Skye Map - Skye visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Skye Map' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Highland.
The Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides of Scotland, and the most northerly. In Scottish Gaelic it is known as both An t-Eilean Sgitheanach (The Winged Isles) and Eilean a'Cheò (Isle of Mists). Both are traditional names used historically and, at different times, administratively by the Highland Council. Currently, Eilean a'Cheò is used officially following the May 2007 election of Highland Councillors following the redesignation of ward boundaries.
The island is about 50 miles long and between 7 and 25 miles wide. However, because of the convoluted 350 mile long coastline nowhere on the island is more than 5 miles from the sea. Skye has some of the most dramatic and challenging mountains in Scotland, including the Black Cuillin and Red Hills (sometimes called the Red Cuillin).
Skye is a very popular holiday and tourist destination in the Scottish Highlands, famous for the mountains and hills, wildlife, geography and geology. There are a number of hotels and bed and breakfast (B&B) places scattered around Skye. With many of them it is simply a case of stopping off to knock on the door. If they are full it is likely that they will call round to find a B&B place with a free bed for you. It is worth noting that one of the other things that Skye is famous for is the very changeable weather. It is said locally that 'If you can't see Skye it is raining. And if you can see Skye then it is about to.'
The Cuillin of Skye
The Cuillin of Skye are also known as the Black Cuillin. They rise from the sea up to a height of nearly 1000m. The rock is very hard, black in colour, being either basalt and gabbro. The Cuillin are very popular with climbers and Munro Baggers (see below). The highest of the Black Cuillin is Sgurr Alasdair at 992m, closely followed by Sgurr Dearg at 986m. At the top of Sgurr Dearg is the Inaccessible Pinnacle (called the In Pin or In Pinn by climbers).
The Red Cuillin of Skye are actually a misnomer. The proper name for them is The Red Hills (Am Binnean Dearg in Gaelic). The Red Hills are mostly made of granite. The rock is weathered into more rounded hills than the Black Cuillins, they are covered in vegetation. The highest point of the Red Hills is Glamaig as seen here from Sconser and also Glamaig, Marsco and Sgurr Na Gillean from Sligachan next to the Black Cuillin.
Munro's of Skye A Munro is a mountain in Scotland with a peak over 3000 feet. This may not seem very high compared to the mountains of the Alps in the likes of Austria France or Switzerland, but the Munro's start at sea level, while the base level of the Alps is already quite high. There are 248 Munros in Scotland, and people make a hobby of climbing them all. Those who complete the task are added to the list of the Munroists. The 12 Munro's on Skye are:
- Sgurr Alasdair (993m)
- Inaccessible Pinnacle on Sgurr Dearg (986m)
- Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh (973m)
- Sgurr na Banachdich - North Peak (965m)
- Sgurr nan Gillean (965m)
- Bruach na Frithe (958m)
- Sgurr Mhic Choinnich (948m)
- Sgurr Dubh Mor (944m)
- Am Basteir (935m)
- Bla Bheinn – Blaven (928m)
- Sgurr nan Eag (924m)
- Sgurr a' Mhadaidh (SW Peak) (918m)
Whisky in Skye One other reason to visit Skye is to visit the Talisker Distillery, the only distillery on Skye for those making a trip to taste the whiskeys of Scotland. Taliskers is well known for it's Talisker Single Malt Scotch Whisky. This is not to be confused with the Isle of Skye blended Scotch whisky made by Ian Macleod Distillers Limited.