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Hidden Scottish treasure Isle of Skye

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Going back in time on the Isle of Skye, a 50 mile long island, is the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. With its dramatic mountain scenery and rocky slopes, it is one of the many wonderful experiences you will have while visiting this history rich area. The scenery and landscapes will take your breath away with its wildlife and lush green countryside. Birdwatchers can enjoy sights of the White Tailed Sea Eagle, one of the most sought after species. You are sure to encounter red deer grazing and otters, seals, and dolphins, frolicking in the ocean around the Isle of Skye.

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The island’s culture remains important with a third of the inhabitants still speaking Gaelic. There are two Clan Castles with their grounds and gardens, the MacDonald’s and the MacLeod’s, which should be on your agenda for places to visit, taking you back to the old days - memory of different times. Clan MacDonald Castle is a magnificent 20,000 acre estate housing a museum with its Highland history. Clan McLeod Castle is the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland for over 800 years. Even though it is occupied it can be toured. You can also enjoy the beauty of a variety of gardens, as well as the Woodland Walk.

The main industries are tourism, fishing and whisky-distilling. For active visitors the island offers an assortment of activities, including boat tours (romantic cruise or fishing expedition), wilderness walks and camping adventures, where you can sleep under the stars. If you love the ocean you can take Scotland's only semi-submersible glass bottom boat trip. Some trips include a WWII shipwreck and working Salmon farm. You can also venture off the beaten track and catch wild Scottish salmon or jump into the cool waters of a hidden waterfall. Skye is a world class destination for walkers and climbers with peaks above 3,000 ft. Needless to say there is something for everyone.

Skye’s capital is Portree, nestled in a picturesque harbor. Ferries will bring you to the nearby islands and a road bridge was built in 1995 which connects the isle to the mainland. Skye’s romantic setting lends itself to be a sought out location for novels and films.

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