Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye has unique mountain scenery providing a spectacular background to one of Scotland’s largest islands, along with beautiful coastal scenery, rivers and lochs as well as crofts and farms. Throughout Skye you will discover a wonderful natural environment where you can see eagles flying overhead, stags and deer in the hills, otters frolicking along the coastline and numerous species of native and migratory birds. While you can see dolphins and whales from various coastal locations the easiest and most reliable way is to take a wildlife boat trip, and while it is not guaranteed to see these amazing creatures you will experience a trip to enjoy and often see other wildlife including puffins, sea eagles and seals while getting a unique view of the island from a boat.
Skye can be found on a map of Scotland, on the west coast, opposite the Applecross peninsula. Skye is the largest island of the island group forming the Inner Hebrides, being 50 miles long and just over 639 square miles in size with several smaller islands nearby including Raasay and Scalpay that can be seen from Wester Ross. While crossing the Skye Bridge you cross over the wildlife reserve on Eilean Bàn, known and loved for the book A Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell about his life on the island, especially with the otters living on the island.
With a toll free road bridge connecting Skye from the mainland at the Kyle of Lochalsh, a train link to, and ferry link from Mallaig on the Scottish mainland to the south of the island, and the romantic Glenelg to Kylerhea Skye Ferry, you have a choice of how you can visit the island. If you want to travel without a car then you can get a train or bus from Glasgow or Inverness and then make other travel arrangements when you get to the island. It is worth remembering that while there is public transport it is not that frequent. You can travel around the island by walking and cycling, just remember the distances involved so that you get to your holiday accommodation.