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Outdoors on the Isle of Skye

As spring returns to the largest of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides, island businesses start to gear up for visitors. Find your own great outdoors activity with this guide, as well as a couple of choices for a meal break.


Bright Water Visitor Centre £

(; The Pier, Kyleakin)

A community-run visitor centre serves as a base for tours of Eilean Ban – the island used as a stepping stone by the Skye Bridge – where Gavin Maxwell (author of Ring of Bright Water) spent the last 18 months of his life in 1968– 69, living in the lighthouse keeper’s cottage. The island is now a nature reserve, with tours in summer; bookings are a must.

Coral Beaches

From the end of the minor road that runs north beyond Dunvegan Castle entrance, an easy one-mile walk leads to the Coral Beaches – a pair of blindingly white beaches, whose sand is composed of the bleached exoskeletons of coralline algae known as maerl.

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