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Skye

(skī), island (1991 pop. 8,868), 670 sq mi (1,735 sq km), largest and most northerly island of the Inner Hebrides, Highland, NW Scotland. It has an irregular coastline, and many of its lochs are rimmed by lofty, sheer precipices. The Cuillin Hills rise to more than 3,000 ft (910 m). Only a small part of the island is arable. Sheep and cattle raising, wool weaving, whisky distilling, and fishing are the chief industries. Diatomite is mined in the northeastern region. The climate is mild, and Skye is a resort despite its heavy rainfall; a bridge connecting the island to the mainland opened in 1995. Portree, on the east coast, is the leading town. At Dunvegan, on the west coast, is the castle of the Macleod clan. At the north end of the island are the ruins of Duntulm Castle, belonging to the rival clan, the Macdonalds. Gaelic is spoken. Skye has many associations with Prince Charles Edward Stuart, who took refuge there after his defeat at Culloden Moor in 1746. Flora MacdonaldMacdonald, Flora,
1722–90, Scottish Jacobite heroine. She aided Charles Edward Stuart, known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, to escape to France after the defeat of the Jacobites at Culloden Moor in 1746.
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, who aided Charles's escape, is buried in Kilmuir, near Dunvegan.

Skye

a mountainous island off the NW coast of Scotland, the largest island of the Inner Hebrides: tourist centre. Chief town: Portree. Pop.: 9232 (2001). Area: 1735 sq. km (670 sq. miles)
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VisitScotland's Alan Mackenzie, who is based at VisitScotland's Information Centre in Portree, said: "The Isle of Skye is renowned for its stunning landscapes, which possess an almost ethereal quality, and its abundance of wildlife, making it the perfect place to virtually twin with Skylands, home to Skylanders SWAP Force.
Rabbie's Trail Burners - from pounds 115 to pounds 135 for a three-day trip to the Isle of Skye (accommodation, food and entry to monuments excluded) www.
HMS Astute, the nuclear-powered submarine that ran aground in shallow waters off the Isle of Skye, has been towed free, the Royal Navy said.
It is believed that Forbes received a warning after being quizzed about the first series of failures in 2003 On the second occasion Forbes, still a serving sergeant on the Isle of Skye at Portree, again came under scrutiny for similar alleged offences and was called before an internal conduct hearing in 2006 and subsequently fined.
A new tour offering this year is the Isle of Skye, Scotland.
MAX's notion that the effects of global warming could be countered by using an existing power station to create a giant nuclear iceberg, to Block Architecture's 'Seacrofts', man-made archipelagos of containers on platforms that re-establish the relationship between the Isle of Skye and the Scottish mainland.
The company said the product would build on the success of the 10-year-old, of which annual sales have grown 16% a year in the last three years: The 18 year-old, distilled on the Isle of Skye, is aimed primarily at specialist off-licences (rsp: 38 [pounds sterling]) but is also available to c-stores and multiple supermarkets.
During our first trip to Scotland, my wife Lisa and I also found ourselves on the whisky trail, lost in the legends of such heroes as Rob Roy and Sir William Wallace (glorified in Braveheart), exploring such castles as Eileen Donan with the jagged Cuillin Mountains on the Isle of Skye in the distance, and celebrating the summer solstice under the Standing Stones of Calanais on the outer Hebrides Islands.
The 40-year-old man, from London, was due to check out of Sligachan Bunkhouse, Sligachan, on the Isle of Skye on Thursday.
Just over 6,500 bottles will be offered of the two Isle of Skye single malts and one western highlands single malt.
Within hours of my arrival this fall on the Hebridean Isle of Skye, I had an invitation to my first Ceilidh.
The tour focuses on the history and beauty of the highlands with two-night stays in Edinburgh, Inverness, Fort William and Isle of Skye.