Sunday’s I Want To Go To There: Isle of Skye, Scotland

2010
07.04

Old Man of Storr

I know I’m a little late for a Sunday post but really, I’m sure it’s still Sunday somewhere in the world (like any semi-alcoholic would say, it’s 5PM somewhere).

Today, we travel a little further to the wild wild west and stop at the beautiful Isle of Skye, located in the Inner Hebrides of Scotland. For the non-initiated, that’s about 5 hours west of Aberdeen. A lot of people only go to Scotland for the Highlands and the tartan (which are good reasons, I concur), but there are other areas of outstanding beauty to be seen in that part of Great Britain, like Skye.

The Isle is not uninhabited but not far; less than 10 000 souls live there. Needless to say a trip to this remote location is a very calm one indeed.

Loch Coruisk

While Scotland is well known for its spectacular scenery, Skye offers many outstanding sites too, whether it is at Old Man of Storr or at the Kilt Rock waterfalls. The former is a steep, rocky face overlooking the Sound of Raasay, and offers its most pretty views from the west side. The latter is a 200 feet high waterfall, part of cliffs that resembles a carefully pleaded kilt. It’s almost like a giant rock strata tartan. Loch Coruisk is said to be the finest lake in Scotland (take that Loch Ness), mostly because of its surroundings made of green peaks. The path that leads to this Loch has a section called the Bad Step. You have been warned. The Quiraing is also worth the detour.

Dunvegan Castle

The aforementioned natural sites are all easily reachable by foot. Great spot for trekkers. Of course, there are many more spots to be named when speaking of beautiful natural areas of Skye but there are the most essential.

On another note, Dunvegan Castle is another great attraction of Skye, not only because of its history but mostly because of its beautiful setting. It’s the oldest inhabited castle of Scotland and seat of the MacLeod clan. Interesting tip: after visiting the castle, why not hop on the boat trip that takes you on the Loch Dunvegan and try to locate the various kinds of seals that live there.

Portree Harbour

Back to civilization. The capital of the Isle, Portree, is well-known for its typical harbour, made of colourful little houses. Watch out for the wonderful views of the rocky Cuillin mountains from the harbour. The city is where you will find most of the shops and souvenirs.

What’s so great about Skye is that it’s easily accessible from mainland, either by car or by bus. Plus, for an exotic touch to your trip, look out for locals speaking Gaelic - it’s not that uncommon in that part of Scotland, as an estimated 30% of the population speaks it on a regular basis.

50th post, yay.

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4 Responses to “Sunday’s I Want To Go To There: Isle of Skye, Scotland”

  1. kirsty says:

    sounds like you had fun xxxx

  2. Coming Sep I will be at Ben Nevis and I am wondering if I should make a detour to Isle of Skye. Photos do look good.

  3. Marie says:

    You should definitely go. I haven’t been myself (hence the title of the post) but it seems like it is a small piece of heaven in Britain. Plus it’s not much of a detour, you can easily spend a day there.

  4. land cruiser says:

    The status quo sucks.

    Sent from my iPhone 4G

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