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Situated off the west coast of Scotland, Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides.

It's been described as 'Scotland in miniature' because of its diverse range of scenery ranging from mountains and woods to lochs, moorland and coastline.


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Spring is when islands are bursting with life and energy - and this is a great season to watch wildlife.

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Skye - Visitor Guide


Isle of Skye, Inner Hebrides, Scotland.


IV51 9EL


Portree Tourist Information Centre - 08452 255121

Broadford Tourist Information Centre - 01845 22 55 121

Fax:Portree Tourist Information Centre - 01506 832222
Ordnance Survey:OS Ref. NG250 480
Key attractions:

Nature watching, rambling, boat trips, cycling, riding.


Bird watching especially raptors.

Essential kit:

Binoculars for bird watching. Walking shoes.

Nature watching:

Late May and early June are good times to see the Sea Eagles. Check with RSPB Scotland


If you are lucky you might witness the aura boralis or 'northern lights'.


Disabled visitors to more remote locations are advised to telephone ahead. See also the booklet, "Accessible Skye and Lochalsh" written by Mike and Hazel Wotton.


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Getting there:

Skye is located off the west coast of Scotland - the nearest mainland settlements are Kyle of Lochalsh and Mallaig.


Summer ferry from Mallaig. Or take the road bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland.


Trains run between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh and Fort William and Mallaig.

Opening times:

Year round.

Charges:Some free, others have a charge depending on activities.
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