around this part of the highlands.
The Guardian wrote this article Top 10 Walks on Skye in May 2013 a good place to start or visit The Skye Guide website which provides lots of walks for you to try as well as other information about Skye.
Other resources are the Visit Scotland website for information on walks in general in Scotland, access codes and safety.
The wildlife on the Isle of Skye is amazing!
Some of the animals you may be priviledged to see when walking in and around the Isle of Skye. Red Deer, Otters, Sea and Golden Eagles and common dolphins.
More images can be found in our Wildlife Gallery.
If you would like more information on the kind of wildlife you can find on the Isle of Skye visit http://www.isleofskye.com/skye-guide/wildlife or a more personalised view from the the The Skye Guide website.
Keep up to the minute with wildlife sightings within the Glendale area of Isle of Skye, north of Ardvasar at the Glendale Skye Website