Isle of Skye, the second-largest island in Scotland

Story by: Awele Ugboko     Date: 30 October 2020    Image by: Unsplash | v2osk

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Isle of Skye has on offer many beautiful sights and several fun activities that tourists regularly engage in. Spreading over 640 square miles, Isle of Skye, Scotland is the perfect destination for tourists looking to enjoy the beauty of nature and partake in outdoor adventures, whether alone or with your family. While there are so many things to do and see in the Isle of Skye, there are some activities you definitely should not miss out on. Below is a well-detailed list of the top ten things to do in the Isle of Skye.

Sligachan, Scotland

Visit The Sligachan Old Bridge

The Sligachan Old Bridge is situated in Sligachan town, a small settlement in the Isle of Skye. In close proximity to the Cuillin mountains, Sligachan is one of the best areas for camping in the Isle of Skye as the mountains a picturesque view. Built in the 1820s, the Sligachan Bridge holds a lot of historical value, as it was once the only route to the western area of the Isle. Although there is a new bridge at Sligachan, the old one is still there for all to see. Take a trip down to the bridge to see it in all its glory, and take beautiful pictures at the site.

Stop At The Armadale Castle And Gardens

The Armadale Castle holds a lot of history for the Scottish folks, making it one of the places you should explore on your visit to the Isle of Skye. The castle was home to one of Scotland’s foremost clans; the MacDonalds and was so, for a lot of years. Built in the Scottish mock-castle style, the Armadale Castle embodies everything that old Scotland used to be. Interestingly, even though the castle was abandoned as far back as 1925, its gardens are still well maintained. The castle is inhabited today by the Clan Donald Centre. Take a trip to the Armadale Castle, and learn about the MacDonalds and a bit of Scottish history.

Talisker Distillery

Take A Trip To The Talisker Distillery

Established in 1830, Talisker Distillery is the oldest distillery in the Isle of Skye. There, they produce high-quality whisky, the type that you would not find anywhere else in Scotland. Even though it has been around since 1830, the Talisker Distillery has undergone some changes, as it had to be rebuilt after a fire accident destroyed the building in 1960. Go down to the Talisker Distillery and enjoy yourself the unique Talisker flavor of the single malt Scotch whisky.

Portree, Scotland

Spend Time In Portree

The capital of Skye, Portree is the best place to experience the lifestyle of the locals. Here, you have on offer, lovely cafes, petrol shops, supermarkets, hotels, and several other establishments. Spending time in Portree will give you a good idea of what the everyday life in the Isle of Skye is like, as well as enlighten you on their culture. Asides the regular activities you can engage in, there are annual festivals that you can participate in including Skye Highland Games and the Portree Show. Stop by a stall to buy an item, take a cup of coffee in a cafe, live life in Portree.

Eat At The Bog Myrtle Cafe

When you stop at the Bog Myrtle Cafe, you get two things for the price of one. You get stunning views while you eat a mouthwatering dish for lunch. On offer at the cafe are lovely pancakes, beetroot muffin as well as cheddar, with the cafe overlooking Loch Harport and the Cullins. Catch a meal at the cafe before continuing your tour of Isle of Skye.

Staffin Beach

Go And See Dinosaur Footprints At Staffin Beach

Even dinosaurs are believed to be extinct, some of their traces are still available in places around the world. The Isle of Skye is one of such places, as Staffin Beach has what appears to be dinosaur footprints in the sand. These footprints are believed to belong to Ornithopods dinosaurs that existed about 165 million years ago. You should not miss out on the fun of checking the authenticity of these footprints out.

Unwind At The Camas Daralch Beach

If you are looking for the best beach experience in the Isle of Skye, the Camas Daralch Beach is the best place for you. A white sand beach, Camas Daralch looks like somewhere in the Caribbean, giving it a tropical outlook. Here, you can spend time relaxing in between visiting new places. Make sure to pack your beach wears, as you can be sure to have a good time here.

Isle of Skye, Boat Cruise

Take A Boat Cruise

Taking a boat cruise is one of the best experiences when visiting a destination with large bodies of water. The Isle of Skye is not an exception to this. Take a boat cruise to give you a full view of all the beauty that the isle holds. You are sure to see a lot of wildlife, as well as the breathtaking buildings in Skye, both ancient and modern. For the best experience on a boat cruise, go with your loved ones, as it feels good to bask in the beauty of the Isle with someone. Also, make sure to have your camera handy, as there are so many sights to capture.

Other places to visit in the Isle of Skye include Nelst Point Lighthouse, Rubha Hunish, Fairy Pools of Glenbrittle, and Elgol Beach.

Old Man Of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Best Time To Visit Isle of Skye
To enjoy favorable weather, the best time to visit the Isle of Skye is between the months of May and September. During this period, you can engage in all your activities without worries as the weather is conducive.

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