Jutting out from the mainland like a giant butterfly, the bare and bony promontories of Skye fringe a deeply indented coastline. The island’s most popular destination is the Cuillin ridge, whose jagged peaks dominate the island during clear weather. More accessible and equally dramatic in their own way are the rock formations of the Trotternish peninsula, in the north, from which there are inspirational views across to the Western Isles. Of the two main settlements, Portree is the only one with any charm, and a useful base for exploring the Trotternish.

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