Elgol

There was considerable Viking activity around the islands of Scotland and Skye was no exception. The name Elgol is said to mean “The weeping swan” after a Viking long boat which was destroyed in a local battle. 

It is the spectacular scenery that surrounds this picturesque little village that attracts discerning visitors. The views of the Cuillin Hills from Elgol are considered to be one of the finest views in the United Kingdom.

Elgol beach has fascinating rock formations which makes a beachcombing stroll particularly rewarding. Nature watchers should watch out for red deer and golden eagles, both being resident in the area!

The Island of Skye is famed for its connection with the ill-fated story of Bonnie Prince Charlie. It was, of course, Flora MacDonald, a resident of the island who helped the Prince escape capture by Government troops by sailing him “over the sea to Skye” disguised as her maid. The local Mackinnon Clan were also supporters of the Prince and they provided him with shelter in a cave that is located just to the south of Elgol. So grateful was the Prince for their support that he gifted the recipe of a liqueur to the Clan Chief. That liqueur is called Drambuie and it is one of Scotland’s most popular tipples!