Many a times we travel places in search of inner peace and luckily there are places which for sure are heaven unfurling unnamed passage of breathtaking natural beauty and serene. One such place we are about to explore is Skye.
Skye or the Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides is one magically beautiful island in the West Coast of Scotland. If you are a medieval age fan and love castles, rocky landscape then Skye is the place you’ve got to see. But that’s not all! Skye is capable of much more. Read on to know what makes this place a must visit-
Best Time to Visit
Skye is beautiful and worth visiting at any time of the year. But to avoid mist, rain and to enjoy a clear and dry weather, summers are the best time to visit especially from April to June.
How to Reach?
Unfortunately, Skye is connected by railways. But Glasgow is the nearest International Airport and the local airport is Inverness. Once you reach Glasgow, you can board a train to Mallaig and then take a ferry to Skye. Or you can land on Inverness Airport then board a train to Kyle and reach the island on a bus. But buses aren’t too frequent here. Some also look forward to hire a car from Glasgow because of the personal space and time flexibility. But if you choose to hire a car make sure you pre-book it to avoid any crisis. There are also private bus companies providing services from Glasgow and Inverness to Skye. See that you pre-book here too to ensure there’s a seat for you.
Where to Stay?
Here are some of the best hotels where you can enjoy best amenities with welcoming staff and amazing view from your window.
Taigh Ailean Hotel– a small but beautiful hotel located in Carbost near the Cuillin Mountains, this place is just he right choice if you wish to indulge in activities like walking, fishing, observing the country side beauty and of course relaxing. Great food and good wine is all you can expect here. Greshornish Hotel is another name adding to the charm of the country side. Located in Portree this hotel is what we can call is a pure historic country house luxury bedding and delicious food. Ullinish Country House, is yet another hotel located in Struan, has been there for 300 years and is amazingly historic marking the visit of Samuel Johnson. This is a five star hotel offering great food and beautiful interiors. Some other well know hotels where you can choose to live are The Royal Hotel, The Hebridean Hotel, Raasay House Accomodation, Sligachan Hotel are to name a few among the beautiful hotels. Make sure you pre-book your stay to avoid disappointment.
Places to Visit-
Neist point- popularly known as the Neist Point Lighthouse because of the latter being there since 1909. This spot is a view point on the most westerly point of Skye. What else you can see apart from the lighthouse are whales, porpoises, dolphins and basking sharks. It’s a real treat to visit this place.
Skyeskyns- this place enjoys a repute of 5 star visitor attractions and is popular for being the only sheepskin tannery. A visit to the place would unveil to you the history of the craft of leather making. Several of the handmade crafts are being exhibited in this place.
Dunvegan Castle- a visit to any part of Scotland is waste if you didn’t happen to witness a castle. Dunvegan is the oldest castle inhabited in Scotland and has been an ancestral abode of the chiefs of clan MacLeod for 800 years. History revisited!
Armadale Castle- another castle built in the Scottish baronial style, this castle now stands as a ruined country house. However, the charm of the castle is no less and is enticing as ever.
The Storr- a rocking hill facing the Sound of Raasay is a beautiful sight seeing spot is also a popular example of landslip. The place is now a sanctuary and is widely visited.
This was Skye at a glance. Plan your holiday this season and explore the wonderful airs and the variant colors of the Skye.