The Isle of Skye is the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides.
Skye is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Scotland and was once voted the fourth best island in the world by National Geographic magazine. It is renowned for its natural beauty and offers plenty of wildlife, history, geology, mind-blowing scenery, hillwalking and a variety of other outdoor activities.
Situated off the west coast of mainland Scotland, Skye’s landscape is distinctly Highland with its lochs, heather-clad moors and towering peaks.
Despite its small size, the island boasts an impressive 12 Munros which make the island a favourite with hillwalkers keen to tackle the heights of its Cuillin mountain range. This range is the most outstanding feature on Skye and the peaks are visible from all over the islands. Skye features many other geological marvels such as the astounding sea cliff of Kilt Rock or the breathtaking landslip formation of the Quiraing.
The scenic landscape of Skye provides a home for an abundant array of wildlife ranging from red deer and Scottish wildcats to pine martens and mountain hares. The influence of the sea is never far away with sea fishing and a wide range of other watersports being catered for on Skye. Wildlife cruises sail from various locations and visitors might be able to spot seals, dolphins, otters, golden eagles or sea eagles.
The island’s capital, Portree, has a picturesque, pastel cottage-lined harbour.