Isle of Skye, Scotland -
Virtual Tour of South Skye

Including Kyleakin, Broadford, Strath and Sleat

On arrival on Skye we can stop off at the Otter Haven and, if we are very quiet, we might be lucky enough to see wild otters fishing in the sea or playing on the shore. The steep, single-track road out of Kylerhea takes us over the moors to the main road a few miles west of Kyleakin.

Castle Moil, Kyleakin

In the days before the Skye Bridge, Kyleakin was the main entry-point to the island but now it enjoys a much more peaceful and relaxing atmosphere which is appreciated by the visitors who take the trouble to turn off the main road to take a look at the ancient Norse stronghold of Castle Moil, near the White Heather Hotel.

 If we take a boat trip to view the castle from the sea we can also get a closer look at the seals which fish among the many rocks and islands dotted about between Kyleakin and the mainland.

The busiest ferry crossing to Skye is in the south of the island, on the Sleat peninsula, which is a long tongue of low-lying hills and knolls, patterned with numerous lochs and burns. The road follows the coast from the Aird of Sleat all the way to Kinloch where it cuts northwards towards Broadford.

Sound of Sleat, SkyeAlong its length the Sleat road is a delight with its peppering of houses surrounded by a surprising variety of woodland, hedgerow, and green fields. The views across to the mainland hills of Knoydart are truly breathtaking.

The ferry from Mallaig arrives on Skye at Armadale spilling its cargo of cars and buses, Clan Donald Centre, Skyemany of which are hardly into top gear before they stop at the Armadale Castle Gardens and Museum of the Isles, home of the MacDonald clan, and of the most beautiful woodland garden. Armadale, and the nearby village of Ardvasar offer an impressive selection of shops and services including designer knitwear at Ragamuffin and the world famous Skye Batiks.  The Ardvasar Hotel is a good place to stop for refreshments or a longer stay in the area.

A little further up the road there is a lot of coming and going from Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye's further education college which teaches  courses in our native Gaelic language and provides a focus for much of the cultural activity in the south of the island. Dun Sgiath, Skye A detour around by Tarskavaig and Ord is well worth the effort, despite the tortuous road. The views across the sea to the Cuillin Mountains are superb and a visit to the ruined castle of Dunsgiath takes us back beyond mediaeval times into the realms of myth when the warrior queen, Sgathach, had it as her stronghold.

On rejoining the main Sleat road we continue north to Knock Bay where another ruined castle will be found, as well as the more modern comforts of the Toravaig Hotel.  A little further on we take the turning for Isle Ornsay which presents one of the prettiest pictures of all the villages in the area. Here Praban na Linne nearby gives you the chance to sample and purchase a special selection of whiskies, and not far afield, the Eilean Iarmain Hotel offers spectacular views & kind hospitality.  Isle Oronsay, SkyeFurther up the road we come across two more of Skye's finest hotels.
The Duisdale Hotel enjoys spectacular views over the sound of Sleat to the hills of Knoydart while the Kinloch Lodge has its own very special setting by the shore. 

Continuing across the moor to the north we come to the end of the single-track road and join the main artery through the island a couple of miles east of Broadford which has most of the shops and services you might need, including a bank and a Tourist Information Centre. On the way into Broadford we can stop off at one of several excellent restaurants for a bite to eat.Bla Bheinn, Skye  There is plenty to see and do in Broadford with a wide variety of craft shops, galleries, and other attractions such as the World of Wood and the Skye Serpentarium.

Heading west from Broadford we find ourselves on another single-track road which leads eventually to the township of Elgol. Along the broad strath, around the skirts of Beinn na Cailleach, and we are confronted by the awesome majesty of Bla Bheinn, Kirkibost Steadingdescribed by a 19th century visitor as "the King of mountains". Walkers and climbers come from all over the world to ascend this famous peak which rises to a height of over 1000 metres from the shores of Loch Slapin.

After passing through the village of Torrin we travel around the shore of Loch Slapin, under the crags of Bla Bheinn, towards Elgol.

Loch Scavaig, SkyeAt Elgol we find a thriving community perched on the edge of the sea, in view of some of the most spectacular mountain scenery imaginable. From the pier at the foot of the village we can take a boat trip to Loch Coruisk which lies in the heart of the Cuillin mountains. The MV 'Bella Jane' plies across the sea to take us into this wild and wonderful place where seals bask on the rocks and eagles soar above the crags.

The hotels in this area include:

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