Macurdie's Exhibition, Bornesketaig
Interesting chap, Macurdie. His exhibition is, well, interesting as well. "Eccentric" may begin to describe it. It looks quite normal from the outside...
Music, drama and film
- The most comprehensive facility on the island is Aros, just outside Portree. Here you will find a great wee theatre offering a regular diet of musical, theatrical and cinematic entertainment. There is plenty of popcorn for the kids' movies and a bar for half-time drinks during the opera.
- Sabhal Mor Ostaig in Sleat, at the south end of the island, is another place with plenty of quality entertainment, much of it courtesy of SEALL. They arrange a full and varied programme of events with music, dance, drama, films and ceilidhs.
Skye Museum of Island Life, Kilmuir
A visit to the Skye Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir may well be a pleasant surprise for you. It's a whole lot better than I had expected before my first visit. The museum is housed in a cluster of thatched buildings at Kilmuir, just off the A855. It is about six miles north of Uig, at NG395718. From small beginnings in the 1960s, it is now an attraction that really lets you see what it would have been like to live on Skye in the past.
Admission prices are good value. There is a lot more to the place than is apparent from the outside.
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!
Sing me a song of a dreamy moor,
Where the maids at the shieling spin:
Lull me to sleep by the peat fire smoor,
When the soft night closes in.
Alasdair Alpin MacGregor