Isle of Skye Information

The Isle of Skye lies on Europe's Atlantic fringe, off the north-west coast of Scotland.It is the largest of the islands that make up the Scottish Hebrides, and arguably the most recognisable from its distinctive outline.

The communities of the Island of Skye have a long-established connection with those on the adjacent mainland area of Lochalsh.

The entire area, for commercial and administrative purposes, has come to be known as Skye and Lochalsh. Included in the Skye and Lochalsh area are the inhabited islands of Raasay, Rona, Fladda, Scalpay, Pabay, and Soay. The area lies at a latitude of 57 to 58 degrees North but is blessed by warm ocean currents from the Atlantic which keep the weather temperate even in winter time. The total land area of Skye and Lochalsh is around 271,000 hectares.

Skye itself is about 50 miles (80km)long as the crow flies, but the distance by road from end to end is closer to 70 miles (115km). This is due to the indented nature of the coastline which means that nowhere on Skye is more than 5 miles (8km) from the sea.

The people of Skye and Lochalsh have links to many cultures both ancient and modern. The iron-age Picts, the early Christian Celts, the invading Norse and Scots have all made their mark upon the indigenous population which has in recent years been augmented by English, Europeans, and people from farther afield. The population of Skye is now approx 12,000.

Useful links


The Skye Guide (guide to Skye)
The Scottish Outdoor Access Code
Isle of Skye on VisitScotland
Isle of Skye visitor attractions
Isle of Skye Highland Games
Skye Auroras Facebook Page


Portree Library
Fingal Centre, Portree (Gym)
Skyegym (Gym)


Radio Skye
Skye Live Music Festival
Art Skye
Creative Skye Facebook Page
Skye Events for All
Isle of Skye Candle Company (visitor centre)
LAS (cinema, theatre, events)

Tours and Attractions

Isle of Skye Wildlife Tours
Isle of Skye Boat Trips
Dunvegan Castle
Armadale Castle
Skye Distillery Tours

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