The Skye Guide is an independent and personal view of the Isle of Skye. The things that are included in the guide are here because I like them - and because I think you might too. If something is not included, it may be because I would not recommend it to you, but it may be simply that I have not yet experienced it. I am happy with that ambiguity...
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Based at Elgol jetty, AquaXplore is part of the same excellent organisation as the Bella Jane. The differences are marked though! Trips with AquaXplore are on one of a pair of high-powered Humber RIBs. Each has 12 seats (you sit astride - a bit like a motorbike) and goes like the wind - about 30 knots actually. Exciting stuff. The guides/captains are great. They are skilled, safe, knowledgeable, personable, interesting and fun.
Northwest Skye - Neist Point
Designed and built by one of the "Lighthouse Stevensons" - in this case David A Stevenson, the light and its associated dwellings cost £4,350 when they were built in 1909. The station was converted to automatic operation in 1990 and the lightkeepers were withdrawn. The foghorn at the front left corner is no longer in use.
The walk is on a tarmacadamed path for most of the way, and there are no difficulties with navigation.
Cuillin - Sgurr na Banachdich
Sgurr na Banachdich is a 965m summit near the middle of the Cuillin Ridge - at NG440224. It makes a good stop for lunch for those intrepids who are 'doing the ridge'. But for us mere hillwalkers it represents perhaps the best opportunity to get up and amongst it all without any need to put hand to rock. There's nothing too challenging for the vertigo sufferers either. There is only one point on the whole ascent where you can choose to look down a scary drop, and even the summit is a fairly comfortable place to perch.
Staffin is home to a couple of beaches. There are some good spots on the main bay if you are prepared to seek them out, but there is easier access to a small area of sand just before the end of the road to Staffin Community Slipway, at NG490686. As well as the sea and sand, you can find some quite astonishing dinosaur footprints here too.
If walking from Staffin itself, there is a path across the hill from the Columba 1400 Leadership Centre in the township.
Fun, friendly, original, unusual, inventive, passionate, relaxed, informal and delicious - Creelers is a phenomenon to be found just off the main road in Broadford, at NG648231. In the season, they are open from noon till late evening, from Monday to Saturday, serving wonderful food from their eclectic menu. It's Scottish/mediteranean/cajun in style (!) with a genuine emphasis on local produce. It's a seafood restaurant, a gumbo shack, a tapas bar and an art gallery, all crammed into an unpreposessing small building.
Dun Beag and Dun Mor, Struan
Talisker Distillery, Carbost
Talisker is the only big distillery on the Isle of Skye. There are regular tours where you can watch the distillers at work, creating good quality single malt whisky. There is an small admission charge which includes a dram before you start and a discount voucher, redeemable in the distillery shop. The shop can sell you a bottle of the usual, excellent, Talisker. It will also tempt you with some fairly expensive – but highly desirable – rarities. If you have a taste for the best whiskies, watch your credit card!
Jerusalem, Athens and Rome
I would see them before I die
But I’d rather not see any one of the three
Than be exiled forever from Skye
Sheriff Alexander Nicolson
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The Collie and Mackenzie Sculpture Group is seeking to commemorate the amazing achievements of these Cuillin pioneers by erecting a bronze sculpture of the two men at Sligachan. You can help realise this wonderful project by donating some bronze.
Click on the certificate to find out more, make a donation and get one of your own!