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Isle of Skye - Kyle of Lochalsh Coast Guide 

Kyle of Lochalsh is best known as the main access point from the mainland for the Isle of Skye. Until 1995 this was via a ferry but since then it has been via the new bridge, which was a toll bridge until recently but which is now free. Which is good news for all, as Skye is a place that you must visit at some time.

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Eilean Donan castleFor details of  Isle of Skye Hotels and Holidays, Guest Houses, Cottages  and to visit Attractions.  Go to Isle of Skye Hotels Guest Houses and Attractions

A busy port, Kyle is the hub of the local fishing industry and boasts a newly built lifeboat station. Pleasure craft also operate out of the harbour offering fishing trips, wildlife cruises or simply a chance to marvel at the magnificent Cuillin mountains on Skye.

East of Kyle, on the north shore of Loch Duich, is Eilean Donan Castle, (see photo on right) which is one of the most picturesque castles in the world. It is well worth the trip to see and photograph the castle featured in the Mel Gibson film - Braveheart. The original castles was built in 1230 but was destroyed by the English after it was occupied by Spanish forces in 1719 - the rascals! The castle was re-built in the 1930's but it is still an evocative setting for all that. 

 

Isle of Skye

'Skye is a 50 mile stretch of velvet hills, impressive mountains and superb castles, all trapped within a dramatic coastline.'    Lonely Planet Guide

There are 12 peaks over 3000 feet on the island, most of them are situated within the Cuillin Hills in the south of the island. The coast twists and turns dramatically as large sea lochs penetrate nearly to the middle of the island. Countless quiet, sandy beaches with beautiful views, tiny villages of whitewashed cottages clustered around deep bays, ruined castles and stately homes, small islands famous for their sheep, a Stevenson lighthouse and by complete contrast, the dramatic hill tops. This is an island for adventure, photographs and sore feet! 

Within The Cullins the highest peak is Sgurr Alasdair at 1009 metres (3257 feet). To the north of the island is the Trotternish peninsular which is another highland area, within this range the highest peak is The Storr at 719 metres (2358 feet) and along side this is perhaps the most famous peak on the island, The Old Man of Storr which is a spectacular single stack of rock standing at around 550 metres (1755 feet)

       Isle of Skye view   Skye Bridge  

There is abundant wildlife on Skye and it is a popular destination for birdwatchers who a drawn by the diverse range of birds present including the Corncrake, Red-throated Diver, Rock Dove, Kittiwake, Tystie, Atlantic Puffin, Goldeneye, Golden Eagle and White-tailed Sea Eagle. Wild cats and pine martens roam the uplands hunting mountain hare and the abundant rabbits. 

The history of Skye stretches back to the stone age and there are a number of settlements from this era. The Vikings occupied the island during the 9th to 12th century and a number of festivals recount this period but there are few physical remains. Numerous castle were built by the Scottish clans which occupied the islands from the middle ages onwards. Of note are Dunvegan castle built by Clan MacLeod in the 13th century; Castle Maol is a ruined castle above the harbour at Kyleakin that dates from the 15th century, it was built by the Mackinnon clan. 

     Old Man of Storr Isle of Skye       Dunvegan Castle Isle of Skye       

                              Old Man of Storr                                                                          Dunvegan Castle         Photos from Wikipedia

 

 

Places to visit around the Isle of Skye - Attractions

Seaprobe Atlantis - Glass Bottom Boat Trips - 4 Upper Breakish, Breakish, Isle of Skye, IV42 8PY Tel: 01471 822716 http://www.seaprobeatlantis.com/ 

Dunvegan Castle - The castle has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years. - Isle of Skye, IV55 8WF Tel: 01470 521206

Duntulm Castle - cliff top ruins of 16th century castle in north of the island. 

Armadale Castle Gardens and The Museum of the Isles - Once the home of Clan Donald - Armadale, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV45 8RS Tel: 01471 844305 or 844227

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