30 Jul 2012

Over the sea from Skye - literally

The Black Cuillin, Skye
When I came up with the strapline 'great taste, over the sea from Skye', I thought it would add a bit of romanticism to a take-home holiday gift for the many summer visitors to our beautiful island.

But this year it took on a distinctly literal meaning, when CalMac Ferries decided to stock our handmade Scottish tablet on the MV Coruisk Skye to mainland Mallaig route, and MV Hebrides Skye to Lochmaddy and Tarbet, the Western Isles crossings

With Isle of Skye Chocolate bars also on board, we have been flat out this summer juggling fudge and chocolate making, while trying to find a few hours left in the day to enjoy the amazing sunny weather that has eluded most of the rest of the UK.
Sound of Sleat

Skye's Gaelic name Eilean a' Cheo, the island of mist, is but a tiny facet of our eclectic weather. When the sun shines, it's idyllic. So, come see for yourself. Book a ferry. Buy a hopscotch ticket. Sail away, over the sea to Skye.

Have a look at all the stunning sea routes that CalMac has to offer, not just across the Minches and the Sound of Sleat, but to Mull and Iona, Coll and Tiree, Islay and Jura, Arran, Bute, Cumbrae, Rhum, Eigg, Barra.....get in the mood. Savour the heady tangle o' the Isles.
   
The Road to the Isles (Traditional Scottish Song) 
Sure by Tummel and Loch Rannoch and Lochaber I will go
By heather tracks wi' heaven in their wiles.
If it's thinkin' in your inner heart, the braggart's in my step,
You've never smelled the tangle o' the Isles.

         Oh, the far Cuillins are pullin' me away,
         As take I wi' my crummack to the road

         The far Cuillins are puttin' love on me,
         As step I wi' the sunlight for my load