Need help with your Scottish vacation? Look no further! The Isle of Skye is one of the most visited places in Scotland. You seriously CANNOT miss the opportunity plunge into the cold Fairy Pools, watch otters play, or eat haggis among the highlands. Check out our recommendations for this beautifully picturesque area of the UK.
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What is the Isle of Skye?
The Isle of Skye is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides and is 50 miles long. No matter how long your trip, this is one part of the highlands that should not be overlooked. Not only is it one of the top destinations in the entire country, but it boasts exceptional scenery, activities, beautiful accommodations, and traditional Scottish foods.
How do you get there?
First you will fly into Glasgow, the closest International Airport to the island. From there, domestic flights can be booked to Inverness. You can also rent a car from Glasgow to the Isle of Skye which will take you about 5 1/2 hours.
What to Expect
This glorious island is the largest of all the major islands in the northern point of the Scottish Inner Hebrides. A rather chilly place to visit, July is the most ideal month to visit with temperatures hovering on at an average of 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Most visitors arrive in the summer months; however, should you plan your trip for a different time of year, pack a warm waterproof jacket! The scenery, landscapes, locals, and activities will blow your mind and make it worthwhile regardless of the weather conditions.
Popular Things to Do:
1. Fairy Pools
One of the more popular things to do on Skye is swimming in the Fairy Pools in the village of Carbost. These gorgeous clear pools are at the edge of the River Brittle and the perfect refresher after a hike or a long trip to the island. The water is quite chilly so it attracts the more daring! Bring a towel, a fleece sweater, and take the icy plunge! You will be happy you did.
2. Hike the Old Man of Storr
This trail is deemed the busiest and most popular on the island. If you decide to journey up the Old Man of Storr, time it right – early in the morning, or later in the day for the sunset. This ancient natural landslide has been a photographer’s haven for decades- in fact, it is one of the most photographed and videoed areas in all of Scotland.
3. Dunvegan Castle
Are you a castle enthusiast? If you are, you cannot miss a visit to the Dunvegan Castle. It is the oldest castle in all of Scotland and was the residence of the Macleod clan for 800 years!
4. Otter Watch Tour
Hire a wildlife guide and check out these adorable creatures in their natural habitat! As they are one of the more prevalent animals on the island, you simply cannot miss an opportunity to see them at play.
5. Eat at the Three Chimneys Restaurant
Any foodie on a trip to the island cannot miss a chance to eat here. It has won numerous awards and serves up some of the best artistic fare in Scotland using fresh local produce. Enjoy romantic meals by candlelight surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. Reservations are essential.
6. Coral Beach
Last but not least, don’t forget to head to Coral Beach for a stroll. As crazy as that sounds with weather patterns usually involving rain and winds, you don’t want to miss the chance to enjoy the sands of this beautiful island. The walks are fun no matter what the weather, but if you catch it on a sunny day, you just may forget that you are in the Scottish highlands and not the Caribbean.
This is just a snippet of the many things to do here. Upon arrival, ask the concierge at your hotel for further recommendations!
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About the Author
Janine Good// Fill My Passport
Janine is an active traveller who enjoys uncovering untold stories, writing about her adventures to 40 countries, and has yet to find a cupcake she doesn’t like. She thrives on discovering adventure honeymoon destinations readers will surely love. Many thanks for stopping by.