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Did you know Scotland has approximately 790 islands but only 130 are inhabited? The Isle of Skye or “an t-Eilean Sgiathanach”, meaning “cloud island” in Gaelic, is the most famous and second largest of Scotland’s islands.

A 50-mile-long patchwork of velvet moors, mountains, sparkling lochs and towering sea cliffs, the Isle of Skye’s stunning scenery is island’s the main attraction. That said, when the mist closes in, there are still plenty of castles, cosy pubs and restaurants to visit. A third of the residents were Gaelic speakers in 2001 and, although their numbers are in decline, this aspect of island culture remains important.

Skye is one of Scotland’s top-three tourist destinations. You can discover the small port of Portree, enjoy breathtaking landscapes of the Old Man of Storr and take advantage of the fresh air by hiking in the mountains. You can also discover some of the finest beaches in Scotland and be amazed by the Isle of Skye’s impressive waterfalls. For those who enjoy peace and quiet, the island offers hidden gems such as the serene Fairy Pools.

12 pictures to convince you to visit Isle of Skye!

1. Old Man of Storr

Am Storr, An t'Eilean Sgitheanach

2. Portree


3. Kilt Rock

Kilt Rock, The Isle of Skye

4. Kilt Rock

Kilt Rock

5. Fairy Pools

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6. Fairy Pools

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7. Waternish Point

CalMac Ferry Hebrides

8. Claigan Coral Beach

Skye's Coral Beach (2)

9. Loch Coruisk

Cuillin and Loch Coruisk

10. Faerie Glen

The Faerie Glen

11. Faerie Glen

The Fairy Glen

13. Dalmore Beach

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