Map of Cuillin Hills, Isle of Skye

The beautiful Isle of Skye is one Scotland’s top tourist attractions, and is renowned for its stunning natural beauty, with cliffs, pools and highlands that will take your breath away. The 50 mile island is the largest of the Inner Hebrides, and is filled with a rich history that spans topics from dinosaur fossils to clan warfare and the Jacobite rebellion. The impressive landscape makes it an ideal place for hikers, climbers and wildlife lovers, and the small towns are great for relaxing in the pub afterwards. This is the perfect destination for a calming week away from it all.

Stay at…

There are a number of great accommodation options on the Isle of Skye, whether you’re looking to fully immerse yourself in the scenery and go camping, or simply enjoy it from the comfort of a luxury hotel. Some of the best places to stay however are the B&Bs and guesthouses, which offer quirky and unique views into the island life. Napier Cottage in Isleornsay offers plush contemporary furnishing with a classic Scottish feel, and has panoramic views over the Sound of Sleat to the Knoydart peninsula. A telescope in the garden room allows you to spot dolphins and seals in the water below, while basking in the warmth from a Scandinavian wood-burning stove in the lounge, and the Michelin starred Kinloch Lodge restaurant is just a few minutes’ drive away.  Alternatively spend the night in a bothy or wigwam with The Croft Bunkhouse, which offer sustainable glamping in heated wooden wigwams just a short distance from the incredible Cuillin Mountains.

Eat at…

Twice included in Restaurant Magazines ‘The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’, and one of the New York Times’ Frank Bruni’s Personal Top 5 restaurants in the World, The Three Chimneys in Dunvegan is world renowned for its fantastic menu, authentic provenance, and fresh, seasonal ingredients, and is fronted by the pioneering chef Michael Smith. Open daily for dinners, and for lunches from late March to October, each of the mouth-watering dishes is a reference to Scotland’s rich culinary heritage. Or try the High Tide Restaurant at the Flodigarry Hotel, for a relaxed dining experience combining the best local ingredients from land and sea to create fantastic dishes, served overlooking some breath-taking mountain views.

Explore…

With its stunning scenery and challenging landscapes, the best way to enjoy the Isle of Skye is by exploring the great outdoors. Whether you’re looking for relaxation or exhilaration, there’s no shortage of sights to see on this incredible island.

Take a walk on the wild side…
The Isle of Skye is one of the best UK locations for spotting wildlife, with an abundance of notable species to look out for. The cliffs around Skye are the ideal place to spot Britain’s largest bird of prey, the Sea Eagle, and although once nearly extinct due to persecution from farmers, there are now hundreds soaring around the west coast. The island also houses Britain’s largest population of Red Deer, the largest land mammal in the UK, and a number of incredible sea animals, from dolphins and whales to puffins and otters.

The lochs and seas with a boat trip
Taking a boat from Portree to one of the neighbouring islands is a great way to explore, and provides ample opportunities to spot some whales and dolphins. Or, get even more up close and personal with the wildlife by kayaking on the lochs or the sea. This beautiful scenery was made to be enjoyed from the water.

The rich history of Dunvegan Castle & Gardens
Built on the rocky shores of Loch Dunvegan, this stunning ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. With award winning gardens, and a display of fine art and clan treasures, this historical landmark is well worth a visit to add a touch of culture to your visit.

The magical waters of the Faerie Pools
At the foot of the Black Cuillins, these beautiful crystal clear waters and breath-taking waterfalls attract visitors from across the globe. Those brave enough can go for a wild swim in the enchanting pools (be warned, they are very cold!) or you can simply be satisfied to gaze at their sparkling surface. Bring your camera, as whatever the weather the Faerie Pools guarantee some stunning photographs.

The supernatural Mysticism of The Quiraing
The incredible natural rock formations of The Quiraing make this a must-see for anyone visiting the Isle of Skye, and it is immensely popular with geologists, photographers and walkers. It is a challenging walk and requires a certain level of fitness, but the high level circular walk around this quirky landscape is well worth the effort.

The Isle of Skye truly is fascinating location for nature lovers and foodies alike, and is overflowing with rich history and incredible scenery. If you’re planning a trip there let us know what you get up to at @MapMarketingUK!

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