The Isle of Skye is one of the most beautiful places to grace our planet. The name comes from a Viking word for Cloud Island, referring to the fog that often covers the rolling hills. The 50-mile-long island is simply covered in gorgeous natural sights, from rocky mountains covered in beautiful greenery to rolling hills and oceanside cliffs.
A popular tourist destination, you can find many people in the towns or visiting the castles. If you love classic tourist activities, you can take group tours of the island in a bus, car service, or even a jeep for an off-road experience. If you are more of an ocean-loving type, you can take a boat tour and see the amazing cliffs around the island while keeping an eye out for whales, dolphins, and eagles that frequent the northern shores. If you need a little bit more adventure, try a seaplane- take off and land on the water and see the sights of the Isle from a truly unique viewpoint.
For those of you that are of the outdoorsy variety, you can take a number of hikes to truly beautiful destinations on the isle. The most famous walking path is the Old Man of Storr, a large pinnacle that was created by an ancient landslide, leaving only a single spire standing. From every angle the Old Man looks incredible, being framed by rocky mountains, lush grass, or a deep blue ocean backdrop. If you prefer a slightly more strenuous hike, try out the Quiraing walk, on the northern part of the island. It takes you through some of the most gorgeous terrain on the isle, with incredible views all around. If you need even more adventure, you can climb the Cuillin summit, which is some of the best hiking in the entire UK.
If you are feeling whimsical, visit the Fairy Pools or the Fairy Glen. The Fairy Pools entice you with beautiful crystal clear water and a gorgeous waterfall. Take a dip if you are adventurous, or stop at the edge and take some beautiful photos. Fairy Glen is located separate from the Fairy Pools, with unusually beautiful tiny rolling hills for you to walk through and enjoy.
Since the Isle of Skye is an island, the climate is usually temperate year round. It is a rainy place, but without insanely high or low temperatures. Pack a jacket and sturdy pants if you plan to take a hike- the weather can be temperamental but the views are worthwhile. Visit the Isle of Skye website to plan your trip.