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.
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 tourists in for centuries…and today makes it Scotland’s biggest tourist destination after Edinburgh!
The other-worldly scenery here is always center stage but this is a place full 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!
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 undoubtedly moody, and will likely cause you problems …But you wouldn’t expect anything less from a worthy lassie now, would you?
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!
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 colored 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
So there you it, the Highlights of Isle of Skye to make your perfect road trip less stressful. Of course, for zero stress you will need this guide for how to actually plan a road trip around Skye! If you are looking for other ideas to join up with your trip how about camping at James Bond’s Skyfall Location or visiting the Isle of Muck. And don’t forget Hogmanay in Edinburgh!
Now you're all set and prepared to explore our big wide world, why not sort out everything else out all in one go? If necessary for your travel plans make sure you have brought proper travel insurance, protected your privacy by getting a secure VPN, compared all the top hotel booking sites to find just what you're after, reserved an unbeatable rental car price and - of course - booked the best flight deals!
Many budget travelers (including me) indulge in worldwide airport lounge access, so we can experience luxury while still slumming it in economy. Naturally, we would never leave home without a more a more general travel guide since we couldn’t possibly cover everything here!
Just add an adventurous attitude and plenty of smiles - they go a long way - and that about covers it all! Now go out, find your own path and don't forget to share your best inspiration stories with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram...I'd love to hear from you!