Scots singer, Barbara Dickson, singing Caravan with a backdrop of the West Highland Railway Line from Inverness to Kyle of Lochlash. The West Highland Railway Line in Scotland is often voted as the world's very best rail journey.
The Cuillins of Skye are famous the world over but Skye has
much else to offer, from the little crofting townships of the
Sleat peninsula with their modern university, to the bustling
town of Portree. In the north the weird rock formations of Trotternish,
the Quiraing and the Old Man of Storr, are some of the oddest
and most dramatic sights in Scotland; while to the West lies
Dunvegan, Talisker and much else besides. Rich in history and
archaeology this is an exploration of one of the worlds most
famous islands, celebrated in poetry and song. Few know it better
than Cailean Maclean whose family's roots in the area go back
Skye and The Western Isles gives information on how to get the best out of a trip to the islands with descriptions of the best walks and climbs, castles and blackhouses, the history and culture, the liveliest music and folk festivals and ceilidhs and the finest food and drink, as well as full advice on how to get there by boat or air. It explains how you can locate the cave where Robert the Bruce watched his spider, discover if you are related to a Hebridean family, or take a flight to Barra that lands on the beach. The Western Isles are a haven for nature lovers: you can spot otters, seals, whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks; discover Lapland marsh orchids, Norwegian sandwort, sundew, bog asphodel, and purple saxifrage; or find a bird reserve on North Uist renowned for rare corncrakes. Those of an active disposition can fish for trout and giant skate or climb a Munro on Mull where your compass needle points south, while those with more indulgent interests can tour seven different whisky distilleries on Islay or sample heather ale on Skye brewed from an old Pictish recipe. Skye and the Western Isles: Scottish Islands.