The Isle of Skye is one of the top destinations in the UK, and it’s easy to see why. Recently voted 4th best island in the world by National Geographic, this dramatic and breathtaking landscape inspires people from all walks of life to visit its heather covered moors and rugged peaks.
The largest and most famous of the Inner Hebrides, the Isle of Skye is situated off the west coast of Scotland and boasts spectacular scenery – from the impressive heights of the Cuillin mountain range (the misty peaks of which gave the Vikings the name for this ‘cloud island’) to soft white beaches. The island’s capital, Portree, provides a picturesque base for exploring the island, with a charming harbour and quaint pastel coloured cottages. Set in a natural harbour and bustling with fishing boats, the town offers upmarket shopping and accommodation, along with a wealth of cultural activities and experiences, such as theatre, concerts and art galleries.
Walks and views
The 50 mile long patchwork of unique landscapes mean that walking and hiking are often the biggest draw to the island, whether through organised tours that can guide you to the most sought-after views and landmarks, or exploring at your own pace to leisurely take in the beauty around you. The eerie Old Man of Storr is only 6 miles north of Portree; at 50 metres high, this crumbling basalt pinnacle looms on the skyline over sparkling lochs, creating one of the most unusual and striking views in the world and truly capturing the rugged beauty of the highlands. For landscape photographers, there are few other places that can provide such impressive and varied shots. For history and information see also: Isle of Skye Information
Wildlife and sports
Visitors keen to spot exciting wildlife are highly encouraged to join a tour boat, where whales, seals and dolphins can be sighted. The island is also home to an abundant array of wildlife, such as wildcats, pine martens, red deer and the spectacular golden eagle.
For the very adventurous and active visitor, more extreme sports ,such as rock climbing, kayaking and paintballing, are available on the island, with plenty to choose from to ensure you get the experience you’ve been dreaming of.