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!

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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In place of serpents….great coffee and sandwiches!

 

By Roz Skinner

Great coffee and excellent sandwiches – this is what Deli Gasta is all about!

Set in Broadford, the Deli is the latest venture of James Robertson.  Although he is known for his gloriously-scented Skye Candles, James says that he has long felt the need for a nice deli and café space.

“I felt there was a bit of a lack of places to go in Skye for a light lunch,” James explains.  “In the cities, you’ve got so much choice for where to go for breakfast, lunch and everything in-between, but here most places tend to focus on evening service.   I also wanted a coffee shop that stays open later in the summer, so that it can be somewhere tourists or locals can go, or a place for people to meet up with their friends and not feel too pressured to drink.”

The Deli operates in what used to be the Isle of Skye Serpentarium, previously operated by Catherine and Alex Shearer.   “I acquired the beautiful building in December 2015, and spent quite a bit of time getting it exactly the way I wanted it to look,” says James.

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Chef’s food trail starts from home!

By Roz Skinner

Scorrybreac – it's the place where it all began for chef Calum Munro.

As well as being the name of his Portree restaurant, it is also the name of the house where he first discovered his love of cooking.  Says Calum: "From a young age, I watched my mother cooking at the big Aga.  I have always had an interest in experimenting with food."

The name "Scorrybreac" also refers to the nearby headland in Portree, hinting at the natural, wild element of the food.  Calum says: " This year, we will be focusing on foraging for a lot of our ingredients."  Local ingredients include salmon, venison, wild mint, wild garlic and hazelnuts.

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Artist Nigel Grounds influenced over time

Artist Nigel Grounds has been influenced over time to create vivid, evocative paintings that conjure up the shifting light, incredible landscape, dazzling colour and jagged mountains that make Scotland an artist's paradise.

 

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Café makes a name for itself!

By Roz Skinner

The Red Brick Cafe has become a favourite of locals and visitors for three main reasons: good parking facilities, excellent coffee and fast WiFi!

Located in Jansvan's hardware shop in Portree, the Cafe has been operating for three years.  The shop itself contains numerous useful items, including stationery, tools, gardening materials, pet care products and kitchenware.

Director of the company, Donnie Nicolson, says: “We get a lot of good feedback for our food, gluten-free baking and coffee.  We are always trying to make changes to the menu to make sure it is what our customers want, as well as being good value for money.

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