One of the most fascinating parts of Scotland is the extraordinary Isle of Skye. It has everything you can expect to find in the Highlands: stunning greenish landscapes splashed with lakes, waterfalls, and the seaside. I has haunted castles, picturesque towns and whisky distilleries. But what makes Skye special are certain unique places that seem out of a fairy tale.
To visit the island, the most interesting route is to follow the road along the coast in the Trotternish peninsula. Only driving around this loop, leaving from Portree, requires a busy day and good luck with the weather. Please find the map of the itinerary below at the end.
The Old Man of Storr is the star of Skye, and also a film star in Ridley Scott's Prometheus (here you can find an article about the filming locations). Image by Alan Rolfe
The Storr welcomes you this way.
Image by Stephan Ging
Needless to say that the views from the top are great.
Image by Joe Dunckley
The trail leading to the Storr is gorgeous too. Allow one to two hours for the walk from the car park for the whole excursion, round trip. Image by -JM-
The Storr, la nuit.
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Diagram to have an idea of how big is this thing.
Also don't miss the Kilt Rock.
You can use the waterfall to get creative here!
In northern Trotternish peninsula roads have just one lane, but Superman has still his emergency telephone box.
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If you decide to go climbing the Quiraing, you can spot the eye of Sauron.
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The hidden Cave of Gold is Skye's answer to the Giant's Causeway.
Image by Richard Wilson
It's not easy to get to the Cave of Gold. You can follow the instructions from the superb web Walkhighlands.
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If you find the Fairy Glen, you'll have the feeling that you are entering another world.
Suddenly, the landscape become strongly different from the surroundings.
Image by Pelle Sten
I only have seen these strange natural mounds in the other site of the world, in New Zealand.
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Keep the secret, the Fairy Glen is unspoilt and there are no signs to find it at all.
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I must confess that this is one of my favourite pics.
Fairy Glen has many scenic features in a small area: a tiny pond, a fallen tree, old ruins, and many sheeps leaping around the coned hills.
Haunted trees that look like they will start walking at any time.
You can visit the tomb of this medieval knight in the Kilmuir Graveyard.
Image by Brewbooks
If you decide to continue your way through other areas of Skye, apart from Trotternish, you can visit Dunvegan Castle going west. Image by Jim Monk
Look at this awesome jet bird!
Image by David Ian Roberts
The next point of interest is Neist Point.
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The solitary Talisker Bay is near Carbost, where you can visit the Talisker whisky distillery.
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The Macleod's Maidens are some standing stacks on the sea, only reached by land after a long walk from Orbost.
Image by Tony Bridge
The Fairy Pools is another magnetic place to see, located in the heart of the Cuillins.
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They are a series of waterfalls, crystal-clear emerald pools and deep cavities, where it is possible to swim in the freezing water if you are brave enough. Image by Snowstorm101
Sligachan bridge, waiting at the crossroads.
Image by Kirsty Hodge
Portree, the largest town of Skye, is populated by 2,500 souls.
Image by Andrea Mucelli
As an extra bonus, Eilean Donan is not in the Isle of Skye, but this famous castle that appeared in films like Highlander is in your way, if you are coming through the bridge that connects Skye with the rest of Scotland. Image by Nagillum