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!

Andrea loves helping to create your homes

By Roz Macaskill

When your great-grandfather was a window dresser, maybe it's not so surprising that you excel at creating a welcoming shop display.

Such is the case for Andrea Matheson, owner of Portree and Balmacara shops Home In The Highlands.

"I love doing the displays in the shop and arranging everything," Andrea says. "I only recently discovered my great-grandfather worked as a window dresser. It was quite a profession in the early 1900's and it's really weird that I enjoy that part of shop-keeping so much!"

Andrea's carefully-chosen items appeal to locals and tourists. She says: "There is a lovely selection of tartan throws and cushions in beautiful, muted colours, thistles, stags and Highland cows, and a few local and Scottish-made items - perfect as a souvenir and reminder of your holiday in the Highlands."

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Skye’s not the limit for candle company!

 

By Roz Macaskill

The lovingly-crafted products from the Isle of Skye Candle Company means you can take a little scented piece of Skye with you, wherever you go.

The company, founded by James Robertson, create all their products from start to finish on Skye, with the heart of their business based in Broadford. Over the last five years popular demand has led to the opening of four other stores on the mainland in Glasgow, Edinburgh, St. Andrews and Inverness.

Their popular Scottish Collection conjures up nostalgic aromas that were created with the island in mind and promise to leave you thinking of Skye long after your holiday has ended.

James says: "Alongside the Scottish Collection sits our classic range of 19 unique fragrances so that, whatever your taste, there's a Skye Candle for you!"

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Chef’s works of art!

When you taste the culinary delights at Portree restaurant Scorrybreac, you are not only eating a meal that celebrates Skye - you are consuming art.

Because new chef, Matt Kidd, views his creations as a form of artistic self-expression.

He says: "The food is a reflection of me. I love spending my days in the kitchen. I don't need a day off as I spend so much time doing what I enjoy!"

Working at Calum Munro's restaurant, Scorrybreac, will be Matt's first venture in charge of his own kitchen. Matt will bring enthusiasm and experience to the kitchen - as his journey into the culinary world started six years ago when he was a waiter at a golf club in Glasgow. The job was intended to fund his college course in sports coaching - but ultimately changed his life forever! Matt explains: "The guys in the kitchen always seemed to be having a lot of fun. I thought that cooking seemed a really exciting thing to do."

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Favourite food and drink…altogether for you at festival

By Roz Macaskill

What's your all-time favourite food? A mouth-watering slab of chocolate, melting over the tongue?
Maybe you like a fabulous seafood platter?
Or, perhaps you're drawn to Skye's famous whisky and gin, sparkling in the glass.

All those sumptuous edibles and many more will be waiting for you at the Skye Food and Drink Festival, held on Wednesday 13 June to Thursday 14 June at the Aros Centre. Some of Scotland's finest food and drink suppliers will be gathering, ready for you to try their delicious creations.

Organised by Project Manager, Pam Allan, the festival has evolved from a whisky, gin and beer event into one that embraces all kinds of out-of-this-world concoctions.

With cocktail-making with Isle of Skye Distillers, food demonstrations, competitions, a panel of experts to assist with food-related questions and the chance to taste everything - this year's festival promises to be a taste-bud treat!

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Fishing for inspiration with Duncan Currie

By Roz Skinner

For artist Duncan Currie, painting and fishing have always gone hand in hand.  Sitting in the peaceful Skye surroundings enables Duncan to charge his creative batteries and find inspiration from the constantly changing landscape.

“It feels like an interaction with nature," Duncan explains.  "I lose all sense of time when I am painting and fishing. They are both ways of experiencing a total immersion in the wild environment and natural landscape."

The ever-changing Skye light means that Duncan can paint a scene many times and always produce something different.  He says: “Some viewpoints become almost like a project for me, such as the one looking across Loch Slapin to Blaven.  Capturing it during different seasons and times of day means the view is familiar, but never the same.  Going out to the trout lochs really helps, as I see continuously varying foregrounds and that keeps my work interesting.”

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