The Isle of Skye is a truly magical place steeped in the Gaelic tradition. There are many things to do in this corner of Scotland that will leave you stunned, thanks to the wonderful wild and untouched scenery. Even the name is fascinating! It seems to derive from Old Norse ski “foggy” or sgaith,which means “winged isle”. Sometimes, you feel the need to stay away from the chaos of the world, just to find the inner part of yourself. The landscape around us can help a lot. Isle of Skye will let you to completely immerse in the silence of nature. And if you love long walks and trekking, then this wonderful island is your destination!
Here is my top list of the best things to do in Skye Island 🙂
In the Centre of the Isle of Skye you can find:
1. Portree. It is a charming village surrounded by crags and cliffs, with a typical harbour lined by lovely colorful houses (which are restaurants, pubs, inns and hotels). A touch of color in the foggy Scottish days 🙂 In Portree you can really find everything and more. There are many shops of handmade products and sweets, such as the Vanilla Skye shop, which make delicious hand-made chocolates. In August you can also watch Skye Island Games.
In the North-West of Skye there are:
5. Dunvegan Castle. Where are all romantic people? This place is right for you! Here you can find the Fairy Flag, a flag of yellow silk. The legend tells that a fairy, who fell in love in the chief of the MacLeod clan, gave him this flag as a gift, to protect him and his clan.
7. Black Cuillin and the Red Hills. The Black Cuillins are dark-colored mountains, fascinating and disturbing at the same time. While the Black Cuillins form a circle, studded with spikes, around the Loch Corunisk, the Red Hills are rounded hills of pink granite. Perfect for hikers. Just remember to wear hiking boots.
10. Armadale. If you arrive at Skye Isle by ferry, Armadale village will be your stop. Get a short walk within the castle’s gardens and enjoy the leafy trails! Then, if you are with kids, you could enjoy Armadale activities, such as Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Axe Throwing, Air Rifle Shooting. 1 hour is about £20 per person.
How to get to Isle of Skye
You can get to the Isle of Skye through 2 ways:
- The island is connected to the mainland by the Skye Bridge, which is a road bridge over the Loch Alsh. If you are traveling to Scotland car the bridge is the best way to get to the island. The round trip cost is about £11.40. Moreover, the island is very close to the beautiful Eilean Donan Castle. If you come from the North, head to Inverness and cross the bridge;
- The other way is by ferry, which links Mallaig to Armadale in the South East of the Isle of Skye. The adult price for one way is £4.65. The ferry belongs to CalMac Ferries company. It takes only 30 minutes. This solution is less practical. I do not recommend it, if you have little time to visit the island.
Scotland is a fairy country, nice for introspective people who want to live the nature to the fullest.
Do you know other places in the Isle of Skye?