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OVER THE SEA TO SKYE.

Steeped in legends and folklore, and traditions bound over from one generation to the next, the Isle of Skye is largest of the Inner Hebrides off northwest Scotland. Only 50 miles (80km) long and 25 miles (40km) wide, it has 7,000 inhabitants in small crofting townships of scattered cottages situated wherever there is workable soil. The economy, based largely on the sale of cattle, sheep and wool, is boosted spring through fall by tourism.

Visitors to these inner islands have no need for organized activities. On Skye they walk and paint and watch the birds. They fish for salmon and trout, and wander on beaches deserted even on a summer's day. They eat and sleep well, play golf on the island's three courses. And I would think sooner or later ponder on tragedy and violence of past centuries, so far from the tranquility found here today.



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IF YOU GO: Skye is about 175 miles (280km) from Glasgow via A82 & A87 to the toll bridge at Kyleakin which links to the island.