Isle of Skye Journals

In the Skye Garden: The Sleat Peninsula & South Skye

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A travel journal to Isle of Skye by MagdaDH_AlexH

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Quote: Reviews, tips and stories covering the southernmost finger of the Misty Isle and the part south of Broadford.

Perfect Cove

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The most popular attractions on the Sleat peninsula of the Isle of Skye are in the ferry-terminal village of Armadale and along the main road from Broadford, what with the Sabhal Mor Ostaig Gaelic college and Clan Donald visitors' centre as well as some popular hotels and restaurants. But it is worth getting off that main, recently constructed road for some magical places off the beaten track. When in Armadale, take the road further, towards the village of Ardvasar and beyond. Drive along the single-track to the very end of the road, past the hamlet of Aird. Park by the farm gates. From then on, a dirt track leads for two and half miles to the southernmost tip of the island. The walk is ea...Read More
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A couple of miles before Broadford coming from the bridge direction, just past the Red Skye restaurant, you will see a roadside sign advertising ''bric a brac and curios''. A hundred yards on, you will come to the yard of Breakish Byres, a wonderful second hand, junk and antique shop where you can spend hours browsing, inside and outside. From assorted crockery and items deemed unworthy the interior storage, so they are left to get rained on in the yard, in the company of chainsaw-carved giant hands, mushrooms and giraffes, to interesting ornaments and furniture inside, with books, textiles and pretty much in between thrown in, this is a place for a browse or, sometimes, finding excellent ...Read More

Broadford

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Broadford, the first bigger place on the Isle of Skye after driving off the bridge, is a long, sprawling settlement stretching for about a mile along A87. It's not a particularly lovely village, but it is the main service centre for the south of the island and it has been recently chosen by the Sunday Times as a one of the top places in Scotland to live in. The views towards the mainland and up-island are lovely indeed, and the presence of the large Co-op supermarket, open seven days a week and till late, means that Broadford is indeed the place to stop for any provisions. In addition to the Co-op, Broadford has a laundrette (at the back of the supermarket, on the petrol statio...Read More

Kyleakin & Castle Moil

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Kyleakin is a small village that used to receive the ferries that departed from Kyle of Lochalsh to Skye before the Skye Bridge took over the task. About 200 years ago, Lord Macdonald planned developing Kyleakin as a model new town of "New Liverpool", but not much of that came to fruition. The loss of the ferry traffic put the hamlet more off the beaten track somehow, with the main A87 road that goes north bypassing the village. However, it has reinvented itself somewhat as a location for backpackers' hostels and gets actually fairly busy in the summer, while at other times it's a sleepy place. I wouldn't make a big point of going to Kyelakin on purpose, however ...Read More

Rubha Phoil Forest Garden

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Attraction | "Trees, ropes, seals"

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Rubha Phoil Forest Garden takes up a little peninsula near the tip of Sleat, just past the ferry pier at Armadale. The property as such is 16 acres devoted to permaculture (an arcane branch of organic gardening), with an eco-campsite, wigwams and a shop selling plants and gardening products too; as well as exhibition on permaculture (you will come across that as you walk) but for a casual visitor the attraction lies in the woodland walk through Rubha Phoil to the Seal Island. The path through the woodland is clearly marked, with some bridges and reinforced sections and it takes about 40 minutes to complete the round stroll (that is without adding any time for stops or diversions). There ar...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 10, 2013

Rubha Phoil Forest Garden
Armadale
Isle of Skye, Scotland

Museum of the Isles

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Attraction | "The Park of the MacDonalds"

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Skye's turbulent history can be in many periods equated with the history of clans that populated and ruled different parts of the island. The Sleat peninsula, the southern ''finger'' of Skye extending west along the Sound of Sleat opposite Knoydart and Morar areas of the mainland, has for time immemorial been associated with Clan Donald, or McDonalds. The origins of the clan are, as often is the case, somewhat blurry in the abyss of time, but there are certainly links to both the Irish and the Norse and by the time the Lordship of the Isles was established in .Clan Donald visitors' centre in Armadale is one of Skye's chief attractions of non-wilderness type and comprises of wh...Read More

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Museum of the Isles
Clan Donald Skye
Armadale, Sleat, Isle of Skye IV45 8RS
01471 844305