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Five Best Places to Catch The Sunrise in Skye

Psst we want to share a little known secret….the sunrises in Skye can be pretty spectacular!

Friday 21st  June is the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year and the official start of summer! Traditionally this is the one day of the year that the sunrise gets all the attention down in Stonehenge. We think its worth getting up to salute the dawn here in Skye too….and not just on the 21 June!

We have to warn you though. The sun rises pretty early up here. Like 4am kind of early! But sometimes, getting up (or staying up…depending on how you want to look at it) is most definitely worth the effort! On a clear dry summer day the sunrise can be truly magnificent!  Plus, beating the crowds to the best show in town will give you the kind of smug glow that lasts way into the evening!

Just don’t forget your camera!

We take a look at 5 of the best places in Skye to watch the sunrise…




On the eastern side of the Trotternish peninsula in the north of the island, the view point at Kilt Rock offers plenty of parking space for you to pull up and watch the sun come up over the water!


Get up super early and climb up to the famous Old Man Of Storr. Take your time on the path in the half light of dawn though!  If its a clear dry morning, you will be rewarded with a fantastic vantage point to watch the sun coming up. And the rest of the crowds will still be snoring in their beds!

Looking for a cottage in the Trotternish area?

Try Ben Edra Croft a tastefully renovated traditional house in the crofting community of Clachan by Staffin.


The main town on the island, Portree Bay is  a great place for a morning stroll and a spot of sunrise watching. Follow the Scorrybreac path down past the Cuillin Hills Hotel out towards Black Rock.  Views over the bay and out towards Raasay can be magical at dawn. Afterwards, enjoy breakfast at the hotel and continue to watch the bay from the restaurant. Top Tip Breakfast for non residents at the Cuillin Hills Hotel must be booked in advance and is served 7.30am – 10am. 

We have several holiday cottages in the Portree area. Try Tarradale overlooking Portree Bay.


Sconser is arguably best known as the place to board the ferry to Raasay, but believe it or not, Sconser golf course car park is a good place to stop and watch the sun come up! And you can get a round of golf in when the course opens at 9am


Ord at Dawn
Copyright Russell Sherwood Photography


We have a couple of cottages which are in the Luib area not too far from either Sconser or Broadford. Try Laimhrig on the Shore with spectacular views over Loch Ainort.


Head down to the Sleat peninsula early on a clear dry summer morning and you stand a good chance of catching the sunrise over the Sound of Sleat. Meander down the road to Hotel Eilean Iarman  and enjoy the view towards Isleornsay and watch the light across the water and distant hills.

A holiday home from home in the south of the island? Take a look at MacKinnon in Ord, Sleat.



We are grateful to Russell Sherwood for his kind permission to include two of his stunning photographs Before the Day Begins and Ord at Dawn. You can find both of these images (which remain the copyright of Russell Sherwood Photography) on his website.