Skip to Navigation Skip to Main Content
Back to Navigation
Skye and Lochalsh
Skye and Lochalsh

Skye and Lochalsh

An ideal holiday destination on the West Coast offering stunning scenery, beautiful coastline, places of interest and things to see and do nearby. A great location for outdoor activities with the spectacular rocky mountain range of the Cuillin Hills.

Search





 

Skye is the most northerly and largest of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland covering some 1,656 km2 (639 square miles), and the second largest island in Scotland after Lewis with Harris. The island is 50 miles long with hundreds of miles of coastline.

Marys Cottages, Isle of Skye

The Gaelic name for the island is An t-Eilean Sgitheanach meaning ‘winged isle’ because of its shape. Perhaps more apt is the Norse name which means ‘isle of the mist’ or ‘misty isle’.

Skye is a magical island, with a diversity of landscapes that is quite remarkable for such a relatively small area. It is hardly surprising it is the haunt of geologists, photographers, mountaineers, walkers, canoeists, the list goes on. Skye is quite simply a wonderful place for anyone who wants to escape from it all. But it is not just the landscape that makes Skye so special, it is steeped in history, very often violent history. It has a legacy of clan warfare, and deeper into history the Vikings settled on Skye, further back still the remains of ancient fortresses can still be sound such as at Dunringil just off the road to Elgol.

Featured video: by Achachleat Holiday Cottage, Elgol, Isle of Skye 

Skye is linked to the mainland by the Skye bridge, which opened in 1995. However, it is still possible to travel to Skye by ferry, the main one being from Mallaig on the mainland to Armadale on the Sleat peninsula of Skye. A small ferry also runs the short from Glenelg on the mainland to Kylerhea, and for those wishing to take an ‘off the beaten track’ scenic route although it should be noted that this does not operate through the winter months.

Island hopping can be achieved by reaching the Outer Hebrides from the north end of Skye a ferry runs from Uig to Tarbert on Harris, and Lochmaddy in North Uist. There is also a ferry which runs from Sconser on the eastern side of Skye to the island of Raasay.

Isle of Skye Landscape:
 
The crowning glory of Skye are the Cuillin, a stunning and dramatic group of mountains providing some of the most challenging terrain in the United Kingdom for walkers and climbers. There are two Cuillin ranges; the Red Cuillin and the Black Cuillin. The Red Cuillin get their name from the redish tinge in the granite.
 
The Red Cuillin are lower, less rocky, have fewer scrambles or climbs, but are still superb for hill walkers. Despite being overshadowed by the mighty Black Cuillin to the west, the views from the Red Cuillin are quite outstanding, not just of the Black Cuillin, but there is a fantastic panorama to the east of the mainland mountains, some 60 miles of mountain skyline.
 
The more rugged and higher of the ranges is the Black Cuillin made up of basalt and gabbro, the latter being a very dark rock, giving rise to the ‘black’, and provide outstanding friction and grip making it ideal for mountaineers. The Black Cuillin are quite outstanding mountains in terms of their rugged beauty, and their geographical proximity to the sea makes for some stunning atmospheric effects as the air rises off the Atlantic straight up the very steep mountain sides that rise straight from the waves to 993 metres (3,257 feet) in attitude.

Some of our favourite Skye and Lochalsh...

  • Holiday Cottage in The Highlands, Scotland
    The Old Croft House Self Catering Sleat Isle of Skye

    Holiday Cottage in Ardvasar, The Highlands, Scotland

    The Old Croft House has been lovingly restored to provide a peaceful retreat in this beautiful part of Skye. The cottage sleeps 4-6 people. With stunning sea views and a short walk...

    Pet & Dog Friendly Family Friendly Online Payment Accepted  

    £ 450.00 - £ 750.00 per week

  • Holiday Cottage in The Highlands, Scotland
    Mary's Cottages Tigh Lachie

    Holiday Cottage in Elgol Isle of Skye, The Highlands, Scotland

    Stay with us at Tigh Lachie for a unique self catering experience. We will take you back to a bygone era and a way of life far removed from todays hectic pace whilst providing you ...

    Pet & Dog Friendly Family Friendly Online Payment Accepted  

    £ 700.00 - £ 1,395.00 per week

  • Holiday Cottage in The Highlands, Scotland
    Tigh Phadraig Cottage Elgol Isle of Skye

    Holiday Cottage in Elgol Isle of Skye, The Highlands, Scotland

    Tigh Phadraig provides a unique self-catering experience, that while fully equipped with all the modern facilities one would find in a four star cottage, will take you back to an e...

    Pet & Dog Friendly Family Friendly  

    £ 795.00 - £ 1,395.00 per week

  • Holiday Apartment in Stirlingshire, Scotland
    Callander Centrally Located Apartment

    Holiday Apartment in Callander, Stirlingshire, Scotland

    Located within Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park this is a perfect base to explore these areas. This modern top floor apartment enjoys a central location in the beautiful...

    Family Friendly Online Payment Accepted  

    £ 75.00 - £ 150.00 per night

  • Holiday Apartment in The Highlands, Scotland
    Taighali Apartment Self Catering Wester Ross Scottish Highlands

    Holiday Apartment in Aultbea, The Highlands, Scotland

    It is a one bedroom first floor apartment suitable for a couple, with views across Loch Ewe and the Torridon mountains. Situated about 200 yards from a sandy beach so come and see ...

    Pet & Dog Friendly Online Payment Accepted  

    £ 300.00 - £ 400.00 per week


Back to Navigation Back to Main Content Back to Top Back to Top