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Things to do

One thing you can be sure of – you’ll be spoiled for choice if you’re looking for an active holiday in Skye.

If being right in the middle of the most glorious hillwalking and climbing scenery in Scotland isn’t enough, visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities in and around the Broadford area.

Golfers will be delighted with the challenging and scenic Isle of Skye Golf Course, which welcomes golfers of all abilities (including children!) and both green fees and club hire are extremely reasonable.

Photographers will appreciate the superb light quality, the ever changing weather conditions and the fantastic sea and landscapes. Sunsets over the Cuillins are unbelievably beautiful.

Unsurprisingly, the area is a paradise for anglers. Boat hire is available, and a number of local boat operators offer fishing trips, and charters.

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

There is also some excellent fishing off the rocks. Some hirers offer you trips in a glass bottomed boat.. Others offer seal, dolphin and whale watching trips, while the more adventurous can take part in a Sea-fari Adventure.

Glass bottom boat trips with the Skye Bridge in the background

Glass bottom boat trips with the Skye Bridge in the background

A must is the trip on the Bella Jane to Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin mountains.

Another boat trip not to be missed is the “Brigadoon” where you can observe and photograph the sea eagles feeding. If you want to make a real day of it, Caledonian MacBrayne also run day trips to the Outer Isles.

If you want to see Skye on horseback, there are a number of riding centres, although those who prefer four wheels will find some of the most spectacular and finest driving roads imaginable. The drive from Brogaig to Uig via the Quiraing is worthy of special mention. The more energetic will maybe want to hire bikes – these are available locally.

Old church at Kilchrist

Old church at Kilchrist

Everyone knows of Skye’s associations with Flora Macdonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie, but the island’s history goes a little further back than that… There are numerous museums and sites of historical interest scattered throughout the island : Dunvegan Castle – seat of the Clan MacLeod , the folk museum at Kilmuir, Flora Macdonald’s house at Flodigarry and the Aros Centre at Portree are just a few well worth a visit.

The Cuillins from boat trip jetty at Elgol

The Cuillins from boat trip jetty at Elgol

Try your hand at kayaking, canoeing, climbing, abseiling and archery. Whitewave at Kilmuir offer these activity sessions to individuals, families and groups.

Wildlife

As far as wildlife is concerned, Skye has it all!. Seals, dolphins, whales, basking sharks,porpoises, deer and a wide variety of birds abound while the lucky visitor may spot an otter, a golden or sea eagle.For those with a keen desire to see an otter, there are various hides a short distance away. Every kind of bird imaginable is here-don’t forget to bring your camera and binoculars.

Stunning wildlife on the Isle of Skye

Stunning wildlife on the Isle of Skye

Stunning wildlife on the Isle of Skye

Stunning wildlife on the Isle of Skye

Stunning wildlife on the Isle of Skye

Stunning wildlife on the Isle of Skye

Stunning wildlife on the Isle of Skye

Stunning wildlife on the Isle of Skye

Stunning wildlife on the Isle of Skye

Stunning wildlife on the Isle of Skye

Stunning wildlife on the Isle of Skye

Stunning wildlife on the Isle of Skye

Stunning scenery

Stunning scenery

For those who have a keen desire to see an otter, there are various hides a short drive away. Every kind of wild bird imaginable is here – don’t forget your camera and binoculars!

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