Activities on Skye
The Isle of Skye offers a wide range of things to do and see, from the active outdoor adventures offered by the sea and the Cullin Hills, to the culture and history offered by local museums and Castles.
The Great Outdoors and Wildlife
Skye has a dramatic and varied outdoor landscape that makes it a natural attraction for outdoor enthusiasts. The Cullin Hills offer a range of hillwalking from easy going treks to challenging climbs with the largest concentration of Munros (mountains over 2000ft) in Scotland.
The sea and local rivers offer good opportunity for fishing with sailing, kayaking and windsurfing all being available. For the more relaxed, boat tours let you sample the local wildlife including seal watching and occasional whale spotting. Skye also has a native otter popultion with a widlife visitor center when you can often peacefully watch the otters as they hunt on the sea shore. Birds of prey such as Golden Eagles and Buzzards can be a frequent site at various parts of the island.
Skye has a dramatic and often romantic history which you can explore through local museums and castles. Museums chart the history of the Island and the Highland way of life, while the local castles give insight into history gone by. The Museum of Island Life gives insight into the way of life from times gone by, while the Aros centre details the clearances and Bonnie Prince Charlie. Castles include the famous Dunvegan Castle which is the seat of the MacLeods, together with five lesser know Castles and ruins. The Clan Donald centre lets those interested in geneology the chance to possibly trace their routes if they have Highland anncestors.
Culture, Food and Music
Skye has a rich tradition of food, music and warm hospitality. Celidhs happen through out the year with traditional music offten springing up in bars through out the island, often accompanied by a drink or two. Resturants often make the best of quality local produce, with the Three Chimmneys resturant being internationally renound for doing this.
The Highland Games take place annully in Portree in August and offer the chance to see Piping and dancing competitions together with the traditional heavy events such as throwing the hammer, tug of war and tossing the caber.
Crafts and Produce
Skye has a healthy community of local crafts men and women producing local items ranging from quality pottery and knit wear to soaps and chocolates - all of of which to can watch being locally produced. Skye even has a working tannery where you can see how the tradition of sheep skin work is carried on.
Talisker is the world famous whiskey that is produced on Skye, and you can visit the distillery and learn about how it is produced as well as sampling a dram after a tour of the distillery. The Isle of Skye brewery in the North of the Island produce a range of traditional ales and beers which are sold both on Skye and further afield.
Each of our houses has a pack with ideas of things to do and local attractions. There are also tourist information offices in both Portree and Dunvegan to give more ideas. We have given just some suggests in the links to the right to get you started!
Bird watching: http://www.skye-birds.com
Boat Trips: http://www.bellajane.co.uk
Fine Dining: http://www.threechimneys.co.uk
Arts and Crafts: http://www.slaca.org.uk
More ideas: http://www.skye.co.uk