Black Cuillin from Elgol
Skye, the Misty Isle, is a truly magical place, home to some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes.. You will find ruined castles, sea lochs, high mountains and remote moors. The Isle of Raasay is a paradise for walkers, nature lovers and those who want to escape and experience the peace and tranquillity of island life.
The largest and furthest north of the islands of the Inner Hebrides, Skye is about 50 miles north to south and 25 miles east to west at its widest, with some 400 miles of coastline. Its name is probably derived from the Norse words "ski" - cloud - and "ey" - island. In Gaelic it is referred to as An t'Eilean Sgitheanach, which translates as the winged isle; from the wing-like shape formed by the two northern peninsulas of Waternish and Trotternish.
The Black Cuillin range in its heart, rise to over 3,000 feet. They were formed by volcanic activity some 60 million years ago. The north of the island is composed mainly of lava flows. In the north-east (Trotternish) the underlying sedimentary rocks have collapsed under the weight of the basalt, tipping everything sideways to form the distinctive landslips.
Occupied since the Mesolithic era, there are currently about 10,000 people living on the island.
Just a 25 minute ferry ride from the Isle of Skye and you'll find yourself on one of the most beautiful small islands of Scotland. Raasay (Ratharsair in Gaelic) means Isle of the Roe Deer. Despite its modest size, it is one of the most geologically diverse landmasses in the world. From rolling hills, to native forests and secluded beaches, explore any part of the island and the backdrop you will enjoy is a breathtaking panorama of the Cuillins to the west and Torridon to the east.
Day 1: Inverness - Skye, Loch Coruisk
Day 2: Trotternish peninsula
Day 3: Isle of Raasay
Day 4: Scorrybreac circuit, Portree - Inverness