of Skye, Scotland -
Virtual Tour of Central Skye
Raasay and Minginish
We do not need to put our boots on and test
our head for heights in order to appreciate the Cuillin
The road which carries us north from Broadford leads us up along the
eastern fringe of the Red Cuillin and through the village of Sconser
where we can stop off for a game of golf or simply enjoy the
hospitality of Sconser Lodge.
Most tourists speed past the ferry terminal at
Sconser and miss out on one of the most enchanting islands in the
area. From Sconser the ferry will take us to the island of Raasay
which is a special jewel in the hebridean crown.
Raasay is so rich in history, geology, wildlife,
and culture that the people who are lucky enough to discover it
return again and again. Accommodation is available in the hotel,
guest house, B&B or in Raasay House which also serves as the
base for Raasay Outdoor Centre which is the main provider in the
area for all types of outdoor activities.
along the road from Sconser we arrive at Sligachan where we get our
first real impression of the spectacular Black Cuillin ridge which
dominates the southern skyline. This is one of the main centres for
climbers and hillwalkers on Skye and is well-provided with
facilities for travellers of all types.
From Sligachan we have the choice going north
to Portree, or west along Glen Drynoch into the area of Skye known
Taking the westward route we turn left at the
green fields of Drynoch and find our way to Carbost
is the main village of the area, boasting a shop, post office, pub,
school, doctor, and Talisker Distillery where we can be shown the
whisky-making process before tasting the famous single malt.
Minginish is a place which has to be explored
at a leisurely pace lest we miss something of interest. There are a
variety of craft shops and a couple of friendly village pubs which
are tucked away in quiet corners, lying between glorious coastal
scenery and the ever-present mountains.
Carbost we can head to Portnalong where the local fishermen and
fish-farmers keep their boats or we can go west to Talisker Bay, or
south to Eynort or Glen Brittle.
Every one of these little roads offers its own
delights to the traveller. Play on the sands at Fiscavaig; walk to
the beach at Talisker and see what treasures the tide has left; make
a pilgrimage to the ancient church at Eynort; discover the Fairy
Pools in the mountain burns of Glen Brittle.
If we choose to go north from Sligachan we
find ourselves approaching the village of Portree which sits on the
edge of a fine natural harbour at the meeting of four main routes
through the island.
key geographical location has meant that Portree has grown into the
administrative and commercial centre for the island and is now a
busy modern community which can provide us with all our material
needs. On the way into Portree we can call in at the Aros Heritage
Centre and find out a bit about the history of Skye before heading
for the centre of the village where most of the shops and services
can be found.
Despite its recent growth the village has not
lost its charm and is a favourite base for holidaymakers. The area
around the bay is particularly attractive with walks around the Lump
above the pier and along to the Black Rock on the northern shore
being enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.
main Tourist Information Centre for the island can be found here
along with three banks and accommodation of every type.
The Royal Hotel and the
Hotel are conveniently situated in the centre of the village while the Cuillin Hills Hotel enjoys superb views of the mountains from which it
takes its name, and Viewfield House,
set in its own wooded grounds, offers a genuine Victorian country