Broadford Old Pier - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Panorama taken from the end of Broadford Old Pier showing parts of the village of Broadford on Skye.
Broadford Old Pier - FURTHER INFORMATION
Broadford Old Pier - Skye visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Broadford Old Pier' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.
Broadford Old Pier is one of two piers at Broadford. Between 1907 and the beginning of WWI a short railway linked Broadford Old Pier with quarries around Cill Chriosd in Strath Suardal valley to the south.
Broadford is the second largest settlement on Skye and the key provision center for southern Skye and the Sleat peninsula between Kyleakin and Portree. The village contains numerous Bed and Breakfast (B&B) places, the Broadford Hotel and Dunollie Hotel, smaller hostels and hotels to cater for visitors. The village also contains numerous art galleries, a co-op supermarket, bank and petrol station. Roads here lead down the Sleat Peninsula to Armadale and the ferry to Mallaig.
Boradford lies on the edges of Broadford Bay with views out to the Isle of Pabay and, on a clear day, to the Applecross mountains on the Scottish mainland. It is overlooked by the red Cuillin hills of Beinn Dearg Mhór and Glamaig to the north and makes an excellent base from which to explore the Isles of Skye with good connections to most parts of the islands as well as the mainland.
Broadford grew up around a cattle market established in the 1700's. It grew quickly with construction of a road in 1812 connecting the village to Portree, and an influx of Napoleonic veterans after 1815.
Local attractions include galleries showing local arts and crafts, Skye Jewellery and the Skye Serpentarium, which is very popular with children. Naturally, Broadford is close to many popular walking areas in Skye. Just to the south in Strath Suardal valley are the old ruins of Cill Chriosd and a chambered cairn. This road winds round Loch Slapin to Elgol, which has stunning sunset views over the islands of Soay and Rum and boat trips to various seal colonies.