The Isle of Skye consists of vast mountain lines, velvet moor and the ever-popular Scottish lochs which all compliment the second largest of Scotland’s islands. This often misted island takes its name from Norse Sky-a which some believe means ‘cloud island’, taken from the words of visiting Vikings.
The Isle of Skye is an intoxicating distillation of everything that is great about the breath-taking Scottish Highlands. This dramatic landscape with the Cuillin Range in the background is an untouched source in many travellers’ opinions and is a place that must be visited before spoilt by the ever-expanding tourist ring. Malt Whisky producers Talisker celebrated their newest edition Storm by a team of adventurers led by Alistair Humphreys off to explore the rugged landscape. Whether you are an adventurer as they are, enjoy sporty activities or one who simply enjoys relaxing in Scottish bliss, the Isle of Skye will be sure to cater to your every need.
To really enjoy the island, from my own previous experience, you need to land yourself a hire car, as public transport really isn’t a highlight of the island as it can be awkward to get around. My personal favourite is to ride off on a classic pushbike and explore the hidden depths of this incredible island, cycling off into the sunset and disappearing off the radar from an hour or two. There are a few golden rules, which you must adhere to if you plan to explore… Always back a few bottles of water, well unless you want to go Bear Grylls style, decent trekking footwear and last but not least… A WATERPROOF!
A personal favourite of mine and many other travellers on the picturesque island is The Cuillins. The Cuillins Hills, I believe, is the most formidable mountain range in the British Isles with some of its jagged ridges standing over 3000ft tall. The intimidating view of misted peaks and bare rock is the ultimate playground for any explorer and for those less experienced mountaineers, there are many companies on the island who offer a popular two-day trek of the Cuillin Ridge.
If trekking the mountain line isn’t what you had in mind when visiting the Isle of Skye travellers can also find many craft shops, cottage museums and some of the best British hot spots for bird watching. I mentioned before that the island also offers experiences for the sportier traveller hosting man water sports including diving, canoeing, yachting and windsurfing. But if like me you are a true fan of whisky, why not visit the Talisker Distillery at Carbost and definitely pick me a bottle of Talisker Storm on the way!
Travelling to the Isle of Skye
By car – The road bridge enables you to drive over to Kyleakin on the southeast part of the island.
By bus – Buses to Skye operate from Glasgow, Fort William and Inverness. Most buses will drop you in Portree with some going as far as Uig. Check the latest timetables for the most update runnings of the buses
By train – Inverness is the place to be to get a train over the sea! Trains will run from Inverness to Kyle of Lochaish where you can either walk or bus over the Skye Bridge to Kyleakin. You can also jump on a train from Fort William to Mallaig to jump on a ferry over to Armadle.
By ferry – Ferries run throughout the summer 6 to 7 times with the winter service only operating for 2 journeys a day between Mallaig and Armadale.