It was the long-awaited stopover “the Isle of Skye”, the one I dreamed of, so much I saw fabulous pictures of it. It only remained to hope that the weather was going to be good, and it was.
The arrival on the island amazed us, the landscape was changing kilometer after kilometer, maybe the blue sky had something to do with that
Eilean Donan Castle
Nestled on a rock right at the entrance of the Isle of Skye, this castle is considered to be the most romantic (and photographed) of Scotland. If this landscape tells you something it’s not a surprise, it has been the scene of many movies including “Highlander” and ” Entrapment”.
From octobre 1st to march 31th: 10am – 4pm
From april 1st to septembre 30th: 9.30am – 5.30pm
July: 9.30am – 8pm
Family (2 adults 3 children): 19€
Day goes on and we headed west to the Fairy Pools.
At the foot of the Cuillin Mountains, you will discover on this site, natural pools communicating between themselves by small waterfalls.
If the sun is there, the water will have a wonderful blue color, we dreamed to dive in (… if we forget the 10 degrees outside). It is a very accessible site and so very crowded, we advise you to go early in the morning to avoid the crowd.
At the end of the Isle of Skye is the Neist Point lighthouse. Privileged place to observe dolphins, porpoises, whales … We did not have this chance but the trail is beautiful and worth a visit.
This hike offers a unique view around montains, sheep and basalt columns.
Come to golden hour (one hour after sunrise or one hour before sunset)
For an atypical view of the lighthouse go down on the basalt ledge behind the lighthouse.
For this hike we left for the day, picnic in the bag, sun in the zenith. It was probably the day that I waited the most and I wasn’t disappointed…
Many people are only doing a part of the trail, along the cliff, but you can do a lot more. The trail takes you all the way around this geological phenomenon. Because yes, Quiraing is a geological formation from a volcanic origin, born of a landslide. It’s still in motion today. Now discover from yourself, one of the most beautiful icons of Scotland…
Coral beaches on the Isle of Skye
It’s not because we are in Scotland that we can’t go to the beach!
The idea can seems strange, but well not so much: Scotland has beautiful beaches. Although the most beautiful are located on Harris and Lewis (an other island) we still found one to satisfy our desire for turquoise water and almost white sand with “coral beaches”.
Located north of the island, it is actually a coral sand beach. The hike begins on a parking lot near Dunvegan Castle. It will takes you 45 minutes. The hike is easy and nice … Be careful there are 2 beaches, the first one is quite small, we must continue on the trail because we do not necessarily see the second. When you are there do not hesitate to climb on the small hill to have a panoramic view of this water worthy of the Maldives.
Old Man of Storr
To end this Skye tour in style we ended with the “Old Man of Storr” hike. This name refers to the huge 55-meter-high rock balancing at the top of Storr Mountain.
Viewed from the front this rock looks like the face of an old man. The hike takes you around this curiosity. As impressive from far, with loch Leathan as background but also at the foot of its huge rocks. Above all, do not miss the path behind Old man of Storr (trail on the left when you finish climbing).
And this is where ends our stay on Skye. We are on our way back to Edinburgh to quietly end our stay, when suddenly on the road, beautiful and unforgettable surprises again show up to our faces…
Links to :
- Scotland – Travel Tips
- Edinburgh: One of the most beautiful European Capitals
- Scotland – From loch Lomond to the Highlands