Skye has many inviting lochs, some of which we may visit on your cruise. Towering above Loch Scavaig are the Black Cuillins, spectacular Munros above near-vertical cliffs, with lots of seals at sea level. The small island of Soay lies in the mouth of Loch Scavaig. Further round the coast of Skye we come across Loch Brachadale, Moonen Bay by Neist Point with its picturesque lighthouse, Loch Dunvegan and Loch Snizort in the north.
Skye has a variety of wildlife including some diverse flora with a number of rare examples. Talking of flora, it was to Skye that 24 year old Flora MacDonald brought Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1745, enabling him to evade capture.
The capital of Skye – Portree – lies opposite the island of Raasay. The road from Portree, mirrored by the coastline, leads to the Kyle of Lochalsh and the now toll-free bridge. At this point we might head north to the loch-side village of Plockton, made famous by Hamish Macbeth, or pass under the bridge and head south to perhaps Glenelg, Loch Nevis or Mallaig.
North of Mallaig lies Loch Nevis and the village of Inverie on the innaccessible Knoydart peninsula. Further into Loch Nevis there’s a pretty anchorage from which you can walk to Loch Morar, the deepest freshwater loch in the British Isles, said to be home to its own monster “Morag” or “Morar Maggie”.
DID YOU KNOW?
The first signs of habitation on Hirta (the largest island in the St Kilda archipelago and the only one you can really land on) are thought to have occurred c. 600 AD.