Tour Isle of Skye, Scotland
Welcome to the Catswhiskerstours guide to touring the Isle of Skye
Skye is one of Scotland’s top visitor sites offering a wide range of stunning views, history, castles, wildlife and activities.
The name Skye is derived from Gaelic and means ‘winged’ or ‘divided isle’
Tell me a little about a Tour of the Isle of Skye
Skye, together with some smaller islands of the Inner Hebrides, is relatively remote and located off the North-West coast of Scotland. Access is usually via the Skye Bridge or the ferry from Mallaig. There is a strong Gaelic and Scandinavian (Viking) influence on the history and place names.
Tell me more about a Tour of the Isle of Skye.
Catswhiskerstours works with guests to design and deliver customised tours. The information below is provided to assist guests with tour planning.
The principal places and landscapes to view and visit include:
- Armadale Castle and Gardens: The castle is a ruin but close by is the well presented Museum of the Isles which covers 1500 years of island history with focus on Clan Donald, Lord of the Isles. There is also a family history research centre. The gardens extend to 40 acres. Nature trails take visitors into the mixed woodlands.
- Isleornsay: A former fishing port but now comprising hotel, pub, art gallery, Gaelic Whisky outlet, clothing shop and other accommodation. Superb views and photo opportunities.
- Broadford with it’s wide bay and art and craft shops.
- Sligachan: A good base for hikers and climbers who wish to access the Cuillin Hills.
- The capital, Portree, with it’s shops and colourful harbour houses.
- Stunning geology in the north (Trotternish) which includes the Old Man of Storr, Quiraing, Needle and Prison.
- Lealt Falls.
- Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock: A popular stop which offers good photo opportunities. Geology and a waterfall.
- Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir.
- Flora MacDonald’s memorial at Kilmuir.
- Uig Bay: Located in the north of Skye. Ferry connections to the Outer Hebrides. Eateries, pottery and a brewery.
- Fairy Glen: A slightly bizarre small valley (glen) populated with small conical hills.
- Dunvegan Castle, home to the Chief of Clan Macleod. In addition to the castle there is a well maintained Highland Garden and seal spotting trips.
- Dun Beag Broch, remains of a high status dwelling from the iron-age.
- Talisker Distillery: A popular single malt which is mildly peated. Tours of the distillery are available.
- Fresh oysters at the Oyster Bar near Talisker Distillery.
- Waternish and Trumpan Church. Latter was site of a major conflict in 16th century between MacLeods and MacDonalds.
- Scenery and seascapes.
- Elgol: A small crofting and fishing village accessed by a scenic but winding and narrow single track road. Offers views of the Cuillin Hills, Loch Scaivaig and Soay (island).
- The shore side village of Kyleakin with ruined castle.
Isle of Skye is popular with:
- Hikers and climbers who navigate the hills and mountains including famous Cuillins.
- Artists and photographers who utilise the scenery and ever-changing light conditions. There are gallery and studio trails to allow visitors to connect with the many local artists and crafts people.
- Students of archaeology: Skye has been occupied for about 9000 years leaving behind a legacy of chambered cairns, stone circles, brochs, duns, hut circles and other features sch as the souterrain at Kilmuir. Near Torrin is the High Pasture Cave which was occupied during the Iron Age.
- Birdwatchers: Skye has a rich bird life with sightings of eagles, owls, puffins, merlins, shelducks and much more.
- Students of geology: Skye has a volcanic heritage and is home to rocks dating back more than 450m years.
- Gourmets: The famous Three Chimneys restaurant ranks as one of Scotland’s top eateries. Creelers in Broadford is well known for its seafood.
How can Catswhiskerstours help with a Tour of the Isle of Skye?
Based on or considerable experience of touring Skye, we can help as follows:
For more help or information on touring the Isle of Skye contact Nigel:
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