Skye has 4000 years of history, perhaps the most famous episode being is its brief encounter with Bonnie Prince Charlie after the Battle of Culloden in 1746 "over the sea to Skye"
The area contains some of the most spectacular scenery in the highlands, and has been relatively undisturbed by man
The skyline is dominated by the Black Cullins Hills, which can be climbed from a number of centres
Lest you think Skye is all scenery, there is the whisky and the terriers named after the island from which they come. You can also try to follow the tales of the MacLeods and the MacDonalds over the years
The Outer Hebrides, or Western Isles, are a long collection of islands that stretch some 150 miles from the Butt of Lewis in the north to Barra head in the south. There are rugged sea cliffs and rolling peat moors. Strangely enough, there are also widespread remains of stoneage man
Trees are rare, and the landscape is moulded by the Atlantic winds. Habitation is scare, just dotted crofters cottages, seabirds and ponies.
The streamer is the lifeline to the mainland, and Gaelic is still the first language of the majority of the islanders
The beaches are long and sandy, the seashells crushed to a silver sand by the pounding of the seas