Dunvegan Castle

Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan once entirely encircled by the sea, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years.

On display are many fine oil paintings and clan treasures, the most famous of which is the Fairy Flag. Legend has it that this sacred Banner has miraculous powers and when unfurled in battle, the clan MacLeod will defeat their enemies. 

Today visitors can enjoy tours of an extraordinary castle and Highland estate steeped in history and clan legend, delight in the beauty of its formal gardens, take a boat trip onto Loch Dunvegan to see the seal colony, charter one of its traditionally built clinker boats for a fishing trip or Loch cruise, enjoy an appetising meal at the MacLeod Tables Cafe or browse in one of its four shops offering a wide choice to suit every taste.

http://www.dunvegancastle.com

       
Talisker Distillery Carbost

No visit to the Isle of Skye would be complete without a pilgrimage to Talisker, the only distillery on the Misty Isle where you can see distillers at work, creating Talisker, a single malt whisky like no other. This alluring, sweet, full-bodied spirit is so easy to enjoy, and like Skye itself, so hard to leave. Enjoy a complimentary dram before your tour and take time to gaze upon the dramatic Cuillins across the waters of Loch Harport. A warm welcome awaits you. 

There is an adult admission charge which includes a discount voucher, redeemable in the well stocked distillery shop towards the purchase of a 70cl bottle of single malt whisky. Children under 8 years are welcome but are not admitted to the production areas. 

http://www.discovering-distilleries.com

       
Skye Serpentarium Broadford

The Skye Serpentarium was opened in 1991 by Catherine and Alex Shearer as an exhibition and educational centre. Over the years it has gradually become a refuge for unwanted and illegally imported reptiles. It has been featured on the BBC, Scottish & Grampian television and has won several awards.

Catherine is an experienced herpetologist and has helped rescue over 600 abandoned or rescued reptiles and amphibians. There are over 50 animals on display in the Serpentarium; from White's Tree Frogs to Large Green Iguanas.

http://www.skyeserpentarium.org.uk

       
Speed Kart Xtreme

Using the superior BloKarts constructed in New Zealand, you are guaranteed a land-sailing experience that you won’t forget.

Our land-sailing activities are suitable come rain or sun for everyone from an absolute beginner to an experienced sailor or outdoor sports enthusiast, with an age range from 8 to 80 years young. We also offer activities for stag, hen and birthday parties as well as corporate groups.

Our company is operated to the highest professional standards with fully qualified instructors, both members of the British Land Sailing Association (BLSA) ensuring you have an unforgettable experience in a safe environment.

Currently, we are providing our land-sailing experiences at the Isle of Skye Aerodrome based at Ashaig located between the Skye Bridge at Kyle and the town of Broadford.

http://www.speedkartxtreme.co.uk

       
Skye Riding Centre, Portree

Get away from the hustle and bustle, and experience the quiet rugged beauty of the Skye countryside from horseback.

Rides to suit all levels of experience, from complete beginners to confident riders. 

At present we offer 1 hour (£25 per person) treks, going out over various routes depending on weather and ground conditions. The route taken will be decided on the day of the trek.

One hour treks go out daily at 10 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 12.30pm, 1.30 p.m. and 2.45 p.m.. If all these treks are fully booked we may add an additonal trek at 4.00 p.m. We are open Monday - Saturday (although closed every second saturday due to Pony Club at the stables.

http://www.theisleofskyetrekkingcentre.co.uk/

       
Dunvegan Castle Seal Boat Trips

RUNNING DAILY 15 APRIL - 30 SEPTEMBER 10am – 5pm

Departing from the pier below Dunvegan Castle, one of our traditionally built clinker boats will take you on an exhilarating 25 minute boat trip on Loch Dunvegan to see the seal colony and observe these playful sea mammals at close quarters. You may see Herons nesting as well as many other species of birds including the Artic Tern and the Sea Eagle. 

Voted '1 of the Best UK Days Out' by The Sunday Times Travel Magazine.

http://www.dunvegancastle.com/content/default.asp?page=s5

       
The Old Man of Storr

The Old Man of Storr rises to 535 metres and is visibile from the main road between Portree and Staffin on the west coast of Skye. Dominating the scene and visible fom many more parts of the islands the Storr is the hill immediately west of the Old Man and rising to 719 metres with xdcramatic cliffs on its eastern flank.

There is a small car park opposite Loch Leathan (Grid ref. NG507527) on the west side of the A855 heading north from Portree to Staffin. From here a refurbished path leads up through the woods to emerge below the Old Man of Storr. 

You can scramble up to the base of the Old Man, although the heavily eroded slopes leading up to it suggest you would not be the first person to do so. The rock architecture is superb, lots of pinnacles backed by the imposing cliffs of The Storr. To reach the summit of The Storr we walked north, contouring across the top of Coire Scamadal to a point at about grid ref. NG 494553, whereupon we turned back on ourselves to head south across the easy, grassy rise to The Storr's summit cairn.

A short walk east from the trig point takes you to the cliff edge and a wonderful view over the pinnacles below and out over Loch Leathan and over Dun Caan on Raasay and further to the mainland. On the day we were there you could clearly make out the Five Sisters of Kintail.

From the summit we walked west south west for a hundred metres or so to avoid the top of an obvious gully (might not be so obvious in the mist or snow though), then turned south and then south east to follow the rim of Coire Faoin with the Old Man coming into view again as we descended.

At Bealach Beag we picked up a burn and followed this down through the crags at about grid ref. NG 493531 (steep in places, probably not very easy in snow & ice) to emerge on grassy land which we followed to a stile in the fence by the road at about grid ref NG 503525. From there we turned left and it was a short walk of about 600 metres or so back to the car park. A fine day out.

http://www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walks/walks/walk_b/2640/

       
Quiraing

The Quiraing is awesome. It is supernatural. It is a place of wonder and amazement. It is outstanding by any measure. If you are fit enough to walk the narrow path and scramble up and down the steep slopes – you must do it. To visit Skye without experiencing the Quiraing seems unthinkable.
Go on a bright and clear day for views of the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish mainland, framed by the pinnacles, cliffs and great buttresses. Go on a wet and windy day to feel your spine tingle as the clouds and mist swirl around you in this unreal and menacing landscape. Whatever the weather, you’ll not forget the experience.

The walk is under three miles return for the direct route, or about five miles if you make it a circuit and include the summit above the Quiraing itself. Either way, the starting point is from Bealach Ollasgairte at NG440679. Park at the bealach and follow the good, sign-posted path northwards from there. It will take you on a fairly level walk along the hillside, with good views to be had the whole way. There is a slightly awkward crossing of a burn, made worse if it happens to be frozen. Other than that it is entirely straightforward.

http://www.theskyeguide.com/walking-mainmenu-32/13-moderate-walks/128-quiraing

       
Aquaxplore Boat Trips Elgol

Bella Jane Boat Trips welcomes you aboard AquaXplore - our offshore RIBS (Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats) to experience the remote and beautiful isles of Canna, Rum, Soay, Eigg and the Cuillin and Loch Coruisk. Breathtaking scenery, unique history and abundant wildlife - look out for Minke whales, Basking Sharks, Dolphins, Porpoises, Sea-Eagles, Puffins and majestic seabirds in this rich marine environment.

We run a wide range of trips from 1 hour to all-day in duration as well as one-way dropoffs and pickups to Loch Coruisk, the Small Isles and South and West Skye. With a fantastic choice of destinations and wildlife-watching opportunities we should have a trip that matches your requirements and makes your day special..! 

http://www.aquaxplore.co.uk/boat_trips.asp

       
Black Cuillin

The Black Cuillin of Skye is a complete mountain range compacted into a remarkably small area on one of the most beautiful islands in the world. The scale disguises the enormous extent of climbing available and visitors never fail to be amazed by the challenges these mountains throw down.

There is something in the Cuillin for anyone visiting Skye; from the tourist viewing the dramatic peaks from the roadside to the hardened mountaineer on the lofty peaks. Beautifully crafted footpaths now lead into the dramatic corries in little over an hour where the scale suddenly becomes apparent. Some peaks can be reached without any need to take hands out of pockets and others can only be accessed by those with strong nerve and a rope is frequently used.

http://skyeguides.co.uk/information/the-black-cuillin/

       
Claigan Coral Beach

A popular short walk to the spectacular Coral Beaches, one of the most beautiful coastal locations on Skye.

TERRAIN
Good track (a boggy section can be avoided on stepping stones) followed by a path across grassy pastures.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
None to walk start. Nearest public transport is at Dunvegan, more than 5 kilometres away.

http://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/coralbeaches.shtml

       
Cuillin Marbles Portree

The place to buy your very own piece of Scotland. Here you will find a beautiful range of jewellery and gifts made using genuine Isle of Skye Marble

Historically Skye marble has been carried to bring calm and Good luck. The soft, gentle colour of the marble makes it wonderful for gentle healing of the heart chakra and for working with nature in your healing.

Marble provides clarity in meditation and recall of dreams. It helps to actuate the "unused" portions of the mind, providing for strength of self-control, the mastery of thought, and power of serenity. 

It can bring a nurturing instinct and can enhance "good common sense" in matters of the home, heart and ones sustenance.

It helps us to develop a strength of character and is also a stone to provide protection, both physical and emotional. 

http://www.skyecuillinmarbles.co.uk/

       
Skyeskyns Waternish

A family business established in 1983, Skyeskyns' tanning process has been created to reflect the remoteness of its Highland location and surrounding crofting community.

Today, visitors are transported back in time to witness how real sheepskins are made using time honoured methods of leather making - one of the oldest crafts known to man.

Here you can enjoy a free guided tour of our workshop where you will see all the traditional implements used by the Tanner: the beam, paddles, racks and buffing wheel, horse and iron as well as the lengthy hand finishing processes, which help to create the world famous Highland hand-combed fleece, which is exclusive to Skyeskyns.

After your tour why not visit our showroom and browse through our comprehensive range of luxurious fleeces and quality leather goods. You’ll find the perfect place too for that exclusive and lasting keepsake of your visit to the magical Isle of Skye.

http://www.skyeskyns.co.uk

       
Misty Isle Boat Trips Elgol

We are a family-run business running boat trips from Elgol on the Isle of Skye to the famous Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin Hills.

You may have seen our skipper Seumas Mackinnon take Charles Kennedy across to Loch Coruisk on the ITV program, "Britain's Favourite View" - if so, you will understand why Loch Coruisk and Elgol featured on a program with a name like that!

Sail with us to visit Loch Coruisk where you will enjoy what has been described as "the best viewpoint in Scotland". On your outward journey to Loch Coruisk from Elgol you will visit the large colony of seals and see the famous 'Bad Step'. You will see a rich variety of sea birds and possibly golden eagles or sea eagles. Sightings of dolphins, porpoises, whales and basking sharks are also possible.

After your arrival at the breathtaking Loch Coruisk you will have plenty of time ashore for the short walk to the loch or just to enjoy the beauty and tranquility that surrounds you. There is a wide variety of trip lengths available to suit every need, allowing you to stay ashore for between 90 minutes and 8 hours!

A welcome cup of tea, coffee or our now famous hot chocolate and a piece of shortbread (all free) await for your return journey from Loch Coruisk to Elgol.

http://www.mistyisleboattrips.co.uk/

      
 
Contact Details
      
      Address:
      Cnoc Aluin,
      2-4 Kildonan,
      Edinbane,
      Isle of Skye,
      IV51 9PU
      
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      01470 582227
      
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Cnoc Aluin 2-4 Kildonan, Edinbane, Isle of Skye, IV51 9PU