Skye is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides. It is situated off the west coast of the Scottish mainland in the Atlantic. Skye has an area of 1,656 sq km, a north-south length of 80 kilometers and a width of 11 to 40 kilometers. The population of Skye is about 9.200, about 30 percent of whom speak Scottish Gaelic.
From the Scottish mainland by the Sound of Sleat, Skye, Kyle Rhea and Kyle Akin (also Loch Alsh) separately. The Little Minch to Skye is adjacent to the Outer Hebrides off. The east coast are offshore islands of Rona, Raasay, Scalpay and Pabay. To the south is separated by the Soay Sound, the island of Soay. The coastline of the island is heavily notched. So-called access hole so deep bays and other inland that no point on the island further away than five miles from the sea. This five major peninsulas are formed: Sleat in the south, Minginish in the southwest, the northwest Duirinish, Waternish in the north or northwest and Vaternish Trotternish in the north. The highest elevation in a mountainous terrain, the Sgurr Alasdair (993 meters above sea level) in the rugged Black Cuillins, also the highest point of the entire Hebrides.
Capital of the island is Portree. Other locations include Ardvasar, Armadale, Broadford, Dunvegan, Elgol, Isleornsay, Kyleakin, Portree, Staffin and Uig. District of Skye and Lochalsh is one of the eight administrative units of the Highland Council.
On Skye there are several well-preserved brochs (lower than Duns listed) and the remains of twelve Cairns. A Fort Hill and standing stones, Pictish symbol stones, basement as Kilvaxter, stone circles and stone rows are also among the legacies of the past. These were also found in caves such as the High Pasture Cave (Scottish Gaelic: Uamh at Ard Achadh) at Kilbride, the parallels with Mine Howe in Orkney has. Most of these places are still regarded as “holy places”.
In 2003 the excavations were in the High Pasture Cave started. About 300 objects have been recovered. Among them were located next to the typical Neolithic flint artifact fragments, such as processed antler (antler pins) and bone tools. Most of the finds date from the Iron Age and were made of copper and copper alloys and iron fragments. In 2009 a cemetery was excavated in the vicinity of Armadale pier.