Isle of Skye Weekend Breaks

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Planning a short break to Isle of Skye? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Isle of Skye. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Isle of Skye. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Outdoor Activities

The Isle of Skye has one of the largest concentrations of magnificent scenery on the British Isles, where the terrain varies tremendously Nowadays visitors flock to Skye to pursue many outdoor activities, including bird watching, stunning mountain walks, climbing, and other extreme sports.

Kids will enjoy hiking, pony trekking and boat rides in the great outdoors.

The Cuillin Hills

The hills are situated in the south of the island and are the mountain climber’s mecca. The views of the mountain and ocean are truly spectacular and awe inspiring. The Trotternish is a peninsula with disintegrating escarpments and pinnacles, which include the famous Old Man of Storr. Mountain and the Quirang pinnacles.

Duirinish Peninsula

Located in western Skye, this is a huge, craggy expanse of wild, windswept moorland, which is dominated by strange, flat-topped summits known as MacLeod's Tables. Serious hikers love the long, difficult walks and the stunning but rather weird scenery.

Dunvegan Castle

This splendid castle, owned by the McLeod clan, is said to be under the protection of fairies. It is located near the peninsula, and dates from the 13th century. It was restored in a more dashing style in the 19th century. It is the ancestral home of the McLeod’s and features a truly horrible dungeon. Next door to the dungeon is a drawing room, which contains the famous miracle-working Fairy Flag, a 1,500-year-old silk.

Feis an Eilein

This festival takes place on the Sleat Peninsula Skye in the middle of July each year. It is a 10-day celebration of Gaelic culture and draws people from all round the world, particularly now the Skye Bridge is open. There are concerts, ceilidhs, workshops and films all of which are worth checking out.

Elgol

Take a trip to Elgol, which is at the tip of the Strathaird peninsula. It is a spectacular road which leads directly into the centre of the Red Hills and then down a steep slope, with magnificent view from the top down to Legal pier. Then to take a boat across Loch Scavaig, which goes past a seal colony, to a jetty at the entrance of Loch Coruisk. This is an isolated, glacial loch that is almost two miles long but only a couple of hundred yards wide and lies in the shadow of the tallest peaks of the Black Cuillin. The landscape here is fabulous and well worth the trip. You can also get there by sea on a local boat.

Sligachan Hotel

on the A87, at the northern end of Glen Sligachan. The hotel’s huge Seamus Bar is a sight for sore eyes for tired walkers. It serves food until 10pm, and stocks a large range of real ales made by Skye’s own microbrewery in Uig. If you want a more formal meal there’s also a restaurant with excellent food.

Portree

is the only real town on Skye. It's an attractive fishing port with a deep cliff-edged harbour full with fishing boats. A short while out of town on the Sligachan road is the Aros Centre where, you can enjoy the dramatic Aros Experience. This is a down to earth presentation of periods of the island's history, with life-size figures and special effects and to end an audiovisual show. It’s easy to see why this is one of the Islands most popular attractions.

The Lower Deck Seafood Restaurant

Portree Harbour. You can’t visit Skye without trying the fish and chips. The Lower Deck Restaurant has a wood-panelled charm and is reasonably priced at lunchtime, although the evening meals are more expensive. If you want something more casual try the fish and chips next door in their excellent chippy.

TheSkye Museum of Island Life

Down the west shore of the Trotternish, you will find a cluster of thatched blackhouses, located on an exposed hill overlooking Harris, this is now a museum.

Run by locals, the museum gives an interesting insight into a way of life on Skye a century ago.

Behind the museum in the cemetery up the hill are the graves of Flora MacDonald and her husband.

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