It is hard to name the Top 5 Places to Visit on the Isle of Skye as there are so many worthy places to include. We give below 5 of the most visited by our past guests.
The Old Man of Storr is a towering pinnacle of basalt rock formed by ancient lava flows. Located on the Trotternish Ridge in the north of Skye, it is one of the island’s most iconic sights. The steep climb to the top offers stunning views of the surrounding landscape, and there is plenty of myth and folklore surrounding its formation. If you’re looking for a challenging walk with breathtaking scenery, the Old Man of Storr is a must-visit. You can find out more about it here
Talisker Beach is a secluded beach located on the western coast of Skye. With its pebbly beach and crashing waves, it is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island and offers stunning views of the sea. There are plenty of walks in the area to explore, and nearby Talisker Distillery is also worth a visit. You can get helpful walking advice here
The Quiraing is a dramatic landscape of rocky cliffs, pinnacles and bizarre rock formations located in the north east of Skye. It offers incredible views from the top, and there are different walks available in the area, depending on your level of ability. There’s also plenty of myth and folklore that surrounds its formation. Find out more here
Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls is a dramatic sea cliff with a waterfall cascading down its side. It offers stunning views of the sea and nearby islands, as well as plenty of myth and folklore surrounding its formation. If you’re looking for a great way to relax and enjoy some beautiful scenery, Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls is definitely worth a visit. Find out more here
Dunvegan Castle is an 800 year old castle perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking Loch Dunvegan. It has a rich history and culture that makes it one of the most interesting places to visit on Skye. There are plenty of activities to do in the area such as boat tours, and nature walks. Dunvegan Castle is a must-visit if you’re looking to get an insight into Skye’s past. After visiting the Castle call into Dunvegan village where there are a vareity of craft shops and places to eat. Visit the Castle website here
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The year of Coasts and waters 2020-21 has not been as accessible as many would have liked, due to our current restrictions. But you can still access online. I’d like to share with you some of the fantastic coastline and water activities available on Skye, which will still be here when you can come in person. Think of it as a planning blog.
The coastline of Skye varies dramatically. From the cliff face at Kilt Rock to the sweeping bay at Coral Beach.
With rugged headlands, mountain streams, cascading waterfalls, Skye has it all. There are many walks that take you along the coastal paths. You never know what you might find there. One such walk, we have still to do, is from Glen Brittle to Rubh an Dunain. A peninsula that stretches from Glen Brittle beach in the shadow of the Cuillin. This is an eight mile walk taking you to an old settlement and Viking stronghold. Here you will be able to see a canal dug out, making the loch accessible to their longboats. You can find a walking map and more information on the Walking Highlands website: Rubh’ an Dunain, Glen Brittle
With water all around, the possibilities are endless. There is something for everyone. From a high speed rib boat trip to see the rugged coastline and hidden caves, to a boat trip over to the Isle of Rona whilst enjoying a meal of fresh seafood, sourced locally. You can go canoeing, canyoning or river tubing. And if you enjoy wild swimming, well the island is your oyster. You can find out more about what is on offer on our website page Exploring Skye.
If you enjoy seafood you won’t be disappointed on Skye, with fishing all around the coast. The restaurants on the island serve some of the best seafood dishes around and if you want to take some home, you can regularly buy them straight from the boats on the quayside. Find out more about these restaurants here Restaurants on Skye
There is an abundance of wildlife around the coasts of Skye. There are boat trips taking you out to sea to see Minke whales, seals and sea eagles to name but a few. But you can also see them on foot whilst on your walks. If you are lucky, you may see an otter.
Visit Scotland have done a Year of Coasts and Waters Travel Guide which you might like to look at Year of Coasts and Waters Travel
Skye has featured in four television programmes recently showing the stunning scenery and meeting locals. Why not have a look from the comfort of your arm chair:
Darcey Bussell’s Wild Coasts of Scotland on More4
Sandi Toksvig’s Extraordinary Escapes on More4
Paul Murton’s Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs on BBC!
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