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Castles - Museums and visitor centres in Skye and Lochalsh are inspired from the heritage, culture and environmental factors that have shaped these communities and lives for centuries.

From the larger clan visitor centre and castles to the tiniest croft house there are plenty of opportunities to peek into the history of the island and highland ancestors. Start at the famous Eilean Donan castle on its rocky promontory and stunning location, in Lochalsh moving onto Skye where the Museums of the Isles at Armadale Castle and the grounds and castle at Dunvegan castle are an hour's drive away. 

Museums and visitor centres - Often more fascinating are the glimpses into the crofting life of the ordinary islanders, with their harsh but happy community life. The Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir will captivate you as you step back into another time to experience their living and work conditions and sense some of the harsh realities they faced and the happy communities that they lived in.



Boat trips and tours - 
With seafaring at the heart of this coastal location it unsurprising that a fabulous range of diverse boat trips and tours enable discovery of wildlife, heritage, and outdoor activity. Skye and Lochalsh boasts a wide variety of boat trips, with over 10 operators offering their own unique speciality and a chance to explore and escape in this truly fascinating seascape.

The classic trip from Elgol drops visitors at the steps to Loch Coruisk in the heart of the magnificent Cuillins, with the option to take a later return trip back, or to hike out in the footsteps of a historic tradition. Other trips offer a more exhilarating on board experience and the chance to go whale and dolphin spotting, observing seabird colonies on the way.

Gifts and Shopping - As a result of online shopping, the area is better served than ever before, not only retaining its traditional shopping, but modernising all the time - supermarket late nights and Sunday opening are now part of the Skye experience. 

Visitors to the area can enjoy more traditional and individual village style shopping in traditional butchers, bakerys and green grocers, being served in the time honoured manner, as well as the convenience offered by local supermarkets.

The smaller towns and villages still have the local store. Many of them sell excellent local produce in addition to the essential items the visitor expects to find and all the holiday extras too. 

Key dates

  • Abstract submission deadline extended:
    22 February 2016
  • Early registration deadline:
    25 April 2016
  • Registration deadline:
    4 May 2016

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