10 Reasons to visit The Isle of Skye
If you are thinking of visiting The Isle of Skye, you certainly have the right idea. The Isle of Skye is known for its rugged landscapes, medieval castles, picturesque fishing villages, it’s history and the outstanding scenery. Skye is connected to Scotland’s northwest coast by both the Skye Bridge and the Malaig – Armadale ferry and is the largest island in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. Whatever the weather, be it mild, wet, sunny or windy, the beautiful landscapes and scenery will take your breath away.
The hiking opportunities are endless! Some of our favourites include the Quirang and The Old Man of Storr which is a large pinnacle of captivating rocks that stands high and is visible from miles around. Don’t forget to take your camera with you and capture the spectacular views.
From spotting red deer to sea eagles and the loveable “hairy coos,” Skye is a haven for wildlife.
- The Fairy Pools
One of Skye’s famous attractions, the Fairy Pools are a series of pools with crystal clear water. Surrounded by the Cuillin Mountains by Glenbrittle, this stunning spot is definitely worth visiting. If you are brave enough we really do recommend swimming under the natural arch of the Fairy Pools, it is an experience to remember.
- The Magical Fairy Glen
Given the name Fairy Glen because of Skye’s history and myths relating to fairies, the name suits this small and unusual landscape very well. It can be found on the West side of Trotternish at Balnacnoc, Uig. The Fairy Glen has often been described as cute, delightful and simply that, magical. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for real fairies as you walk through the woodland of gnarly trees!
- It’s a popular filming destination
Imagine standing somewhere that is featured in one of your favourite films! Skye lures film makers to capture the beauty in various films and series like the Netflix original Outlaw King, the BFG, Macbeth, and Stardust. Some other famous movies filmed here are King Arthur, Legend of the Sword, Transformers and The Last Knight.
- Traditional Scottish music at the local pubs
To recover from the hiking, you can enjoy live Scottish music with a great atmosphere in a number of Skye’s quaint pubs. Some of our favourite places for traditional Scottish music are The Old Inn, Carbost, and The Edinbane Inn. Information regarding their music sessions can be found on their websites.
- Neist Point- Abandoned Lighthouse
The most westerly land on Skye, Neist Point is regarded as the best place to see dolphins, whales and basking sharks and is most definitely one of the best spots to watch the sunset. We recommend bringing a good pair of walking boots for this one!
- It’s a great place for boat trips
If you are a fan of taking boat trips to see spectacular views, Skye is the place for you. One of our favoruite boat trips is taking the boat from Elgol to Loch Corusisk, a fresh water loch surrounded by the Cuillin Mountains. Activities such as kayak adventures and water sports can also be found at Portree Pier.
- Portree Town
Take a visit to the capital of the island, Portree. Surrounded by hills and impressive scenery, this little town has a number of activities to suit everyone with local walks nearby and plenty of places to indulge in activities such as eating out, drinking and shopping. You can even catch a film or a show at the local theatre in the Aros Centre.
Fun fact – the name Portree comes from the Gaelic for Port on the Slope.
- The Aurora Borealis-Northern Lights
That’s right, you don’t have to go all the way to Norway to see these. If you are lucky enough then you may witness the northern lights on some parts of Skye in the winter months, particularly in wide open areas and atop snow-kissed mountains and hills. Perfect for an evening hike!