Isle of Skye
It takes around 5 hours to drive direct from Edinburgh to the Isle of Skye.
The route is beautiful and you will see some of Scotlands most recognisable landscapes including Munro’s, Loch’s and moorland.
Total time/distance: 3/5 days from Edinburgh
Explore the Isle of Skye
Skye is a BIG island and incredibly busy especially in the summer months. We recommend you book campsites and ferry (if not using the bridge) in advance.
If you are heading to the north end of the island where you can take in the view of the Outer Hebrides and the island from the Duntulm viewpoint, it will take you about 2 hours from the Skye Bridge.
Skye is well documented and is a highly desired destination for people visiting Scotland as well as for the people who live here. The locals speak Gaelic and, like much of the West Coast and Islands, they cut peat for their fires and live a crofting lifestyle which is no easy task in the rugged terrain. You will see sheep and highland cattle as well as red deer, roe deer and eagles. At night you will witness the most incredible night skies and if you are lucky you may see the Northern Lights.
The main town of Portree will be a good place to stock up and from there you can make your way around the island and visit the Fairy Pools at Glenbrittle. Also not to be missed are: The Storr on the Trotternish Peninsula; Quirang, an ancient landslide on the Trotternish Peninsula; Dunvegan Castle, the seat of the Clan MacLeod of MacLeod, Loch Coruisk, an inland fresh water loch at the foot of the Black Cuillin; Coral Beach, hidden away on the shores of Loch Dunvegan.
If you have time then make your way to the magical Fairy Glen. Take the A87 north from Portree and turn right just before the Uig Hotel. This is a small road and there are no signposts but once you have driven for about 5 minutes you will see a footpath to the Fairy Glen.
The list is endless; every view is worth the trip and for hill walkers there are more walks than we can even begin to suggest. Be aware that the weather can change in a second, one minute the sun is shining but as you head up into the mountains anything goes, hail, mist, rain and snow are all possible, so please be prepared.
Useful to know
Camping is possible at https://www.dunvegancastle.com/glenbrittle/campsite/
Art, craft, coffee and cake – https://www.ellishaddergallery.co.uk