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Isle of SkyeUnited Kingdom

From mist-shrouded mountain peaks to plunging sea cliffs and moss-carpeted valleys, this windswept Scottish island is a place of wild, rugged beauty.

Despite its popularity, the Isle of Skye manages to retain a remote, away-from-it-all feeling. Relish the quietude on uncrowded hiking trails, explore evocative castle ruins and marvel at the dramatic coastline from a kayak. Come evening, feast on fresh seafood and retreat to a cozy pub for a warming dram of Scotch whisky.

The Norse called this place “sky-a” (cloud island), referencing the mysterious mist that seems to stubbornly cling to the peaks of the Black Cuillin. Admire the jagged mountains from afar or tackle the climbing trails. Most climbing routes here are not for the inexperienced; be prepared to scramble up scree and traverse narrow ridges.

Skye’s top attractions are natural sights. Head to the Trotternish peninsula at the north of the island to photograph the Old Man of Storr, a tall, gnarled pinnacle set on a rocky slope. Nearby is the Quiraing, an otherworldly landscape dotted with crags and unusually shaped slabs of volcanic rock. Further south near Glen Brittle are the famous Fairy Pools, a series of colorful streams and waterfalls.

For insight into Skye’s history and culture, wander around the preserved thatched croft houses at the Museum of Island Life. The exhibits here chronicle life on Skye in the late 19th century and touch upon the tale of Flora MacDonald, who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie flee to Skye after the Jacobite defeat at the Battle of Culloden. Skye’s old fortresses, among them the ruined Duntulm Castle and the majestic loch-side Dunvegan Castle, are also big draws for history enthusiasts.

Most visitors use the island’s largest town, Portree, as their base. Choose from a selection of harbor-side seafood restaurants here and mingle with locals in a lively pub.

Weather on Skye can be changeable, so come prepared for rain, shine and everything in between. Access the island via the Skye Bridge or by ferry. Buses do serve the island, but renting a car will give you much more freedom. Single-lane roads do exist here, but regular passing places make them easy to navigate. Leave the mainland behind to discover the delights of Skye.

Where to stay in Isle of Skye

Top Hotels in Isle of Skye

Sligachan Hotel
Sligachan Hotel
3 out of 5
Sligachan Hotel, Isle of Skye, Scotland
The price is CA $211 per night from Feb 19 to Feb 20

Situated in Isle of Skye, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Raasay Ferry, Talisker Distillery, and Raasay House Activities Centre. Portree Harbour and Raasay ...

4.1/5Very Good! (158 reviews)

"We enjoyed our stay at Sligachan Hotel, and in particular all staff were very friendly and welcoming to us and to our dog. Breakfast and food in the restaurant were very very good. Biggest down side was the small size of the room, and the rather basic in room facilities which for the cost of the ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 2, 2020

Sligachan Hotel
Bird Song Bothy
Bird Song Bothy
3 out of 5
Birdsong Bothy, 2 Colbost, Isle of Skye, Scotland
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Situated in Isle of Skye, this eco-friendly cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Macleod's Tables, Dunvegan Castle, and Neist Point Lighthouse. Claigan Coral Beach ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"Wonderful view, comfortable to relax in. We enjoyed our stay and loved the area. Kitchen is well equipped and its clean and cozy. The only downside is that WiFi is terribly slow and cell service is spotty at best. Not bad if you're looking to disconnect but I intended to work a day or two while there ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 21, 2020

Bird Song Bothy
Armadale Castle
Armadale Castle
4 out of 5
Armadale, Sleat, Isle of Skye, Scotland
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Situated in Isle of Skye, this lodge is within a 15-minute walk of Armadale Castle and Armadale Ferry Terminal. Traigh Ostaig is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

4.4/5Wonderful! (17 reviews)
Wonderful Stay..!!!

"Our stay at Armadale Castle’s Glengarry lodge was very good. The lodge was really well equipped and has lovely views from all the rooms."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 28, 2019

Armadale Castle
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Isle of Skye

Bird Song Bothy
Bird Song Bothy
3 out of 5
Birdsong Bothy, 2 Colbost, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Situated in Isle of Skye, this eco-friendly cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Macleod's Tables, Dunvegan Castle, and Neist Point Lighthouse. Claigan Coral Beach ...

5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)

"Wonderful view, comfortable to relax in. We enjoyed our stay and loved the area. Kitchen is well equipped and its clean and cozy. The only downside is that WiFi is terribly slow and cell service is spotty at best. Not bad if you're looking to disconnect but I intended to work a day or two while there ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 21, 2020

Bird Song Bothy
Dunvegan Camping Pods
Dunvegan Camping Pods
2 out of 5
Kilmuir, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Situated in Isle of Skye, this campground is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Dunvegan Castle and within 6 mi (10 km) of Macleod's Tables and Coral Beach. Claigan Coral Beach ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)

"Lovely pods extremely clean and the staff were so friendly would definitely return. Highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2020

Dunvegan Camping Pods
Ardcana
Ardcana
3.5 out of 5
23 Lower Breakish, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Situated in Isle of Skye, this eco-friendly cabin is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Skye Serpentarium and within 6 mi (10 km) of Skye Bridge and Caisteal Maol. Lochaber ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (10 reviews)
Luxury cabin stay

"Fantastic stay at the cabin. Great attention to detail with the design and furnishings. A fantastic relaxing stay. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 16, 2020

Ardcana
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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4/5 - Good

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Sep 28, 2019

Loved our visit there and plan to be back again for a longer stay.

5/5 - Excellent

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Jul 28, 2019

Wonderful relaxing time.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

Jul 22, 2019

There is a lot to do, and if you like walking and a bit of hiking it's definitly the place to go. The fairy pools were beautiful and if you're daring enough (and love the cold) you can jump in and enjoy the water :)

5/5 - Excellent

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Jun 29, 2019

Simply jaw-dropping scenery all around the edges of the Island, and beautiful rolling hills throughout the central areas. Portree was much too busy with tourists, despite being pretty early in the season, so we avoided the town.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

May 20, 2019

Wonderful scenery and historic sites but also very busy at the key scenic locations.

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