The Isle of Skye is certainly one of Scotland’s most stunning islands to go to. From its dramatic shoreline, beautiful 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 doubtless, and I’d undoubtedly suggest taking within the wider Scottish highlands which is simply so stunning.
You can too 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 residing 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 high locations on the Isle of Skye it’s a must to 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 finest 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 excellent 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 every little thing and stroll again slowly to your automotive.
Now, with parking, there’s this small automotive park which holds round thirty automobiles. This makes it fairly tight when visiting in peak season, so be warned.
Oh, and don’t neglect to put on some good footwear, the paths can get muddy.
2.) Cuillins Hills
In case 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 right place to step away from the driving and actually discover the rugged fantastic thing about Scotland.
Not that you just’ll simply see a distinction, however the Cuillin Hills are cut up into two major areas; the Black and Crimson Hills. The Black Hills are extra sharp and rugged hills, whereas the Crimson Hills are inclined to have a pinkish geological color to the rock. Both space is beautiful and we’ve liked 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 Strategy). It’s a difficult hike that requires security tools and climbing tools 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 may 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 superb stage of health.
Most likely 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 beautiful little place to cease round lunchtime, too. Pop into Sea Breezes for his or her freshly caught scallops or the Birch Cafe for an incredible espresso.
Oh yeah, and for an incredible view of Portree, head to this level which overlooks the harbour.
Additionally, should you’re trying to go to the Isle of Skye from Inverness, then e-book this epic guided tour with transport. It’s a good 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 beautiful to see. Not solely that, it’s very easy to cease within the parking space that’s simply off the principle ‘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 throughout the loch itself. Each are beautiful and it’s simply among the finest 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 outing of the automotive.
Additionally, should you’re driving south to Portree (from Mealt Falls), make certain to cease off at The Brother’s Level. There’s a small automotive park to drag up and hike in the direction of Brother’s Level which is a completely stunning coastal space.
5.) Fairy Swimming pools
In case you’re within the southern area of the Isle of Skye, make 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 time when the climate is a bit 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 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 usually you cease and is completely beautiful.
For ease, comply with the Quiraing stroll which is one massive loop returning you again to the identical place to begin. This implies it’s an incredible path to comply with should you’re parked in a single space and don’t need an added journey again to the automotive. Simply bear in mind, the automotive 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 some of the stunning seashores on the Isle of Skye.
The seashore itself is fashioned from the outdated skeletons of native coral; which makes the seashore gleaming white. It’s beautiful.
Now, the street in the direction of Coral Seaside is a bit bumpy, so drive rigorously there. It’s very easy to go to should you’re already within the space to discover close by Dunvegan Fort. Simply make sure you take some snacks and drinks with you. There aren’t any amenities by any means 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 strive a few of the distillery’s drinks.
Simply make sure you e-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 completely good spot to go to. Established means again in 1965, it’s an unbelievable place to discover extra in regards to the Isle of Skye and the historical past of individuals residing 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 instances. The final entry is round 4:30 pm.
10.) Armadale Fort
Armadale Fort 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 unbelievable to walk round. We spent round 90 minutes exploring the grounds and completely liked it.
Better of all, you may simply go to Armadale Fort after arriving (or departing) from the Isle of Skye through the (Armadale to Mallaig) ferry. The entire property is properly value a go to, simply do not forget 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 residence; with lots of the similar foundations and rooms nonetheless standing as we speak. Better of all, you may head inside a few of the most iconic rooms and discover the gardens too. We completely liked our go to.
Simply make certain to present your self round two hours to go to the property absolutely.
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 certainly 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 completely different instances and liked every go to. Additionally, the shoreline down in the direction of Waterstein Head is simply phenomenal.
For ease while you go to, make certain to park right here and enterprise on foot alongside the grass paths that line the shoreline right here. It’s stunning.
13.) Outdated Man of Storr
Most likely 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 properly value strolling round as you enterprise north from Portree.
After parking, right 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 exhausting however there are some fairly steep uphill inclines which may be difficult.
Simply put on some comfortable footwear and pack some water earlier than following the Storr Path. You’ll be able to’t miss it.
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