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 missed-enshrouded Cuillin Hills. It’s the biggest of Scotland’s island, a 50 mile long smorgasbord of velvet moors, jagged mountains, sparkling loughs 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 Lough Ness, Skye is one of Scotland’s top 3 destinations. However, the hordes tend to stick to Portree, Dunvegan, and Trotternish, and it’s almost always possible to find and quiet in the Islands farther-flung corners. Come prepared for changeable weather: when it’s fine it is very fine indeed, but all too often it isn’t.
The Isle of Skye is a must see on your tours of Scotland.