Any visit to the Isle of Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history at Dunvegan Castle & Gardens. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan once entirely encircled by the sea, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. www.dunvegancastle.com
Talisker Distillery ~ The only distillery on the Isle of Skye, set on the shores of Loch Harport with dramatic views of the Cuillins. www.discovering-distilleries.com/talisker/
The Skye Museum of Island Life - opened in 1965 with the aim to preserve a township of thatched cottages, each one depicting, as closely as possible, the conditions prevailing on the island at the close of the nineteenth century. www.skyemuseum.co.uk/index.html
Skye Serpentarium ~ award winning reptile exhibition and breeding centre opened in 1991 by Catherine and Alex Shearer as an exhibition and educational centre, over the years the centre has gradually become a refuge for unwanted and illegally imported reptiles. www.skyeserpentarium.org.ukDining Out
The Old Schoolhouse Restaurant, booking advisable.www.oldschoolrestaurant.co.uk/
Ten minute drive from Dunvegan, the 5* award winning restaurant The Three Chimneys, booking essential.www.threechimneys.co.uk/
Dunvegan Two Churches Walk - an easy walk through woodland and open moor with good views
These impressive flat-topped mountains, Healabhal Beag (1601 ft) and Healabhal Mor (1538 ft), rise in gentle contrast to the jagged peaks of the Black Cuillins and stand at the Eastern boundary of the Glendale Estate. For those keen on walking, the summit of Healabhal Beag (MacLeod's Table South) can be reached in 2.5 hours from Orbost. The climb is exhilarating and the views from the summit of Healabhal Beag are breath-taking.
Coral Beaches - a popular short walk to one of the most beautiful coastal locations on Skye. Good track, a boggy section can be avoided on stepping stones, followed by a path across grassy pastures.
Neist Point - Walk towards the white double-gates and descend the steep path/steps down the cliff towards the lighthouse. This is a good concrete path with steps and handrails, leading all the way to the Lighthouse and Keepers' Cottages.Once you reach the bottom of the steps, continue along the concrete path towards the next hill. On your right there are excellent views of the Outer Hebrides across The Minch and of nesting sea-birds, mainly fulmars, on the cliffs.
Faerie Glen is an excellent place to take children for a couple of hours to make a wish. Adults - who do not necessarily believe in fairies - are likely to find a walk round the glen's geological formations interesting. To find Faerie Glen upon arriving on the outskirts of Uig take the left-hand turn to Siadair/Sheader onto a single track road that leads to the Glen.
The Old Man of Storr, Trotternish peninsula - a spectacular walk to a famous summit, passing through an iconic landscape. Superb views in all directions. Mostly good paths with a couple of steep rock sections.