The Dunvegan Castle and Gardens and isle of Skye offer a variety of activities to its visitors. The Dunvegan Castle and Gardens offers seal trips and lake cruises and fishing trips to its guests. Families can hop on one of the castle’s boat and enjoy a twenty-five-minute boat trip out to see the seal colony in their natural habitat. Guests can also sign up for a boat tour of loch Dunvegan and catch a glimpse of a variety of birds like the heron, arctic tern or sea eagle, and even the seals. For a more hands on experience, guests can sign up for a fishing trip. The fishing trip can include up to four people. The experienced boatmen take the group out on the open water and make sure the guests do not return to shore empty handed. Common fish of this region include Pollock, mackerel and coalfish.
Other activities include hiking, swimming, touring a local distillery and shopping. Guests can enjoy a scenic walk up to the Old Man of Storr, a large pillar of rock that is found on the north east of Skye. Once at the top, guests can take in the magnificent views of the landscape and sea below. A more rigorous trail for the more experienced hikers is the Cuillin Summit. The Cuillin summit includes over ten mountains that are over 3,000 feet high which offer spectacular views of Skye and the surrounding landscape as well. As for swimming, a recommended swimming spot is the Fairy pools. These pools are located in the river and are deep, clean, and full of crystal blue water. This is a great place to relax at the end of a long hike.
Additional activities include a visit to the Talisker Whisky distillery in the village of Carbost where visitors can take a tour and have a taste of this worldwide brand of whisky and a visit to Skyeskyns. Skyeskyns is where the locals turn Scottish lambskin into all natural rugs. Also available here are many unique and locally made pieces of cashmere and wool clothing and accessories. Visitors can take advantage of a free guided tour of the Skyeskyns workshop where one can see how the beam, paddles, and buffing wheel work and how the hand finishing process takes place.
Guests of the Dunvegan Castle and Gardens and visitors of Skye will love their unique experience on the island.
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Address: MacLeod Estate, Dunvegan House, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye IV55 8WF, United Kingdom, website, Phone: +44-14-70-52-12-06 Things to Do in Scotland: Dunvegan Castle and Gardens - Photo: Louise McGilviray/Fotolia
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