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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.

Old Man of Storr Isle of Skye

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.”

Brother's Point Isle of Skye

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

Quiraing

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 Isle of Skye

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 Isle of Skye

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.

Talisker

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.

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 360Β° views, or climb Sgurr Alasdair, the highest peak on the Isle of Skye.

Bla Bheinn

Elgol

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

More Information for Your Trip to the Isle of Skye

Learn how to put all of this together in a perfect itinerary, with recommendations on how to spend 1, 2, or 3 or more days on the Isle of Skye.

Check out our Isle of Skye Travel Guide, which has lots of information to help you plan your trip, including where to eat, where to stay, and how to plan your time.

If your visit to the Isle of Skye is part of a bigger trip to Scotland, don’t miss our 10 Day Scotland Itinerary, which also includes Edinburgh, Glasgow, and two different scenic routes for driving to and from the Isle of Skye.

Tour Options for the Isle of Skye

If you only have one day on the Isle of Skye and are not planning on renting a car, here are several highly rated tours from Inverness.

 


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

Planning a trip to Scotland? Read all of our articles in our Scotland Travel Guide.

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  1. Wow, this place looks really amazing! I have been trying to convince my wife to go to Ireland (she has already been but I am dying to go) so including Scotland in the trip could be a real selling point. She loves to hike and these views are just incredible. Thanks for the great idea!

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      1. Only missed a few of these lovely recommendations! Loved loved loved Skye and my first Haggis? Spelling?
        2019 trip 3wks in Scotland trip helped me through the shut downs with all the good pics and memories! Cheers Scotland!πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™

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          3 weeks in Scotland sounds amazing! I’m glad you got there before COVID. Happy travels to your next destination! Cheers, Julie

  2. Love your website. Thanks for all the info. My husband and I travelling to Scotland for the first time in last week of Oct. Very excited. We plan to spend a day in Isle of skye and drive the same day to Inverness. Do you recommend another day stay at Isle of Skye? The previous day we planned to drive from Glencoe and drive using the ferry to reach Isle of skye – by late evening.

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      I’m glad you like our site! πŸ™‚ If you have time in your schedule, another day in the Isle of Skye would be great. With two days, if you move fast and the weather cooperates, you can explore most of the island. Check out our Isle of Skye itinerary for recommendations on how to plan your time. Cheers, Julie

      1. Dear Julie,

        Thanks much. I have reviewed your itinerary for Isle of Skye, which prompted my question.
        Hopefully weather will cooperate πŸ™‚ .

  3. I’ve been pouring over your Scotland entries for weeks and weeks and it just dawned on me I should let you know! We are a family of 5 (3 boys ages 6, 9,11) and are spending about 3 weeks in Scotland doing our usual mode of travel, home exchange. We’ll be based out of Glasgow. I’ve booked a croft house on Skye for 4 days and am so eager to take it all in! Your posts are so perfect, thank you for all your suggestions and information. I really appreciate that you posted how far each place is from Portree and how long you should expect to spend there. Very helpful info and thank you so much!!

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      Hello Danielle. 3 weeks in Scotland sounds amazing!! We LOVE the Isle of Skye…it’s a magical place. Thanks for writing in to us, and have fun on your trip!! Cheers, Julie

  4. Hi. We’re visiting isle of skye in may and we’ll be staying in portree. We dont have the option of self drive .

    Please suggest how should we travel around isle of skye?

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      You can look into joining a tour. I don’t know much about getting around by public transportation since we had a rental car. Cheers, Julie

  5. Hi Guys, emailing from Australia. Will be in UK for 7 weeks in July/August and have two nights on Skye and 2 nights on Mull. Actually only allows us a little over a full clear day on each isle. Enjoyed reading your articles. Very helpful. Will be taking raincoats and brollies for the trip. We don’t own raincoats/brollies in Australia….we have no need for them so a new experience awaits. Taking my drone, buying a Mavic 2 as quieter and with Zoom I am hoping to be able to use it for lots of good video/photos. 3 years ago we were in Britain with my older Phantom 3 Pro and had so much difficulty flying it with all the restrictions around. Hoping the quieter Mavic with the zoom will go more un-noticed. We are getting older )71/68 so hope we are fit enough to undertake the walks you mention, especially “The Old man of Storr, The Quirang and The Fairy Pools. Also noticed we need a repellant for the midgies. Thanks again.

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  6. Thank you so much for this!! We are so excited to go at the end of April. We will be there for 2 days, but with a 4 month old, so this is so helpful. Our hiking will be limited, but it sounds like not all is lost with some easy trails. The first day sounds amazing. We have not decided about the castle yet. The hike at the lighthouse…will that be too hard?

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      For the hike at the lighthouse, you can either just hike to viewpoint across the peninsula (like you see in the photo and this is super fast and easy…just a 10 minute walk from the parking lot) or hike all of the way out to the lighthouse (longer and more difficult). I think just getting to the viewpoint will be good enough. The Isle of Skye is filled with short, fast, easy hiking trails perfect for visiting with your 4 month old. And don’t feel bad about skipping the castle if you would rather hike and see the scenery. Cheers, Julie

  7. Great post! We are traveling to Skye in mid November. Would you recommend a guided tour or self drive? Do you believe there will be any other restrictions due to it being November?

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      If you feel comfortable driving on narrow roads, I would do it as self-drive. Then you can see things at your own pace. I don’t believe there will be any restrictions. I don’t think snow will be an issue (to close the roads). It will be chilly but it also shouldn’t be very crowded, which will be nice. Have fun! Cheers, Julie

  8. Love your site!!! I’m heading to Skye this weekend and super excited after coming across your Skye post! Are there any Drone flying restrictions in Scotland? Also, can you tell me where you found your interactive map? I’m a wedding photographer, and I’ve been looking for one, but I’ve only found one thru simple maps. Thanks for your help!

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      When we visited Scotland, we could not fly our drone around castles, plus all of the typical drone rules like don’t fly it over crowded places. This was two years so it’s a good idea to just double check the rules before you go. If you are referring to the map on our Destinations page, we use the plug-in called Interactive Maps. Have fun!! Cheers, Julie

  9. Hi,
    What camera and drone do you use?

    Also, do you recommend rain pants? We will be in Scotland in October!

    Thanks for sharing your guide…it’s great!

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      We use the DJI Phantom 4 drone and the Canon 5D Mark iv camera. It’s not a bad idea to have some sort of weather resistant pants. I wear hiking pants by Prana, and when they are new, they do shed the water, but they are not water resistant. However, after washing them a few times, they do lose this feature. Cheers, Julie

  10. we will be on the isle of skye for tow days, can you suggest where we should start to see these places we will be staying in the town of portree!
    thanks so much

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  11. I love you! Your site is truly amazing! Full of tips and exceptional breathtaking photos! Just what I was looking for and what I needed to plan my visit to the Island of Skye, THANK YOU!! I hope my experience will be good as yours.

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  12. Hi!

    I am going on September on a 3 day road trip through Isle of Skye.
    Where do you recommend us to stay? we would like to be in the same room, itΒ΄s me and both my parents.

    Thank you!

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      Check out our Isle of Skye travel guide for hotel recommendations or take a look at Booking.com (this is the website we use to make most of our hotel bookings). I recommend you stay in Portree because it is centrally located and easy to get to a lot of great restaurants. Cheers, Julie

  13. My husband and I will be in Skye for 2 days Sept.5&6th,2018. Your itinerary was so helpful. On Day 1 you suggested to follow the Trotternish Loop Drive. Does this take us to old Man of Storr, Brothers point, kilt rock and meat falls and Quiraing? What order do you suggest we do these things on day 1?:thanks, Beth from Maryland

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      Hi Beth from Maryland! Yes, the Trotternish Loop covers all of the sites you mention. I recommend driving the loop in the clockwise direction (Quiraing, Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls, Brothers Point, and Old Man of Storr). Start as early as possible to beat the crowds but hopefully they won’t be too bad in September. Have fun! Cheers, Julie from Maryland πŸ™‚

  14. Hi Julie – We are headed to Ireland for 2 weeks this coming September. We actually discovered your blog while doing our research for this trip!

    Quick question – is Scotland worth a trip if you’ve already spent time in Ireland? Just wondering if there are enough differences to make it not feel as if we were doing/seeing many of the same things/scenery. Thanks!

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      Yes, it’s worth visiting both Ireland and Scotland. We actually combined the two countries into one big 18 day trip and came up with the 2 itineraries you see on this site: 10 days in Ireland and 10 days in Scotland. Both are wonderful and honestly all 4 of us liked Scotland a little more than Ireland. We fell in love with the Isle of Skye and Edinburgh and the hiking. Ireland has awesome coastal scenery and wonderful little towns to visit. Take a look at the 2 itineraries and let us know if you have any questions or need to narrow down your choices. BTW, I love your comments on Facebook (I am assuming that’s you. πŸ™‚ ). Cheers, Julie

  15. Hi! Thanks for sharing so many recommendations. I’m wondering at what point during the year you visited? My husband and I are hoping to get over mid-May, but we’re wondering if the Highlands will be nothing but rain and sleet at that point.

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      Hi Ginger. It looks like you found your answer on another one of our posts, but from what I have learned, May is one of the best months to be on the Isle of Skye because it is not as rainy as other months. That being said, still be prepared for the rain, but I hope you get to see a lot of bright blue sky on your trip! Cheers, Julie

  16. Love your tips for traveling with kids. We are taking our kids (5, 8 and 10) to Ireland and Scotland at the end of the month. Although we don’t travel as much as your family this will be their 14th and 15th countries (and 45 states). We always look at your site before traveling for tips on locations. Thanks for all of the work.

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      You’re welcome. It sounds like you also have well-traveled kids. What a wonderful thing you are doing for them. Enjoy Ireland and Scotland! Cheers, Julie

  17. 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:).

    Tanya

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  18. 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!! πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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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. πŸ™‚ Cheers, Julie

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