5 things to do in Isle of Skye
Isle of Skye is a true gem and with real beauty. Skye was a real mystery to me, I didn’t know what to expect but what I got in return was some of the most dramatic scenery I have ever laid my eyes on. In Skye you have to have a car to get around and it does take a good couple of hours to drive in between locations but the reason why this place is so beautiful is because of how remote everything is. So here is my list of the top things to do and see in the Isle of Skye.
- Visit Dunvegan Castle
This castle has been in the McLeod clan for generations and is still the clans home to this day. Set upon a hill overlooking the water this castle is still functioning and you can visit a small part of it. Dunvegan is placed on the North West side of the island and is very remote. Inside the castle you get to see what life was like for this clan. There are several documents on display showing which residents of Skye emigrated to Australia, how much their boat fare was, where the boat was going to etc. It was really interesting to read and the staff are super helpful as well.
2. Go Seal watching
At Dunvegan Castle as part of your ticket cost or for £6 you can take a small boat out to the nearby beds of seaweed where the seals are propped up. It is a great opportunity to see these cute creatures in their natural habitat. The boat trip was 25 minutes and the drivers were eager to answer questions and get as close as possible without disturbing the animals.
3. Go to Coral beach Coral beach is something you are more likely to hear in the Caribbean but Skye has it’s very old Coral beach and it’s not half bad. A short drive from Dunvegan Castle this beach is a little beauty. Once you park the car it is a one mile walk to the actual beach and upon arrival you are graced with a beautiful little beach with clear blue water and patches of bright blue. It looks slightly tropical but then you remember you are wearing 4 layers!
4. Enjoy the scenery
Skye has an incredible amount of mountains and it only takes you to drive around the island for a few hours to realise this. Mountains are everywhere and they aren’t small either, it is hard to keep your eyes on the road as the scenery is just magnificent so make sure you stop and get those pictures.
5. Do some whisky tasting at Talisker
Talisker is a famous Scottish whisky and is literally distilled in a tiny town in the middle of nowhere. If you want to do a tour you should book ahead as we were disappointed to not get on a tour but there is always plenty of whisky to taste some even 25 years old.
Unfortunately due to poor signage, bad maps provided by the tourist information and wrong directions provided by several people I was unable to find the ‘major’ attractions suggested by trip advisor. The weather was also poor so even when we did get to ones we could find you couldn’t see anything but I felt like I got a great sense of the island and saw many great things. I didn’t mind missing out on the top things to see from trip advisor as just driving around I got to see some wonderful sights. I left Skye wanting more and I know one day I will return.
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