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These remote islands, stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean like stepping stones in a vast lake, lie at the extremity of the British Isles and the very edge of our imagination. Hike through the Isle of Skye and feel your heart soar at the sight of surreal rock formations, wild emerald pastures, and implacable mountains rising from the sea. Footprintfocus will guide you from these wondrous sights to the Outer Hebrides where you?ll experience true remoteness ? fierce Atlantic winds, bleak peat bogs, and endless ...
These remote islands, stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean like stepping stones in a vast lake, lie at the extremity of the British Isles and the very edge of our imagination. Hike through the Isle of Skye and feel your heart soar at the sight of surreal rock formations, wild emerald pastures, and implacable mountains rising from the sea. Footprintfocus will guide you from these wondrous sights to the Outer Hebrides where you’ll experience true remoteness – fierce Atlantic winds, bleak peat bogs, and endless tiny lochs. These are the islands of emptiness, and there’s nowhere like them on earth.*Includes Essentials section with practical information on getting from island to island.*Get off the beaten track and discover Skye’s charming but little-known ‘Small Isles’.*Accommodation listings aplenty, plus where to eat and drink.*Detailed street maps will help you find your way around.Packed with practical and detailed advice on how to navigate these breathtaking landscapes, this concise Footprintfocus guide will help you get the most out of your trip without weighing you down.The content of Footprintfocus Skye & Outer Hebrides guide has been extracted from Footprint’s Scotland Highlands & Islands Handbook.
The Isle of Skye (An t-Eilean Sgitheanach) is the best known of
all the Scottish islands. The island’s spectacular combination of
mountains and sea creates some of Britain’s most breathtaking
scenery. Standing in the centre of the island are the Cuillins. These
proud, implacable mountains are the greatest concentration of
peaks in Britain and among the most challenging. The Small Isles
is the collective name given to the four islands of Eigg, Muck,
Rùm and Canna, lying south of Skye. Seen from the mainland,
they look a very tempting prospect, especially the jagged outline
of Rùm and curiously shaped Eigg that’s now owned by its tiny
community. The determined traveller, with time on their hands,
will be well rewarded, particularly on Eigg and mountainous Rùm,
with its superb walking and abundant wildlife.
The Outer Hebrides are a narrow, 130-mile-long chain of
more than 200 islands lying 40 miles off the northwest coast
of the Scottish mainland. Despite the frequency of transport
connections with the mainland, the Outer Hebrides remain
remote in every sense. Unlike Skye and the Inner Hebrides,
tourism is of far less importance to the local economy. In many
ways, the islands are the last bastion of the old Highland life.
Though newer industries such as fish farming have been
introduced, the traditional occupations of crofting, fishing and
weaving still dominate and, outside Stornoway, life is very much
a traditional one, revolving around the seasons and the tides.
Relentlessly battered by fierce Atlantic winds, the islands can
seem a hostile environment and an unappealing proposition.
Much of the interior is bleak peat bog, rocks and endless tiny
lochs, and the long, straggling crofting communities only add
to the feeling of desolation. But anyone who has stood on a
clifftop and felt a thrill at the power and potential of all that
water should come here. Nowhere else in Britain is there such
a sense of emptiness and of the sheer forces of nature.