Introducing Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye (an t-Eilean Sgiathanach in Gaelic) takes its name from the old Norse sky-a, meaning ‘cloud island’, a Viking reference to the often mist-enshrouded Cuillin Hills. A 50-mile-long smorgasbord of velvet moors, jagged mountains, sparkling lochs and towering sea cliffs. The stunning scenery is the main attraction, but when the mist closes in there are plenty of castles, crofting museums and cosy pubs and restaurants to retire to.
Along with Edinburgh and Loch Ness, Skye is one of Scotland’s top three tourist destinations. However, the hordes tend to stick to Portree, Dunvegan and Trotternish, and it’s almost always possible to find peace and quiet in the island’s farther-flung corners. Come prepared for changeable weather: when it’s fine it’s very fine indeed, but all too often it isn’t.
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Exploring the Isle of Skye in Scotland
Like the finest single malt whisky, the Isle of Skye is an intoxicating distillation of all that is great about Scotland’s Highlands and islands. Its dramatic landscape embraces everything from bleak, wind-scoured mountains to sheer sea cliffs and edge-of-the-world, seashell-strewn beaches...
3-Day Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
Immerse yourself in the wild beauty of the Highlands and Isle of Skye on a three-day small group excursion from Edinburgh. In three days you'll explore some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery in the Highlands, and visit the second largest west coast island of Scotland, the magical Isle of Skye.
5-Day Highland Explorer and Isle of Skye Small Group Tour from Edinburgh
See it all on a grand five-day tour of the Highlands of Scotland by minivan - from the ancient Cairngorms and vibrant Inverness to the romantic beauty of the Isle of Skye and awe-inspiring Glencoe. With a maximum group size of 16 passengers, you are sure to have a memorable and personal experience on this special five-day excursion to Scotland's Highlands.