Self Catering Holidays on the Isle of Skye
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Sitting majestically just off the western Scottish coast, the Isle of Skye emits culture, history and scenic wonder. The isle has some of the best landscapes in Scotland from windswept heather moors, rushing waterfalls, picturesque little Scottish towns and a rugged coastline. Even though Skye is the largest island within the Inner Hebrides, it is its small time mentality and welcoming nature to visitors that makes it so popular. Read More
Fantastic luxury holiday cottage with magnificent sea or mountain views from all rooms. Within easy walking distance of local restaurants and amenities and an ideal base from which to tour all of Skye and Wester Ross. 5 Star.
The Magic of the Isle of Skye
While Scotland as a whole is famous for its whisky distilleries, Skye is one of the most prominent. On the isle you can find the Talisker distillery which is one of the most well known in the region for producing a peaty single malt that is famous well beyond the Skye limits. Indeed, the independent stores and galleries in Skye offer the chance to view local artists and source locally made products. The dramatic landscapes have been a haven for painters and writers over the years and some such as Diane Mackie, a painter who moved to the island in the 1990s, and Tim Wilcock, a photographer, have galleries set up in the area.
For outdoorsy visitors then the island offers a wide range of activities. Walking is the favourite method of getting around and exploring the jagged rock formations, quaint hill trails and spectacular coastline. There are more strenuous pursuits such as rock climbing, coasteering, gorge walking and much more that offer an active visit to Skye. Due to its location, the isle is home to a wide variety of wildlife and bird spotters in particular can enjoy seeking out Golden Eagles around the coastline or otters in the temperamental waters. White-tailed sea eagles, basking sharks, dolphins, peregrine falcons and hares are just some of the wildlife you can catch a glimpse of too.
The small village of Broadford which lies overlooking the coast is one of the most populated on the island and is a great point from which to explore the rest of the area. Broadford Bay is a good place to view otters, orca whales and a variety of birdlife and the village itself has a lot to offer with restaurants and small shops and provides a relaxing break from hill walking or trekking around the various trails found on Skye.
There are also various boat trips that allow visits to less accessible places. St Kilda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and lies 85 miles off the Skye coast and is a popular boat trip destination as it hosts the biggest colony of puffins in Britain.
Like many of the Scottish Islands, you can access the Isle of Skye by ferry. Alternatively, go via the Skye Bridge and take in one of Scotland's most photographed landmarks on the way, Eilean Donan.
Skye provides some of the best landscapes that Scotland has to offer and when combined with its rich diversity in wildlife, it is a small pocket of nature that would be hard to find anywhere else. Indeed, the island offers a vast range of activities that allow visitors to explore the intense scenery and landscapes, while also basking in the local culture and traditional ways of the island’s inhabitants. As a place to spend some quality time with nature, there are not many destinations that can rival Skye’s appeal.
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