Mini Bus Tours of the Isle of Skye
Skye or the Isle of Skye (Scottish Gaelic An t-Eilean Sgitheanach or Eilean a' Cheò) is the largest and most northerly large island in the Inner Hebrides.
1,656 square kilometres (639 sq mi), Skye is the second-largest Island in Scotland after Lewis and Harris. The island's peninsulas radiate from a mountainous centre dominated by the Cuillins, the rocky slopes of which provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery in the UK.
The Island has been occupied since the Mesolithic period (7th millennium BC) and its history includes a time of Norse rule and a long period of domination by Clan MacLeod and Clan Donald.
The 18th-century Jacobite risings led to the breaking up of the clan system and subsequent ‘Clearances’ that replaced entire communities with sheep farms, some of which also involved forced emigrations to distant lands. Resident numbers declined from over 20,000 in the early 19th century to just under 9,000 by the closing decade of the 20th century.
About a third of the residents were Gaelic speakers in 2001, and although their numbers are in decline this aspect of island culture remains important.
The main industries are tourism, agriculture, fishing and whisky-distilling.
The climate is mild, wet and windy. The abundant wildlife includes the golden eagle, sea eagle and red deer.