The largest island in the Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Skye offers a rugged landscape, majestic mountains and picturesque fishing villages. It is connected to Scotland’s northwest coast by bridge but visitors can also access the isle by driving to Mallaig and catching a ferry. Its Fairy Pools were voted the UK’s most romantic spot in 2018 – meaning it is starting to draw crowds! However, there is still plenty to see away from the hot spots, such as The Storr, Neist Point, Castle Ewen Fairy Glen and Dunvegan Castle. Below are five things about the isle that you might have missed.
1. It has its own song! “The Skye Boat Song” is a late 19th century Scottish song recalling the journey of Prince Charles Edward Stuart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) from Uist to the Isle of Skye as he evaded capture by government troops after his defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.
2. It’s Hollywood famous! Michael Fassbender’s 2012 Prometheus and 2015 Macbeth films, Roald Dahl’s classic The BFG released in 2016, Kristen Stewart’s 2012 flick Snow White and the Huntsman and Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword 2017 were all filmed on the isle. What can you say… the cameras love Skye.
3. Dunvegan has an unlikely (though admittedly a somewhat tenuous) link to Donald Trump. The US President is the son of Scotswoman – Mary Anne MacLeod – who was from the Island of Lewis. In the 14th Century, the MacLeod clan had split into two branches, those who lived on Lewis and the MacLeod’s of Dunvegan and Harris.
4. You can also reach the isle from Kyle Rhea by using the MV Glenachulish, which is the last manually operated turntable ferry in the world. It operates seasonally, from April to October and a car with up to four passengers is £15.00 one way.
5. You can see dinosaur tracks. On An Corran, you can see three-toed prints belonged to ornithopods – two-legged herbivores. You can also visit Score Bay to see prints from sauropods, which are from the same family as brontosaurus and diplodocus. Say what!!! Drop mic!
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