The largest of the Inner Hebrides islands and often featuring in the top 10 best islands in the world, the Isle of Skye is one of the most accessible of the Scottish Islands, reached via the Kyle of Lochalsh road bridge (A87) or via ferry boat trips from Mallaig. A mountainous island of great beauty, home to the Cuillin ridge, with ruined castles steeped in legend and acres of beautiful gardens in the warmer south, Skye is where you’ll find some of Scotland’s most famous landscapes and heritage sites from the coastal Old Man of Hoy to the promontory perched Eilean Donan Castle.
Each of the area regions on Skye have their own particular flavour, with the North West feeling like an island in itself – a land of coastal headlands, lochs, caves, pinnacles, high mountains and shear drop sea cliffs. Highlight attractions include the Talisker distillery in Carbost, the magnificent landscape of Loch Bracadale and coastal walking between Orbost and Neist Point. The North Eastern Trotternish Peninsula is a mecca for walkers, featuring challenging ridges, a jagged geology and on the coast the great eastern cliffs with iconic sites including Kilt Rock with its basalt columns and the famed Old Man of Hoy. Pick up ferries from small settlement Uig in the northeast to the Outer Hebrides.
Central Skye is the great mountainous hub of the Red Hills and Cuillins offering some of the most challenging hill walking in the Highlands. Don’t miss a boat trip on Loch Coruisk to view the seal colony here! An island with a breathtaking coastline dotted with hidden cove beaches and rich in wildlife, choose from a range of themed loch and coastal boat trips on the Isle of Skye, including not to be missed trips like that of the longest boat trip from Elgol to Loch Coruisk in the heart of the the Cuillin mountains. Hop aboard one of a choice of wildlife watching boat trips including seal, dolphin and whale watching trips.
The main town on the Isle of Skye is Portree, centrally situated and home to the Isle of Skye’s largest concentration of B&B, hotel, guest house and holiday cottage accommodation, alongside a good selection of cafes, shops and restaurants. Rich in emigration heritage – many poverty stricken townsfolk left from the Telford pier in Portree in the 1700s bound for North America, the town makes a great base from which to explore the island. Take a tour of the An Tuireann Arts Centre with on-site cafe and contemporary art and craft galleries showcasing the best of island art. Visitors can also pick up dolphin watching wildlife boat trips from Portree Harbour. Stay on one of the world’s favourite islands – Book Isle of Skye accommodation online now.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.