So your heading to the mythical Skye – Perfect! I have all the Highlights of Isle of Skye for a multi-day trip to get you away from the crowds and expensive tours.
But first, for those that have not already hear …What is Skye?
The Isle of Skye, named ‘cloud island’ in Old Norse is the second-largest of Scotland’s islands but surely the most beautiful . A jumbled mess of mysterious moors, jagged mountain peaks, deep lochs and towering sea cliffs that has drawn man in for centuries…and today makes makes it Scotland’s biggest tourist destination after Edinburgh!
The other-worldly scenery here is always centre stage but this is a place fill of history and legends. The majority of tourists tend to stay in the small towns of Portree, Dunvegan and Trotternish..but if you have a car (and really you should here!) then freedom camping is a way to get away from it all and have a slice of Skye to yourself (read my Freedom camping guide here!). There is no doubt, this land is magic – You will be drawn in and never want to leave, every inch of this island draws ‘ohhhs’ and ‘ahhhs’ – A land seemingly untouched by the modern world. Be prepared however as the weather in this parts can change in an instant. Scotland is undoubtably moody, and will likely cause you problems …But you wouldn’t expect anything less from a worthy lassie now would you?
Highlights of Isle of Skye
A picture says a thousand world, or so they say, so I have presented below for you a visual feast of the best natural sites. All locations can be found easily by typing the names into Maps.Me [a free offline mapping service and one of my travel app you need to plan your next dream trip! ]. Just save their location and download the offline map and you will never get lost! Also be sure not to forget the entire island is one huge, stunning vista. Please drive slowly, pull over often and take in every each of this mythic land!
Sligachan Old Bridge
The Fairy Pools
Old Man of Storr
Staffin Beach (Look out for Dinosaur Footprints)
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The Fairy Glen
The Fairy Bridge
Bonus : Watch out for all the sheep!
Ideas For Where To Stay When Visiting The Isle of Skye Scotland!
Portree SYHA Hostelling
Affordable dormitories and private rooms. Probably the cheapest place to stay on the island. Heating throughout and close to Portree’s small port and its coloured houses –> Check it out
Top-rated loch-side accomodation offering luxury and peaceful stay. A converted vicar’s house now offering a great base to explore Skye –> Check it out
Spoil yourself a little and mix rugged nature with refined elegance. All the comforts of staying at home, and then some. A must-stay if it’s in your budget! –> Check it out