The Isle of Skye (which has the feel of an island with the convenience of a bridge) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland and was voted one of the best islands in the world by National Geographic magazine. It is renowned for its natural beauty and offers plenty of wildlife, history, geology, mind-blowing scenery, hillwalking and a variety of other outdoor activities. Situated off the west coast of mainland Scotland, Skye’s landscape is distinctly Highland with its lochs, heather-clad moors and towering peaks.
At 1,656 square kilometres, Skye is the second-largest island in Scotland. Its coastline is a series of peninsulas and bays radiating out from a centre dominated by the Cuillin mountains. It is about 60 miles long, but because of its shape, its breadth is said to be beyond the ingenuity of man to state! (Varies from about 3 to 25 miles).
The island boasts an impressive 12 Munros (mountains in Scotland over 3000 feet) which make the island a favourite with hillwalkers and mountaineers keen to tackle the heights of its Cuillin mountain range. This world famous range is the most outstanding feature on Skye and the peaks are visible from all over the islands. Skye features many other geological marvels such as the astounding sea cliff at Kilt Rock or the breathtaking landslip formation of the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr.
The scenic landscape of Skye provides a home for an abundant array of wildlife ranging from red deer and Scottish wildcats to golden and sea eagles. The influence of the sea is never far away with sea fishing and a wide range of other watersports being catered for on Skye. Wildlife cruises sail from various locations and visitors can spot seals, dolphins, otters and whales etc.