1) Skye Bridge
Since Victorian times there were proposals to connect the Isle of Skye to the mainland by bridge. However, none of these plans came to fruition mainly for economic reasons. In 1989 the government of that time revived the dream of a bridge to Skye, and the structure finally became reality in 1995. Before then the only way to reach the Isle of Skye from the mainland was by ferry.
2) Cuillin Mountain Range
The Cuillin mountain range is quite rightly regarded as on of the most visually spectacular mountain ranges in Scotland, and the British Isles. With peaks reaching 3255 feet, the Cuillins dominate the skyline for miles on this relatively small island.
3) Sgurr a Bhasteir
Sgurr a Bhasteir standing 2953 feet tall has a very interesting name – translated from Gaelic, it it literally means the ‘Axe of the Executioner.’
4) Allt Dearg Cottage
Allt Dearg cottage lies in the shadow of the Black Cuillin mountain ridge. The surrounding area is classified as one of the ’40 National Scenic Areas of Scotland’ and now attracts those seeking to escape the the urban lifestyle of the 21st Century. Allt Dearg cottage in it’s enviable remote location, is now a holiday home that can be booked by visitors.
5) Sligachan Looking Towards the Cuillins
Sligachan is a small village in the south of the island, offering great views of the Cuillin mountain range. Historically the village was always an important junction on the island for travellers. Today, travellers still play an important role in Sligachan, with tourists making their way to the area each year.
6) Sligachan Old Bridge
Sligachan Old Bridge was built around 1810, and played a part in the village’s role as a main junction for travellers. The only road to the west of the island can be reached by crossing the River Sligachan.
7) The Red & Black Cuillins from Sligachan
The photo below shows Sligachan Old Bridge, with the Cuillins in the background. The Red Cuillins are to the left and the Black Cuillins to the right. The Red Cuillins not surprisingly often have a red tinge in certain light conditions, are composed of granite, and have a rounded appearance. The Black Cuillins on the other hand are composed of gabbro, a rough black rock, and are noted for their jagged appearance.
8) The Quiraing
The Quiraing is a highly distinctive landscape located towards the north of the island. It’s name is supposedly derived from old Norse, and means the ‘Round Fold.’ Many describe the landscape of the Quiraing as ‘menacing’ particlarly on a miserable winter’s day, but nonetheless it’s regarded as one of Skye’s main attractions.
by Luis Ascenso
Elgol is a small fishing village located in the south west of the island. Around 150 people claim Elgol to be their home, a high proportion of whom can claim to speak Gaelic. Sadly many house in the area are no longer occupied all year round, and are used only for part of the year as holiday homes.
Staffin is located in the north east of the island, and lies close to the island’s famous rock formations the Quiraing and Storr. This part of the island still retains a strong Gaelic identity, with 61% of people in this corner of Skye reporting being able to speak the language in the 2001 census.
11) Loch Slapin
The lochs and lochans of the Isle of Skye are often overlooked by the dramatic mountains and rock structures of the area. Today the wild mussels harvested from the shores of Loch Slapin can be found in traditional local restaurants serving up the finest and freshest of fare.
12) House Overlooking the Black Cuillins
A house with a view. Imagine waking up every morning to look out your back window at this!