30 second adventure guide: Isle of Skye, Scotland

Posted on 05/05/2017

The Isle of Skye’s rugged landscape and breath-taking views make for the perfect trip.

Portree, Isle of Skye

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.

Isle of Skye: Fairy Pools

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.

The Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye

Where to stay: Portree Youth Hostel is located in the capital of the Isle of Skye, ideal for outdoor adventurers. For something a bit different, you could try the Isle of Skye Pod.


Where to eat: Visit Loch Bay for contemporary Scottish and seafood dishes by Chef Michael Smith, or try a ‘better than home-made’ pie at the Skye Pie Café.

Isle of Skye: River Sligachan, Cuillins in background

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.


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