Skye is the largest island of the Inner Hebrides and is connected to the Scottish mainland by a road bridge. Its coastline is an intricate network of inlets, bays and peninsulas, creating lots of sheltered and secret spots to appreciate the peace and sound of the sea. Why not escape to a pretty self-catering cottage or a picturesque chalet to find your Hebridean heaven?
Known for its ruggedly beautiful landscapes, verdant moorland and tumbling rivers, Skye is a walker’s paradise. Whether you’re looking for spectacular coastal vistas, magnificent mountains, quiet villages or magical castles, it has it all. For some of the most rewarding views, hike up the Cuillin Hills at the island’s centre and take in the breathtaking 360° panoramas. If you’re feeling brave, you could even take a swim in the crystal clear Fairy Pools at Glen Brittle.
Skye has a history of fierce rivalry between clans, the most powerful over the centuries being the MacLeods and MacDonalds. The island is dotted with castles and brochs (traditional circular stone towers) which are a potent reminder of its violent past. Skye is home to the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland, Dunvegan, and the clan MacLeod still live in it today.
Going still further back in time, visitors to North Skye can find dinosaur footprints and fossils in the rocks at Staffin Bay.
Skye’s rich waters mean a plentiful supply of seafood, and you’ll be astonished at the freshness and quality of the produce you taste. After dinner, a nightcap will be in order and what could be more appropriate than whisky? Scotland is renowned for producing this amber nectar so don’t leave Skye without taking a tour of the famed Talisker distillery.
The waters surrounding Skye are teeming with marine life from dolphins and whales to seals and basking sharks. The clifftops and headlands are ideal places to take your binoculars and keep watch. More creatures to spot on the coast include otters, but as you move inland, red deer and stags are among the largest and most majestic of animals to see.
The skies of Skye are some of the darkest on the planet making them ideal for gazing at the night sky. Spotting constellations and shooting stars will add even more magic to your stay.