The Magical Landscape Of Skye

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.

What to visit in Skye
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


Skye
The Storr welcomes you this way.
Image by Stephan Ging




Skye Island
Needless to say that the views from the top are great.
Image by Joe Dunckley


Skye Highlands
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 Old Man of Storr
The Storr, la nuit.
Image by Piglicker


Skye Scotland
Diagram to have an idea of how big is this thing.


Kilt Rock
Also don't miss the Kilt Rock.


Kilt Rock Waterfall
You can use the waterfall to get creative here!


Superman telephone box
In northern Trotternish peninsula roads have just one lane, but Superman has still his emergency telephone box.
Image by Estorde


Quiraing
If you decide to go climbing the Quiraing, you can spot the eye of Sauron.
Image by Shderuiter


Cave of Gold Skye
The hidden Cave of Gold is Skye's answer to the Giant's Causeway.
Image by Richard Wilson


Highlands coast
It's not easy to get to the Cave of Gold. You can follow the instructions from the superb web Walkhighlands.
Image by Freddie H.


Fairy Glen Skye
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


Magical Scotland
I only have seen these strange natural mounds in the other site of the world, in New Zealand.
Image by Pelle Sten


Keep the secret
Keep the secret, the Fairy Glen is unspoilt and there are no signs to find it at all.
Image by FionaBrims


Magical place
I must confess that this is one of my favourite pics.


Fairy tale
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 forest
Haunted trees that look like they will start walking at any time.


Kilmuir
You can visit the tomb of this medieval knight in the Kilmuir Graveyard.
Image by Brewbooks


Dunvegan
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


Jet bird
Look at this awesome jet bird!
Image by David Ian Roberts


Neist Point
The next point of interest is Neist Point.
Image by Neuro74


Talisker Bay
The solitary Talisker Bay is near Carbost, where you can visit the Talisker whisky distillery.
Image by Kalense Kid


Macleod's Maidens
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


Fairy Pools
The Fairy Pools is another magnetic place to see, located in the heart of the Cuillins.
Image by SharpeImages.co.uk


Fairy Pools Skye
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


Fairy Pools Scotland
Sligachan bridge, waiting at the crossroads.
Image by Kirsty Hodge


Portree
Portree, the largest town of Skye, is populated by 2,500 souls.
Image by Andrea Mucelli


Highlander
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






 

3 comments:

sarah jane said...

So, so lovely here. Someday will have to make that trip and just stay for a while.

Pauline said...

Your pictures are AMAZING!!!!!
I was there 2 weeks ago and it is so beautiful :)
I agree with your itinerary, most of the time should be spent around the Trotternish peninsula

Skye Class said...

Best pictures I've ever seen of the most beautiful place on Earth. Thanks for sharing!!!

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