A Mini Guide to the Isle of Skye

A Mini Guide to the Isle of Skye

Billow and breeze, islands and seas, mountains of rain and sun… Sadly we no longer travel to Skye by boat, but the island is still just as spectacular. Here are my favourite things to do on the Isle of Skye.

Once you arrive on Skye and leave the civilisation of the Broadford you will find the highlands of the Skye are literally awe-inspiring.

Things to do on the Isle of Skye

The east coast of the Island is where all the ‘big’ stuff’ is and in the height of summer it may feel like a conveyor belt of tour buses on their day out – but don’t let you put that off. You often have the road to yourself and the Old Man of Storr, pretty Portree harbour, the mighty Quiraing and Kilt Rock are well worth a visit.

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I was asked if “the waterfall going over the cliff” and I’d answered her no, a little confused.
HAHAHA. How did I miss looking down???!!! Oh well.

On the west coast is Dunvegan Castle, home of Clan MacLeod to learn not only about the history of this clan but also the role of clans today – as well as their most famous member, Dame Flora MacLeod. Born in 10 Downing Street (her grandfather was Ch of Ex) and itDame Flora who opened the castle up to the public. The Castle sits in a stunning location on the seafront, and the gardens are also lovely to wander around.

Where to stay on Skye

We stayed for two nights at The Old Inn at Carbost. A traditional pub with rooms, located out at what feels like the end of the world – you turn left at The Cullins and just keep going and going and going until you reach Carbost and the home of the Talisker Distillery.

The rooms at the Old Inn (although I’m going to call it a pub, I am not keen on ye auld English terms) were good, but basic, they were still comfy and roomy and good value for £42 a night each B&B. The view from the pub, however, was worth every penny. The pub has a beer garden right out on the water, and when the midgies (and Talisker tourists) had died down it was a little piece of heaven.

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Where to eat on Skye

Don’t miss out on lunch at The Oyster Shed (although we chickened out of the slippery suckers for prawns & mussels) and dinner at the Old Inn (excellent fish, fish & more fish) so we could enjoy the local Skye & Cullin breweries without having to drive.

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For a flying visit, even one done in such a short time as us, I loved Skye. I want to go back and explore more, those beaches, the fairy pools and oh lots more food. Skye, you stole our hearts on this trip, we will be back.

Love from, Scotland x

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12 Comments

  • Siobhan 15/07/2015 at 1:23 pm

    I love Skye so very, very much. So glad you got good weather for your trip. Portree. Staffin Bay and the Quiraing all have special places in my heart. <3

  • Elise 16/07/2015 at 10:19 am

    It all looks wonderful – that fish! Skye is high on my list for our next Scottish holiday, if the weather stayed like that I’d be happy! 🙂

  • supermum2016 02/04/2016 at 10:58 am

    Wow looks amazing. Isn’t it just great when the weather is on your side. Never been to Scotland but will definitely be planning a trip there one day. Thanks for sharing.

  • swapna 04/04/2016 at 1:17 am

    I missed going to Isle of Skye when I visited the UK- Twice actually! But these pictures are……really fabulous! Pls do share at the Practical Mondays Link up! Would love to see your fabulous pictures there!

  • ethannevelyn.com 04/04/2016 at 8:14 pm

    It is so beautiful! I really like your photos – they are amazing! The Old Man of Storr and the Kilt Rock escpially. Great that the weather gods smiles on you. 🙂 #MyFavouriteTrip

  • Our Seaside Baby 07/04/2016 at 6:29 pm

    Wow! The Isle of Skye looks stunning and it’s somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit. The landscape & views are absolutely beautiful! Love the coloured houses, the lush greenery and those views out to sea. Amazing photographs, funny you missed the waterfall, but did see it afterall! Thanks for linking up #MyFavouriteTrip Polly x

  • Elizabeth MacLeod 10/06/2016 at 2:29 am

    Umm, great article, thanks for the tips that we’ll take into account when we travel there this summer.. But, a glaring error – Dunvegan Castle is home to the MacLeod clan, not MacCleod.

    • lovefrom 10/06/2016 at 10:04 am

      oops! Thanks for that, now corrected. Enjoy your trip to Skye when it comes!

  • keza 18/08/2016 at 9:58 am

    I love your pictures! Definitely will go there once in my life ♥

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  • Ingrid 04/09/2016 at 8:40 am

    Thanks Kate, most helpful. We are off to The Highlands soon and are starting our adventure with just 2 nights self catering in Skye. Your post was just the ticket. By the way, we had a lovely holiday in Edinburgh this spring and are booked to go back next March to celebrate “himselfe’s” birthday. We are also huge Gabaldon fans as well as Rankin fans! Looking forward to another pint in The Ox!

    • lovefrom 07/09/2016 at 11:01 am

      Hi Ingrid, I have a guide to the Isle of Skye that might help with your visit. Are you heading to Wester Ross (Applecross & Gairloch) ? as I have also got a list of my favourite things to do there too!

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