Isle of Skye Travel Guide

The picturesque Isle of Skye can be found in the Inner Hebrides region of Scotland and is famous for its wild natural beauty. This is the largest island on the west coast of Scotland and a number of smaller neighbouring islands such as Islay, Mull and Jura can be reached easily from Skye. The island is also linked to the mainland by a bridge and this is the perfect place for nature lovers to use as a base while exploring this stunning part of Scotland. The port of Portree on Skye also boasts a good number of amenities for visitors to make use of.

Things to see and do on the Isle of Skye

People who have a love for hiking and really want to get a feel for the wild beauty of Skye should take the time to go hiking through the Cuillin. This is a long dramatic mountain range that runs through Skye and the sheer, jagged rawness of the area is marked by several well worn hiking trails for visitors to make use of.

Trotternish Peninsula – Isle of Skye, Scotland

The Old Man, a pinnacle of crumbling basalt (50m or 164ft high) in the rocky hill named the Storr on the Trotternish peninsula of the Isle of Skye.

A large number of enchanting rock formations are just waiting to be discovered by people who explore the Trotternish Peninsula. The long and rugged coastline here is set with picturesque viewpoints where visitors can pause to soak up the scenery and the section that runs from Staffin to Uig is hailed as being one of the most scenic areas of Skye.

Trekking two miles south from the tiny village of Staffin will take visitors to the enchanting Kilt Rock and Waterfall. The dramatic cliff face here takes its name from its resemblance to a kilt and there is a nearby viewpoint where visitors can capture the beauty of the area on camera.

Fairy Pools – Isle of Skye, Scotland

People swim in the natural rock pools on the River Brittle in Skye, Scotland.

Hidden in a small valley of dramatic cone shaped hills, Fairy Valley is just waiting to be discovered. The fact that the valley is rather secluded only adds to its charm and this feels like a truly magical place where almost anything could happen.

Visitors can take a boat trip from the pretty village of Elgol to Lock Coruisk, which is said by many people to be the most picturesque loch in the whole of Scotland. This is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a picnic while soaking up the stunning lake and mountain scenery.

Climate conditions

It tends to get very chilly in this part of Scotland, especially during the winter months, and rainfall can be expected virtually every day of the year. The warmest and driest months are June to August and this is a good time for nature lovers to explore Skye.