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Top 10 things to do on the Isle of Skye

Skye is a magical island steeped in tales of giants, fairies and castles providing stunning views designed to take your breath away. Here's our top 10 things to do when you visit.

1

Visit the Fairy Pools

Visit the Fairy Pools

We loved our trek up the rocky road to view the Fairy pools in all their splendour. Every corner turned revealed a more stunning view of clear turquoise water or a powerful waterfall. Our 7 year old actually believed that the fairies live there!

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Search for Dinosaur footprints at Staffin

Search for Dinosaur footprints at Staffin

To think that 165 million years ago dinosaurs roamed this beach and left behind a memorable mark for us today is quite something. They were ornithipods which walked on two legs and made Skye known as the Dinosaur Isle.

3

Climb the old man of Storr

Climb the old man of Storr

Standing at 2,359 feet and 160 feet in height, the old man of storr is steeped in myth and legend which a number of stories traded regarding its origin. Some would have you believe it was an old man and woman who, fleeing from giants turned around and looked at them, which turned them to stone. Others tell you it is a giant who was buried with his thumb and finger sticking up out of the ground. Whatever the truth, they certainly love their giants on Skye.

4

Take in the view at Kilt Rock

Take in the view at Kilt Rock

Experience the breathtaking views and waterfalls from a viewing platform designed to give your eyes a treat on the road between Portree and Staffin. Many see the pleats of a kilt in the vertical basalt columns and whatever you see, you’ll agree it is simply stunning.

5

Climb the Cuillins

Climb the Cuillins

To get envious views of Skye and the islands beyond on a fair day, take yourself off to where Danny McAskill learned his bike tricks.

6

Enjoy Fish and chips in Broadford

Enjoy Fish and chips in Broadford

After a long day out discovering all of these breathtaking views and working up an appetite you would be hard pushed to find a fresher fish supper. The kids tucked in as if it was a feast at the kings banquet….oh and don’t forget the pickled onions.

7

Discover Dunvegan Castle

Discover Dunvegan Castle

Situated in the west coast, just one mile from Dunvegan, the castle is the seat of the MacLeod’s and the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland with stunning gardens, lochside views and historical clan tales and artefacts there’s something for every age and taste.

8

Wander on the beach at Glenbrittle

Wander on the beach at Glenbrittle

Granted it can be blustery but there’s nothing like blowing away the cobwebs on the beach at Glenbrittle. Alternatively, take your kite with you and enjoy in the shadow of the Cuillins.

9

Explore Fairy Glen

Explore Fairy Glen

You’d be forgiven for expecting the tellytubbies to come around the corner at any turn in this fantastical world where fairies are believed to live. Full of charm, expectation and magical sentiment – a truly beautiful landscape to explore.

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Peruse sweetie heaven at Inga’s

Peruse sweetie heaven at Inga’s

Now here’s a secret find for you….Inga’s sweet shop! Full of old school favourites, traditional and continental chocolates, you’ll put on pounds just walking through the door. We opted for the Fudge, Violet creams, homemade shortbread and nougat – but I’m sure you’ll want to test them all out.