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Ben Tianavaig
November 6, 2017, 2:45 pm
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Ben Tianavaig 5Overlooking the harbour at Portree on the Isle of Skye, Ben Tianavaig isn’t one of the island’s higher slopes but it is a nice little climb with spectacular views from the top.

Ben Tianavaig 2With Portree and the Cuillin ridge to one side and the Isle of Raasay and the mountains of Torridon on the other, you can sit here for ages just soaking up the sights. We’ve had lunch here looking down on a family of minke whales feeding in the Sound of Raasay below.

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Ben Tianavaig 4At 413 metres high, it is a fairly straightforward climb, best tackled from the car park at Tianavaig Bay. In common with much of the landscape of the Isle of Skye, landslip has caused the collapse of the east side of the hill and sea eagles use the resultant cliff ledges to nest on.

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MacLeod’s Tables
June 24, 2017, 1:00 pm
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MacLeod's Tables 1MacLeod's Tables 2As you drive around the Isle of Skye there’s a good chance you’ll see two flat topped mountains in the distance. These are Healabhal Bheag (1601 ft) and Healabhal Mhor (1538 ft), also known as MacLeod’s Tables.

MacLeod's Tables 3MacLeod's Tables 4Legend has it that, when he was at a banquet in Edinburgh given by King James V, the Chief of Clan MacLeod boasted that he had a much grander table.

When MacLeod hosted a banquet some time later, he took his guests onto the hilltops on a clear night, with clansmen standing round the edge of the plateau holding torches.

MacLeod's Tables 5It can be a bit of a slog getting to the tops of the Tables but the views are spectacular.

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Trumpan Church, Isle of Skye
March 13, 2017, 12:16 pm
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Another church with a gruesome past, Trumpan Church sits peacefully on a hill overlooking Ardmore Bay, near Waternish Point on the Isle of Skye.

But in 1578, under cover of mist, several boatloads of MacDonalds from the Isle of Uist sailed into the bay and attacked the church, setting fire to its thatched roof and burning the Clan MacLeod worshippers alive.

Trumpan Church 4Trumpan Church 5Trumpan Church 6One young girl apparently escaped and raised the alarm leading to the massacre of the MacDonald men before they could leave the island.

The triumphant MacLeods dragged the bodies of the dead to a nearby wall and buried them by simply pushing the wall over the top of them.

The township of Trumpan never recovered and the church has remained a ruin to this day.

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Fairy Glen, Isle of Skye
December 20, 2016, 5:38 pm
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Fairy Glen 1Fairy Glen 3Fairy Glen 6Not signposted but definitely worth a visit, the magical landscape of the Fairy Glen on the Isle of Skye can be stumbled upon if you take the road for Balnacnoc near Uig on the west side of Trotternish.

Like most of Skye’s stunning landscapes, this glen was formed by a series of landslides followed by a period of glaciation.

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Fairy Glen 7The road winds round grassy mounds and lochans and there’s even a rocky hilltop that looks like a ruined castle – which has been given the name Castle Ewan.

It’s a great place to relax with a picnic.

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Cill Chriosd
April 1, 2016, 11:06 am
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Cill Chriosd 1Cill Chriosd 2Built around the 16th century to replace an earlier Mediaeval church, Cill Chriosd (Christ’s Church) stands on a mound in a remote valley on the road to Elgol on the Isle of Skye.

This was the parish church of Strathaird until 1840 when the parish church was located to nearby Broadford.

Pieces of the older church can still be seen built in to the west gable of the present church.

The valley in which Cill Chriosd is located was once a busy place with Skye marble being quarried on the opposite hillside from around 1700 until the outbreak of the First World War.

A small loch, Loch Cill Chriosd, is an important wildlife haven lying to the south west of the church.

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Fairy Pools
August 1, 2015, 9:39 am
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Fairy Pools 3A fine walk across moorland and through heather, the Fairy Pools can be found at the foot of the Black Cuillin near the road to Glenbrittle on the Isle of Skye. The walk itself is fairly short, only about 2 km, but very rewarding with fantastic views of the mountains.

Fairy Pools 2

Fairy Pools 1

The pools are formed on the River Brittle as it heads down the Coire na Creiche over numerous waterfalls. Hardy souls have been known to take a dip in the pools but the water isn’t warm.

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St Maelrubha’s Well, Isle of Skye
May 15, 2015, 9:01 am
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St Maelrubha’s Well

St Maelrubha’s WellBeneath the vegetation lies a stone-lined structure into which water flows through a channel from an earlier stone-lined spring.

Archaelogical evidence suggests that the site, near Broadford on the Isle of Skye, has been important to local people for more than 10,000 years.

A piece of limestone engraved with a cross was found near the well and it is thought that a chapel stood about 30 yards to the south and west, where the old burial ground is still in use.

The site is closely linked to St Maelrubha (c.642 – 722), who was based in nearby Applecross, and sailed across to preach using the rocky crag above the river as a pulpit.

St Maelrubha’s Pulpit

St Maelrubha’s Pulpit

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