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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseThursday december 9. 1999 stars and stripes travel pages a cemetery and the remains of an old Stone Church near Trumpan on the Isle of Skye Point to the Long history of this Remote piece of Scotland. Skye from Page 4 throne of Scotland but the Stu arts had been ousted by the English influence. When he returned to Scotland in 1745 in an attempt to retake his throne the Bonnie or handsome Prince was Defeated. He was secretly taken to Skye disguised As the maidservant of Flora Macdonald. Skye boat song Sung by generations of scottish schoolchildren commemorates the Prince s unfortunate and hurried visit to the Island. The history of less Well known folks is evident too. Ancient Stone chapels most with roofs Long ago lost Are Here and there often surrounded by quiet grave Yards. The Isle of Skye is not a place for hurried visits. One should linger. Feel the wind. Hear the silence. At Kilt Rock a Scot Selling snacks to visitors from a Mobile stand told of an american tourist who rushed up one Day As the Day was beginning. Do you have Coffee two i Don t have time to the Man sped away and the scottish Vendor Shook his head. Don t try to see Skye in a hurry. And Don t be put off by the weather. It will rain and the wind will blow. The peaks of mountains will be covered in fog. But this is a place of unimaginable Beauty. And Beauty does not arrive in the Sunshine and vanish in the Mist. Volcanic activity in ancient times left Many soaring Cliffs above the sea that surrounds the Isle of Skye. Kilt Rock towers Over the Rocky Shore. Divine 100% _ v Aris All inclusive dec 10-12 $229 Aris Noel dec 24-26 $229 Xmas in Ron Csc 53-28 $359 Ari Mugni Fique 3 n $399 dec 31 a 9�9/o q2 2oqo Tel 06352-1240www, divine holidays de i off ice hours of 10,00-18.occrayenbohlstr. 13 67295 Blanden Lett sat Bavei discount tour schedule dec Venice & Florence 10-13 i o n $179 Poland express 14-16 $99 Paris All inclusive 17-19 1 o n $229 Alpine countries 17-19 1 o n $119 London 23"26 i o n $169 London 23-27 3 o n $329 Tuscany deluxe 3 Star dec 30-Jan 02 2000 3 o n $499 Tuscany Superior deluxe 5 Star dec 30-Jan 02 2000 3 o n $699 ii you go unfortunately the first impression of the Isle of Skye is an unpleasant one to Cross the Bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh on the the Mainland to the Island requires a fee of 5.70 British pounds about $10, even worse you have to pay again to leave the Island by the Bridge. An alternative is crossing by ferry but if going by car it costs about the same and during the tourist season there can be Long lines of people waiting to use it. Several merchants on the Island expressed concern about this. Keep in mind however the visit is Worth it. The Isle of Skye is about a 500 mile drive from Raf Mildenhall so expect to Stop along the Way for one overnight. Driving on Skye is Tricky. Roads Are narrow sometimes wide enough for Only one car. Signs Mark passing places where one Driver pulls Over to allow the approaching car to pass. Another Rule cars heading downhill should give Way to those travelling Uphill. Portree has an efficient and helpful tourist office for the Island that can help with hotel reservations its phone number is 44 0 1478-612137. One option is the Royal hotel in Portree where a Rodl Garry Kilmuir & it is not unusual to hear people on the Isle of Skye speaking gaelic. Radio stations a newspaper and Road signs use the old language. Double room costs 60 British pounds about $100. But the Island is filled with bed and break fast accommodations some in Small pubs or farmhouses. A Good place to Start a visit is at the Aros heritage Centre in por tree. It is open from 9 . To 9 . And gives a Good history of Island life from the earliest inhabit ants to modern times. Cost is 4 pounds about $7. Humans have been leaving their imprint on this landscape for thousands of years. Natives endured the weather in Sod huts with thatched roofs farming and fishing to survive

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