The Isle of Skye is certainly one of Scotland’s most beautiful islands to go to. From its dramatic shoreline, attractive cities and castles, it’s the proper island to discover when visiting Scotland. Now, there are heaps of the very best issues to do on the Isle of Skye dotted all throughout the island, too. This makes it an ideal island for a mini highway journey. It’s simply so lovely.
Now, like most guests to the west coast of Scotland, it’s unlikely you’ll be simply visiting the Isle of Skye. It’s probably, and I’d undoubtedly advocate taking within the wider Scottish highlands which is simply so lovely.
You can even follow the NC500 route that goes north from Inverness, taking within the Highlands, earlier than driving down the west coast of Scotland. It’s so lovely 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 very best 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, make sure you hike across the ruins of Fort Ewen and comply with the grassy paths across the Glen space itself. Give your self round 45 minutes to see all the things and stroll again slowly to your automotive.
Now, with parking, there’s this small car park which holds round thirty automobiles. This makes it fairly tight when visiting in peak season, so be warned.
Oh, and don’t overlook to put on some good footwear, the paths can get muddy.
2.) Cuillins Hills
When you’re fancying an extended hike, make sure you cease by the Cuillins for a ramble. Located additional south on the Isle of Skye, it’s the proper place to step away from the driving and actually discover the rugged fantastic thing about Scotland.
Not that you simply’ll simply see a distinction, however the Cuillin Hills are break up into two essential areas; the Black and Purple Hills. The Black Hills are extra sharp and rugged hills, whereas the Purple Hills are inclined to have a pinkish geological color to the rock. Both space is gorgeous and we’ve cherished spending a morning exploring them.
For knowledgeable hikers, with good technical data and security gear, it’s also possible to 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 gorgeous.
For some simpler walks and hikes, comply with the Loch Coruisk route or the Coire Lagan path. Simply bear in mind, the paths could be uneven and never simply marked.
Now, like I stated, it is a nice space to hike on the Isle of Skye; however you do want a superb degree of health.
In all probability certainly 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 a bit stroll across the harbour space and ‘The Lump’ which juts out into the ocean. It’s a stunning little place to cease round lunchtime, too. Pop into Sea Breezes for his or her freshly caught scallops or the Birch Cafe for an amazing espresso.
Oh yeah, and for an amazing view of Portree, head to this point which overlooks the harbour.
Additionally, for those who’re trying to go to the Isle of Skye from Inverness, then book 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 Fort (on the mainland), too.
4.) Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls
Perched on the sides of Luch Mealt, Mealt Falls are gorgeous to see. Not solely that, it’s very easy to cease within the parking space that’s simply off the principle ‘A855 highway’ 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 throughout the loch itself. Each are gorgeous 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 out of the automotive.
Additionally, for those who’re driving south to Portree (from Mealt Falls), be certain to cease off at The Brother’s Level. There’s a small car park to tug up and hike in the direction of Brother’s Level which is a very lovely coastal space.
5.) Fairy Swimming pools
When you’re within the southern area of the Isle of Skye, be certain 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 season when the climate is a bit hotter.
You see, you possibly can cease right here for a dip within the swimming pools and take a while to decelerate in your highway journey.
There’s a Forestry Fee parking space shut by and the Fairy Swimming pools are only a brief ramble away.
One notice 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 brought on by an historical geological landslide that created this distinctive and completely lovely panorama round this area of the Isle of Skye.
Now, for me, the hikes to the Quiraing is without doubt one of the finest issues to do on the Isle of Skye because it actually exhibits the pure fantastic thing about this Scottish island.
The Quiraing Circuit takes round 2-3 hours, relying on how typically you cease and is completely gorgeous.
For ease, comply with the Quiraing stroll which is one huge loop returning you again to the identical start line. This implies it’s an amazing path to comply with for those who’re parked in a single space and don’t need an added journey again to the automotive. Simply bear in mind, the car park fills up quick within the Summer season months.
7.) Go to Coral Seashore
Simply shy of Claigan, Coral Seashore is a beautiful place to go to on the Isle of Skye. I’d go so far as saying it’s one of the lovely seashores on the Isle of Skye.
The seashore itself is shaped from the previous skeletons of native coral; which makes the seashore gleaming white. It’s gorgeous.
Now, the highway in the direction of Coral Seashore is a bit bumpy, so drive rigorously there. It’s very easy to go to for those who’re already within the space to discover close by Dunvegan Fort. Simply make sure you take some snacks and drinks with you. There are not any amenities in anyway on Coral Seashore.
8.) Talisker Distillery
You gained’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 possibly can be part of a tour of the distillery for a payment (round £20-ish, every). The tour lasts round 45 minutes and also you’ll additionally get just a few little tipples to attempt a few of the distillery’s drinks.
Simply make sure you book 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 place to go to. Established means again in 1965, it’s an unimaginable place to discover extra in regards to 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 superb perception into the best way life was lived on the finish of the 19th century.
Simply make sure you bear in mind the closing occasions. The final entry is round 4:30 pm.
10.) Armadale Fort
Armadale Castle is the house of Clan Donald that’s so epic to see. The museum is completely surrounded by lovely gardens and the ruins of the fort are so unimaginable to walk round. We spent round 90 minutes exploring the grounds and completely cherished it.
Better of all, you possibly can simply go to Armadale Fort after arriving (or departing) from the Isle of Skye by way of the (Armadale to Mallaig) ferry. The entire property is nicely value a go to, simply keep in mind that it’s solely open in the summertime months.
11.) Dunvegan Fort
Simply barely north of the village of Dunvegan Fort, Dunvegan Fort is completely beautiful to see.
Constructed within the 13th century by the MacLeod Clan, it turned their ancestral dwelling; with most of the similar foundations and rooms nonetheless standing right now. Better of all, you possibly can head inside a few of the most iconic rooms and discover the gardens too. We completely cherished our go to.
Simply be certain to provide your self round two hours to go to the property totally.
Additionally, don’t overlook to maintain your eyes peeled for the earless seals that frequent the shores by the fort. They’re cute.
12.) Neist Level
In all probability certainly one of my favorite locations on the Isle of Skye is Neist Level. The rugged shoreline is simply breathtaking and unspoilt.
Now, you possibly can go to Neist Level at any time of the day nevertheless it’s completely lovely at sundown. We’ve visited just a few totally different occasions and cherished every go to. Additionally, the shoreline down in the direction of Waterstein Head is simply phenomenal.
For ease once you go to, be certain to park here and enterprise on foot alongside the grass paths that line the shoreline right here. It’s lovely.
13.) Outdated Man of Storr
In all probability one of many Isle of Skye’s most iconic pure websites, the Outdated 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, here, take a hike up in the direction of the Outdated Man of Storr that may 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 could be difficult.
Simply put on some cozy footwear and pack some water earlier than following the Storr Path. You may’t miss it.
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