There are several tour companies offering small group or private tours around the Isle of Skye. YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: 20 Beautiful Towns to Visit in Scotland. We enjoy dialogue with our readers, especially when they share off-the-beaten-path destinations and useful travel tips. If so, we would love to hear about your experience. What is left of the castle makes for a great photo opportunity though! Here you can find dinosaur footprints in the rock. If the car park is busy, return to Carbost to Talisker Distillery and try again after the tour.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE: 30+ Things to do on the Isle of Skye, Distance: 100 miles (160 km) // Start/End Point: Portree. It takes just over an hour to reach the Skye Bridge via the A87 and about 1.75 hours via the Staffin and the Dinosaur Footprints. After 5 miles you will see a carpark on your right. Top tip: Arrive here early as the car park gets busy very quickly. If you are here for inspiration for a Scotland staycation, you should also read my guide to adding oomph to your staycation! The site was originally established back in the 12th century, but was destroyed in the 1700’s. The Sleat peninsula is a great area to add to your Isle of Skye itinerary. Before we get started, I want to caveat by saying a few things. . From sea cliffs to mountain ranges this island has plenty to offer. If it’s full, it’s full.

After passing the small village of Staffin, take the small single-track road up into the mountains. Fort William is pegged as the ‘outdoor capital of the UK,’ because it’s surrounded by epic Highland mountains and a giant lake (Loch Linnhe). Take a route further west via Achnasheen and Strathcarron (A835, A832, A890, A87). This is a fantastic spot to come for sunrise. For breakfast options you can head back to Mackenzie’s Bakery or try Café Arriba in Portree. One thing I wanted to point out is that the Isle of Skye by far not the only scenic place or island in Scotland.

eval(ez_write_tag([[728,90],'racheloffduty_com-box-3','ezslot_3',111,'0','0'])); When you think of Scotland, there are two ways your mind might go: to the historic, bustling streets of Glasgow or Edinburgh, or the vast, open, unrelentingly green expanse of rugged, fairytale landscapes that make up the rest of the country. I split them into “best of”-sites and hidden gems, but you could also spend one full day on Trotternish and one full day in the north-west.
Dunvegan Castle is open from April to mid-October. Torabhaig Distillery is a new distillery on the Sleat peninsula. Arrive at Skye in mid-morning, coming into Kyleakin. The Trotternish Peninsula is by far the most popular region on the Isle of Skye. But trust me, it’s worth every last mile (or, kilometer). I recommend spending a night about halfway on the way up and/or down and two nights on the Isle of Skye, especially if this is your first trip to Scotland. Plan at least 1.5 to 2 hours for his hike. These formations, like the Old Man Of Storr, were created by a landslide.

The historic Sligachan Hotel also has a campsite across the road. Getting here will take you about an hour and a half, and it’s conveniently located right off the main route you’ll be taking if you’re driving back down to Glasgow. It was abandoned in the 18th century and much of the stones have been repurposed as building material at the Clan MacDonald’s nearby Monkstadt House. Originally owned by the Clan MacDonald of Sleat, it was abandoned sometime during the 17th century. Take this road heading to Uig. Day 3: Off the beaten track on the Sleat Peninsula, Skye Museum of Island Life or Colbost Croft Museum. Copyright © 2013-2020 | Backroad Planet, Nat is a part-time backpacker, trying to make backpacking a full-time lifestyle. There are a few accommodation options in the town, or you could opt for the Torvaig Campsite just 2 miles north. That said if Skye is a dream destination of yours and you can dedicate a reasonable amount of time on the island to explore the classic sites as well as off the beaten track – GO FOR IT! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. There are a lot of options for accommodation on the Isle of Skye, from budget-friendly hostels to traditional B&Bs, luxury hotels, self-catering cottages in stunning surroundings and various campsites.

From Carbost it takes around 40 minutes to drive back to Broadford.

Axle is Howard's occasional road trip buddy. The easiest way to get around on the Isle of Skye is with your own (hire) car. The Quiraing is the mountain range that dominates the northern Trotternish peninsula. Be back at the car by 2 pm, then take the 15-minute drive north on the A855. Also, while I was writing this post, I was reading up on how Skye has recently ballooned in popularity amongst travelers over just the last few years, which is amazing, but as a result, the remote area is struggling to keep up with the new demand.