The Isle of Skye is Scotland’s second largest and amongst its most beautiful islands. It is situated just off the west Highland coast and conveniently connected to the mainland by the Skye Bridge or by ferry.
Skye is renowned for its dramatic mountainous terrain, sea lochs and stunning coastline, pristine nature and rich cultural and historical heritage, providing one of the most exquisite cottage holiday breaks in Scotland.
Skye is a world class destination for walkers and climbers. The Cuillin Range and Trotternish Ridge offer challenging climbs and interesting scrambles. The Cuillins have 12 Munros – peaks above 3000ft (914m).
For those who don’t fancy climbing a Munro, the Quiraing – an array of unusual rock formations and high cliffs – will appeal to you. Experience the unique collection of pinnacles, crags and bluffs on the 6.8km circular walk.
One of Skye’s most popular geographic wonders is the majestic Old Man of Storr. This dramatic rock formation on the Trotternish Ridge has captured imaginations for centuries. This rocky hill offers great views of the surrounding area, not to mention an enjoyable walking location.
A spectacular sunset walk can be found at Neist Point. A very easy walk leads you to the lighthouse and some of the most jaw-dropping views on the island. Look out over the sea and if you can spot whales, dolphins, porpoises or basking sharks.
Skye is full of wildlife. You can see dolphins, porpoises and minke whales from the shore at Neist Point, visit the Ring of Bright Water interactive wildlife visitor centre with a live otter webcam or maybe hop on a boat trip to Loch Dunvegan seal colony.
Dunvegan Castle dates back to the 14th century and has been the fortress castle of clan Macleod for hundreds of years. The castle’s five acres of formal gardens are famous throughout Scotland and encompass a Water Garden, Rose Garden, Walled Garden and woodland walks, providing a hidden oasis for an eclectic mix of flowers, exotic plants, specimen trees and shimmering pools fed by waterfalls and streams flowing down to the sea.
Also of interest is the extensive Clan Donald Estate on the Sleat peninsula, where you’ll find great walks through the beautiful estate, gardens, wildlife, wonderful views and a museum.
The Talisker Distillery offers a fascinating insight into the heritage of Skye’s only single malt along with the opportunity to sample what is often regarded as one of Scotland’s finest whisky. There are two new distilleries on Skye, Torabhaig, near Sleat, and the Raasay Distillery on the Isle of Raasay, both established in 2017.