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7 must-do’s on the Isle of Skye


Lush green valleys, rugged peaks, hidden lakes and even white sand beaches – the Isle of Skye has it all! It’s difficult not to be enchanted by its otherworldly nature and mythical tales.

All that natural beauty makes it hard to choose though, so we thought we’d share our top 7 must do beauty spots that should not be missing on your list!





1. Visit Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Strictly speaking you’re not on the Isle of Skye yet, but Eilean Donan Castle is situated on the main tourist route only 1 mile from the Isle of Skye Bridge. Eilean Donan is a picturesque castle located on a small tidal island where three sea lochs meet, Loch Duich, Loch Long and Loch Alsh. You could venture inside and take a tour of the castle but her beauty undoubtedly needs to be admired from the outside. The dramatic backdrop of the Cuillin mountains of Isle of Skye makes the castle wouldn’t be out of place in the Scottish myths.


2. Meet the Old Man of Storr

Hiking the Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

When coming from Portree, you can easily spot the jagged peaks of the Old Man of Storr from afar. The Old Man of Storr has become quite an iconic landmark, it’s popularity boosted by popping up everywhere on social media.

There are different ways to hike the Old Man of Storr but you have a brisk climb ahead if you want to make it to the best view points. Check out the weather forecast in advance if you would like to do this hike on a clear day, although those dramatic cloudy skies contribute to the atmosphere of this place. Good weather or not, the roaring wind at the top can make it a bastardly cold experience. Please note that it can be quite busy here in summer, when busses full of tourists make a stop here.


3. Hike the otherworldly Quiraing

Hiking the Quiraing on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

How to do justice to the Quiraing? It is awesome. It is supernatural. It is simply otherworldly. It’s like you leave earth and get transported to a galaxy far away, judging the unreal and threatening landscape. Only thing reminiscent of our beloved home planet are the numerous sheep that keep you company during this hike. If you are fit enough to scramble up and down the steep slopes to the summit above the Quiraing itself, you will be rewarded with the most amazing views of the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish mainland. To visit Skye without experiencing the Quiraing seems just unthinkable!


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4. Spot fairies at the Fairy Glen

The Fairy Glen at the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Hidden from Isle of Skye’s main road and still not quite overrun by tourists, one can find the secluded but oh so gorgeous Fairy Glen (a miniature Quiraing-like landslip). There isn’t really a defined walking trail through the area which makes it that much more fun to simply go out and explore! The simple fact that the location and landscape is so unusual, has attributed to the nickname Fairy Glen.


5. Chase waterfalls at the Fairy Pools

The Fairy Pools at the Isle of Skye, Scotland

Much of Scotland’s history has been handed down from generation to generation by the means of tales and legends. Though most of the tales shed light on Scotland’s blood-shed past, they also tell stories about fairies and the enchanted waters of the mystical Isle of Skye. If I were a fairy, I wouldn’t mind residing here amidst the crystal clear, aqua blue waters of the famous Fairy Pools.


6. Enjoy the view at Neist Point

Niest Point Lighthouse at the Isle of Skye

If you’re looking for a romantic viewpoint to catch the sunset, Neist Point, one of Scotland's most famous lighthouses, should be at the top of your list! You can choose to walk down a set of stairs towards the lighthouse itself and walk past gorgeous sand beaches (in Scotland?!), crumbling brick walls that serve as a reminder of ancient clans and befriend the cutest sheep, or you could go straight to the famous viewpoint on the right side of the parking lot.


7. Gain eternal beauty at the Sligachan Bridge

Old Sligachan Bridge on the Isle of Skye, Scotland

In the small town of Sligachan, the old Sligachan bridge stands proudly before the striking Black Cuillin Mountains. But what’s even more magical are the enchanted waters below! Legend has it that eternal beauty can be obtained if you dip your face in the river water by the Sligachan Bridge.

In Belgium there is an old proverb which says that one has to suffer to be beautiful. This appears to be no different in Scotland. You do not simply wash your face in order to become the fairest of them all, you follow a precise set of steps in order to be successful. First, you get on your hands and knees at the water’s edge and fully submerge your face for seven seconds. Don’t forget, you’re in Scotland so the water temperatures can range from the Scottish temperature scale from cold, bastardly cold to freezing! Secondly, you cannot wipe the water off. You must allow your face to dry naturally! Finally, you can put your creams and lotions to the side, you now have eternal beauty!


So here they are, our 7 must-do’s for when you’re planning on visiting the jewel of Scotland, the Isle of Skye!


Have you been to the Isle of Skye? What would be your #8?
We'd love to hear about it in the comments!




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16 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! I'll add this to my list

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    1. You'll have a grand time!
      Marlo & Kristof xxx

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  2. Such a beautiful place to visit. I'd especially like the waterfalls. I'd like the fairy glen, too.

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    1. It's one of our favourites too! Gotta love these Scottish magical landscapes!

      Marlo & Kristof xxx

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  3. What a gorgeous place, truly picture perfect! thank you for sharing!!

    -Nicole
    www.wanderlustbrunette.com

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    1. Thanks Nicole, it really is an enchanting place!

      Marlo & Kristof xxx

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  4. This is absolutely stunning. I love the legends and the landscapes here- I can see from your photos why you described it as otherworldly!

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    1. It really is isn't it Laura - so glad you think so too! We loved it!

      Marlo & Kristof xxx

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  5. First I'd like to say I love your web design and the name Along came an Elephant. So beautiful and catchy. This looks like a beautiful spot! I've always wanted to go to Scotland and now I can add this to my list :)

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  6. Thanks Alexxa!!! So happy to hear that!
    You should definitely add Scotland to your list, it is one of our European highlights!

    Marlo & Kristof xxx

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  7. A very beautiful place and the photographs are all so good.

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    1. Thank you for that amazing compliment! Scotland, and the Isle of Skye in particular, are a true gem and well wort a visit!

      Marlo & Kristof xxx

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  8. Hey!

    I must say your post was very refreshing! The Fairy Pools Bridge look particularly fascinating...I didnt know such a place existed and Im going to keep it in my never ending travel list now =)

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    1. Thank you Meghna! That's super to hear that you enjoy our post, it gives us the energy we need to keep writing. The bridge is amazing, but beware of the bastardly cold temperatures if you stick your head in that water ;-)

      Marlo & Kristof xxx

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  9. Thanks for this list. The isle-of-skye is very high on my bucket list. Particularly the fairy pool. I had dreamt of something like that pool even when I didn't know about the existence of the Isle of Skye. Would you believe that?

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    1. We sure can Neha ;-). We've been dreaming about amazing places too and it's so amazing when one day you discover such a destination through a blog, pinterest, instagram... that's our excuse for a full-on happy dance :-)

      Marlo & Kristof xxx

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