Princess Anne pays visit to various Skye tourist destinations

Princess Anne visited Dunvegan Castle and a Waternish tannery, and unveiled a new sculpture of a Skye terrier in Sleat, during a visit to Skye last Thursday.

The event at Clan Donald in Armadale was organised by the Skye Terrier Club, and over 40 Skye terriers and their owners who had travelled from all over the UK and beyond joined in the celebrations.

It is hoped the Skye terrier “Homecoming” statue (pictured), sculpted by Georgie Welch, will help raise awareness of the rare breed.

Jenny Kendrick, chair of the Skye Terrier Club, said “We are delighted and greatly honoured that the Princess was able to unveil the statue and took so much interest in the breed. The Skye terrier is often called the ‘heavenly breed’ and they certainly brought heavenly weather with them.”

In the north of Skye the royal visit helped celebrate the last six years of restoration and improvement works at Dunvegan Castle and the MacLeod Estate.

The visit coincided with the Clan MacLeod Parliament, during which the Associated Clan MacLeod Societies gather from all over the world.

Dame Flora MacLeod hosted the first Clan Parliament in 1956 when her heir, John MacLeod, welcomed the Queen to lunch at Dunvegan.

During her tour the Princess Royal officially opened the John MacLeod Memorial Gazebo — funded by donations from the ACMS. Gifts presented to her included a photographic portrait of a racehorse, a Harris Tweed handbag and a bottle of MacLeod of MacLeod single malt whisky.

The Princess Royal also visited Waternish-based Skyeskyns, which this year celebrated its 30th year.