The Isle of Skye is one of the most famous island locations in Scotland. With so many natural landmarks you can visit castles, small towns, pubs, manicured gardens, nature reserves, hiking trails and wonderful mountain ranges. If you love the great outdoors and big skies, the Isle of Skye is a must-visit.
Translated from Norse sky-a, means ‘cloud island’, a Viking reference to the frequently-mist-enshrouded Cuillin Hills. Skye is the second biggest of Scotland’s islands, consisting of a 50-mile-long zig zag shape of nature reserves, spartan moors, sharp mountains, deep lochs and imposing sea cliffs. The breathtaking scenery is the Skye’s chief attraction, there are also plenty of man-made attractions to spend time enjoying too.
After Edinburgh and Loch Ness, Skye is Scotland’s third most popular tourist destination. It’s still possible to avoid the crowds so vast are the tracts of open country. For company and a lively time stick to the settlements of Portree, Dunvegan and Trotternish. Nonetheless, you don’t have to go far to find some peace and quiet on the Isle of Skye.
Come to the Isle of Skye well-prepared. Dress well as the weather is unpredictable even at the height of summer, and then nothing can spoil your fun.
Portree is the capital of the Isle of Skye, at the head of Loch Portree and the Sound of Raasay. The town is the hub to the island's tours and walks. Close to the Skye Bridge, it is a great centre for tourism, with its harbour and broad selection of eateries and pubs. Portree is well known for its colourful buildings lining the harbour. It’s also home to cosy, traditional pubs, and a range of good shops for supplies. So if you need some respite from the bold, open spaces and solitude of the rural parts of Skye, drop into Portree for a few hours. Our lovely holiday rental Benview Cottage is a short 35 minutes away.
Neist Point Lighthouse
Neist Point Lighthouse is located at the most westerly point of Skye. With unrivalled views over Moonen Bay to Waterstein Head, this spectacular landmark is high on any lighthouse bagger’s lists and must not be missed. Sgurr Mor House is a 10-minute drive from the lighthouse.
Perched above a pretty loch, Dunvegan Castle is a majestic landmark. As the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland, Dunvegan is a key attraction on the Isle of Skye. It has spectacular views and walks all around Loch Dunvegan. Dunhallin Ard is a few miles from Dunvegan Castle in the hamlet of Waternish.
At the foot of the Black Cuillins, the Fairy Pools are beautiful, clear blue pools on the River Brittle. Perfect for wild swimming, these outlandish pools are a must-see. We can’t guarantee the temperature of the water will be warm but we can say it’s an unforgettable experience. The lovely Rowan Glenbrittle Cottage is just a 10-minute walk away. The house has excellent mountain views from its conservatory.
Elgol is an enchanting, rugged village profiled by the Cuillin mountains. A single-track road will lead you to a magnificent rocky beach. In stormy weather, this is one of Skye’s most dramatic scenes.
Black Cuillin mountains
The Black Cuillin range spans over several rocky mountains, snow-capped in winter and perfect for keen climbers in the summer. Or, for something a little less ambitious, investigate Claigan Coral Beach which is one of the most spectacular beaches on the Isle of Skye. The beach is made of fossilised and sun-bleached algae and, at low tide, allows visitors to explore the island of Lampay. Take a stroll across at low tide to see Scottish wildlife and nature at its unspoilt best. Hike the Trotternish Ridge, one of the best walking trails in Scotland, see the Old Man of Storr which is a huge pinnacle of rock which can be seen for miles on the island. The ridge is one of the most photographed hill ranges in the world. It’s an arduous walk so prepare well. This beauty has to be earnt.
We have a number of lovely cottages on the Isle of Skye. Why not take a look at our collection for yourself?