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- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- Dunvegan Castle is a preserved castle on a rocky promontory on the shores of Loch Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. The seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod clan chief, it is the oldest castle in Scotland to be continuously inhabited and has been the MacLeod family home for 800 years. Visitors to the castle today can tour the castle and estate, as well as stroll through the 5 acres of castle gardens, take a boat trip on Loch Dunvegan or get lost in the maze of the Dunvegan Cup. The castle is open from the end of March to October and has many additional attractions such as a café and gift shop as well as being a wedding venue and offering self-catering accommodation in its estate cottages.
- The Quiraing is a landslip found on the eastern side of Meall na Suiramach which is on Trotternish Ridge on the Isle of Skye. The escarpment of Trotternish Ridge was formed by a series of landslips and the Quiraing is the only part of the slip which moves. This means that the road, which runs around the base of the mountain, has to be repaired every year. Quiraing comes from Old Norse and means ‘round fold’. Within the fold of the Quiraing is The Table, which is a plateau hidden among pillars. Spectacular views from the Quiraing attract many hill walkers – download a map of the walk here www.walkhighlands.co.uk
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Old Man of Storr is a strangely-shaped pinnacle of crumbling basalt just off the Trotternish peninsula in the north of the Isle of Skye. It stands at 50m high. The Old Man is part of a series of pinnacles off this part of the coast, known as the Sanctuary. For a walk with spectacular scenery, you can reach the Old Man of Storr by taking the path from the car park in the woods to the north of Loch Leathan. The walk will take around an hour and you will stroll through a forest into a lunar looking landscape.
- The imposing Celtic cross memorial to Flora MacDonald can be found in Kilmuir Cemetery, on the Trotternish peninsula in the north of the Isle of Skye. The graveyard lies adjacent to the Skye Museum of Island Life Flora MacDonald was buried in 1790 and was famously known as the ‘Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’ or Bonnie Prince Charlie. She was immortalised in the Skye Boat Song, after helping the prince escape from Uist to Skye following his army’s defeat at the Battle of Culloden. There is a small car park attached to the graveyard behind the museum.
- 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.