The Skye Magazine is an exciting insight into Skye and Raasay, as well as providing information on new up-and-coming businesses, and new ventures on the island. The Skye Magazine in its printed form, appears once a year from May, and thousands are distributed throughout the islands.

And the on-line edition - below - is updated throughout the year with new reports, photographs and information from all across the Islands.

So, just click download, enjoy learning about the beautiful isles of Skye and Raasay, and, if you aren’t here already, make sure to plan a visit sometime soon!

Skye is really out of this world!

By Roz Macaskill

When two geologists set out to explore on Skye, they never imagined their discovery would date back 60 million-years.
Dr Simon Drake and Dr Andrew Beard from Birkbeck, University of London visited Skye to examine the volcanic rock in an area south of Broadford. Dr Drake recalls his adventures, saying: "Getting up to one of the sites was horrible! It was very boggy and I said to Andy: 'This had better be worth it!'"

It was! The boggy walk ultimately resulted in finding something unexpected: evidence of a 60 million-year old meteorite impact. "We thought we were looking at ignimbrite, a volcanic pyroclastic flow deposit," says Simon.

However, when they analysed their samples they found something never discovered on Earth before: the meteoritic minerals niobium-rich and vanadium-rich osbornite.

The minerals matched particles collected from the Wild II comet trail by Nasa in 2005. "I have some osbornite sitting on my desk at the moment - it should probably be locked away somewhere," laughs Dr Drake.

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Shop…Eat…Art…Skye


Shop Eat Art Skye is possibly the best way to describe a visit to the Isle of Skye Baking Company and Skyeworks Gallery, with a wander down to Guillemot for good measure!

The Isle of Skye Baking Company came first. In 2010 Barry and Liza Hawthorne moved their baking business from the kitchen table into the old woollen mill in Portree (just off Dunvegan Road). The building, once derelict, was brought back to life over three years and now houses a busy food shop with seats, the hands-on working bakery and Skyeworks Gallery.

Guillemot, a gorgeous little boutique, followed last year, and is situated in the heart of Portree in Wentworth Street. This year, in a bid to pull together all three shops and numerous social media sites, they launched a new website www.ShopEatArtSkye.scot, which instantly takes you to visual and location information, and shows off all their Instagram photos, too.

Barry is a pastry chef by trade, and Liza started out as commercial designer. Putting heads and hearts together led to a business that embraces all things related to food and art, while maintaining a strong connection with local provenance, and the creative community.

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Searching out a medieval harbour complex

 

By Roz Macaskill

It’s in the Glenbrittle area, boasts a tremendous view of the Cuillins and is made of water…but what is it?

"The Fairy Pools" or "Glenbrittle Beach" might be two obvious guesses - but there is also an ancient water feature that promises to take you straight back in time.

This medieval harbour and canal is located at Loch na h-Airde on the Rubha an Dunain peninsula..

In late 2017, the site was given Scheduled Monument status by Historic Environment Scotland (HES), ensuring its national importance is recognised. Describing the monument as rare, the paper states that the size of the docks and boat shelters suggest that this was an important harbour site in the medieval period. The complex could potentially have been associated with boat repair and construction or for overwintering boats.

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Artist Duncan has paws for thought!

By Roz Macaskill

It's 10% off if you can spot the pawprint incorporated into every painting, jokes Duncan Currie, owner of the Sandbank Studio in Broadford.

“Bonnie, my cat, spends most of her time in the studio with me and seems to be magnetically attracted to paper,” he laughs.

Duncan and Bonnie can often be found at the studio, where Duncan is inspired every day by the view from his window. Looking out towards the Isle of Pabay, Duncan's studio boasts beautiful and ever-changing scenery.

Sandbank Studio is also ideally located next to Duncan's home – allowing him to carry out caring duties for his mother, Hazel.

Duncan says: “My mum is in a lot of pain. It can be distressing seeing her body letting her down. But we have a wee laugh together and she likes to keep her brain active. Our favourite thing is watching cop shows and each trying to crack the mystery before the other!”

Hazel has long supported Duncan in his passion for art, encouraging him to attend art school. “She has a few of my paintings. I have to hide paintings of the mountain, Marsco, from her as she would fill the walls with them if she could,” laughs Duncan.

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A garden of history in south Skye

  

By Roz Macaskill

History-soaked ruins, breathtaking gardens, a fascinating museum and an impressive archive – one could spend all day exploring south Skye's Armadale Castle, Garden and Museum of the Isles.

Whether you want to ramble through woodlands, admire the manicured lawns or enjoy the spring colours, Armadale Gardens provides a welcome retreat - and a chance to step back in time.   

The woodland garden was formed in the early 1800's - with some trees dating back almost 200 years.

Situated in the historic gardens, the Museum of the Isles tells the stories of the Highlands & Islands through the history of the powerful Clan Donald. 

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