Lying off the west coast of Scotland, with beautiful mountain scenery, interesting geology, stunning sea lochs and a plethora of wildlife, the Isle of Skye is a true masterpiece of nature.
The largest of the Inner Hebrides, Skye’s landscape is unmistakably Highland with its lochs, heather-wrapped moors and towering craggy mountain peaks. In fact Skye boasts an impressive 20 Munros, making the island a virtual magnet for hillwalkers and climbers keen to challenge the heights of the mighty Cuillin mountain range.
The Black Cuillin is renowned for its dramatic ridge line and its 150 ft ‘Inaccessible Pinnacle’, making Sgurr Dearg a unique Munro summit that can only be reached by rock climbing.
Under its long shadow lies Loch Coruisk, rightly considered to be one of the most beautiful scenic spots in all of Scotland. The Cuillin range is undoubtedly the most outstanding feature on Skye and its peaks are visible from all over the island and for miles beyond.
Skye is also home to many other geological marvels like the remarkable landslip formation, the Quiraing, the breathtaking sea cliffs of Kilt Rock, and the majestic towering rock pinnacles like the Old Man of Storr. Should you be in the mood for a bracing swim or simply a ‘wee paddle’,
The Faerie Pools of Glenbrittle are perfect for a refreshing dip thanks to its crystal clear waters and spectacular scenery.
Skye’s landscape also provides the scenic backdrop for an abundant array of wildlife. Red deer, Scottish wildcats, pine martens and mountain hares are regularly spotted roaming the hills and glens. Around the coast you are sure to spot a huge variety of seabirds, seals and, if you’re very lucky, otters. For a truly magical vantage point, why not take a boat trip during the summer months, where you may catch a glimpse of dolphins, basking sharks, sea eagles and golden eagles.
The villages too, are picture postcard material and most are sparsely sprinkled along much of the island’s coast. Nestled alongside these tranquil settings are also many places of historic interest including ancient church graveyards and castles.
And the island’s small capital Portree, with its picturesque, pastel cottage-lined harbour front is simply an image straight from the lid of a chocolate box.
Skye, once voted the fourth best island in the world by National Geographic magazine, is a ‘must’ destination for a Discover Scotland Tour. It is renowned for its natural beauty and offers a rare opportunity to see and experience plenty of wildlife, history, geology, remarkable scenery, hillwalking as well as many other outdoor activities, all in one very tidy island package.
Their experienced guides will share their local knowledge, surprise you with little-known facts, and make your journey both comfortable and colourful. Because the people at Discover Scotland Tours believe “just getting there should be half the fun”.
Bon voyage, or as they say in the Gaelic – Turas math dhut.