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ISLE OF SKYE GUIDE

Geary, on the peninsula of Waternish, is a typical crofting township on the Isle of Skye. Situated on the north west of the island, it is surrounded by the spectacular sea views of Loch Snizort stretching out uninterrupted to the islands of Harris and Lewis.

Crofting is traditional, small-scale farming, unique to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Mint Croft is a six-acre organic croft with a share of the common hill-grazing of 920 acres. Shaz is the Grazings Clerk for the township.

Many of the Gaelic place names on Waternish have Norse roots, from the not-so-welcome arrival of the Vikings in 794. Neolithic structures can be found on Waternish and across the island.

Known as Scotland's "Dinosaur Isle’, Skye is rich in fossils from the Middle Jurassic era. Culturally, there is a strong tradition of folk music and Gaelic language.

WALKING ON THE ISLE OF SKYE

The Isle of Skye occupies an almost legendary place in the minds of many Scots. From gentle strolls along Skye's stunning coastline to scrambles up the Cuillin, the most rugged and challenging mountain range in Britain.

Walk Highlands

Walk Highland is the go-to Scottish digital walking guide. The best walking routes on Skye, from the classic outings to hidden gems not found in guidebooks for every level.

Skye Adventure

Climb mountains, follow ridges and rivers towards amazing coastlines and swim in the sea. Friendly local guides who have the knowledge, qualifications and skills to give you the freedom to explore a different side of Skye.

Whitewave

Skye's Outdoor Centre, a small family run centre offering outdoor activities and experiences including hill walking, climbing and abseiling, kayaking, canoeing, mountain boarding, crating and archery.

WILDLIFE ON THE ISLE OF SKYE

The pristine waters and remote landscape around the Isle of Skye are home to an abundance of wildlife including minke whale, dolphins, basking sharks, porpoise, sea and golden eagles, seals and otters.

Sea Skye Boat Tours

From nearby Stein. The north west coast of Skye is a haven for birds. Puffins, Gannets, Sea Eagles, Fulmars and Cormorants make it an ideal spot for bird enthusiasts. Not to be outdone, you can also see Dolphins, Basking Sharks, Minke Whale & maybe even Orca.

Isle of Skye Wildlife Tours

The Isle of Skye is truly one of Scotland'd best wildlife locations for the birdwatcher and the wildlife enthusiast. A beautiful but fragile environment, great car is taken on tours not to disturb any of the wildlife we see.

Kylerhea Otter Hide

This is one of the best places in Britain to spot otters and other marine mammals. The sheltered hide is easy to get to, along a short, interesting trail. Inside you'll find fascinating facts about otters, dolphins, sharks and more. Forestry and Land Scotland.

FISHING AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Portree Angling Association

The Isle of Skye - rugged, beautiful, and an angler's paradise. Here, in the freshest of air, you can fish in complete solitude amongst some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland. Available to both members and visitors at a reasonable cost.

A.C.E. Target Sports

We offer high quality Archery, Axe Throwing, Air Rife Shooting, Clay Target Shooting and Airsoft in one of the most perfect locations for outdoor adventure activities in Scotland.

Skye Ghillie Fishing & Wilderness Adventures.

Choose from or combine; tuition & guiding for Fly and Sea Fishing; Wild Walks observing flora, fauna & history; Wild Swimming in secret lochs, waterfalls & rivers; Wilderness Camping that includes hiking, foraging, fishing, cooking & bushcraft.

CASTLES AND MUSEUMS

Dunvegan Castle

Dunvegan Castle dates from the 13th century and is the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod.

Staffin Dinosaur Museum

Skye’s internationally renowned collection of dinosuar fossils. Founded by Dugald Ross when he was a teenager in what was the old Staffin school house. Tours available to the hard to find Staffin dinosaur footprints.

SkyeStory at Aros

SkyeStory is a brand new film depicting the dramatic history of this iconic island. From the Jurassic period through the Ice Age, looking at emigration, famine and the 19th century’s land struggle. Beyond that, the story takes us to the present day and looks at the people, Gaelic culture and the everyday life of our magnificent island.

BOAT TRIPS ON THE ISLE OF SKYE

Misty Isle Boat Trips

Boat trips to the spectacular Loch Coruisk, in the heart of the Cuillin mountains. Many say this is the best view in Britian. Wildlife tours to the small isles of Eigg, Rum, Muck, Canna and the Island of Soay.

Go St. Kilda

From nearby Stein. Britian’s only UNESCO Dual World Heritage Site and National Nature Reserve. Home to north west Europe’s largest seabird colony including the UK’s largest colony of Atlantic puffin, northern Fulmar and one of the World’s largest Gannetaries.

Seaflower Skye – Luxury Day Trips

Take to the sea and experience sights of North East Skye and the isles of Rona and Raasay. Spectacular views of the abundant and beautiful island wildlife from the comfort of the MV Seaflower! Enjoy a luxury seafood lunch.

ART AND CRAFT

A visit to Skye should include a tour around its creative community of art, design and craft makers in their home studios. Discover inspired painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, artwork, knitwear and weaving. Plan your walking trip around visiting the local makers.

Edinbane Pottery

Local pottery in the village of Edinbane. Woodfired and salt glazed pottery inspired by the landscape of Skye.

Skye Weavers

From Sheep to Tweed. A small weaving and sewing business on the Isle of Skye. Weaving with woollen yarns to create a wide variety of products on a bicycle pedal-powered loom.

SkyeSkyns

Luxurious sheepskin products. The sole remaining commercial sheepskin tannery in Scotland in nearby Loch Bay. Take a free tour to see how the sheepskin is made and visit the wonderful gallery shop.

Marcus McAdam Photography

Stunning landscape photography prints and workshops. The Isle of Skye is one of the most iconic locations in the world for photography. Whether you want to shoot the Old Man of Storr at dawn or simply shoot from the side of the road in the middle of the day, the award winning team of professional photographers know all the best locations.

Art Skye

Discover studios, workshops and galleries as intriguingly diverse as the landscape they inhabit. You can follow the Creative Trail using the map, using the comprehensive index with satnav information, or scan in the QR code.

Ellishadder Weaving Studio.

Visit the home weaving studio and shop of weaver Maggie Williams. Stunning woven works, inspired by the dramatic North East coast of the Isle of Skye, overlooking the picturesque Loch Mealt and the dramatic Trotternish Ridge.

SKYE AND RAASAY WHISKY TRAIL

World-famous Talisker Distillery lies in the shadow of The Cuillin mountains. Discover new award-winning whisky and gin distilleries and craft breweries to add to the must-visit list of gastronomic attractions. Fancy a dram with no driving? Skye Distillery Tours operates a Whisky Bus.

Talisker Whiskey

The oldest Single Malt Scotch Whisky made by the sea on the shores of the Isle of Skye, one of the most remote, rugged, yet beautiful landscapes in Scotland.

Isle of Raasay Distillery

The first legal distillery on the Isle of Raasay, a short ferry trip from Skye. An independent pioneering distillery aiming to produce the finest Hebridean single malt Scotch whisky and a unique whisky destination with arguably the best view from any distillery in Scotland.

The Distillery at Torabhaig

Launched in 2018, this independent distillery welcomes visitors to take a guided tour, visit the café and whisky shop and enjoy the breath-taking surroundings of South Skye.

Misty Isle Gin

Distilled by the Wilson brothers at the first gin distillery on the Isle of Skye. The distillery is on the edge of Portree, capital of Skye, and the water flows down from the Storr Lochs to the north of town. Gin School and Shop.

Isle of Skye Brewery Company

Ales born of Skye’s unforgiving landscapes and centuries-old traditions of Scottish brewing. Visit the brewery at The Pier, Uig.

Cuillin Brewery

Nestling between formidable mountains and surrounded by wild moorland. The journey for the Cuillin Brewery Ale begins at the highest peaks of the Black Cuillin on the Isle of Skye.