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Broadford Town Information

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Broadford Pier -
Photo: Gordon McKinlay CCL

One of Skye’s most popular tourist centres, Broadford is the island’s second largest town and was a mere cattle market until 1812 when the great engineer Thomas Telford built a road linking Portree and Kyleakin. Veterans of the Napoleonic Wars were among the first people to live here.

An ideal base from which to explore the island, it boasts two harbours and is overlooked by the beautiful Red Hills. The soaring peak of Beinn na Caillich has a cairn dating to the 13th century containing the remains of a Norwegian princess.

Broadford’s main claim to fame involves the fugitive Bonnie Prince Charlie who not only hid here after the Jacobite rebellion but also left a ‘secret’ with his saviours, the McKinnons. It was the recipe for the popular tipple Drambuie.