Located off the west coast of Scotland, is the Isle of Skye – the largest and northernmost of the major islands in the Inner Hebrides. This stunning destination features mountainous terrain, rocky slopes, and dramatic landscapes. With its rich history, exciting wildlife, impressive castles, and even Fairy Pools, it feels like a setting straight out of a story book. If you’re lucky enough to have Skye, Scotland on your travel itinerary, here are five things you might want to consider doing while you’re there:
- Take a dip in the Fairy Pools – Located in Glen Brittle there are deep blue pools in the river flowing with water from the Cullin that is crystal clear. You’ll trek there on foot, crossing rivers and steep terrain, but the crystal waters and backdrop of the mountains is nothing short of impressive.
- Explore the castles of Eilean Donan and Dunvegan – Eilean Donan Castle is considered to be the most romantic of all the Scottish castles. This famous castle is so striking, it even made an appearance in several Hollywood blockbusters including Entrapment, Highlander, and The World is Not Enough (one of the James Bond films). Dunvegan Castle was home to the 30th MacLeod Clan Chief. Stuck in its time, Dunvegan is where you can get a real feel for how things were done in the days of old. Additional castles to consider visiting include Armadale Castle, Castle Moil, and Duntulm Castle.
- Get to know the wildlife – One place you may want to indulge in visiting is Kylerhea Otter Haven. This area by the water is simple enough to get to on foot, and if you’re patient you’ll be rewarded with views of otters, seals, birds and more. This is one area that it’s a good idea to bring binoculars along.
- Get daring and go cliff-jumping at Raasay House – You’ll have to hop aboard a ferry for nearly half an hour, but the adventure seekers will enjoy what awaits them at this destination. Rock-climbing and cliff-jumping are the thrill-lovers dream here. Stunning views and rushes of adrenalin? You’re certainly going to get both. You might also catch glimpses of birds and deer.
- Take a walk up Old Man of Storr – This is one of the easier hikes you can take, but be forewarned that this is also one of the most popular walks on the island. This large rock dominates the northeastern Skye landscape, and its views are so picturesque that it’s been called one of the most photographed areas in the world.
Have we inspired you to visit the Isle of Skye, Scotland? If so, we hope that you’ll call Ingenious Travel at 888.695.0321. We look forward to helping you create the vacation of your dreams! Not sure yet, no worries…we’ll be in Scotland July 14 – 28, 2017. Be sure to follow our adventure on Facebook , twitter, and Instagram with #LassesInScotland.