The Isle of Skye is certainly one of Scotland’s most lovely islands to go to. From its dramatic shoreline, beautiful cities and castles, it’s the proper island to discover when visiting Scotland. Now, there are heaps of the most effective 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 too can observe 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 residing in Scotland, and exploring through the years, 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 important to go to. Have the most effective time visiting Scotland.
1.) Fairy Glen
Nested on the northern fringes of the Isle of Skye, visiting Fairy Glen is well 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 stunning space of Skye that’s good for a stroll.
As soon as right here, make sure to hike across the ruins of Citadel Ewen and observe 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 overlook to put on some good sneakers, the paths can get muddy.
2.) Cuillins Hills
When you’re fancying an extended hike, make sure to 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 just’ll simply see a distinction, however the Cuillin Hills are cut up into two foremost areas; the Black and Pink Hills. The Black Hills are extra sharp and rugged hills, whereas the Pink Hills are likely 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 information and security gear, you may also be part of the Blà Bheinn (Northern Strategy). 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, observe 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 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 somewhat 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 amazing espresso.
Oh yeah, and for an amazing 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 ebook 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 Citadel (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 primary ‘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 inside 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 outing of the automotive.
Additionally, should you’re driving south to Portree (from Mealt Falls), ensure 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 very lovely coastal space.
5.) Fairy Swimming pools
When you’re within the southern area of the Isle of Skye, ensure to pop over to see the Fairy Swimming pools. Not too removed from Loch Brittle, the Fairy Polls are a shocking spot to go to in Summer season when the climate is somewhat hotter.
You see, you’ll be able to 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 quick ramble away.
One observe 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 lovely 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 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, observe the Quiraing stroll which is one huge loop returning you again to the identical place to begin. This implies it’s an amazing path to observe 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 season 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 lovely seashores on the Isle of Skye.
The seaside itself is shaped from the outdated skeletons of native coral; which makes the seaside gleaming white. It’s gorgeous.
Now, the highway in the direction of Coral Seaside is somewhat bumpy, so drive rigorously there. It’s very easy to go to should you’re already within the space to discover close by Dunvegan Citadel. Simply make sure to take some snacks and drinks with you. There are not any services in any respect on Coral Seaside.
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’ll be able to be part of a tour of the distillery for a price (round £20-ish, every). The tour lasts round 45 minutes and also you’ll additionally get just a few little tipples to strive a few of the distillery’s drinks.
Simply make sure to ebook 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 great spot to go to. Established manner again in 1965, it’s an unbelievable place to discover extra concerning 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 to keep in mind the closing occasions. The final entry is round 4:30 pm.
10.) Armadale Citadel
Armadale Citadel 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 citadel are so unbelievable to walk round. We spent round 90 minutes exploring the grounds and completely cherished it.
Better of all, you’ll be able to simply go to Armadale Citadel after arriving (or departing) from the Isle of Skye through the (Armadale to Mallaig) ferry. The entire property is effectively price a go to, simply do not forget that it’s solely open in the summertime months.
11.) Dunvegan Citadel
Simply barely north of the village of Dunvegan Citadel, Dunvegan Citadel is completely beautiful to see.
Constructed within the 13th century by the MacLeod Clan, it turned their ancestral residence; with most of the identical foundations and rooms nonetheless standing right this moment. Better of all, you’ll be able to head inside a few of the most iconic rooms and discover the gardens too. We completely cherished our go to.
Simply ensure to present 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 citadel. They’re cute.
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’ll be able to go to Neist Level at any time of the day but it surely’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, ensure to park right here and enterprise on foot alongside the grass paths that line the shoreline right here. It’s lovely.
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 effectively price strolling round as you enterprise north from Portree.
After parking, right here, take a hike up in the direction of the Previous Man of Storr that can 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 could be difficult.
Simply put on some comfortable sneakers and pack some water earlier than following the Storr Path. You may’t miss it.
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