Skye truly has something for everyone: outdoor activities, archaeological sites, dinosaur footprints, wildlife, historic castles – it’s all here waiting to be discovered. Here are some of the highlights:
An iconic lighthouse designed by David Alan Stevenson in 1909 and situated in the northwest of the island. A walk around the basalt rocks gives spectacular views of some of Skye’s most dramatic coastline. And remember to take your binoculars – Orca whales and dolphins are regular visitors to Neist Point too!
The seat of the Clan MacLeod enjoys the reputation of being the oldest continually inhabited castle in Scotland. The castle is equally famous for its gardens and operates boat trips to nearby seal colonies.
Armadale Castle and Museum of the Isles
This time it’s the seat of the Clan Donald, one of the most powerful clans in the Hebrides. The ruins of the castle are set in beautiful gardens and woodland and the award-winning museum covers 1500 years of this area which was formerly known as the kingdom of the isles.
The Cuillin Hills and Glen Brittle
To get a real feel for the raw beauty and magnetic lure of Skye’s landscape, head to the hills. Glen Brittle is the starting point for many of Skye’s most famous mountain climbs, but do take great care when walking. Proper clothing, equipment, OS maps and weather forecast are essential. Remember also to let someone know exactly where you are headed and when you expect to return before heading out. If you prefer something less adventurous, take a picnic to the beach at Glen Brittle and enjoy the view over to the Small Isles.
No visit to Scotland is really complete without a visit to a distillery. Talisker Distillery is located in Carbost where you can combine your visit with some oysters at the Oyster Shed or enjoy some live music at one of Skye’s oldest inns, aptly named The Old Inn.
The Fairy Glen
A magical spot, hidden on the Trotternish peninsula, tucked away from the main road. See for yourself why it got its name!
The Fairy Pools
A series of turquoise coloured pools and waterfalls at the foot of the Cuillin Hills. They are well worth visiting on a hot day but are very popular with tourists and parking spaces are hard to come by. Alternatively, do the 5 mile walk from the famous Sligachan Hotel through the Glen and leave the cars behind.
The Quiraing and the Trotternish Ridge
This is some of the most fascinating landscape on Skye and is perfect for exploring the diversity of Skye’s geological evolution. Discover The Prison, The Table, The Needle and The Old Man of Storr, which provided the backdrop to Ridley Scott’s science fiction film “Prometheus”.
Skye Museum of Island Life
For an insight into the historical cultural heritage of Skye, this museum in Kilmuir is a must. A cluster of preserved traditional cottages or “black houses” display and explain how islanders lived and toiled to survive harsh conditions and many cruel chapters in history.
Isle of Raasay
If time allows, take the ferry from Sconser for the half hour crossing to the beautifully secluded and magical island of Raasay. Explore the island’s woodlands, waterfalls and beaches and enjoy views over to the Cuillins and Applecross in the distance. Discover Calum’s Road, built single-handedly by an island resident and walk to the monument to the cleared village of Hallaig with a moving tribute and poem by the revered Gaelic poet, Sorley MacLean.