Isle of Skye

Travel Guide
Isle of Skye showing a bay or harbour, a beach and a pebble beach
From mist-shrouded mountain peaks to plunging sea cliffs and moss-carpeted valleys, this windswept Scottish island is a place of wild, rugged beauty.

Despite its popularity, the Isle of Skye manages to retain a remote, away-from-it-all feeling. Relish the quietude on uncrowded hiking trails, explore evocative castle ruins and marvel at the dramatic coastline from a kayak. Come evening, feast on fresh seafood and retreat to a cozy pub for a warming dram of Scotch whisky.

The Norse called this place “sky-a” (cloud island), referencing the mysterious mist that seems to stubbornly cling to the peaks of the Black Cuillin. Admire the jagged mountains from afar or tackle the climbing trails. Most climbing routes here are not for the inexperienced be prepared to scramble up scree and traverse narrow ridges.

Skye’s top attractions are natural sights. Head to the Trotternish peninsula at the north of the island to photograph the Old Man of Storr, a tall, gnarled pinnacle set on a rocky slope. Nearby is the Quiraing, an otherworldly landscape dotted with crags and unusually shaped slabs of volcanic rock. Further south near Glen Brittle are the famous Fairy Pools, a series of colorful streams and waterfalls.

For insight into Skye’s history and culture, wander around the preserved thatched croft houses at the Museum of Island Life. The exhibits here chronicle life on Skye in the late 19th century and touch upon the tale of Flora MacDonald, who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie flee to Skye after the Jacobite defeat at theBattle of Culloden. Skye’s old fortresses, among them the ruined Duntulm Castle and the majestic loch-side Dunvegan Castle, are also big draws for history enthusiasts.

Most visitors use the island’s largest town, Portree, as their base. Choose from a selection of harbor-side seafood restaurants here and mingle with locals in a lively pub.

Weather on Skye can be changeable, so come prepared for rain, shine and everything in between. Access the island via the Skye Bridge or by ferry. Buses do serve the island, but renting a car will give you much more freedom. Single-lane roads do exist here, but regular passing places make them easy to navigate. Leave the mainland behind to discover the delights of Skye.

Dunollie Hotel
Dunollie Hotel
3 out of 5
Broadford, Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV49 9AE
The price is £145 per night from 17 Aug to 18 Aug
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3.2/5 (561 reviews)
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Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Dunollie Hotel
Duisdale House Hotel
Duisdale House Hotel
4 out of 5
Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV43 8QW
The price is £359 per night from 3 Sep to 4 Sep
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4.5/5 Wonderful! (359 reviews)
"Very charming with great staff."

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2022

Duisdale House Hotel
Kings Arms Hotel
Kings Arms Hotel
2 out of 5
King Street, Kyleakin, Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV41 8PH
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The price is £145 per night from 24 Aug to 25 Aug
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3.1/5 (523 reviews)
"This property was in a perfect area. The sea is right there. The only concern if I had one, is most restaurants were closed by 3pm."

Reviewed on 11 Aug 2022

Kings Arms Hotel
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Ardcana
Ardcana
3.5 out of 5
23 Lower Breakish, Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV42 8QA
The price is £350 per night from 25 Aug to 26 Aug
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4.9/5 Exceptional! (19 reviews)
"Property was excellent! Only thing I missed was a microwave."

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2022

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Dunvegan Camping Pods
Dunvegan Camping Pods
2 out of 5
Kilmuir, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV55 8WA
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4.8/5 Exceptional! (44 reviews)
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Reviewed on 27 Jun 2022

Dunvegan Camping Pods
House Of Juniper - The Cabins
House Of Juniper - The Cabins
3 out of 5
The Cabins, Lower Harrapool, Broadford, Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV49 9AE
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4.9/5 Exceptional! (15 reviews)
"There Cabins are excellent"

Reviewed on 8 Jul 2022

House Of Juniper - The Cabins
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