Skye is one of the top locations in Scotland to visit. It has been voted 4th Best Island in the world by National Geographic (A report card on the world’s islands) in November 2007 (Read the article). The Island is some 50 miles from North to South and takes over an hour of constant driving. The capital is Portree and it is located on the East coast roughly in the mid spine of the Island.
Geologically Skye, like the whole of Scotland, formed from part of what is now North America. Over millions of years our country detached and manoeuvred itself across the Atlantic and attached to England and Wales. Our recent history is rich including clan warfare, interminable battles and squabbles with our neighbour England, Jacobite Rebellion, highland clearances and further attempts by the Nationalist party to split from the United Kingdom and become independent.
Both Clan MacDonald and Clan MacLeod have their Clan Castles on the Island and are both well worth a visit.
The Island is also a fabulous destination for wildlife watching with the white tailed sea eagle accompanied by common buzzards, eagles, red kites, sparrow hawks, hen harriers and ospreys on the bird watchers list. There are also regular sightings of otters, seals, whales, dolphins and red deer on and around the island.
Skye is a world class destination for walkers and climbers. The Cullin Mountains are used by recreational and professional enthusiasts alike. The range offers 12 Munros – peaks above 3000ft (914m). There are many other great walks on Skye too many to mention here but The Old Man of Storr, The Quiraing, Dun Caan and Ben Tianavaig to name a few.