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12 Must Have Experiences on the Isle of Skye

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The Isle of Skye is a must have experience in Scotland. If you want to see some truly spectacular scenery, then you must come here. We were amazed at the beauty of this island.

Whether you have one, two, or three days available, here is a list of the must-see sights on the Isle of Skye.

Old Man of Storr

One of the most photographed landscapes on the Isle of Skye, this should be at the top of your list. Easily accessible from the town of Portree, it takes a wee bit of hiking to get up to the best viewpoints, but it is absolutely worth it.

Read more: The Old Man of Storr

Old Man of Storr

Rubha nam Brathairean (Brother’s Point)

Brother’s Point is the Isle of Skye’s hidden treasure. It is a short hike to some of the most stunning scenery on the Isle of Skye. Very few people visit this place, making it a much better experience for those “in the know.”

Read more: Rubha nam Brathairean

Brother's Point

Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls

Located just a few kilometers away from Brother’s Point is Kilt Rock. Simply park in the car park on A855 and walk out to the viewpoint. In one direction you will see Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls. Look south and off in the distance is Brother’s Point. For epic views of the Isle of Skye with very little hiking, this quick stop is worth it.

Kilt Rock

Isle of Skye Coast


It has a strange name but more amazing views await. From the car park you can see more amazing Isle of Skye landscapes. For those who want to go a little farther, there is a terrific 4.5 mile hike that will give you even better views.

Read more: Hiking the Quiraing

Quiraing Hike

Dunvegan Castle

Tour the only castle on the Isle of Skye. We just missed Dunvegan Castle, arriving five minutes past closing time. If you enjoy touring castles, from the little bit we saw, this looks like a good one!

For more information, visit the Dunvegan Castle website.

Neist Point

Located near Dunvegan, this is another very popular site on the Isle of Skye. Many people come here at the end of the day to watch the sunset. Expect large crowds of people and an overflowing car park, especially during the busy summer months. Yes, it is worth seeing, but the crowds of people take away from some of the enjoyment. If you are short on time, Brother’s Point is a similar but much better experience.

Neist Point

Fairy Glen

Located on the Trotternish Loop, this is another spot that gets overlooked by many visitors. It’s small, quick to visit, and very easy to hike. If there is any place that you could possibly spot a fairy on the Isle of Skye, this is the one.

Read more: Fairy Glen: The Cutest Place to Explore on the Isle of Skye

Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen drone

Talisker Distillery

Talisker Distillery is the only whisky distillery on the Isle of Skye. Take a tour, taste some whisky, and bring some home as a souvenir.


The Fairy Pools

This is another very popular destination on the Isle of Skye. It’s an easy walk along a series of waterfalls, making it perfect for people of all ages and activity levels.

If you are short on time, skip the Fairy Pools and visit the Fairy Glen instead.

Read more: Flying Over the Fairy Pools

Fairy Pools

The Cuillins

The Cuillins are a rocky mountain range located on the southern portion of the Isle of Skye. You will see them from the road as you drive through the island. The Cuillins loom over the Fairy Pools, making this one of the easiest ways to get up close to them. For those who are more adventurous, some of the best hikes are through these mountains. Hike up Bla Bheinn (Blaven) or Sgurr na Stri for stunning 360° views over the Isle of Skye, or climb Sgurr Alasdair, the highest peak on the Isle of Skye.

Read More: Our Attempt on Bla Bheinn

Bla Bheinn


Elgol is located on the southwestern coast of Isle of Skye. It’s another place that very few visitors seem to get to. In fact, we ran out of time and missed it! The coastal views are amazing. If you have the time, day trips from Elgol to Loch Coruisk sound amazing, with stunning scenery and chances to spot wildlife. This will be at the top of our list when we return to the Isle of Skye (someday).

Spot a Highland Cow

And finally, see if you can spot a Highland cow. We just loved these guys!

Highland cow

Post updated August 2017.

Have you been to the Isle of Skye? What is on your must-see list?

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Comments 4

  1. So excited to find your posts on Isle of Skye. My son (16) and I have a limited time in Skye, only three nights and your detailed posts on each place you loved most in Skye are really helping us to plan our trip!! Thank you! Beautiful pictures too:).


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  2. I just wanted to send a note and say THANK YOU for your wonderful ideas and itinerary. Because of you, my family of four just returned from an AMAZING tour of Scotland – Edinburgh, Glencoe, Isle of Skye, Kentallen, and back to Edinburgh. We did almost everything you suggested (LOVED Arthur’s Seat hike in Edinburgh, LOVED Fairy Glenn, LOVED all of your suggested hikes) and completely and absolutely LOVED all of it!! 🙂 Found some amazing restaurants, but to be honest that seems so easy, they are all delicious! It was this post and your photos which made me choose Scotland for our trip and it was absolutely LOVELY. So thank you, thank you, thank you! Your suggestions made our trip magical 🙂

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      Wow!! I am THRILLED that we were such a big help and inspiration for you and your family. Thank you so much for the wonderful comment…it means so much to us to hear that we are inspiring other travelers. We are very glad you had a magical time in Scotland. 🙂 Cheers, Julie

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