Elgol on Skye

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Elgol is a Village on the west coast of the Isle of Skye, 14 miles southwest of Broadford. Elgol is popular for a wide range of Boat Trips, Prince Charlie's Cave, and Spar Cave. The road out to the Village is one of the most scenic on Skye.

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The top image is of Mary's Thatched Cottages at Elgol, four thatched cottages that can be booked for holidays on the outskirts of Elgol.

The second image is looking down to Elgol Harbour where you can take a number of boat tours, from leisurely cruisers to fast RIBs.

Bella Jane Boat Trips offer three types of boat trips, Bella Jane to visit Loch Coruisk, the Cuillin mountains, and view Seals. AquaXplore RIBs for exhilarating wildlife and sightseeing trips to the Small Isles. Island Cruiser for Island & Wildlife trips.

Misty Isle Boat Trips offer trips to Loch Coruisk in the heart of the Cuillin Hills, also trips out to Rum, Canna or any of the other nearby islands looking for Wildlife such as sea birds, golden eagles, sea eagles, dolphins, porpoises, whales and basking sharks.

Prince Charlie's Cave is about 1 mile south of Elgol, can only be visited during a Low Tide.

Spar Cave is 2 miles south of Elgol. This cave is impressive but can only be visited for about 2 hours at Low Tide.

Elgol History

1746 - this area was controlled by Clan Mackinnon, a Jacobite supporting Clan. After his defeat at the Battle of Culloden, Bonnie Prince Charlie visited Elgol while Captain John Mackinnon of Elgol was helping arrange his transfer to safety in France.

There is a cave about 1 mile south of Elgol where Charlie spent a night.

1750s - following the defeat of the Jacobite's at Culloden, the Highland Clearances began to make way for large scale sheep farming, and to reduce the numbers of people in the Highlands and Islands, so as to reduce the risk of further Jacobite Risings.

The population at Elgol was dramatically reduced from this time.

1967 - Seumas Mackinnon began running boat trips from Elgol to Loch Coruisk using the 12 seater boat Apollo. This company evolved into Misty Isle Boat Trips.

1991? - Bella Jane Boat Trips began operating out of Elgol. AquaXplore fast RIBs joined Bella Jane in the 2010s?

Today - Elgol is a scenic Village that just has to be visited, with the road out one of the top drives in the UK.

The population is about 150, in homes well spread out.



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