Scotland | Isle of Skye

Even though I’ve only actually been to Skye twice, I love the place.  The first time was in January 2018 and it felt like we were the only people on the island apart from locals. Portree was empty, everything was closed and at all the landmarks there was nobody… so perfect! The second time was the polar opposite, being in the height of summer and absolutely mobbed. 

 

Below are some of the spots that you have to go if you’re planning a trip to Skye.

 

  • Portree: The most populated town on Skye and is seen as the island’s capital. My first time visiting Skye I stayed in a BnB in Portree so had the chance the wander around. Portree has many food options like takeaways and hotels, but the things you will see most are hostels and BnB’s - they’re everywhere! Portree is the perfect hub for doing things on Skye. We went on day trips in January, using Portree as a place to refuel and sleep before more adventures the next day.

 

  • Quiraing: In the Trotternish region in Northern Skye is the landslip known as the Quiraing. The landscape from the top of the winding road is epic and it feels like you’re on the set of a Lord of The Rings movie. There is a 6.5km hill circuit starting the top of the road or near Staffin but I’ve not done it yet.

 

  • Old Man of Storr: Shamefully, I haven’t hiked up to the Storr yet. Trust me, its on the list for next time. Sadly the weather has been terrible on both occasions.

 

  • Neist Point: On the most westerly point on Skye you will find Neist Point viewpoint and lighthouse. The very impressive cliffs and view can make for some awesome photos but take caution if its windy.

 

  • Kilt Rock: It was quite a surprise to me on my second visit at how busy this spot was. It is simply a car park and viewpoint just off the main road where you can see Kilt Rock waterfall and the vertical basalt columns of Kilt Rock.

 

  • Fairy Pools: On the road to Glenbrittle is the car park for the Fairy Pools. About 30 mins walk will take you to the different levels of pools. I have to admit when I went I was quite underwhelmed by them, but I’ll give it a second chance next time.

© James Lilley 2018