If you haven’t already heard of the Isle of Skye, it’s a must for outdoor enthusiasts looking to discover unique landscapes. The largest island of Scotland’s Inner Hebrids archipelago is the perfect spot for road tripping. With so many things to see, here are the best places to stop along the way.
Portree is the main village on Skye and has everything a visitor could wish for in terms of accommodations – making it a good place to set up camp on your trip. You can stroll around town, admire its picturesque harbour surrounded by cliffs and green hills, and check out the pastel-coloured waterfront stores.
Old Man of Storr
The Old Man of Storr is one of the most iconic sights on Skye and should be at the top of your bucket list. It’s like entering a fairy tale world when you arrive at the site, often covered by mist and clouds. The uphill trail leading from the parking lot to the main rock formations is about 2km of mud. Once there you’ll get a sight of the “Old Man,” a formation of jagged rocks pointing up to the sky. The view from the top is a dream for photographers. It was so good that we hiked up there a second day to get some more shots of the breathtaking scenery.
The Quiraing is by far my favourite site on the Isle of Skye. The 6,8km hike had views of the Scottish landscapes that left me breathless. Despite the rain and strong winds, it was worth it to see all the natural wonders. The winding trail led us through plateaus, peaks, and hidden meadows, and at times, it felt like we were on another planet.
Neist Point is home to one of Scotland’s most famous lighthouses. For over 100 years it’s been perched on the edge of the cliffs overlooking the sea. The path leading to the lighthouse from the parking lot was part trail, part staircase and just over a kilometer long. If you manage to go in the summer, you might be lucky enough to spot some of the whales and seabirds passing through. It’s also the most magical place to watch the sunset.
Mealt Falls is only a short drive from the Old Man of Storr. Its stunning viewpoints are definitely worth the short trek, and The 55-metre high waterfall that drops into the sea from the outflow of Loch Mealt is amazing to watch.
With daylight extended, you can still feel the summer vibes, even when the temperature maxes out at 17°C in July. Keep in mind, Scotland’s climate can change quickly. Make sure you pack the right gear from Altitude Sports. I highly recommend the Helly Hansen Vanir Heta jacket. The combination of wind and waterproof fabrics is perfect for various conditions, and essential when the weather is as unpredictable as your next destination.
Enjoy your trip!