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Danny MacAskill: The Ridge
Danny MacAskill: The Ridge

Watch trials cyclist Danny MacAskill tackle the Cuillin Ridgeline on the Isle of Skye in this nail-biting video

  • Three people horse riding on the Isle of Skye, the Highlands
    Horse riding on Skye
  • Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail
    Loch Duich and the Five Sisters of Kintail
  • View of the Old Bridge at Sligachan, Skye, The Highlands
    Old Bridge, Sligachan
  • Looking down on Plockton and Loch Carron
    Looking down on Plockton and Loch Carron
  • The Quiraing, Isle of Skye © Paul van den Berg
    The Quiraing, Isle of Skye

Explore this region’s dramatic landscape with miles of beautiful coastline and you’ll be enchanted by fascinating tales of its turbulent history in the ancient castles, defensive duns and tiny crofthouses. Sample the best local produce from land and sea in award-winning restaurants and make the most of the great outdoors on a gentle walk or with exciting adventure activities from climbing to sea kayaking.

Look out for diverse wildlife in the sky, moors and sea, soak up the rich Gaelic music and culture and embrace the warm Scottish welcome of Skye & Lochalsh.

Skye – Scotland’s second largest island – also happens to be one of the most beautiful and romantic islands in the country. Equally as stunning and alluring as Skye is the mainland area of Lochalsh, just across the water.

Skye is renowned for its mountains, in particular the stark peaks of the famous Cuillin range which attract climbers from around the globe. At the foot of the Cuillins near Glenbrittle the magical Fairy Pools follow the walk to these beautiful clear water pools or join a tour company, such as Tour Skye or Real Scottish Journeys.

Skye is also where you’ll find the astonishing geological marvel of the Trotternish peninsula where massive landslips centuries ago resulted in the most fantastical rock formations and pinnacles. Marvel at the Old Man of Storr, Mealt Falls, Duntulm Castle ruins, Kilt Rock and the extraordinary Quiraing.

Discover stunning sea lochs and high peaks in Lochalsh and Kintail. The hills beyond Glenelg, including Ben Sgritheall, offer one of the best viewpoints in the west Highlands. The north side of the glen includes the Five Sisters of Kintail, while south of the glen is the South Glen Shiel ridge, commonly known as the South Cluanie Ridge. Why not spend a day in Kintail and Morvich and take a guided hill walk up the Five Sisters of Kintail?

The Falls of Glomach are among Britain’s highest waterfalls and by Loch Duich stands Eilean Donan Castle, one of the best-known and most photographed castles in the country.

Soak up the rich Gaelic music and culture and embrace the warm Scottish welcome of Skye & Lochalsh. Visit the Skye Highland Games to see competitors battling it out in the ancient sports once played by their ancestors and clansmen. Look out for touring theatre companies and workshops - some of them in Gaelic - at Aros and Sabhal mor Ostaig.

Look out for a variety of wildlife around the Isle of Skye and in Lochalsh. Neist Point on Skye is the best place to spot porpoises, dolphins and minke whales from the shore. Basking sharks are often seen from late April until the end of the summer. Get to know the magnificent white-tailed sea eagle at the Aros Centre’s RSPB exhibition where you can watch live and recorded footage and hear about the reintroduction of the birds to the west of Scotland. The Bright Water Visitor Centre is an interactive wildlife centre with a live webcam to Kylerhea Otter Hide. You can take a 25 minute boat trip to see the Loch Dunvegan seal colony up close.

Discover how the landscape and wildlife inspires artists and photographers on a Studio Trail. Pick up the Elements of Excellence guide, produced by the region’s craft association, from VisitScotland Information Centres.

Enjoy a variety of outdoor activities on Skye. Raasay House Hotel & Activities offers adventure and excitement with water abseiling, coasteering, gorge walking, mountain biking and other family activities on the Isle of Raasay.

Play a round of golf at the Isle of Skye Golf Club, which offers not only nine holes with alternative tee positions allowing you to play a second nine, but amazing views taking in the Red Cuillin hills, Ben Tianavaig and the Isle of Raasay.

Enjoy exhilarating activities such as mountain boarding with Whitewave Activities and mountaineering with Skye Guides.

Explore historic attractions such as Dunvegan Castle, a major historical attraction on Skye, with sections dating from the 14th century. This impressive fortress has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years. On display at the castle is the famous Fairy Flag, a sacred clan banner that is said to carry miraculous powers and to have brought the Clan MacLeod victory in battle.

Visit the 20,000 acre Highland estate of Clan Donald Skye to see the ruins of Armadale Castle, the beautiful gardens and the award-winning Museum of the Isles. At Kilmuir Graveyard, you can see a memorial to the Jacobite heroine, Flora MacDonald, who helped him escape from Scotland.

You’ll even find two of the world’s leading restaurants on Skye. The charming and luxurious Kinloch Lodge has held a Michelin star for the past couple of years. The Three Chimneys, near Dunvegan, is famed for its exquisite cuisine, fresh seafood, succulent game and the restaurant’s signature dish – hot marmalade pudding.