The Isle of Skye’s rugged landscape and breath-taking views make for the perfect trip.
Why you should go: Home to many of Scotland’s most iconic views, Skye is the second-largest of the islands. Awe-inspiring mountains and magnificent lochs are ready for you to explore. It can be known as ‘the misty isle’, but don’t let that put you off – there are castles shrouded in history and cosy pubs for you to explore when the infamous mist sneaks in.
What to do when you’re there: Explore Skye on foot for the best views – our recommended walks are below. For the experienced climber, you can tackle the challenging slopes of the Cuillins mountain range. There’s a wealth of history and natural wonders to explore on the island: explore Dunvegan Castle, the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland, or be enchanted by the famous Fairy Pools, popular with photographers.
Recommended route: Visit the distinctive view of the Quiraing:
Or, for more of an adventure, discover the iconic pinnacle, The Old Man of Storr…
Top hiking maps: OS 1:50,000 scale Landranger mapping for the Southern Highlands and Hebrides.
Interesting fact: The coastline of Skye is approximately 400 miles long, with bays, stacks, caves, waterfalls and even more epic places to explore.
Top tip: If you’re planning to stay in or visit the remote parts of the island, hiring a car is necessary. You’ll be able to experience the best of Skye with flexibility and at your own pace.