A Road Trip in the Isle of Skye

A Road Trip in the Isle of Skye

With a four day gap between house sits there was only one place on my mind, I needed us to take a road trip in the Isle of Skye. It has been a bucket-list destination of mine for years and although we only had three days, I’ve learnt that if you’re willing to strap your boots on from dusk until dawn then in Skye 3 days allows you to see A LOT!

 

We’d already been driving a good two and a half hours before we reached the archaic bridge and I felt the hair stand up on my arms with excitement. It’s a feeling that has stalked me throughout my travels but after having lived a nomadic lifestyle for over ten years I am always surprised to see it there. Full of anticipation, when we cross that bridge and peer down into Loch Alsh and the watchful faces of several looming mountains a childlike giddiness sweeps over me.

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Our first hours road trip in the Isle of Skye stripped us from our breath time and again. Water danced amongst the mountains in playful waterfalls or gathered solemnly in huge quantities to reflect a string of houses. Nature had sprung to life and not even the long journey behind us could deter us from our excitement.

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We eventually came to rest in Portree, the second largest town in Skye but with a population of less than 2500. Our quaint hotel overlooked the pier and bay but with little daylight left we took to planning the days ahead… they would be full. The following image is the view from our window!

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Here’s how we made the most of our Road Trip in the Isle of Skye

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Hiking

Take a road trip in the Isle of Skye in order to go hiking… You bet we did!

With a bit of lucky weather on our side we managed to do our two bucket list hikes on Skye’s Trotternish Peninsular. This is a spectacular place due to several landslides in which hard surface matter has crushed ancient softer matter leaving some enormous omnipresent rock stalagmites. The most famous of these statues is the “Old Man of Storr.” To get a proper perspective we hiked above and beyond this ancient natural statue, battling our hiking limits and Scotland’s furious weather every step of the way. See our post “Hiking the Storr” for details of this route.

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Hiking the Quiraing circuit was another of our favourite endeavours on Skye. As we summited our way to breath taking views of Britain’s largest landslide and in and amongst the chasms that have remained standing.

Hiking the Quiraing Circuit and summit, Isle of Skye, Scotland
Near the Summit

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Waterfall spotting

We didn’t fully escape the rain (or snow for that matter) but that meant that waterfalls cascaded down almost every crevasse in the mountainsides. It even allowed us to watch Mealt Falls plummet 90m from the cliff edge into the ocean.

There is a car park situated at the view point.

Road Trip in the Isle of Skye, Straight On Detour

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Walking the Fairy Pools of Glen Brittle

Glen Brittle has accumulated fame from one image that all photographers aim to copy. An emerald blue pool with several small waterfall streams behind a backdrop of a streaming water but that is only a part of the walk. Water playing in the River Brittle cascades and gathers into numerous pools and those brave enough can even go for a quick swim.

From the car park, the Fairy Pools is a 2.4 km walk to the top of the falls.

Road Trip in the Isle of Skye, Straight On Detour

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Uig

A pretty town to stay, drive through or just look at… like we did. I mean, just look at that place! Welcome to Uig is a comprehensive website on this superb little town.

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Exploring the Faerie Glen of Uig

Without directions from a local we would never have found this little gem. Despite the Faerie Glen’s popularity a tiny single track remains the only access point. When you arrive you’re bewitched by the rugged hillsides, streaked with waterfalls, and working farms. The Faerie Glen itself is a small patch of tumultuous land with conical hills and outcrops. Its pinnacle is an almost unnatural gathering rocks. It feels as though you are climbing the ruins of a once proud fort and on top of  “Castle Ewan” you are treated to spectacular views. As for the fairies, well Scottish mythology is filled with them, so keep your eyes focused and you might get lucky.

Road Trip in the Isle of Skye, Straight On Detour

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And some obligatory roadside shots, because we couldn’t help ourselves.

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Road Trip in the Isle of Skye

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Road Trip in the Isle of Skye

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Rebecca Mayoll is a ‘just turned 30’ freelance writer and photographer from England. She is the co-founder and author of straightondetour.com, a travel website with the mantra ‘find your own adventure.’ Promoting adventurous destinations, independent travel and giving a humorous insight to the World of travel is what Becky does best.

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