Rugged and windswept, the Isle of Skye is considered Scotland's final frontier with its shimmering lochs, dramatic sea cliffs, towering mountains and desolate moors. Wild scenery is the isle's biggest draw, but there are also plenty of Scottish pubs, castles, distilleries and museums.
Things to do in Isle of Skye
Towering above Staffin Bay, Quiraing is a craggy basalt escarpment made up of sheer cliffs, grassy plateaus and jagged rock pinnacles. It was formed by an ancient landslide and is one of the Isle of Skye's most iconic natural landmarks. A two-hour walking loop winds around Quiraing and is a great way to enjoy the scenery.
Perched on the banks of a sea loch, Dunvegan Castle is one of the Isle of Skye's oldest buildings. It's owned by Clan MacLeod and is filled with swords, silk banners and even a lock of hair snipped from Bonnie Prince Charlie’s head.
The aptly-named Fairy Glen is just a few kilometres south of Uig. It lures you with a storybook landscape of moss-covered hills, mini lochs and artfully arranged rock patterns. As you wander around the glen you'll feel like you've been transported to another world.
Talisker Distillery produces some of Scotland's finest single-malt whisky, which is sold worldwide. It's distilled with peat water sourced directly from the Isle of Skye, which gives its batches a distinct smoky flavour. Guided tours offer a behind-the-scenes look at the distillery in addition to complimentary tastings.
Getting around Isle of Skye
While the Isle of Skye's towns and villages are easy to navigate on foot, you'll need a car to explore the island at your own pace. From the mainland, you can drive across the Skye Bridge or catch a car ferry. Daily buses also run between Glasgow's Buchanan Bus Station and Uig.