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Itinerary #8: Skye


couple sitting at top of cullins Skye

The Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides at 50 miles long and has striking mountain ranges, dramatic coastlines and rich history that will take your breath away. The unique landscapes have featured as the backdrop to many film locations - from critically acclaimed arthouse productions to big-budget blockbusters!  

There is accommodations  to suit all types in Skye - you can stay in a cosy B&B in the island's biggest town, Portree, or find yourself in a friendly backpacker's hostel with views across to the dramatic sight of the Cuillin mountains. There are also self-catering options or holiday cottages available in the countryside if you want to take things at your own pace. 


For the adventure seekers ... 

Discover Skye

If you love outdoor activities and aren't afraid of getting muddy, Skye Adventure  is a great way experience the adrenaline fuelled parts of the island. Whether it's to climb mountains, follow ridges and rivers towards amazing coastlines, or swim in the sea - the friendly local guides will have you covered! They also offer family adventures to suit your ability, so you can stand on a remote mountain top, jump into crystal clear plunge pools, or enjoy an afternoon fishing from the rocks - an unforgettable day out for all the family. 

Skye is a world class destination for walkers  and climbers due to its rugged landscapes. For the more experienced climbers, The Cuillen Range offers 12 Munros with peaks above 3000ft. There are also less challenging walks you can enjoy whilst you take in the natural surroundings. 

The Old Man of Storr on the Trotternish Ridge is probably the most famous walk. The pinnacle of basalt rock stands at 55-metres high and is all that remains of a 2,800-million-year-old volcanic plug.  


For the nature enthusiasts ... 


The Isle of Skye is also a great destination for wildlife watching with the white-tailed sea eagle at the top of bird watchers' lists. Otters, seals, whales, dolphins, and red deer are just some of the other impressive creatures that can be seen on and around the Isle of Skye. Why not embark on a guided wildlife walk  - a fantastic day out to learn all about the island inhabitants. 

Located on the northern slopes of the magnificent Black Cuillin range, Skye's famous Fairy Pools  are beautiful crystal-clear blue pools on the Allt Coire a' Mhadaidh (Burn of the Dog). The wonder of the Fairy Pools entices visitors from all over the world, as they make some great wild swimming for those brave enough to enter the ice-cold waters. For the less adventurous, these magical Fairy Pools make for some fantastic photos. 


For the avid photographers ... 

Old man of storr at night

The camera really loves the Isle of Skye with its rugged terrain and unmistakable natural beauty. You may have already seen it on the big screen as it features in many Hollywood blockbusters - from the backdrop for dramas set in the Highlands, to depicting many wondrous, imagined fantasy worlds. Ridley Scott's Prometheus from 2012 features one of the island's most recognisable spots - the iconic Old Man of Storr , and Snow White and the Huntsman also filmed scenes on the island.  

The The Quiraing  is an essential walk for any photographer as it passes though some of the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland. As part of the Trotternish ridge it has been formed by a massive landslip which has created high cliffs, hidden plateaus and pinnacles of rock. Choose a clear day and pack your camera! 

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