The Island of Skye is situated off the West Coast of mainland Scotland. It’s the largest and best known of the Inner Hebrides. It’s also like no other place we’ve ever seen before! With ragged landscapes, natural beauty and magical coastlines Skye has a lot to offer and is the perfect winter getaway!
These are 6 of our favourite places to visit!
Old Man of Storr
One of Isle of Skye’s most iconic spots! The Storr is a rocky hill on the Trotternish peninsula. We hiked up to the Old Man of Storr to watch the sunrise, the entire hike is 3 miles but it’s worth it when you get up there! With a beautiful view of the island and being able to watch the sun rise over the sea was one of our highlights.
The Old Man of Storr is located on the north of Skye in the area known as Trotternish. The start of the walk is by the main road from Portree to Staffin and there’s a carpark at the bottom so it’s easily accessible.
Portree is a the largest town on the east side of the Island and is the capital of the island but it’s still a very small fishing village! With its colourful houses and quaint cafes it’s the perfect place to explore when you need a break from all the hiking!
You can have the opportunity to see the white-tailed eagle (the largest bird of prey in Britain) by taking a boat trip from Portree from the harbour.
The Fairy Pools
The Fairy Pools are located near the village of Carbost in Glenbrittle. They’re known for their rock pools of crystal clear spring water on the river Brittle fed by multiple waterfalls. The water of the Fairy Pools is crystal clear, perfect for any adventurous (or crazy!) swimmers brave enough to enter the icy water!
The complete distance there and back to the first main waterfall and pool is 1.5 miles with the average time to complete the walk being 40 minutes.
Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls
Kilt Rock is a sea cliff in north east Trotternish, in between Portree and Staffin and is famous for the Mealt Waterfall which dramatically freefalls off the cliff for 60m into the Sound of Raasay below. There is a carpark next to the view point for easy access to see the waterfall without any walking. It’s a one of a kind place to see as there aren’t that many waterfalls that empty into the sea in the world!
Neist Point lighthouse
Neist Point is one of the most famous lighthouses in Scotland and is at the most westerly point of Skye near Glendale. It’s an easy 45 minute walk down to the lighthouse and a beautiful location to watch the sunset.
The Quiraing is a landslip on the eastern face of Meall na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish on the Isle of Skye. You can hike around the entire Quiraing which is about 4.5 miles. You don’t have to hike to get an amazing view of the dramatic cliffs and the view to the sea as it’s just a couple minutes walk from the carpark you can get the stunning views while watching the sun come up!
Where we stayed
We stayed at a little cottage called ‘The Croft’ in Staffin, which made our trip perfect! Warm and cosy and in a great location to see all our favourite points on the island.
Please comment below if you’ve been to Skye and have any suggestions to add to our must-see list!