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Isle of Skye & Kyle of Lochalsh

The ‘Misty Isle’ has beguiled generations of visitors. With superb mountain ranges rising almost sheer from the sea, Skye & Lochalsh is one of the most scenic areas of Scotland.


Map of Isle of Skye & Kyle of Lochalsh

Eilean Donan Castle © Copyright Historic Castles »

Castles are well-represented in Skye and Lochalsh - in a sometimes stormy tale of warfare and rebuilding over the centuries.

Common Seals, Loch Scavaig, Skye © Copyright Alan Bird Wildlife on the Isle of Skye »

A lonely shoreline means otter territory, then there are both golden eagles and sea eagles. Off-shore you’ll see seals, dolphins and minke whales.

© Copyright Richard Dorrell; Gaelic »

The Gaelic language has, as part of its heritage, a creative tradition of music, song and poetry little known to most of the other inhabitants of the United Kingdom.

The Glenachulish at Kylerhea © Copyright Dave Fergusson; Swimming Cows

Before railways ended the trade, Scotland was covered by a network of drove roads, used for driving cattle, to southern markets. From Skye, cattle, tied nose to tail, were swum across to the mainland of Kylerhea. You can still sail across to Skye here on the traditional Kylerhea Ferry.

Dinosaur Footprint, Staffin© Copyright 2008John Allan; Walking with Dinosaurs

Jurassic age rocks outcrop on the beach at Staffin, among other places. Soft sands 165 million years ago, these sedimentary rocks have already yielded dinosaur remains, most spectacularly the footprints of a giant megalosaurus, now on display in Staffin Museum.