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Travel: Your Perfect Weekend On The Isle Of Skye

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The islands of the Inner Hebrides off the coast of Scotland  are considered some of the most magically scenic islands in the world. The largest of these islands is the Isle of Skye;  a remote, temperate isle  that also plays home to the Cuillin hills. Measuring just 689 square miles, this tiny island is ideal for a weekend getaway, so here is an ideal itinerary for making the most of your time on the isle:

Where to stay: White Heather Hotel, Kyleakin

With just nine rooms in the hotel, the White Heather is ideal for those looking for  quiet and ‘exclusive’ accommodation. The hotel overlooks the gorgeous harbour in Kyleakin with views of the nearby Viking ruin of Castle Moil, and is also a stone’s throw away from the Skye bridge that connects Kyleakin to the rest of the remainder of Skye. The hotel is also located just a 30-minute drive from the Cuillin hills, making it an ideal base for walkers and holidaymakers alike. Prices at the White Heather  start at £76 per night for a double room (2 adults sharing), and £114 for a family room (2 adults, 2 children sharing). As such, it could cost just £216.60 for  two adults to enjoy a 3 night stay, as guests are also offered a 5% discount where their stay lasts 3 or more nights. As if the hotel could get any better, breakfast is also included in the tariff!

Where to eat: Red Skye Restaurant, Breakish

The Red Skye Restaurant is owned by John & Lesley Brown, who specialise in serving up traditional Scottish meals in skyethe setting of Breakish. With a menu that changes with the season, customers can be sure that they’re getting the freshest produce on their plates, with ingredients that are at the peak of their quality. Example starters include traditional haggis, neeps and tatties with cracked pepper sauce and locally landed langoustines with garlic mayonnaise, whilst mains include a fried fillet of Mallaig haddock served with chunky chips and mushy peas. Desserts vary throughout the week, and the restaurant also produces a daily specials board, so no two visits are the same. As winners of a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, the chefs at the Red Skye Restaurant are guaranteed to give you a delicious Scottish meal in simply stunning surroundings.

Key attraction: Talisker Distillery, Carbost

The Talisker Distillery in Carbost is the only distillery on the entire Isle, specialising in the production Scotland’s national drink, whisky. Located on the shores of Loch Harport, the Cuillin hills are also visible from the distillery. Tours of the distillery start at just £6 for adults, which includes a discount voucher and a taste of the whisky in production. Fans of whisky can also take a tasting tour of the distillery for a £20 fee, which also includes a limited edition Talisker nosing glass, and a discount voucher for their shop, after the tour.

Upcoming event in 2013: The Annual Tattie Bogal Scarecrow Festival, various locations

The Tattie Bogal Scarecrow festival is a community effort, in which the locals of Minginish produce a scarecrow for display in front of their homes. From July to mid-September  guests to the Isle of Skye can see a multitude of scarecrows  along a lengthy route, spanning Drynoch and Eynort, to Carbost and Fiskervaig. Previous scarecrow favourites have included Darth Vader and the Queen, so this is an ideal, novelty event to observe as you travel around the seemingly united communities of Skye!

Beauty spot: Lealt Falls, Lealt

The beauty spot of Lealt Falls is located close to Portree , near to Loch Cuithir. As well as the breath-taking views of the falls in Lealt, guests can also walk around Loch Cuithir where the remains of a diatomite railway remain visible. The rest of the location is packed with a variety of flora and fauna  that provide masses of fairytale surroundings, ideal for forgetting the stresses of daily life. All in all, this beauty spot is ideal for a tranquil and secluded Sunday afternoon picnic on the last day of your trip. 

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