According to ancient mythology, the name “Skye” came from “Scáthach”, a legendary female Scottish Warrior. The story is as magical as it is fascinating and also leads to how the “Cuillins” were named.
With famous mountain ranges such as The Cuillins, Five Sisters of Kintail and the Quiraing, serious walkers will relish the challenge these imposing landscapes offer. The Cuillins have two very distinctive shapes. The Red Cuillins are made of red granite and as such weather to create a more rounded skyline, whilst the Black Cuillins are far more jagged, due to being made of volcanic rock.
For photographers, there is no end of inspiration from the Old Man of Storr, mountains, fairy pools and wildlife to the world famous Eilean Donan Castle. A modern castle, having been re-built in 1919, the island on which is stands has been host to a number of reincarnations of the original 13th century fortified castle.
Wildlife enthusiasts will have no end of opportunities to enjoy the natural beauty of what the water around the Island hosts. There are many boat trips offering sighting of dolphins, seals and even whales! And who could fail to be captivated by the otters which are to be seen swimming by the coastline – you just have to patient!
The Isle of Raasay is steeped in history. Castles dating back to the 15th century, iron mines, brochs and tales of the plague and more modern history of Raasay House and it’s mermaids and Calums Road. Not forgetting a type of vole, found nowhere else in the world!
The small ferry from the mainland to Skye, the Glenachulish, is the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland. It is community owned and offers a taste of what travelling to the Island was like, before the bridge was built.
Back on the mainland, you may remember the television series, Hamish Macbeth. This was filmed primarily in Plockton which is a very popular destination for tourists. Due to its mild climate, you can see palm type trees growing around the seafront, giving it an unusual look for a Highland village.
This really is the perfect area for the thrill-seeking climbers and landscape photographers. And we didn’t even mention Bonnie Prince Ch…