The Isle of Skye, Eilean a'Cheo` (The Island of Mist) is an island of outstanding natural beauty situated off the north west coast of mainland Scotland and is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. It is approximately 50 miles long and from 7 to 25 miles wide with a coastline of around 350 miles. Nowhere, in fact, is further than 5 miles from the sea.
The geology of Skye represents an immense range of geological processes and around 1000 milllion years of Scotland's history. There are rocks representative of all three geological periods; Triassis, Jurassic and Cretaceous. The Cuillin, the Old Man of Storr and the Quirang have long been favourites with climbers, Munro baggers and walkers alike, not to mention more recently famous for movies such as Stardust, Prometheus, 47 Ronin, Highlander and The BFG.
Looking North along the Cuillin Ridge from Sgurr Alasdair. Inaccessable Pinnacle on left hand side of picture, leading to Am Basteir tooth on the right hand side of picture.
In the Cuillin looking down on Coire Lagan from the Great Stone Shoot.
Naturally, both mountains and sea provide a haven for wildlife which abounds on the Island. By the ever-near shores there are frequent sightings of seals, porpoise, and dolphin, with rarer sightings of otters, basking sharks and whales. Whilst Sea Eagles are plentiful, the magnificent Golden Eagle has been spotted with some regularity. Although Skye is best known for it's Cuillin mountains (the best mountains for rock climbing and scrambling in the UK) Skye does have something to offer everyone. For the outdoor enthusiast, walking/climbing is a dream, whether you are a novice or experienced. Great guides are also available to hire. Canoeists/kayakists will have plenty of bays to go and explore. From birdwatchers to photographers, the opportunities are endless, there are local photographers that will take you around the Island and help improve your photography skills or take you to those hidden gems! You can go diving too, a small business in Waternish will take you out to shipwrecks etc. For those interested in the history of Skye, there are castles, brochs and pictish stones around the Island.
If you want to take a more chilled approach to you visit, there are plenty of spots to take a picnic and admire the views.
There are several good restaurants in the Dunvegan area, the most famous being, the Three Chimneys in Colbost, and the Old School Restaurant in the village (great fresh seafood and steak!) Both use local produce within all their dishes. Throughout Skye there are many cafes, some off the beaten track and others in the villages and town centre. Skye even has it's own brewery and whisky distillery, why not sample some of their wares along with many other good locally produced items on the Island.
Hillside offers peace and tranquility and is an ideal location for travelling around Skye. The nearest beach is a pebble beach at Ard Roag, approx 2km from the house. There are other beaches close by, around a 10 minute drive then 20-30 minute walk to Varkasaig Bay. This bay has black sand and the Cuillin mountains as a backdrop, it is best to go when to tide is out to make the most of the beach. Keep an eye out for sea eagles here! Dunvegan village is set in the North West of Skye, the houses here are a mixture of traditional croft houses and modern houses along with a black house that is now the giant MacAskill museum, owned and run by the parents of the famous trials cyclist; Danny MacAskill.
The village also boasts it's own millennium stone, found on an easy-going walk known as The Two Churches walk. There are a selection of shops in the village along with Skye's oldest bakery, cafes, petrol station, post office, doctors, dentist and hotels.
Other attractions on the Island include Portree, the island's capital, set around it's natural harbour, which boasts an excellent range of shops, hotels and restaurants. A taxi service and public transport operate from Dunvegan.