If there’s a Scottish island more enchanting than Skye, you’re likely going to be hard pushed to find it! Skye is one of the most popular isles with historians and visitors to Scotland, and it certainly has its place in literature going back centuries.
Before you head there, make sure to read up on a few of the most famous facts about the Isle of Skye…
There’s a legend which states that if you put your face in some of the water running through Skye, you’ll receive the gift of eternal beauty. Specifically, it has to be the water running through the Old Sligachan Bridge.
The Isle of Skye is famous for its whisky. You’ll be able to take tours of Tallisker, for example, which is one of Scotland’s most popular distilleries and whisky brands.
One of the most striking landmarks of the isle is the Neist Point Lighthouse, which is a windswept location out on the rugged shoreline. It’s no longer operational, but it’s still a pretty imposing figure, on the whole!
Portree Harbour, Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is, famously, where author Ian Fleming created the character of James Bond. It’s also where some of the movie Skyfall, the 23rd Bond movie, was filmed.
If you’re fascinated by dinosaurs and prehistoric beasts, you’ll love that you can easily find prints of dinos from millennia past here. It’s thought that dinosaurs once roamed the island some 165 million years ago, and the beaches at Staffin are prime spots for you to see prints to prove they were here.
Scotland is well-known for its castles, of course, but Dunvegan is one with a bit of a record behind it. It’s currently home to the clan MacLeod, and it’s the oldest castle in Scotland that’s still habited.
The Skye Bridge, which connects the island to the mainland, first opened in 1995. The toll prices at the time were said to be extortionate!
The name of the island, Skye, is thought to be a translation of the word ‘ski’ from Norse, which means ‘cloud’.
The Isle of Skye is thought to be home to less than 10,000 people. However, it’s been a settlement since the very start of human civilization.
Skye mainly trades in whisky and tourism, however, it does also have a strong agriculture trade.
The isle is home to the famous Faerie Glen, which legend states is where, as you can imagine, you are supposedly able to spot fairies. The exact location of the glen, apparently, is a well-guarded secret – so if you go on a tour there, you won’t be given the directions on route!
Portree is the capital of Skye, and much like the rest of the island, it is fairly sparse when it comes to population. You’ll only find around 2,000 people living here, though it still welcomes plenty of visitors each year.
While Gaelic is no longer widely spoken in Scotland nowadays, around 90% of the country was still speaking the language at the turn of the 20th Century.
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