A Short Introduction To Skye Vacations

The island of Skye is the most suitable vacation destination for walkers and water sports enthusiasts. Situated amongst a collection of islands known as the Inner Hebrides a vacation on Skye is an incredible and unique experience. A large number of folk visit the Scottish Highlands to experience the spectacular countryside and many tourists agree that the Inner Hebrides feature the finest and most majestic. In the following article I examine at some of the reasonswhy the Isle of Skye is such a great place to take a short break.

Places To Visit On Skye

Although it is not actually located on the island no visit would be utterly complete without having a day trip to Eilean Donan Castle. One of Scotland’s most photographed monuments the castle has also appeared in numerous movies including the 1985 cult classic “Highlander”. The castle is privately owned but, for a fee , you are allowed to wander about the well equipped castle or attend a guided tour. The castle is only 15 minutes from the Skye Bridge.

The only true mountain range in the British Isles is The Cuillin which provide challenging opportunities for mountain climbing . In total the rough Black Cuillins features twelve munros with Sgurr Alasdair being the highest at 992 m (3,255 ft).

The Isle of Skye only has two Corbetts  (Glamaig is the highest) and both are situated in the Red Hills. The Black Cuillin are bare rock at their summits whereas the Red Hills (often incorrectly called the Red Cuillin)  are much gentler having flora to the very summit .

If you want to indulge in climbing please seek some advice as it can often be immensely dangerous, especially if you are ill equipped. Too many people find themselves in difficult circumstances following a swift shift in the weather, always plan for the worst. You can access the Black Cuillin from Glen Brittle and the Red Hills from Glen Sligachan.

Skye attractions are the Talisker distillery, the Glendale Toy Museum, Colbost Croft Museum, Bright Water Visitor Centre, Giant Macaskill Museum, Skye Museum of Island Life, Armadale Castle Gardens and Museum of the Isles and Dunvegan Castle. The stronghold of the Macleods of Dunvegan and Harris, Dunvegan Castle, is dramatically set upon a cliff-top. The Isle of Skye has a mild climate and is much more green than most islands in Scotland and this is made abundantly clear in the fantastic gardens of the castle , you will also find a restaurant and craft shop which help make it ideal for a day out.

Overlooking the Isle of Raasay, Broadford is a seaside village which features several much needed facilities but is also rather nice location to spend a couple of hours. Broadford has some amazing sea views however the number one port of call should be the small, but incredibly interesting, Skye Serpentarium Reptile World where it is possible to indulge in some hands on experience!

Skye hotels appear here there and everywhere and it is rather easy to find one but finding a free room is  a different story altogether. It is well worth the effort to make your bookings as early as possible when you do please take a look at our listings of Isle of Skye hotel accommodation .

Vacations In South Uist, Scotland

The Isle of South Uist is situated in the group of islands known as the Outer Hebrides (and also the Western Isles of Scotland. The inhabited islands are Isle of Lewis, South Uist, North Uist, Harris, Benbecula, Barra and Eriskay plus several hundred other islands which are uninhabited. In the article below I discuss the Isle of South Uist and explain why the island is such a superb place to take a vacation, plus I suggest some places to stay on South Uist.

The Western Isles are unique, they have totally unique types of flora and fauna in a spectacular environment with some of the most dramatic coastline in the United Kingdom of Great Britain. The culture in the islands is a complex blend of influences from the Norse, Gaelic and Celtic, which could also be said to be unique.

On the island of South Uist, particularly in the west, you will discover the most amazing beaches and a little inland vast areas of land called machair. Machair is unique to this part of the world, it is a kind of immensely fertile, grassland which has masses of wildflowers in spring and summer. Many tourist believe that the beaches found on South Uist are the finest in the country, Britain, and even Europe.

The island is also an incredible venue to enjoy a round of golf. Askernish Golf Course is the oldest course in the Outer Hebrides and it is an Old Tom Morris design (the designer of St Andrews’ Old Course) and countless others in the country. Sadly the golf course was damaged and it requires restoration before it can be once again played upon but you will find many other places to play golf across the islands.

Of course South Uist offers masses of opportunities to enjoy a diverse range of sports. Water sports such as surfing are incredibly popular and virtually everyone can enjoy a little rambling. Other than golf the most popular sport is still fishing though more cyclists appear every year.

Although the island doesn’t feature an impressive amount of galleries and museums it has enough to keep visitors entertained during wet weather. Places such as Kildonan Museum focus upon the islands history and the islands association with Prince Charles Edward Stuart and Flora MacDonald.

Places To Stay On South Uist

Polochar Inn is situated in Lochboisdale in the southerly part of the island. This is a 4 star rated South Uist hotel which looks out over to Eriskay and Barra. All rooms are en-suite and they all feature Wi-Fi.

Self catering on South Uist is superb for small groups and families. 10 Bun A Mhullin is a roomy self catering traditional Hebridean house/cottage on the Isle of Eriskay which is joined to South Uist by a bridge.

If you considering a vacation in the Western Isles please take a look at our listings of South Uist hotel accommodation.