The Isle of Skye is considered one of Scotland’s most stunning islands to go to. From its dramatic shoreline, attractive cities and castles, it’s the right island to discover when visiting Scotland. Now, there are heaps of the perfect issues to do on the Isle of Skye dotted all throughout the island, too. This makes it an ideal island for a mini street journey. It’s simply so stunning.
Now, like most guests to the west coast of Scotland, it’s unlikely you’ll be simply visiting the Isle of Skye. It’s possible, and I’d undoubtedly suggest taking within the wider Scottish highlands which is simply so stunning.
You can even comply with the NC500 route that goes north from Inverness, taking within the Highlands, earlier than driving down the west coast of Scotland. It’s so stunning and you’ll simply tag the Isle of Skye onto that journey.
After dwelling in Scotland, and exploring over time, we’ve discovered a good few gems that we love. So, to assist your go to go swimmingly, I’m sharing our prime locations on the Isle of Skye you must go to. Have the perfect time visiting Scotland.
1.) Fairy Glen
Nested on the northern fringes of the Isle of Skye, visiting Fairy Glen is definitely among the best issues to do on the Isle of Skye as you drive across the island. Not too removed from the small city of Uig, Fairy Glen is a beautiful space of Skye that’s good for a stroll.
As soon as right here, you should definitely hike across the ruins of Fortress Ewen and comply with the grassy paths across the Glen space itself. Give your self round 45 minutes to see the whole lot and stroll again slowly to your automobile.
Now, with parking, there’s this small automobile park which holds round thirty vehicles. This makes it fairly tight when visiting in peak season, so be warned.
Oh, and don’t neglect to put on some good sneakers, the paths can get muddy.
2.) Cuillins Hills
In case you’re fancying an extended hike, you should definitely cease by the Cuillins for a ramble. Located additional south on the Isle of Skye, it’s the right place to step away from the driving and actually discover the rugged great thing about Scotland.
Not that you just’ll simply see a distinction, however the Cuillin Hills are cut up into two fundamental areas; the Black and Purple Hills. The Black Hills are extra sharp and rugged hills, whereas the Purple Hills are likely to have a pinkish geological color to the rock. Both space is beautiful and we’ve beloved spending a morning exploring them.
For knowledgeable hikers, with good technical data and security gear, you can too be part of the Blà Bheinn (Northern Method). It’s a difficult hike that requires security gear and climbing gear too. Although, the views over Bla Bheinn are simply beautiful.
For some simpler walks and hikes, comply with the Loch Coruisk route or the Coire Lagan path. Simply bear in mind, the paths will be uneven and never simply marked.
Now, like I mentioned, it is a nice space to hike on the Isle of Skye; however you do want a very good degree of health.
Most likely considered one of my favorite cities on the Isle of Skye, Portree is a good stopping level in your journey across the Isle of Skye.
Take just a little stroll across the harbour space and ‘The Lump’ which juts out into the ocean. It’s a beautiful little place to cease round lunchtime, too. Pop into Sea Breezes for his or her freshly caught scallops or the Birch Cafe for a terrific espresso.
Oh yeah, and for a terrific view of Portree, head to this level which overlooks the harbour.
Additionally, if you happen to’re trying to go to the Isle of Skye from Inverness, then guide this epic guided tour with transport. It’s an effective way to go to the Isle of Skye for a day journey and also you’ll even get to go to Eilean Donan Fortress (on the mainland), too.
4.) Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls
Perched on the perimeters of Luch Mealt, Mealt Falls are beautiful to see. Not solely that, it’s very easy to cease within the parking space that’s simply off the primary ‘A855 street’ that passes the loch.
After parking up, you’ll get to see Kilt Rock Waterfall which falls into the ocean and Mealt Falls which is inside the loch itself. Each are beautiful and it’s simply among the best issues to do on the Isle of Skye as you enterprise north of Portree.
Now, a cease will take round 25-35 minutes; supplying you with a pleasant little bit of day trip of the automobile.
Additionally, if you happen to’re driving south to Portree (from Mealt Falls), be certain that to cease off at The Brother’s Level. There’s a small automobile park to tug up and hike in direction of Brother’s Level which is a very stunning coastal space.
5.) Fairy Swimming pools
In case you’re within the southern area of the Isle of Skye, be certain that to pop over to see the Fairy Swimming pools. Not too removed from Loch Brittle, the Fairy Polls are a surprising spot to go to in Summer time when the climate is just a little hotter.
You see, you may cease right here for a dip within the swimming pools and take a while to decelerate in your street journey.
There’s a Forestry Fee parking space shut by and the Fairy Swimming pools are only a brief ramble away.
One word to say, I discover the water to be very chilly. So, be ready for that!
6.) Stroll the Quiraing
Perched on the Trotternish Ridge, the Quiraing was attributable to an historic geological landslide that created this distinctive and completely stunning panorama round this area of the Isle of Skye.
Now, for me, the hikes to the Quiraing is among the finest issues to do on the Isle of Skye because it actually exhibits the pure great thing about this Scottish island.
The Quiraing Circuit takes round 2-3 hours, relying on how typically you cease and is completely beautiful.
For ease, comply with the Quiraing stroll which is one huge loop returning you again to the identical place to begin. This implies it’s a terrific path to comply with if you happen to’re parked in a single space and don’t need an added journey again to the automobile. Simply bear in mind, the automobile park fills up quick within the Summer time months.
7.) Go to Coral Seaside
Simply shy of Claigan, Coral Seaside is a beautiful place to go to on the Isle of Skye. I’d go so far as saying it’s probably the most stunning seashores on the Isle of Skye.
The seashore itself is shaped from the outdated skeletons of native coral; which makes the seashore gleaming white. It’s beautiful.
Now, the street in direction of Coral Seaside is just a little bumpy, so drive rigorously there. It’s very easy to go to if you happen to’re already within the space to discover close by Dunvegan Fortress. Simply you should definitely take some snacks and drinks with you. There are not any amenities in anyway on Coral Seaside.
8.) Talisker Distillery
You received’t remorse visiting the Talisker Distillery whereas travelling across the Isle of Skye.
Because the oldest working distillery on the Island, it specialises in its world-renowned whiskey. Now, you may be part of a tour of the distillery for a charge (round £20-ish, every). The tour lasts round 45 minutes and also you’ll additionally get a number of little tipples to attempt among the distillery’s drinks.
Simply you should definitely guide your tour earlier than arriving. Tickets promote out quick.
9.) Skye Museum of Island Life
Proper on the north of the Isle of Skye, the The Skye Museum of Island Life is a very excellent spot to go to. Established method again in 1965, it’s an unimaginable place to discover extra concerning the Isle of Skye and the historical past of individuals dwelling right here.
Though small, it’s a mighty little museum that provides guests a very good perception into the way in which life was lived on the finish of the 19th century.
Simply you should definitely keep in mind the closing occasions. The final entry is round 4:30 pm.
10.) Armadale Fortress
Armadale Fortress is the house of Clan Donald that’s so epic to see. The museum is completely surrounded by stunning gardens and the ruins of the fort are so unimaginable to walk round. We spent round 90 minutes exploring the grounds and completely beloved it.
Better of all, you may simply go to Armadale Fortress after arriving (or departing) from the Isle of Skye through the (Armadale to Mallaig) ferry. The entire property is nicely value a go to, simply do not forget that it’s solely open in the summertime months.
11.) Dunvegan Fortress
Simply barely north of the village of Dunvegan Fortress, Dunvegan Fortress is completely pretty to see.
Constructed within the 13th century by the MacLeod Clan, it grew to become their ancestral residence; with most of the similar foundations and rooms nonetheless standing at the moment. Better of all, you may head inside among the most iconic rooms and discover the gardens too. We completely beloved our go to.
Simply be certain that to provide your self round two hours to go to the property totally.
Additionally, don’t neglect to maintain your eyes peeled for the earless seals that frequent the shores by the fort. They’re lovely.
12.) Neist Level
Most likely considered one of my favorite locations on the Isle of Skye is Neist Level. The rugged shoreline is simply breathtaking and unspoilt.
Now, you may go to Neist Level at any time of the day however it’s completely stunning at sundown. We’ve visited a number of totally different occasions and beloved every go to. Additionally, the shoreline down in direction of Waterstein Head is simply phenomenal.
For ease while you go to, be certain that to park right here and enterprise on foot alongside the grass paths that line the shoreline right here. It’s stunning.
13.) Previous Man of Storr
Most likely one of many Isle of Skye’s most iconic pure websites, the Previous Man of Storr is gorgeous to see. This towering granite rock stands proudly overlooking the Isle of Skye and is nicely value strolling round as you enterprise north from Portree.
After parking, right here, take a hike up in direction of the Previous Man of Storr that can take round 60-12o minutes there and again. Now, the hike itself isn’t too arduous however there are some fairly steep uphill inclines which will be difficult.
Simply put on some cozy sneakers and pack some water earlier than following the Storr Path. You may’t miss it.
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