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One of the most visited islands in Britain, the Isle of Skye, also known as the Eilean a' Cheo (Misty Isle), lies on the West Coast of Scotland.
In the not so distant past Skye was only accessable via four ferry terminals at Kyleakin, Kylerhea, Armadale and Uig, three of these crossings are still run, but the island is now also joined to the mainland by an expansive bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh to Kyleakin.
There was also a small airport at Breakish, just outside Broadford, this unfortunately is now used mainly for commercial traffic and Air Force use.
Most people drive over to Skye via the Skye Bridge so we shall start here:-
Upon arriving on Skye you come over the bridge to a roundabout, most people turn right here and head North. There is of course Kyleakin to the left which has the ruin of the Castle Moil, a nice little castle, but not much left of it.
Kyleakin used to be an amazingly busy small village as the bus tours used it as a first stop after the ferry, this has declined thanks to the building of the bridge.
Carry on right at roundabout (the first one ever on Skye when built!!) takes you towards Breakish and Broadford onward to Portree (Skyes kind of Capital). Along the way we have the junction to Kylerhea (pronounced Kyle Ray), a small private ferry runs from here over to Glenelg on the mainland, some nice scenery here with some breath taking drops on one side of the road, mostly single track.
Breakish and Broadford are the first main villages on the island, with Broadford offering the first stop for fuel. The coastline around Broadford can be an excellent location for shots when the tide is out.
Before reaching Broadford there is a turn off on the left for Sleat/Aramadale, a longish road taking you into the Garden of Skye and Armadale Castle. On a clear day the mainland over at Mallaig is visible. Armadale Castle has a large outdoor centre and rather expensive restaurant!!
Through Broadford the next main point of interest is the turn off for.......Elgol, the much photographed Elgol, a longish drive down a single track road.
We're off again through Broadford and onto Sconser and Sligachan, we've now left the pretty flat South End of the island and are heading into Cuillin country.
As you come into Sconser past the hotel, there is a small ferry running between sconser and The Island of Raasay, a picturesque little island, with plenty of oldy worldy life.
Onto the infamous Sligachan and that Sligachan Bridge below the first of the Cuillins. A superb stopping point with rushing water and interesting rock formations. And of course our first proper sighting of the Cuillins.
Two choices here, we can go left at the Slig Hotel or carry on, going left takes you into a less touristy area and it's all a ring road anyway.
Carry on past the Hotel towards Portree itself, the largest town on Skye. Now the choice is yours of where you want to go, I'm not going to tell you everything now as that option is yours, but make sure you are here for more than one day to see it all.
Head towards the Quirang and The Old Man of Storr, this area is stunning in it's own right with Kilt Rock as well!! This is towards Staffin ao follow the signs in Portree.
Head towards Dunvegan for the renowned Dunvegan Castle, or carry on to Neist Point Lighthouse, a site to behold, a bit of a walk but well worth it! look across to Harris and Lewis on a clear day. Now Dunvegan has one hidden gem, a coral beach that is just something else. For those photographs that are not so publicised or taken, this is the area to be.
Again, as with my Beauly and Strathglass guide, I could go on and on, but why....when you can visit for yourself. Or speak to me, and we'll see about an EPZ'ers meet.