What to see and do – Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye situated north west of Scotland is connected by The Skye Bridge, measuring 250 metres long.  When the bridge first opened in 1985 it was a toll bridge now you can freely explore.  It is well worth stopping in Kyle of Lochalsh to see the bridge in its entirety.

Things to do on the Isle of Skye: Looking out towards the Isle of Skye bridge. ©MDHarding
Looking out towards the Isle of Skye bridge. ©MDHarding\

Skye can be easily reached in just under 5 hours from Edinburgh.  There are various points of interest en-route, which make it an ideal stop and stay vacation.

Skye not only has great walks with natural beauty but is host to some of Scotland’s dramatic history.  This includes Clans, Clearances and tales of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

Things to do on the Isle of Skye

Castles

One of the must see’s while visiting the Isle of Skye is Dunvegan Castle, dating back to the 12th century.  It is the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland! Owned and forever lived in by the Clan MacLeod and holding Clan Parliament every four years, welcoming MacLeod’s from around the world.

Things to do on the Isle of Skye: Inside the ancestral home of Clan MacLeod , Dunvegan Castle. ©MDHarding
Inside the ancestral home of Clan MacLeod , Dunvegan Castle. ©MDHarding

The interior of Dunvegan Castle hosts relics of time gone by and items shrouded in folktale and legend such as the Fairy Flag.  It is well worth exploring!

The Castle boasts beautiful gardens with a landscaped waterfall and activities include a boat trip around the loch with the possibilities of wildlife spotting.  Allow ample time for your visit.  We could have happily stayed for the day.

Traditional handicrafts

Skyeskyns is located on the north of Skye, listed as North Skye’s only 5 star attraction.  Watch first hand how leather is made, the guided tour takes you through the whole process.  We found it very informative and an eye opening experience as to how labour intensive the process is and with that, how incredibly good value the products are!

Things to do on the Isle of Skye: Couldn't resist these baby mits and boots.  Very cute and practical for harsh weather conditions! ©MDHarding
Skyeskyns baby mittens and boots. Very cute and practical for harsh weather conditions! ©MDHarding

The gift shop has an array of wares available from slippers to jackets in various colours and sizes.  Highly recommend visiting!

Cuisine

The Isle of Skye is renowned for its seafood dishes including fresh Scallops, oysters and langoustines. One of the worlds acclaimed restaurants is The Three Chimneys located in Dunvegan, it is well worth a visit!  (Reservations are required!).

On this occasion we dined at the Uig Hotel. It was very welcoming with freshly made bread rolls.  We had mixed spice, walnut and an olive roll, that were delicious!

Things to do on the Isle of Skye: Fresh Scallops with Chorizo and Black Pudding, Uig Hotel.  ©MDHarding
Fresh Scallops with Chorizo and Black Pudding, Uig Hotel. ©MDHarding

Whisky

While on Skye why not try a wee dram. Gaelic Whisky is located in the south, heading towards Armadale.  They are one of the few independent Whisky businesses in Scotland.  Experience the traditional unchilfiltered whisky’s in the beautiful location of Isle Ornsay.

Whether your looking for a stop and stay vacation or planning that motorhome trip, Skye is a great place to explore with something for everyone of every age group. Car and motorhome rental are easy to organise, giving you so much more flexibility and freedom.

As always we would love to hear from you. Have you tried any of our recommended things to do on the Isle of Skye? Have you visited Dunvegan Castle? Or sampled a wee dram? Or maybe you have another highlight you would like to share.  Please comment below.  Happy Travels x

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 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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