Out and about

Portree is  the main town on the island and is set round its natural harbour fringed by high ground and cliffs, the town is a popular tourists’ holiday destination and the harbour continues to be used by fishing boats as well as pleasure craft. It boasts excellent leisure facilities including a swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gyms and boat cruises plus plenty of shopping opportunities, bars and restaurants.

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Portree is also the cultural hub for Skye and one of its main attractions, the award-winning Aros Centre, runs regular theatre, concerts and film screenings. The centre also incorporates an exhibition capturing the drama of Skye’s history, a spectacular RSPB exhibit with live and recorded footage of rare sea eagles plus an audio-visual presentation giving a dramatic aerial view of Skye’s incredible landscapes.

The town is a popular base for exploring the rest of the island. Many visitors are drawn to the spectacular scenery of the Trotternish Ridge to the north as this wild area is dominated by rock formations such as the Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock and the truly extraordinary pinnacles of the Quiraing. Follow the road right round the North End to Uig and visit the pottery and dine at Uig Hotel.

Dunvegan in the north west of the island is home to the world famous Dunvegan Castle home of the Clan Macleod, here you can tour the castle and gardens and take a seal boat trip.  Neist Point lighthouse is also a very popular destination but be prepared for the long walk back up (always fun descending but hard work getting back up)!

Taskavaig Bay

A must for us is to head south to Elgol and take a boat trip to Loch Coruisk, a truly stunning part of our island or venture further south to Sleat the aptly named ‘Garden of Skye’. While there visit The Clan Donald Centre and definitely book for ACE target sports, try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, air rifles, archery or axe throwing!

A trip to Skye would not be complete without visiting the famous Cuillin mountain range. You could walk from Sligachan through to Elgol and take the boat back.  Visit the Fairy Pools or head down to the beach at Glenbrittle and admire them from there or of course simply climb one!

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