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An Introduction to the beautiful Isle of Skye

Skye or the Isle of Skye (Scottish Gaelic: An t-Eilean Sgitheanach or Eilean a' CheĆ²) is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. The island's peninsulas radiate out from a mountainous centre dominated by the Cuillin hills. Although it has been suggested that the first of these Gaelic names describes a "winged" shape there is no definitive agreement as to the name's origins.

The island has been occupied since the Mesolithic period and has a colourful history including a time of Norse rule and a long period of domination by Clan MacLeod and Clan Donald. The events of the 19th century had a devastating impact on the human population, which declined from over 20,000 to around 9,200 in the early 21st century. Nonetheless, in contrast to many other Scottish islands, this represents a 4 per cent increase from the census of 1991.[7] The main industries are tourism, agriculture, fishing and whisky-distilling. The largest settlement is Portree, known for its picturesque harbour.

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Ardvassar Hotel, Sleat

The Ardvasar Hotel was built in the early 1800's making it one of the oldest hotels on Skye. Personally run by the owner Richard Jeffrey, it is situated in the beautiful "Garden of Skye" overlooking the Sound of Sleat.


Hotel Eilean Larmain

Built in 1888, award-winning 19th century inn. Stands on the small bay of Isle of Ornsay harbour. With breathtaking views of the hills and the sea, providing true Highland hospitality and old world charm.

Tel. 01471 833 332


Kinloch Lodge, Sleat

Charming, cosy and discreetly luxurious. Kinloch is a truly unique place in a magical setting, nestled at the foot of Kinloch Hill on the tranquil shoreline of the sea-loch Na Dal in Sleat. 3 star accommodation and Michelin Star restaurant.

Tel. +44 1471 833333


Broadford Hotel


Sligachan Inn


The Old Inn, Carbost


Tomgadal Hotel, Portree


The Cullin Hills Hotel, Portree


Urquhart Caledonian Hotel, Portree


Dunorin House Hotel, Herebost


Dunvegan Castle, Dunvegan


Dunvegan Hotel


3 Chimneys