A different perspective of The Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye is popular with tourists from all over the world. Neist Point is visited again and again, the Maidens are walked and walked, The Cuillin Mountain Ranges are photographed from road sides 24 hours a day and it is truly great for the island. People generally leave happy (the kinder the weather the happier they leave!) But is it enough? Well we thought not! Skye’s scenery is outstanding and forever changing. It has many hidden gems and an abundance of sea-life in the summer months. So why not let people see Skye from our perspective?
The North West coast of The Isle of Skye is nearly an untouched haven with most boat tours leaving from Uig or Portree. Opening up this side of the island to people who seek a bit of a change from the norm and a thrill (an open topped safari boat in Skye does sound wild even on the sunniest of days!) is what we want for visitors and locals!
So what do you see?
Being able to give people experiences of The Isle of Skye that you cannot see from the road is exhilarating for us. Each and every time reactions do not disappoint. Taking guests into caves observing shags and cormorants making nests on every nuke and cranny is a real treat. Whilst sitting at the base of the Macleod’s Maidens hearing the story of the sinking ship of the Macleod’s is a great opportunity to share one of many myths and legends of The Isle of Skye. My personal favourite is gliding through naturally formed sea arches to find secret water falls and continuously being memorized by the beauty that is hidden in plain site. It sounds like an over exaggeration of some parts of the trip, but really it is all in a days work! From a visitors perspective the best part has to seeing Neist Point Lighthouse and avoiding driving the ghastly single track road to get there; not for the faint hearted and I commend all camper vans that have survived the drive and parking experience!
The offshore seal colony on An Dubh Sgeir always brings a smile to every face. Their ungraceful flopping from the rocks into the water and their heads popping up and down to make sure we are still there is often met by squeals of joy. A mix of common and grey seals, who are year round residents on Skye (I’ve renamed them hardy highland seals!) use the basalt rock as a base away from the mainland. It is often after leaving here that dolphins and occasionally minke whales make an appearance. When this happens, we can take no credit. As The Isle of Skye has shown yet again it is why people choose to come here. Natural beauty, in both the landscape and its nature. See Skye from the sea! Interested? www.seaskye.com
Until the next time I’ll leave you with this.
“Look deep into nature, then you will understand everything better. ” Albert Einstein