The Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly of the main Inner Hebrides islands. At 60 miles (100 km) long, it is in fact the second largest of all Scotland's islands after Lewis and Harris (yes, that's actually one island!). Known for its rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles, Skye is a popular tourist destination with over a million visitors a year.
The island has a particularly convoluted coastline of peninsulas and narrow lochs which radiate out from a mountainous interior. Dominated by the Cuillin mountains, these rocky slopes provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery to be found in Scotland. Dotted amongst this stunning scenery are a number of famous rock formations such as the Quiraing and the towering, iconic Old Man of Storr.
The pretty harbourside town Portree, the largest on the island, is known for its colorful houses and provides an ideal base for exploring the island.
Skye is a great destination for anyone with a love of the outdoors, whether it be fishing, hiking, and climbing. The island is home to a variety of wildlife, including red deer, otters, seals, and sea eagles. The island is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland.
Just around the corner from Staffin Bay is the pleasant, but largely unremarkable little sandy beach of An Corran. Up until relatively recently the beach was largely overlooked, that was until 2002 when a discovery was made...