We’ve found a beautiful video of Skye, which we’d like to share. It was made by David Watson, who recently compiled over 6,000 of his images for this breathtaking video.
If you are interested in one of our Tours to Skye, you might want to find out more about the area, so, here’s a quick primer to get you up to speed.
Some background information on the Isle of Skye
The island has a long history, having been occupied since around 6,000 BC when nomadic hunter-gatherers arrived. The isle came under Norse rule. We have modern day evidence of that because a 12th century Viking shipyard was discovered in 2011. For a long period Skye was overseen by the Scottish Clan MacLeod and Clan Donald. Later on, the Jacobite risings of the 1700s led to the breaking up of the clan system in Scotland and then the Clearances which completely changed the culture by replacing the local communities with sheep farming. Time moved on, people moved in and out, and Skye’s population once over 20,000, was 9,232 by the time of the 2001 census, and is now growing again.
Skye’s key modern-day industries are tourism, agriculture, fishing and whisky-distilling.At around 640 square miles, Skye is the second-largest island in Scotland after Lewis and Harris and it is dominated by the Cuillin hills which are also known as An Cuiltheann in Gaelic.
The Black Cuillins are composed mainly of basalt and gabbro and they include twelve Munros (mountains in Scotland with a height of over 3,000 ft – there are 282 in total!). This is great news if you are a Munro bagger! A complete hike off the Cuillin ridge can take 15–20 hours. The Red Hills, known as Am Binnean Dearg in Gaelic, to the south are also called the Red Cuillins. They owe their reddish colouring to the granite composition of the stone, which has been weathered into rounded hills and has lots of scree slopes.
The geology of Skye brings some very unique and striking features. The Trotternish area has a basalt base which produced relatively rich soils and some interesting rock features. The Kilt Rock is named after the tartan-like patterns in the 344 ft cliffs rising above the sea. The Quiraing is a spectacular series of rock pinnacles on the eastern side of the peninsula and further south is the rock pillar of the Old Man of Storr.
Beyond Loch Snizort to the west of Trotternish is the Waternish peninsula, which ends in Ardmore Point’s double rock arch. Duirinish is separated from Waternish by Loch Dunvegan, which contains the island of Isay. The loch is ringed by sea cliffs that reach nearly 1,000 ft at Waterstein Head.
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