TOP 5 PLACES TO GO IN ISLE OF SKYE

How do you begin to describe the Isle of Skye?  It is often referred to as, ‘another world’. And with its dramatic landscapes and magical views, it isn’t hard to see why. 

Here is our list of top 5 places that we recommend you visit while you’re there.

1; Old Man of Storr (Trotternish)

This is one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its beauty and its sheer scale. This really does have to be seen in person. The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that stands at 160 feet high. There are a couple of legends from this area, but one legend has it that Skye was once the land of giants, who roamed and regularly fought in some gory battles. During one of these battles, one of the giants was slain on the Trotternish Peninsula and abandoned where he fell until, eventually, the ground swallowed all but this point.

The Storr Car Park. If you are on public transport, a bus can be taken from Portree and stops near the car park.

2; Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls (Trotternish peninsula)

This 90 metre rock resembles a kilt and thus has been named so. Many visitors have reported that when the winds are strong, as they often are here, the landscape creates a sound of its own. Haunting, almost. From the clifftop viewpoint, you can get a good look at Mealt Falls, a waterfall that plummets at 328 feet over Kilt Rock. 

Parking – There is a car park which is not too sizeable and care is needed on the access road.

3; Fairy Pools (foot of the cuillins, Glenbrittle)

This stunning 2.4km walk has to be seen to be believed. The fairy pools are the location of the last battle of Coire na Creiche, between the MacLeods of Dunvegan and the McDonalds of Sleat. 

The crystalline waters and seemingly magical aura comes from the way these pools emit hues of various green and blue from underneath the surface. Legend has it that mythical creatures called selkies were attracted to these fairy pools and would transform into their human form at night to bathe in the light of the full moon. 

Parking – there is a small car park and a 2.4km walk to these pools.

4; Neist point (Durinish)

This is one of the most famous lighthouses in Scotland and can be found at Skye’s most westerly tip, near Glendale.  It boasts the most stunning of scenery and is known to be the best place to spot whales, dolphins and basking sharks. 

Neist Point was used as the dramatic setting for a number of scenes in the movie Breaking The Waves in 1996, starring Emily Watson. A mock cemetery was constructed for the scenes, which remained for several years afterwards.

Parking – Roadside, take care when parking not to block emergency vehicles.

5; Skye Museum of Island Life (Kilmuir)

Go back in time to an old Highland Village. Explore various cottages showing you what island life was like over 100 years ago. A wonderful job has been done of preserving a township of thatched cottages, depicting the conditions at the close of the 19th century. 

Parking – there is parking on the right hand side of the road.

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