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Isle of Skye
Inner Hebrides remote Scottish Island, rugged wilderness
Region: Scotland
Pronounced: ii-yl ov ski
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Time to spend here: 1 - 3 days
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Isle of Skye, Scotland

Isle of SkyeIsle of Skye

Skye is Scotland’s largest island, full of beauty and a variety of scenery. Though often cloudy (Skye is the Norse word for cloud!) this actually can bring a sense of mystery to the island, and any rain showers are more than made up for by the spectacular mountain scenery which include the unmissable Cuillin Ridge; extensive wildlife and a range of activities including walking, cycling, pony trekking and a host of boat trips to choose from.  It also has a milder climate than you might imagine for somewhere as far north, making it much more hospitable than some of the Scottish Highlands.

Portree is the island’s main town. Its picturesque natural harbour has beautifully coloured houses surrounded by high cliffs, and many of the town’s main activities take place here. The town is the main cultural centre for the island with concerts, exhibitions and theatre

Take a look at our favourite Skye video as Danny Macaskill cycles the Cuillin Hills Ridge
Local Activities
Cuillin Hills
Cuillin Hotels, Isle of Skye
SkyeThe spectacular Cuillin Hills present an array of opportunities for adventure seekers with some challenging hiking or rock climbing. It’s also possible for the less adventurous to enjoy the fabulous scenery with plenty of lower level trails which still give a great impression of one of Britain’s best mountain ranges.
Boat Trip
Isle of Skye Boat Trip
SkyeThe Skye’s coastline provides many water sports opportunities with Sea Kayaking being particularly popular. You can also take one of the many boat trips where you can get close to and learn about the marine life in the area.
Armadale Castle
Armadale Castle, Isle of Skye
SkyeIf you took the ferry from Mallaig, then you’ll arrive at Armadale, where you’ll find Armadale Castle and the beautiful gardens which lead out onto a longer nature trail which leads out on to some stunning views of the Cuillin Hills and the Sleat Peninsular. Within the same estate, you’ll also find the Museum of the Isles which traces the history of the Highlands and Islands through the eyes of the McDonald Clan.  
Dunvegan Castle
Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye
SkyeDunvegan Castle is the island’s most historic building, with some of the building is thought to date from the 9th century and has been home to the Chiefs of Clan Macleod for 800 years, and is the oldest continuously lived in castle in Scotland. Inside you can see many fine paintings and clan treasures including the ‘Fairy flag’. You can enjoy a tour of the castle and grounds which include some delightful gardens. You can also take boat trips out to view seals in Loch Dunvegan as well as fishing trips.
Trotternish Peninsular
Trotternish Peninsular, Isle of Skye
SkyeTrotternish Peninsular contains some of the most striking landscapes in Scotland, including the Old Man of Storr, which is one of a few rock pinnacles that stick up in front of The Storr – part of the long Trotternish Ridge, formed from volcanic activity. The peninsular also has the Skye Museum of Island Life which includes 7 thatched cottages – 4 of which are furnished as they would have been during the 1800s. The museum also includes many historical documents about the island. The Ruins of the 14th century Duntulm Castle are positioned on a dramatic cliff-top looking towards the islands of the Outer Hebrides.  At the northern end of the Trotternish Ridge lie the Quiraing – an amazing landscape of rock formations.
What can I see in the area?
Eilean Donan Castle
Eilean Donan Castle, Isle of Skye
SkyeThe iconic Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most visited attractions in the Scottish Highlands and can be visited on the way to Skye from Inverness or alternatively on a boat trip from the island. It has been used as a location for many Hollywood movies and is simply an idyllic Scottish Castle.
Outer Hebrides
Outer Hebrides
SkyeFrom Skye you can take a ferry to the islands known as the Outer Hebrides which includes Uist and Barra to the south and Harris and Lewis to the north. To the west of the Isle of Lewis you’ll find the Callanish Standing stones which date back to 2900 BC.
Multi-attraction Passes Recommended for this destination:
Historic Scotland Pass

Historic Scotland pass
This is a great base for exploring:
Outer Hebrdies, Isle of Lewis
Transport options in this area: You reach the Isle on a ferry. Island transport here is limited so a vehicle is very useful!
Did you know:
Traditionally on Skye 'Whistling up the wind' is considered unlucky, summoning a gale that may lead to the loss of the boat.
Film locations:
Made of Honour 2008
Fort William Fort William Inverness Orkney
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