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Sail round the cliffy West
And, rising out of the main,
You there shall see the Maidens three,
Like Choosers of the Slain.

Alexander Nicolson - The Isle of Skye

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Beyond the lochs of the blood of the children of men,
beyond the frailty of the plain and the labour of the mountain,
beyond poverty, consumption, fever, agony,
beyond hardship, wrong, tyranny, distress,
beyond misery, despair, hatred, treachery,
beyond guilt and defilement; watchful,
heroic, the Cuillin is seen
rising on the other side of sorrow.

Sorley Maclean

The Isle of Skye...

...is conclusive proof that sometimes God is just showing off.

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For rarely human eye has known
A scene so stern as that dread lake,
With its dark ledge of barren stone.
Seems that primeval earthquake’s sway
Hath rent a strange and shatter’d way
Through the rude bosom of the hill.

Sir Walter Scott on Loch Coruisk

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Skye weather can be "...a wee bit moist" on occasions.

Charles Pilkington - a 19th century Cuillin pioneer

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Come with me to the Winged Isle
northern father's western child.
Where the dance of ages is playing still
through far marches of acres wild

Ian Anderson (from 'Acres Wild' by Jethro Tull)

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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

Did you know?

In 1976, the last manual telephone exchange in the United Kingdom at Portree closed, making the British telephone system fully automatic.

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And I'd rather hear the music
When my time may come to die,
Of the wind among the corries
In the far off Isle of Skye.

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It looks as if it had been let down from heaven by the four corners, to be the residence of a Chief.

James Boswell (on Dunvegan Castle) 

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A name that will be mentioned in history, and if courage and fidelity be virtues, mentioned with honour.

Dr Samuel Johnson (an epitaph for Flora MacDonald)

Did you know?

The pier in Portree was designed and built in the 19th century by the famous engineer, Thomas Telford. 

Did you know?

There are no towns or cities on Skye.
The island's capital, Portree, is known as 'the village'.
Elsewhere there are townships, communities or settlements.

Did you know?

A croft is not a building. A croft is a unit of land subject to the Crofting Acts. It may or may not have a house on it.
There are around 2,000 crofts on Skye.

Did you know?

Skye is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides. Its total area is around 350,000 acres (140,000 hectares).  

Did you know?

Despite being home to Skye's biggest castle, the name 'Dunvegan' (Dun Bheagan) probably means 'small fort'.

Did you know?

The last glaciers on Skye melted away as recently as 11,500 years ago.
(That's about a geological nanosecond ago.)

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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 

Did you know?

The Skye Bridge cost £25m to construct. It opened in 1995 and the controversial tolls were abolished in December 2004.

Did you know?

Many Skye residents use Avon 'Skin-So-Soft' moisturising dry oil body spray as a midge repellent.

Did you know?

...that Skye was a part of the kingdom of Norway until 1263