The Isle of Skye is one of the places in Scotland that visitors to the country cannot get enough of. It’s far from the city bustle and the town gives you a feeling of serenity. The rolling waves and blue waters can calm you from any anxiousness.
So visitors who wish to experience the countryside life of Scotland are often referred to the Skye of Isle. One day is never enough to see the whole of the Skye. So whether it’s two or three days, here is a list of the must-see sights on the Isle of Skye.
1. Old Man of Storr
One of the most photographed landscapes on the Isle of Skye is the Old Man of Storr. It takes a wee bit of hiking before you access the best viewpoints but the effort is all worth it. It is easily accessible from the town of Portree. You can ask your hotel’s staff about how to get there and arrange you a transport service.
2. Rubha nam Brathairean (Brother’s Point)
There are so many gems in the Isle of Sky and the Brother’s Point is just one of them. Like the Old Man of Storrr, it will also take you a short hike before the majestic scene appears before you. Only a few people visit this place, making it a much better experience if you are up for a relaxing time and want to skip the long lines found in most tourist spots.
3. Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls
If you are out for a long trip for the day, you can go from the Brother’s Point to the Kilt Rock. Another fascinating spot at the Isle of Skye, the Kilt Rock is just a few kilometers away from the Brother’s Point. You will be dropped off at the A855 and from there, you can walk out to the viewpoint. In one direction you will see Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls. For epic views of the Isle of Skye with very little hiking, this quick stop is worth it.
The name may be odd but the view is the exact opposite. More amazing views await you at the Quiraing. From the parking lot, you can see more amazing Isle of Skye landscapes. For those who want to go a little farther, there is a terrific 4.5 mile hike that will give you even better views.
5. Dunvegan Castle
A tour to the UK will never be complete without seeing any castle. Built on a rocky outcrop on the shores of Loch Dunvegan, Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and has been the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for 800 years. Award-winning gardens, seal boat trips, cafe, gift shops, and holiday cottages are other things you’ll love about this castle.
6. Neist Point
Another very popular site on the Isle of Skye is located near Dunvegan. Unlike the other spots we mentioned earlier, the Neist Point sees so many people who watch the sunset at the end of the day. So when you come here, expect large crowds of people and an overflowing car park, especially during the busy summer months. Yes, it is worth seeing, but the crowds of people take away from some of the enjoyment. If you are short on time, Brother’s Point is a similar but much better experience.
7. Fairy Glen
Located on the Trotternish Loop, this is another spot that gets overlooked by many visitors and it’s unfortunate that they can’t experience the beauty of this place just because they aren’t aware so were leaving this here. It’s small, quick to visit, and very easy to hike. If there is any place that you could possibly spot a fairy on the Isle of Skye, this is the one.
8. Talisker Distillery
Talisker Distillery is the only whisky distillery on the Isle of Skye. Take a tour, taste some whisky, and bring some home as a souvenir.
9. The Fairy Pools
This is another very popular destination on the Isle of Skye. It’s an easy walk along a series of waterfalls, making it perfect for people of all ages and activity levels. If you are short on time, skip the Fairy Pools and visit the Fairy Glen instead.
Elgol is located on the southwestern coast of Isle of Skye. It’s another place that very few visitors seem to get to. The coastal views are amazing. If you have the time, day trips from Elgol to Loch Coruisk sound amazing, with stunning scenery and chances to spot wildlife.
How to Get to the Isle of Skye
The fastest way going to the Isle of Skye is via Inverness. These two Highlands towns are just over a hundred miles away. Foreign travelers can book their flights to the Inverness Airport and get on a public transport like the bus or train going to the island and the travel may last for over 2 hours.
The train goes as far as Kyle of Lochalsh, and then you need to catch a bus on to Portree. Or you can go all the way from Inverness to Portree by Citylink bus. Both routes are scenic so you will enjoy either way.
A more comfortable way of traveling to the Isle of Skye, though, is via taxi hire. Not only is it fast, but you will also benefit from the privacy of your trip. You can even ask your taxis service to stop on scenic spots for some photo ops.
From your arrival at the Inverness airport, your pre-booked taxi service can pick you up and drive you directly to the Isle of Skye. But if you are only planning to see the Skye as a part of your one-week Scotland getaway, then you can always pre-book your services to the island via booking apps.
The Inverness Taxis has served the Scotts and the tourists in their in-city tours as well as their out of the town trips. You can simply install our Inverness Taxis mobile app and specify the service and vehicle type you like for your transport. You will need to prepare for the price, though, as out of town service can be a bit pricey.
Book with Inverness Taxis today to get to the Isle of Sky fast and comfy and experience the real wonders of the island.