The towns & villages of Skye
The liveliest and largest town, it has a scenic harbour with amazing views of surrounding hills and lined with colorful and brightly painted houses. Its name, Portree, is a Gaelic for King’s Harbour, to commemorate James V, who arrived in 1540 to pacify nearby clans.
A service community village for nearby communities in Skye. It used to be the venue of the annual Skye Music Festival.
It is the location of Dunvegan Castle and the seat of the Clan McLeod chief. It sits on the edge of the big ‘Loch Dunvegan’. Dunvegan Castle has been the seat of Clan MacLeod since the thirteenth century.
At 1656 km² (639 mi²), Skye is the second largest island in Scotland after Lewis with Harris. The island has some of the most dramatic and challenging mountain terrain in Scotland, including the Cuillin, as well as a rich heritage of ancient monuments, castles, and memorials.
The coastline of Skye is a series of peninsulas, including Sleat in the south, Strathaird, Minginish and Duirinish, and Waternish in the west, and Trotternish to the north. Surrounding islands include Rona, Raasay, Scalpay and Soay.
The Armadale Castle, Museum & Gardens
You can visit Armadale Castle through a wonderful drive along the Sleat peninsula (pronounced: slate). Sleat is occasionally referred to as the garden of Skye and offers an enjoyable trip with scenic sea views.
The Armadale estate covers 20,000 acres (8,000 hectares). It is traditionally owned by the clan Macdonald or Donald, also referred to as the Lords of Isles, however, it is now held in trust. The Armadale Castle, museum and gardens are an excellent tour package with a very affordable admission price.
Access to the Museum, with a unique display of MacDonald and Skye artifacts is included and make sure to visit the beautiful serene garden to walk about with a wide variety of different plants and trees, all thriving thanks to the warm Gulf Stream.
Old Man of Storr
The Storr, an impressive mass of rock rising to a height of 2,358 feet, has directly in front of it an extraordinary basalt pinnacle known as The Old Man of Storr, which measures 165 feet in height. Noted as a seamark, the Old Man can be seen for many miles and was successfully scaled in 1955 by Don Whillan and James Barber.
Trotternish is Skye’s most northerly peninsula and today, within its narrow confines, it contains a barren haunting environment studded with fantastic basaltic lava formations and ancient settlements. Embracing the area known as “the granary of Skye, laughing with corn”, as well as being densely wooded at some time in its history, the peninsula has been fought over for generations and was the location for Skye’s greatest battle fought between the MacLeods and the MacDonalds. Its boundaries are defined by Rubha Hunish in the north, Skeabost Bridge in the west and Portree in the south and east.
The Talisker Distillery, which produces a single malt whisky, is beside Loch Harport on the west coast of the island.
The Isle of Skye has been immortalized in the traditional song The Skye Boat Song and in the book To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf.
The Island of Skye offers the perfect kind of ambiance for both adventure and romance. There are many outdoor activities lined up- since Skye is bang in the middle of the archipelago, it is the destination of choice for kayakers and yachtsmen to explore the islands and coasts. There are also several classic tours, expeditions and events for the same to be enjoyed along the way. There are festivals held every evening for those who just wish to relax and spend some quality time with their special someone… The Island of Skye has something for everybody.
These are just a few reasons why I chose the Isle of Skye as the location for the main character to move to. It is beautiful and it’s a place that is on my wish list.
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