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Things to do on Isle of Skye

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Use our guide to discover the best things to do in the Isle of Skye

Despite being a tiny island off mainland Scotland, there are so many things to do in the Isle of Skye.

Celebrated for its enchanting landscapes, the Isle of Skye is home to mountain ranges, rugged coastlines and crumbling castles. The island is the largest of the inner Hebrides. A wealth of attractions and activities await to explore the great outdoors!

Isle of Skye Attractions

Whether you’re stopping off on your tour of Scotland or staying for the long haul, be sure to visit the colourful cottages of Portree. Try the local seafood before heading north to The Storr and The Fairy Glen, two fantastic Isle of Skye attractions.

Step back in time at Dunvegan Castle overlooking Loch Dunvegan, whilst Eileen Donan is a must-visit on your way to the island. Trek along the coast to spot Neist Point Lighthouse on its dramatic cliff-top, or if you prefer a gentler sight, find swimmable Fairy Pools in the south!

Isle of Skye Activities

Hikers will find their paradise here, with paths meandering through moorland, waterfalls and hillsides. Challenge yourself with the narrow paths and sweeping views of The Quiraing or follow the coastline to Kilt Rock. Meanwhile, Talisker Bay Beach offers family-friendly strolls.

Discover local heritage at Talisker Distillery and the thatched cottages of The Skye Museum of Island Life. A wealth of wildlife calls Skye home and boat trips are a wonderful way to see rare birds and marine life.

Explore our guide for moreĀ things to do in the Isle of Skye…

  • Dunvegan Castle

    Dunvegan Castle

    MacLeod Estate
    Dunvegan House
    Isle of Skye
    IV55 8WF

    01470 521206

    The oldest continuously habituated castle in Scotland, home to the Chiefs of Clan Macleod for over 800 years. This striking castle, with its tremendously beautiful gardens, makes for an unforgettable visit.

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  • Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

    Eilean Donan Castle

    Kyle of Lochalsh
    IV40 8DX

    01599 555202

    This majestic, 13th-century castle sits idyllically at the meeting point of three beautiful lochs: Duich, Alsh and Long. With its captivating history and astonishing location, there is no wonder that Eilean Donan is widely regarded as the most beautiful castle in Scotland.

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  • Neist point lighthouse

    Neist Point Lighthouse

    Isle of Skye
    IV55 8WU

    Perched on the most westerly point of the Isle of Skye, this picturesque, listed lighthouse was first lit back in 1909 and sits amidst stunning coastline and clifftops, making it a photographer’s paradise.

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  • Sunrise at Quiraing

    The Quiraing

    2h 28m

    3.9 miles


    One of the most scenic walks in Scotland, The Quiraing was formed by a landslip and sits on the northernmost peninsula of the Isle of Skye, Trotternish Ridge.

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  • The Storr

    The Storr

    IV51 9HX

    Perhaps the most idyllic walk on the island, the summit of which is the highest point of the Trotternish Ridge, The Storr offers breath-taking, panoramic views of the Isle of Skye below.

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