The many sights and activities to visit on Skye
The Old Man of Storr is one of Skye’s most recognisable landmarks and is situated in the north of the Isle of Skye in the Trotternish area. It’s is very near our Distillery and our bottle shape is inspired by the Old Man. Famous for its magnificent scenery and views, it’s a popular hotspot for hikers, hill walkers and photographers alike. You can take the opportunity to walk up and down the Storr on a 3.8km route, and takes just over an hour to complete.
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The Fairy Pools is one of the most magical places in Scotland and is a very popular hotspot for photographers and walkers. The water in the River Brittle and the pools are so clear, perfect for any adventurous swimmers who dare to enter the icy waters!! Located near the village of Carbost, park up and embark on the stunning 2.4km walk to the pools up the rising gravel path towards the Black Cuillins.
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Neist Point – the most westerly headland on Skye – is an iconic destination, with stunning cliff scenery, an outlook to the Outer Hebrides, and the chance to watch for minke whales in the summer months. Neist Point Lighthouse, designed by David Alan Stevenson, was first lit on 1 November 1909. Since 1990, the lighthouse has been operated remotely from the Northern Lighthouse Board headquarters in Edinburgh
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These impressive falls are close to the Portree and our distillery. From the car park there is an interesting walk up to Loch Cuithir with the remains of the diatomite railway. In lush surrounds, this waterfall cascades into a gorge with nearby cliffs overlooking the sea.
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This magnificent 90 meter Kilt Rock, Its gigantic basalt columns makes this sea cliff resemble the pleats of a kilt. If you stop at the big car park on the road from Portree to Staffin, you can also admire a huge waterfall on the edge of the cliff. Especially on a breezy day that can be a very impressive sight, as the water sometimes gets blown back up the hill in whirling sprays.
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Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without experiencing the history and clan legend on offer at the inhabited 5 star Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rock in an idyllic loch side setting, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and is the ancestral home of the Clan MacLeod for 800 years.
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Known locally as a ‘wee gem’, Coral Beach is a fantastic place to spend a day. Despite its name, the beach is not actually made of coral but of fossilised and sun-bleached algae. At low tide, explore the tidal island of Lampay, which is just a short walk across the bay. The beach is situated not far from Dunvegan Castle.
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A bizarre and delightful miniature landscape of grassy, cone-shaped hills, the Fairy Glen (sometimes spelt Faerie Glen) is a fascinating and otherworldly place to visit on a sunny summer’s day.– lush and rich with curious conical hills, a small loch, an ancient ruined castle and unexplained fairy circles made of stones. It was used as a stunning film location for Stardust!
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The whole of the Trotternish Ridge was formed by a great series of landslips, and is very popular for walks and bike rides. The name Quiraing comes from Old Norse ‘Kví Rand’, which means “Round Fold”. Within the fold is The Table, an elevated plateau hidden amongst the pillars. It is said that the fold was used to conceal cattle from Viking raiders. This stunning area has been used as a backdrop in many films.
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Step back in time and experience how islanders really lived at this unique and informative Skye Museum of Island Life. Thatched cottages, old tools…see what it was like in days gone by. Among the many displays, is the old Graham family home, the village smithy, the weaver’s house, and a vast array of crofting tools, displays and equipment.
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Loch Coruisk, at the very heart of the Cuillin mountains, is the most magnificent of all Scottish freshwater lochs. Whilst you are very likely to get wet feet from the boggy terrain, this is a small price to pay for the spectacular mountain scenery. Once you have explored, drop back into Portree for a well earned Misty Isle!
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One of the most romantic characters in Scottish history, Flora Macdonald is famous for helping Bonnie Prince Charlie escape from Scotland after the defeat of the Jacobites at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. It is very easy to spot Macdonald’s grave; just head for the large Celtic cross. After several centuries, people still come to Kilmuir to pay their respects to this brave woman.
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On the beach at An Corran, Staffin, are some remarkable footprints. They were left by a family of dinosaurs that walked across the sand here some 165 million years ago. To put that in context, the gabbro rocks of the Cuillin were formed about 60 million years ago, and they were carved by the glaciers of the last ice age on Skye just 11,000 years ago. To be able to see and touch them in-situ is an amazing experience.
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Set in a restored Highland croft, the museum shows off the greatness of Angus MacAskill, who was born in 1825 and grew to a mighty 7’9” tall. In 1981 he was recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest “true giant”. A life-size statue of him greets you as you enter, Come along and see how tall he was for yourself!
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The castle is featured in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology as the place where Scáthach the Shadow, legendary Scottish warrior woman and martial arts teacher, trained the hero Cú Chulainn in the arts of combat. The castle itself sits on an off-shore rock. The rock rises 40 feet above sea level and there is a gap of 20 feet between the rock and the mainland. The gap was once spanned by a walled bridge with arches 6 feet apart.
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The Black Cuillin are the most spectacular and challenging mountains in Britain. These are peaks of which dreams are made – and nightmares! Many of their summits require scrambling or even rock-climbing to reach. There are several shorter walks that enable less experienced walkers to experience something of their drama, alternatively you can get a perfect view of the Cullins from Sligachan Bridge – great for photographs!
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475 years ago the Lodge operated as a change house for travellers on the road between Portree and Dunvegan. It was the first place on Skye to legally dispense alcohol. These days its ran by our friend Calum Montgomery. Calum has a passion for our island and its produce, and it shows. We also distilled an exlusive gin for them, using foraged botanicals from the local woodland and grounds of the lodge. For reservations, call: 01470 582 217
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Loch Bay Restaurant is located in the idyllic old fishing town of Stein, on the remote Waternish peninsula on the Isle of Skye. Bringing classic French influences to Scottish fare, Head Chef Michael Smith has earned a Michelin Star for his culinary efforts, which have been matched outside the kitchen by his friendly yet professional Front of House staff.Lunch is served 12.15pm-1.30pm during the season, while the 5 course Fruits de Mer and Dinner menus are offered in the evening, 6.15pm-8.45pm.
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