There are a numerous things to do and places to visit when you’re in Scotland. And having a personal car makes the travel even easier and memorable. The landscape is so pretty that you might want to halt for photographs ever so often. It was the third day of our Scotland roadtrip and the destination for the day was the very scenic Isle of Skye.
Have you even visited Scotland if you haven’t been to Isle of Skye! Yes, Isle of Skye is actually that beautiful and a must-see place of Scotland.
To enter Isle of Skye by road, one has to cross the stunning Skye Bridge which connects the mainland at Kyle of Lochalsh to the Isle of Skye at Kyleakin. More than riding on the bridge, what’s fascinating is it’s hunch shape. It rests on two piers and the main span of the bridge is a free-cantilever structure. This bridge gives an easy access to the island and once you cross this, you’re officially in Scotland’s heaven.
Charcuterie Board – A selection Scottish meats, cheeses, chutney and breads
Scottish Roast Beef Sandwich – with onion chutney, sun-dried tomato, gherkin and leaves
– At Gasta Deli, Isle of Skye
Driving to Portree is something out of this world. Imagine driving alongside clear blue seas and mighty mountains. It’s indescribable, and pictures don’t do justice to how awesome it looks in person.
Located on the east side of Skye, Portree is the main and the largest town. One of its major attractions includes the pretty harbour which is lined with colourful buildings and a view of the hills. Since we had other places to see in Skye, we took a quick stroll around the town and visited some local shops.
You can’t go to Scotland and not visit a whisky distillery! So we decided to go to the Talisker Distillery which is one of the most famous distilleries in Scotland. We cut across from the east of the isle to the west to get to Carbost where the Talisker Distillery is based. This is the oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye and it produces an award winning Single Malt Scotch Whisky. To our bad luck, the distillery had closed for the day by the time we had reached. So, don’t forget to check out the timings before heading to a particular place.
Whilst driving around Scotland, nature is just one of the things you get to see. Another epic thing you will spot are the Highland cows. Their furry body, perfect fringes and tough horns look superb! I got to see one up close and personal, and it was so amazing!
Towards the end of our day trip, we drove around Glen Brittle which gave us a view of the mighty Black Cuillin mountains. These mountains were formed several centuries ago and it comprises of the remains of eroded magma chambers of a huge volcano eruption. Inspite of being the most challenging mountain in Britain, many people dare to climb this.
Driving around in this area is rather quizzy since the roads are narrow enough for just one car to pass. There are passing places every hundred metres and the general driving rule suggests that whichever car reaches the passing place first should halt on the left hand side. And always acknowledge other drivers with a small wave if they give you way.
Isle of Skye is best for hikes if you’re staying here for more than one day. There are several places to go hiking, but since we kept just one day aside for this place, we couldn’t venture on a hike. Hikers and mountain climbing enthusiasts should definitely allot a separate day for hiking.
There’s so much that can be done in Isle of Skye if your stay here is longer. Right from adventure activities like gorge walking, cliff climbing and kayaking to wildlife watching while taking a boatride. Look out for the famous Skye wildlife which includes sea eagles, red deers, otters, seals, gannets and dolphins. Do go for a wildlife tour if you’re an animal and bird lover.
Other attractions of Isle of Skye include the Fairy Pools, Old Man of Storr, Dunvegan Castle, Quiraing and the Neist Point Lighthouse. Every nature freak should visit these places because it is simply breathtaking and a great photography opportunity. Four to five days would be perfect to engage in the main activities provided by the beautiful Isle of Skye.