Isle of Skye, Scotland -
Virtual Tour of North-East Skye

The Trotternish peninsula

We make our way back through the village of Portree and find the road to Staffin which leads us up the Sound of Raasayeastern side of the Trotternish peninsula. Once we have climbed up onto the moor we are confronted by the massive rock buttress of the Storr, beneath which stands an unusual pinnacle of rock known as "the Old Man of Storr".

A little way beyond the lochs we can follow the path up to the Old Man and discover an eerie wonderland of rock formations clinging improbably to the grassy slopes beneath the imposing cliffs.

The Storr, SkyeLooking down on the lochs we can see that there is a dam at the northern end of them. On descending the hill we make our way down to the dam and see the water pipes plunging down the hillside to the sea where Skye"s only hydro-electricity generating station sits isolated on the rocky shore.

If we have the energy to descend the precipitous path we can search on the shore for fossils of long-dead sea creatures, and maybe even a dinosaur, remains of which have been discovered in this area.

Kilt Rock, Skye Continuing north from the Storr the cliff-top road gives us wonderful views of the islands of Raasay and Rona with the mountains of the mainland beyond. If we are in need of refreshment a stop at the Glenview Inn & Restaurant will more than satisfy us.

A little further up the road we stop at the famous Kilt Rock viewpoint to see the waterfall tumbling over the precipice and to marvel at the perfect basalt columns on the cliff which look just like the pleats in a kilt.

Staffin Bay, Skye

Our approach to Staffin gives us a chance to savour one of the best views on Skye: Staffin Bay with the townships of Digg and Flodigarry nestling beneath the cliffs and pinnacles of the Quirang. We can enjoy fine views of this spectacular landscape as we refresh ourselves at the Flodigarry Hotel.  Driving through Staffin we take a detour off the main road and climb up the Bealach to have a closer look at the Quirang. We can stop at the top of the pass and walk along the path towards the Needle, the Prison, and the Table, all famous features of this truly unique collection of crags and pinnacles.

Quirang, Skye

Back down on the main road we find that it becomes single-track as it continues its way around the North End of the island past Flodigarry, Balmacqueen, and Kilmaluag, before we stop at Duntulm where we find the tumbledown remains of Duntulm Castle, the ancient seat of the MacDonald clan.

In clear weather the views from this area of Skye over to the Outer Isles are wonderful, especially if you are lucky enough to catch the sun setting in a blaze of crimson and orange.

Duntulm Castle, SkyeContinuing south from Duntulm we find ourselves at Kilmuir where there is a wealth of history to be discovered among the scattered townships. A small cluster of thatched houses turns out to be a fascinating Museum of Island Life where we can spend many hours absorbing the atmosphere of days gone by.

Near the museum is a graveyard with an imposing monument to Flora MacDonald, the famous Skye woman who befriended and helped the fleeing Bonnie Prince Charlie after the battle of Culloden. A little further on we can stop at No.19 Linacro which, as well as having a friendly little cafe, is the home of Whitewave who offer all sorts of outdoor activities as well as information on local history and culture. Leaving Kilmuir we follow the road on down to Uig Bay.

Uig is the main Museum of Island Life, Skyevillage of the Trotternish peninsula not least because it is an important ferry and fishing port. From here we are able to take the ferry to the Outer Islands of North Uist and Harris or watch the fishing boats landing their catches of prawns and crabs. At the head of the pier we can visit the Isle of Skye Brewery and the Uig Pottery as well as the shops, bars and filling station to stock up for the rest of our journey.

On the opposite side of the bay from the pier we find the Ferry Inn and Uig Hotel which are favourite sources of good Uig Bay, Skyefood and hospitality for locals and visitors alike. Having sampled what Uig has to offer we continue our journey south down the west side of the peninsula, enjoying the views across the broad expanse of Loch Snizort. This stretch of the road is littered to right and left with remains of ancient man-made structures.

With the aid of a good map and some careful searching we can find the remains of brochs, castles, settlements, and standing stones. When we have satisfied our appetite for archaeology we continue on our way through Kensaleyre and Borve, where the main pony trekking centre for the island is located, and finish our tour of Skye in Portree.

Standing Stone, SkyeWe hope that you have enjoyed our little excursion. Skye is a big island which offers an infinite variety of things for the visitor to see and do and it is impossible for us to include everything in this tour. We hope we have whetted your appetite for finding out more about the island and that someday you will come and visit us and discover the place for yourself.

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