The Isle of Skye Revisited

1) The Old Man of Storr
The Old Man of Storr is a rock formation on the north east coast of the island that stands conspicuously above the landscape around it. Standing at 165 foot tall, this distinctive pinnacle of rock gets it name from the fact that the rock outline supposedly resembles the face of an old man.

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The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye.

2) Highland Cattle in Sight of the Cuillins
With peaks reaching a height of 3255 feet, the Cuillin mountain range dominates the island skyline for miles around. The Cuillins are quite rightly regarded as on of the most visually spectacular mountain ranges in Scotland, and the British Isles. 

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Highland Cow in Sight of the Cuillins.

3) Sligachan Old Bridge
Built around 1810 Sligachan Old Bridge stands at an important junction on the island, as the only road to the west of the island can be accessed from this point. This often photographed landmark is no longer in use, and a more modern Sligachan bridge runs parallel to the original.

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Sligachan Bridge. Isle of Skye.

4) The Quiraing
The Quiraing is an unique landscape whose name is derived from old Norse meaning ‘Round Fold.’ The Quiraing is actually a giant landslip, with the land slowly moving to the extent that the road at it’s base, requires regular repair work. 

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The Quiraing, Isle of Skye.

5) Kyleakin Castle
Kyleakin is located on the east coast of Skye, and is home to the 14th Century ruins of Castle Moil. Interestingly, like many other place names on the island, ‘Kyleakin’ is of Viking origin and is named after King Haakon IV of Norway who once moored his ships here before a historic battle at Largs.

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Castle Moil at Kyleakin.

6) The Fairy Pools
The Fairy Pools are known for their clear waters, and natural beauty. In summer some brave hearted souls are seen swimming in the Fairy Pools, however even on the warmest of days this will prove to be a ‘nippy experience.’

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The Fairy Pools. Isle of Skye.

7) River Sligachan at Sunset
The name Sligachan is derived from the ancient Gaelic language and means ‘shelly place’ from the shells found on the river banks. Sligachan has always been in important crossroads for travellers making their way to the west coast of the island. Today, Sligachan is still popular with travellers, with a hotel and campsite making it a great base for discovering Skye’s unique landscapes.

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River Sligachan at Sunset.

8) Shore Line at Elgol
Elgol is a small fishing village on the sparsely populated west of the island. It is home to only 150 people, a high proportion of whom can speak the ancient Scots Gaelic language. Sadly many of the homes in Elgol are no longer occupied all year round, and are used only for part of the year as holiday homes.

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The Shore Line at Elgol.

9) Museum of Highland Life, Kilmuir
The highly rated Museum of Island Life comprises of a series of traditional thatched cottages, and museum offering a unique insight into how islanders lived up until 100 years ago. The cottages successfully convey how harsh life was for many in the Highlands in years gone by.

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Museum of Island Life. Kilmuir.

10) Rubha nam Brathairean

Rubha nam Brathairan also known as ‘Brothers’ Point’ is the most easterly tip of the Trotternish Peninsula. Traces of ancient ruined dwellings are scattered across this green landscape, and the area was reputed to once be home to early Christian monks who could worship here free of persecution.

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Rubha nam Brathairean.

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