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!

Tea-time in a yurt…at Skyeskyns

By Roz Skinner

Locals and visitors to Waternish will soon be seeing something unexpected – the addition of a 24 foot yurt in the grounds of Skyeskyns.

The company, famed for its luxury sheepskins, will use the yurt as a pop-up tea tent.  General Manager, Dave Till, explains: “We wanted something in keeping with Skyeskyns – something a bit quirky.  The yurt tea room will be open April-October and will serve teas, coffees and home baking.  Visitors can relax by the stove, take in our spectacular views and sample our Highland produce from the comfort of a sheepskin-clad chair!”

The past year saw Skyeskyns add a new storage facility, which means they have a dedicated space for storage and packing.  “We really felt the benefits over the Christmas rush.  It has made everything easier and Pete and Becky, our tanners, are delighted with the extra space for their raw materials too,” remarks Dave.

“Skyeskyns has been producing Highland sheepskins since 1983.  The skins are obtained as a by-product of the meat industry and are usually sourced from Dingwall.  After being stacked in the store, they are given an afternoon and an overnight soak to remove excess salts.”

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Hermit crabs, sheep...and gifts for all - the story of Tippecanoe!  

By Roz Skinner 

Something to make you smile, something to give to a friend, something to treat yourself or something to remember your Isle of Skye holiday... 

You can find all that and so much more in Tippecanoe, the gift shop and gallery in Wentworth Street, Portree. 


Owner Pauline Murray keeps her shop stocked with all manner of souvenirs, gifts, art work, books, greetings cards and ornaments – including a quirky hermit crab called Henry! 

Pauline laughs as she describes her crab, saying: "I first got them in stock five or six years ago.  When they arrived, an elderly lady wanted to know what on earth they were! But they flew off the shelves!  I love to provide a fun range of products that make people smile." 

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Find the artist inside you with Diana and Alan's lochside 'hideaway'  

By Roz Skinner  

The phrase "artistic safari" seems apt when describing No. 10 Borreraig Park, a luxury self-catering wing attached to the home of artist, Diana Mackie, and musician, Alan Cleobury-Jones. 

No 10 frequently attracts a variety of creatives looking for peaceful surroundings in which to compose, paint, write or simply relax.  "People read online that I am a musician and they know that we won't worry about people who want to scream and shout and play loudly," Alan reveals.  Alan, who is part of local band, The Fulltones, offers his guests the chance to have a drumming lesson as part of their holiday experience. 

The recent addition of a beach hide, means visitors can find a perfect place to escape and embrace their creativity.  Says Diana: "It's always been our dream to have somewhere on the beach where people can go with their bottles, guitar, books and slippers and enjoy the outside without going outside!"

The hide, which boasts a roaring stove, comfortable furniture and awe-inspiring views, is ideally-located for wildlife watching. Otters, muntjac deer, whales, dolphins and herons have all been spotted by Diana and Alan's guests. 

Read more: Find the artist inside you with Diana and Alan's lochside 'hideaway'  

Ian Williams…artist and survivor!

By Roz Skinner

 

Visitors meeting artist, writer and gallery-owner Ian Williams again this year may notice little change – but actually they are lucky to be able to meet him at all after an incident in Croatia last year.

Enthusiastic cyclist Ian, who owns Waternish-based Brae Fasach Gallery and Cafe, explains: “We were on a boat and cycle holiday in September 2016.  The boat dropped us off at one end of the island and then we would cycle to the other end and rejoin the boat.  We had a great time, as the scenery was outstanding.”

He was in the lead of their group, on the fourth day of the trip.  “All I can remember is that I was cycling in the lead, probably around 30 seconds from the end of the ride.  We were approaching a village.” 

Read more: Ian Williams…artist and survivor!

Duncan Currie…artist and angler

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. (writes Roz Skinner who also took the photographs)

“It feel 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.”

Read more: Duncan Currie…artist and angler