Must-Sees on the Isle of Skye


No trip to Scotland is complete without basking in the beauty of the Hebrides. The Hebrides are located about 30 miles from the main land and are a chain of islands – mainly they are divided into the Inner and the Outer. The isle of Skype is the largest island of the Inner archipelago.

Here are five spots you can’t miss on Scotland’s largest inner island:

The Old Man of Storr: Located in the Trotternish peninsula, this series of strange and beautiful rock features are the result of a landslide, the remnants of which stretch for nineteen miles. You might recognize its most famous rock, the Old Man of Storr, from recent films like Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman.

Fairy Pools of Glen Brittle: For a picturesque hike to some magical waters, mosey to Glen Brittle where you’ll find the crystal clear waterfalls and pools. If you’re brave, take a dip in the bone-chilling water and see the natural underwater arch.

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Talisker Distillery: Head to Carbost for a look at the isle’s only distillery. Founded in 1831–and a favorite among writers like Robert Louis Stevenson–Talisker produces a premium single malt Scotch whiskey. Visitors can take tours, tasting or otherwise, to get a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes of production.

Portree: Considered the capital of the Isle of Skye, Portree is a quaint town you can use as a home base to explore (we recommend Bayfield Backpackers!), rent a car, or stop in for a great espresso or lovely sandwich at Cafe Arriba.

Claigan Coral Beach: Walk or picnic at the Coral Beach whose particular coral turns the water a stunning shade of blue when the light is right. And on your way out, maybe pay a visit to nearby Dunvegan Castle!

Have you ever been to the Isle of Skye? What did we miss? Share in the comments below!


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Sara learned the value of travel at an early age, on annual family trips in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Not to be relegated to the North American continent, she made her first trip overseas at the age of 13 and has been finding ways to travel ever since. She has explored Etruscan tombs in Italy, made hostel beds in Ireland, and hiked volcanoes in Costa Rica. Follow her travels near and far at

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