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Skye & Lochalsh

Of all the variety of Highland landforms, the mountain profiles of Skye create the strongest sense of awe, and they have drawn visitors to the island since the days of Sir Walter Scott and JMW Turner.

Skye is joined to the mainland by the Skye Bridge at Kyle of Lochalsh and it also has two mainland ferry connections from Mallaig and Glenelg, the latter summer only. These offer flexibility for journey planning. However, Skye has no monopoly on spectacular mountain scenery. Lochalsh on the mainland is also rugged hill country, with Kintail and Balmacara in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.

The village of Plockton is famed for its mild climate and sheltered location. On the shores of Loch Duich, also in Lochalsh, is Eilean Donan Castle, one of the most-photographed castles in Scotland. Another essential Skye and Lochalsh experience is the road to, and beyond, Glenelg, for its ancient brochs (fortified towers) and views westwards to Skye.

The Cuillin of Skye are certainly the island's best-known feature and though their tops are places only for experienced climbers, there are many viewpoints and island locations where excellent panoramas can be enjoyed. Skye also has other fascinating landscapes, notably around the Quiraing on Trotternish, as well as dramatic coastal features. The Sleat peninsula in southern Skye offers a gentler, greener and more wooded perspective on the island.

Skye and Lochalsh also have a good range of other places to visit, including castles and folk museums. The choice of activities is also very wide - walking, cycling, golf, angling, pony trekking and a particularly good choice of boat trips.

For information on adventure activities in the Highlands see the VisitScotland Active website.

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