Explore the magical countryside of Isle of Skye, Scotland. Every turn on the narrow one lane roads and trails provides a feast for the eyes.
The island is famous for its spectacular, dramatic landscapes. There are plenty of opportunities for photographers to capture that perfect shot. Expect to see rugged coastline, fantastic mountain ridges and vibrant green rolling hills. If you are lucky, heather will be blooming.
The Isle of Skye is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides archipelago. The Skye Bridge built in 1992 now connects the island to the mainland.
Top 10 things to do on the Isle of Skye
- Visit the colourful town of Portree, the island’s largest town. It is a port of call for many cruise ships and a great place to use as a base to start your exploration.
- Skye Museum of Island Life: The 19th century crofting village shows how crofters lived on the Isle of Skye 100 years ago. Its ideal location has sweeping views of the ocean below.
- Old Man of Storr is one of the most popular destinations on the Isle of Skye because of its incredible landscape on the Trotternish Ridge. It is one of the largest landslide areas in Europe. The “Storr” is the result of this ancient landslide. To hike round trip to reach the base of the Old Man will take about 1 1/2 hours. The trail is marked as difficult. It is steep, rocky and very rough and strenuous. It is located 6 miles or almost 10 km from Portree.
- Kilt Rock is part of the Trotternish coastline and offers ocean views across to mainland Scotland. The nearby Mealt Waterfall free-falls 60 metres off the cliff’s side into Ramsay Sound. From the waterfall, you will be able to view Kilt Rock’s pillar-like rock formations made of basalt. Many imagine the rock formation to look like the folds of a Scottish kilt. Please stay within the designated viewing areas as people have fallen from this attraction. This area has also been used in Sci-Fi movies.
- Trotternish coastline is a famous spot for geologists worldwide. It is a living outdoor museum, featuring interpretive panels in several spots discussing the Middle Jurassic period when dinosaurs roamed this unique land. Walk along the beaches full of fossils and discover, if you look closely, a dinosaur bone or tooth embedded within a rock. Arrow heads can also be spotted dating from the Neolithic era. The Dinosaur Museum features a noteworthy collection.
- Staffin Dinosaur Museum offers an excellent collection of Middle Jurassic history and dinosaur fossils. It showcases discoveries found on the Isle of Skye. Dugald Ross created the museum in 1976 as a teenager and is well known for recording Scotland’s first dinosaur bones. If you are planning a visit to the area and you would like to find footprints of dinosaurs on the beach or look for fossils you can book a tour. The museum is located near Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall. It is 25 minutes drive from Portree.
- Fairy Glen is a hidden treasure of dome-shaped hills and includes a pond and a rock formation known as Castle Ewen.
- Fairy Pools is worth a visit if you have time and the weather is good. To reach the first pool and a waterfall from the road, it will take about a 20 minute hike along a path, crossing rivers by using stepping-stones. It can be very muddy and slippery.
- The Isle of Skye Brewery has won 70 awards since they brewed their first craft beer in 1995. Historically, the people of Skye have been brewing ale for thousands of years. At that time, they used what was available; heather, porridge oats and meadowsweet. The brewery is located near The Pier at Uig.
- Uig Pottery is a unique shop offering sculptures, pottery, tableware and homeware representing the history and landscape of the Isle of Skye. You can find Celtic knotwork, and Hebridean jewellery. Resident artisans can be seen in the workshop creating their wares. The shop is also located near The Pier at Uig.
- Historic Kilmuir Graveyard is where you will find Flora MacDonald‘s grave site. MacDonald is famous for the 1745 escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie, the grandson of James II of England.
For more information about the Isle of Sky and where to stay visit https://www.isleofskye.com/
Getting to the Isle of Skye:
The Isle of Skye is connected to the mainland by a bridge and is about a 5 hour drive from Glasgow.
• Bring cash if you plan to eat lunch or buy anything from small stores or shops, as some places do not accept credit cards.
• Wear good sturdy walking or hiking shoes to navigate uneven terrain, cobblestones, dirt and wooden floors.
• Make sure you have all-weather waterproof clothing and wear layers. Weather conditions can change and you should be prepared for rain and wind.
When we visited the Isle of Skye, we took a 5 1/2 hour shore excursion tour at a cost of £139.98 for 2 from the Tour Skye company. We chose this tour company because of the good reviews on TripAdvisor and we were glad we did.
For more information one the Inner Hebrides, visit https://www.visitbritain.com/ca/en/scotland/inner-hebrides
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