Skye’s the Limit

With otherworldly landscapes, medieval castles and picturesque fishing villages, it’s no wonder that the Isle of Skye is so popular with visitors. Added to that, it’s relatively easy to reach via either bridge or ferry so you have the recipe for the perfect Scottish escape. Dreaming of a long weekend on the ‘winged isle’? Here are some of our top reasons to visit.

The great outdoors
Boasting rugged mountains and dramatic coastlines, Skye is a paradise for outdoor adventurers. Adrenaline junkies will love hiking the iconic Cuillin Ridge, while opportunities abound for mountain biking on trails to suit all abilities.

Delectable dining
For many years now, Skye has had a well-deserved reputation as a foodie’s paradise. Its seafood is unbeatable, with its langoustines and scallops among the very best you’ll try anywhere. Fine dining options include the world-famous Three Chimneys, which the New York Times described as one of the few restaurants in the UK worth travelling a long distance for. For something a little more down-to-earth, The Oyster Shed is just that; a shed selling oysters, lobsters and other seafood to be wolfed down on one of the benches outside.

Dizzying drives
As wonderful as it is to be out walking in Skye, it’s also a great spot for a dramatic drive. The Trotternish Loop offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the country, with must-sees along the route including the Old Man of Storr, Quiraing and Fairy Glen.

Crafting tradition 
The island is home to a vibrant arts and crafts scene, and many local studios and galleries are available to visit. You’ll find everything from potters and weavers to jewellery makers and blacksmiths, with some of them offering workshops and demonstrations. Skíõ Pottery hosts workshops and “pottery socials” and those looking to take home a stylish souvenir will love their pieces inspired by coastal finds, minimalist design and brutalist architecture.

Time travel
The Skye Museum of Island Life offers a fascinating glimpse into how islanders once lived. The museum consists of seven traditional thatched cottages, each one depicting island life in the 19th century, and displays include the village smithy, a family home and a weaver’s house.

Wonderful wildlife
With diverse habitats ranging from mountains and moorlands to coastlines, you’ll have the chance to spot a wealth of wildlife on Skye. Keep your eyes peeled for golden eagles flitting overhead, red deer leaping through the heather and otters slipping into the sea. There are plenty of wildlife tours available, where guides can help you find out more about the native flora and fauna.

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