An ideal opportunity to experience two islands of great contrast, and indeed rivalry, each equally majestic
Follow the famous West Highland Line from Glasgow to Mallaig, and cross to the Isle of Skye.
Nine days exploring the isles of Arran, Islay, Mull & Skye, each with their own distinct charms
A memorable island-hopping adventure through dramatic Skye & the fascinating Outer Hebrides
Enjoy the contrasts of the Hebridean islands and their whiskies, including Skye, Mull & Islay
Designed for car-less travellers looking to experience the authentic Scotland, including the Isle of Skye
Skye top tips:
- Explore the 'Garden of Skye' - enjoy the gardens & easy walking trails at the Clan Donald Centre or pick up a unique gift at one of Sleat's numerous craft studios & shops
- The Cuillins - put on your hiking boots or simply gaze in awe at this dramatic range of mountains
- Fairy Pools at Glenbrittle - go for a dip (or just a look) at this series of crystal clear pools & waterfalls
- Dunvegan Castle - visit this impressive castle & gardens, ancient seat of the Clan MacLeod
- Dun Caan, Raasay - take a trip from Skye to the small island of Raasay where you'll find one of the best walks in Scotland
Things to See & Do on Skye
The towering Cuillin Range dominates the landscape, its snow-capped peaks visible from most parts of the island to tempt serious walkers and climbers. However, there is plenty of gentler walking to be found elsewhere, from the eerie "Old Man of Storr" and the dramatic cliffs of the Quirang on the northerly Trotternish peninsula, to the sheltered Bracadale area on the west coast, with its stunning views of the western isles.
The town of Portree, with its attractive painted harbour, is well worth a visit, as is historic Dunvegan Castle and Gardens up in the north-west. Down in the far south of the island, the fertile Sleat peninsula is often referred to as the "Garden of Skye". Here you'll find Armadale Castle and the Museum of the Isles, plus more delightful walks out to the Point of Sleat, where the views of the small isles of Rum and Eigg are not to be missed. A day trip to the unspoilt neighbouring island of Raasay is also well worth considering for those who enjoy walking in the wilds!
Travel to & around Skye
Skye is easily accessible by road via the Skye Bridge, however those of a more romantic disposition can travel 'Over the Sea to Skye' via two sea routes from the mainland - by driving the 'Road to the Isles' from Fort William to Mallaig & taking the Mallaig-Armadale ferry or via the tiny Glenelg-Kylrea ferry.