ISLE OF SKYE, SCOTLAND
The Isle of Skye is Scotlands second largest island and is connected to the mainland by the Skye Bridge. It takes its name from the old Norse word Sky-a, meaning ‘cloud island’ – in reference to its often-mist-shrouded, Cuillin Hills. The magic of this island, lies in its dramatic landscapes and scenery, from its lonely volcanic plateaus, Jagged saw-toothed mountains and dramatic sea cliffs, to its shimmering lochs, epic waterfalls, and coral beaches.
The incredible variety of it’s landscapes leave one feeling that Skye encompasses all of Scotland in one small space.
Besides the stunning scenery the islands also offers plenty of castles, crofting museums, cosy pubs and restaurants; and dozens of art galleries and craft studios.
Since there's only one well-paved road bisecting the island, exploration can be slow, especially during peak season. If you don't want to get too far removed from civilization, base yourself in Portree. With a population of 4,150, it is Skye's biggest town. The best way to experience Skye is on a road trip.
The Isle of Skye is located in the Outer Hebrides just off the mainland in northwestern Scotland. Getting there isn’t easy — from Edinburgh, you’re looking at a 5-6 hour drive on an assortment of roads, including small two-lane roads in the Highlands. But Skye is worth every minute of driving to get there.