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- Armadale Castle is ruined stately home in Armadale on the Isle of Skye. The castle was built in 1815 in Scottish baronial style, more designed for show than defence. Part of the building was destroyed by fire in 1855 and a central wing was then rebuilt in its place. Owned originally by the MacDonald family, they abandoned Armadale Castle in 1925 and it has since fallen into ruin. Visitors, however, can tour round the magnificent 40 acres of castle gardens which are maintained by the Clan Donald Centre. There are also a number of woodland walks and nature trails which showcase the gardens’ beauty. The Armadale Castle gardens are open throughout the year and entry is free during the winter months. At the Clan Donald Centre you’ll find plentiful parking, a gift shop and a restaurant.
- Broadford is a town on Broadford Bay, located on the south-west corner of the Isle of Skye. This is what you first come to once you’ve crossed over Skye Bridge from the Scottish mainland. Broadford is the second largest settlement on the island and is in a beautiful area. The town has many facilities including a tourist information centre, a supermarket, petrol station, several restaurants and hotels, a small airport and a hospital – see www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk Within Broadford Bay, visitors can catch sight of a variety of marine wildlife including otters, migrating killer whales (orcas) and several bird species.
- Trumpan Church is a ruined building in the hamlet of Trumpan on the Vaternish peninsula in the north of the Isle of Skye. The church was the scene of a brutal murder in 1578 when the MacDonald clan of Uist burnt down the building including all but one of the church-goers inside. This led to the MacLeod clan taking revenge by killing the invading MacDonalds before they fled Skye, known as the Battle of the Spoiling Dyke. The tiny ruined church now stands alone overlooking the sea. Parking and picnic benches.
- The Skye Museum of Island Life is an open-air museum in Kilmuir in the north-east corner of the Isle of Skye. First opened in 1965, the museum preserves a small settlement of thatched cottages which depict life as it was on the island at the end of the 19th century. Visitors can view various different types of rooms in the croft cottages including a typical kitchen, bedroom and barn as well as the Weaver’s Cottage and the Ceilidh House. The museum is open from Easter to October and has a small admission fee. Just behind the museum is Kilmuir Cemetery where Flora MacDonald’s Grave can be found
- Uig is a village on the Trotternish peninsula in the north of the Isle of Skye. The village lies in a protected bay, known for its beautiful scenery. Here you can take advantage of the stunning natural landscape and explore its woodlands, cliff-tops and waterfalls. The birdlife is also abundant and you can expect to see buzzards, herons and, if you’re lucky, oystercatchers. In particular, the Fairy Glen near Uig is worth seeing for its miniature grassy landscape of cone-shaped hills and Ewen’s Castle, a turret-shaped rock. Uig has good facilities for the visitor including shops, a petrol station, pubs and restaurants. You can catch a ferry from Uig over to the Outer Hebridean islands.
- Kyleakin is a village on the east coast of the Isle of Skye. Its name comes from the Norwegian, as they ruled the island until 1263. It is also known as the gateway to Skye as it lies just the other side of the Skye Bridge. The bridge takes you across the narrow strait of Loch Alsh, from Kyleakin to the Scottish mainland. In Kyleakin you can visit Caisteal Moal the ancient ruined castle from the 15th century. The village of Broadford is also close to Kyleakin, lying a few miles north. The village has two general stores, as well as pubs and eateries to cater for visitors.
- Duntulm Castle is a ruin near the hamlet of Duntulm on the north coast of Trotternish on the Isle of Skye. Built in the 14th and 15th centuries, the castle was first the seat of the Macleod clan and then passed, most likely by force, to the MacDonald clan. Duntulm Castle was abandoned in 1732 when the then Macdonald clan chief built a new property 5 miles away and used much of the castle’s stone for building material. Much of the castle is in a poor condition and stones do continue to crumble away. You can walk along the coastal path to the castle ruins but several signs will advise you that exploring the ruins is at your own risk due to unsecured masonry.
- Macleod’s Tables are two flat-topped mountains that can be found at the eastern edge of the Glendale estate. Table South, Healabhal Beag, reaches to 1601ft and Table North, Healabhal Mor, to 1538 ft. If you are a keen walker, the climb to the top of these mountains can be exhilarating, and you’re rewarded with stunning views from the top.
- Caisteal Maol or Castle Moal is a ruined castle situated on a headland above the village of Kyleakin on the Isle of Skye. From here you can look out across the strait to the Kyle of Lochalsh. The castle is a three-storey construction and visitors can stroll through most parts of the building. The basement, believed to have been the kitchen, is full of rubble. It’s understood Castle Moal was built in the late 15th century and is the ancient seat of the Mackinnon clan. Last occupied in 1600, the castle gradually fell into ruin over the years, and storm damage in 1949 and 1989 further caused the castle to crumble. It is now safe to walk through the remaining parts of the castle as the ruins have been secured. Reach Caisteal Moal by parking in the village of Kyleakin’s main car park and taking the short gravel path up the hill. Enjoy the spectacular views from the top!
- Teangue is a fishing village situated on the Sleat peninsula in the south-western corner of the Isle of Skye. The Sleat peninsula offers the visitor stunning scenery and Knock Bay, where Teangue is located, has a lovely sandy beach. Watch out for the fantastic coastal wildlife including herons, otters as well as schools of dolphins.
- Kilt Rock is a sea cliff in the north east of the Trotternish peninsula on the Isle of Skye. The rock is so-called as it resembles a kilt, with the vertical columns of basalt forming the pleats and the dolerite sills the kilt’s pattern. Visitors stop off here, on the road between Portree and Staffin, to view Kilt Rock as there is a large car park as well as Mealt Waterfall, which drops water off the cliff to 170ft below. The waterfall has a designated viewpoint.