Explore North East Skye
The northern peninsula of the Isle of Skye is perfect for hill walking, wildlife spotting, and fossil hunting! A great place for all the family, not to mention being a photographer’s dream! Join us as we explore North East Skye.
Dominated by the dramatic Trotternish Ridge, the North East of the island is characterised by volcanic derived scenery and iconic rock formations that may already seem familiar, These jagged cliffs and pinnacles have been used as the backdrop to many films, adverts and music videos, but nothing prepares you for seeing these jaw dropping landscapes in person!
Take the path up to The Old Man of Storr, or the atmospheric Quiraing, and drink in the panoramic vistas! Marvel at the spectacular sight of cascading water plummeting seawards at the Kilt Rock viewpoint. And for a touch of magic, who can resist the Fairy Glen near Uig?
There are plenty of walking opportunities in the North End of the island. From gentle strolls to more ambitious hikes for those who are more experienced, well equipped, and who like to push their limits!
Enjoy the views from the Quiraing on a 3-4 hour hike , taking in the rock formations of The Prison and The Needle. The Quiraing Hill Circuit is 6.5 km (4 miles) and suitable for the more experienced hill walker. For a more gentle walk, there is always The Old Man of Storr – just under 3 miles there and back from the car park (allow 1.5-2 hours). Or why not park the car near the Police Station in Uig and take the short 2 mile walk into the glen to the Rha Falls? It can be muddy underfoot but its well worth it!
Fancy an adrenalin rush? Try kayaking along the scenic coastline – just one of the outdoor activities on offer from Whitewave Activities near Kilmuir
Explore North East Skye with some wildlife spotting. The area is rich in birds, animals and marine mammals. Whales, dolphins and porpoises often sighted at Rubha Hunnish, the most northernly point. Fancy getting out on the water for a closer look? There are a number of boat trips running from Uig. SkyeXplorer run trips at various times of the year to see puffins and Minke whales.
Want to go further afield? Caledonian MacBrayne ferry crossings also run from Uig across to Lochmaddy (Isle of Lewis) and Tarbet (Isle of Harris).
Learn about the past
The North East area is steeped in history and culture and is still very much a gaelic speaking area. For a glimpse into life gone by, drop into the Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir. Peep inside the restored thatched black houses, once home to the crofter families living in this remote part of Scotland. Behind this open air museum is the graveyard where Flora MacDonald is buried.
Don’t miss a visit to the Isle of Skye Brewery and Uig Pottery for locally crafted ales and amazing ceramics! Both are situated in Uig, the largest village in the North End of the island and a busy ferry port. Uig offers plenty of basic amenities with a petrol station and well stocked grocery store as well as a choice of cafés and hotels for a bite to eat.
On the other side of the peninsula is the community of Staffin. Rich in Gaelic heritage and clustered around a stunning bay, Staffin has a petrol station, community store and café.
Go Fossil Hunting
History in the North East of the island goes way back to the time of the dinosaurs, and the area is world famous for its fossils. Explore the fascinating fossil displays at the Staffin Dinosaur Museum and take the opportunity for a guided walk to see the dinosaur footprints at Staffin Bay.
Self Catering Cottages in the North East of Skye
We currently have 20 holiday cottages available in the North East of Skye – here is a wee selection:-
Tigh Anndra near Flodigarry
Get away on a digital detox and stay in Tigh Anndra. This traditional wee cottage is perfect for a relaxing break and offers great walking opportunities from your doorstep. Sleeps max 2 people.
Ben Edra Croft near Staffin
Tastefully renovated traditional croft house in the rural community of Clachan, near the village of Staffin. Cosy retreat perfectly based for exploring the North End! Sleeps a maximum of 6 people.
Mables Cottage Uig
Mable’s Cottage is a charming country cottage in between the ferry port of Uig and the magical Fairy Glen. Pet friendly- warmly welcoming visitors with furry friends! Sleeps a maximum of 4 people (and dogs!)
Overlooking the bay at Uig, cosy Glen View Cottage offers excellent access for exploring the Trotternish peninsula. Sleeping a maximum of 4 people (pets welcome too!)
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