Top 5 things to see and do in Isle of Skye, Scotland
What I used to think when I pictured Scotland was super stereotypical…plaid, little white dogs, kilts, and thick accents everywhere. There is truth to some of those things, but there is so much more to this beautiful country. Isle of Skye, in my skewed opinion, is the place to go if you visit Scotland. There is so much there to explore and take in. Book a flight using one of these money-saving websites today! Here are some of the places you can’t skip when you visit the Isle of Skye.
Old Man of Storr
Many travel miles (or kilometres) to see this rock formation up close. The hike to Old Man of Storr is not too far. You can see it from the road below, but the view from up there is more dramatic. This rock pinnacle has been photographed thousands of times due to its unique nature, but why not create your own memory at a place so spectacular?
This hike is a little bit daunting. Some of it can be hard to navigate, but it is worth the trek. It starts out in an open area where you might walk past some cattle roaming. You will cross some small streams and work your way up the hill away from the ocean. A field of rocks will come into view that you can climb over. Once you get to the ridge, you’ll see Coire Lagan which is the lake at the end of this hike. The lake is surrounded by sheer cliffs with jagged edges and a green, rocky landscape. The lake was not incredibly breathtaking from this angle since it was cloudy. However, if you walk around the lake and see it as you look out to sea, it is a completely different perspective that is bound to impress.
The Fairy Pools are one of the most famous and popular destinations in the Isle of Skye. If you visit, you will take a path along the stream and discover the pools after a little while. Some are bigger and more uniquely shaped than others. There are a few that have little water trickles and waterfalls connecting them. The longer you walk up the path, the more you will want to jump in the Fairy Pools in the hopes that you will turn into a fairy yourself. I visited the pools at sunset, so I would recommend the evening, but I’m sure they are majestic during every hour of the day.
Do giant swirls made of rocks amidst green landscapes sound cool to you? In Fairy Glen, you get to be a kid again. You can run, skip, and possibly trip (if you’re clumsy like me) through oversized spirals! Enjoy an amazing view of the swirls and rock piles from above after you hike up some of the formations nearby. It’s just a short walk to this fairyland from the road, but it will seem like you have entered a different world.
The Quiraing Mountains overlook the edge of the island. You can see the ocean and the greenery below as well as surrounding mountains, rock formations, and lakes. The landscapes on this hike are very distinctive and mesmerizing. Depending on the weather, the combination of sun and clouds might cast a beautiful blanket of light over the mountains. The hike starts traversing along the mountain and goes back up and around. When I hiked it, there was some rain, wind, and mud that made the top part difficult. The views up top were beautiful, but if I went back, I might just hike out most of the way and turn back before going up to the top.
Don’t stop your Scottish adventures with just these 5 ideas. You can stay in the Skyewalker Hostel…yes, it is Star Wars themed. Or, you can just buy a pint of ice cream, pull over in a random parking lot near a field and talk to the sheep like one of my friends did. Oh, the memories you can make in Isle of Skye, Scotland. Are you wondering what to bring and how to make your vacation easier? Download these apps to help you out. If you decide to visit, the Isle of Skye website will provide you with all of the details you need!