Things To See & Do
The towering Cuillin Range dominates the landscape, its sometime snow-capped peaks visible from most parts of the Isle of Skye to tempt serious walkers and climbers. However, there is plenty of gentler walking to be found elsewhere, from the eerie “Old Man of Storr” and the dramatic cliffs of the Quiraing on the northerly Trotternish peninsula, to the sheltered Bracadale area on the west coast, with its stunning views of the Outer Hebrides.
The town of Portree, with its attractive painted harbour, is well worth a visit, as is historic Dunvegan Castle and Gardens up in the north-west. Down in the far south of the island, the fertile Sleat peninsula is often referred to as the “Garden of Skye”. Here you’ll find Armadale Castle and the Museum of the Isles, plus more delightful walks out to the Point of Sleat, where the views of the small isles of Rum and Eigg are not to be missed.
A day-trip to the unspoilt neighbouring island of Raasay, complete with new whisky distillery, is also well worth considering for those who enjoy walking in the wild.
An Island of Myths and Legend
Read all about some of the myths and legends surrounding the Isle of Skye in this dramatic article from National Geographic Traveller magazine:
“Shaped like a raven’s wing spreading into the Sea of the Hebrides, Skye is a theatre of natural drama, where legends have played out for centuries. It’s a suitable setting for tales of warriors and witches, given the brooding mountains, moorland, tumbling waterfalls and loch-frayed coasts that hint at a violent, elemental past. Indeed, the weather on Scotland’s second-largest island is equally as dramatic as its landscapes, changing at a moment’s notice like the whims of a god. After all, it didn’t earn the nickname ‘Misty Isle’ for nothing.”
Of warrior-queens, fairies and feuding clans: exploring legends on the Isle of Skye
Travelling To & Around
Skye is easily accessible by road via the Skye Bridge, however those of a more romantic disposition can travel ‘Over the Sea to Skye’ via two sea routes from the mainland – by driving the ‘Road to the Isles’ from Fort William to Mallaig and taking the Mallaig-Armadale ferry or via the tiny Glenelg-Kylrea ferry.
Why not combine a visit to Skye with a trip to another Scottish island? The Isle of Mull provides a contrasting experience, with its colourful harbour capital of Tobermory and extensive wildlife spotting opportunities? Take a look at this six night self-drive Isles of Mull and Skye suggested holiday combination.
Although the railway itself does not reach Skye, the famous West Highland Line terminates at Mallaig from where it is an easy ferry hop to the majestic island. We specialise in tailor-made rail holidays, combining the freedom of a self-guided trip with the luxury of leaving the car behind. Meticulously planned to the last detail, shorter trips such as Premier West Highland Line to Skye are ideal for celebrating special occasions while the Grand Tour of Scotland by Train incorporates not only Skye but Inverness, Orkney and the Scottish Highlands.