Visitors flock to Skye in their numbers during the busy summer months, usually travelling by road or ferry – but a group from Germany arrived in different fashion over the weekend.
Seven German aircrafts touched down at Skye Aerodrome near to Breakish as part of a trip organised by Thomas Borchert of the Aviation from Aero magazine.
Mr Borchert said: “The visit to Skye was a major highlight of our tour through Scotland. The scenery is spectacular, as is the friendliness of the people. For private pilots, beautiful but remote locations like Skye and other parts of the Highlands are of special interest if they can be easily accessed via an airfield.”
The party, including six pilots and their passengers, stayed locally and were transferred to their hotel via taxi before departing mid-morning on Saturday.
A Cessna 172, Piper Warrior, Piper Arrow, Cirrus SR22T, Cessna 210, Piper Seneca, and a Quest Kodiak were on show at the Aerodrome on Skye where the travelling party were greeted by Richard Gerring, the Highland Council’s transport planning manager, who liaised with the group to ensure their arrival was possible.
Mr Gerring said: “This visit from these European aircraft is evidence that Skye Airfield is open for business and can handle a broad range of general aviation. The runway lighting at the airfield proved its worth on Friday during periods of very heavy rain. ”
Local Councillor John Gordon said: “It is great to see private aircraft using the superb asset that we have on the Isle of Skye. The mix of aircraft that came on Friday shows that the airfield is capable of handling general aviation users from beyond Scotland.”