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Isle of Skye

Skye is a truly magical place. The largest of the Inner Hebrides, it's home to some of Scotland's most iconic landscapes. Whether you want to visit the Isle of Skye for a few days whilst on a tour of Scotland or stay for a longer spell, the island has countless ways to enchant you, with its mountain ranges, miles of dramatic coastline and captivating history. Bring your sense of adventure!

  • Where is the Isle of Skye? The west coast of Scotland.
  • How big is the Isle of Skye? 50 miles long and 25 miles wide.

Check Out Skye Time

Before you set out on your Isle of Skye trip, head to Brought to you by Skye Connect, it's the first step towards planning an unforgettable adventure on the Isle of Skye.

Here you'll discover how to have a truly authentic experience on Skye and the Isle of Raasay. Make lasting memories filled with friendly locals, remarkable attractions, one-of-a-kind activities, and hand-crafted gifts by a flourishing creative community; all set against the bewitching natural beauty for which the islands are world-renowned.

There are so many places to go in Skye, from incredible walks through iconic landscapes like the dramatic Waternish peninsula and drams of the finest malt whisky, to exploring the fabled 'Garden of Skye' on the Sleat peninsula. Not to mention days filled with action-packed fun on Raasay. Learn the true meaning of 'Skye time' by spending just a little more time here.

What's more, discover a place where responsible tourism can make a genuine, positive impact to the environment and local community. Learn all about Skye tourism and the enriching voluntourism opportunities available. You can become part of the islands' new and sustainable visitor experience. 

Stay longer and be amazed by just how much more you can experience.

Skye Wildlife Tours and Natural wonders

If there's one thing about a Skye holiday that'll leave a lasting impression on you, it's got to be the scenery. Just driving around, you can see many of Skye's most majestic geological features, such as the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the Cuillin. But be sure to take your sturdiest of boots and explore these unique sights on foot for the real rewards. Skye's varied habitats also mean you'll have a chance to see amazing animals such as otters, dolphins, golden eagles, white-tailed sea eagles and puffins. Taking a Skye wildlife tour is one of the best things to do on Skye!

Delve into the past: The History of Skye

Perhaps you've got ancestral connections to the island, or are fascinated by life in Skye in eras gone by? The island has a wealth of history, from prehistoric sites to brooding castles. Learn about long ago feuds of rivalling clans, Jacobite battles, and the devastation of crofting communities during the Highland Clearances. You could also visit the Staffin dinosaur museum or go out hunting for dinosaur prints round the island - perfect for explorers big and small.

  • What is the Isle of Skye famous for? Landscapes, scenery and history.

Plan Your Trip to Skye

How do you get to the isle of Skye?

From the mainland, there are three route options for getting to Skye:

  • A Caledonian MacBrayne ferry (Mallaig to Skye) runs daily from the port of Mallaig in the west Highlands to Armadale in Sleat on the south of Skye. You can get to Mallaig by road or train.
  • The Skye Bridge is a road bridge spanning Loch Alsh between the mainland village of Kyle of Lochalsh which is connected to Scotland's rail network, and Kyleakin on Skye. Buses go directly from Glasgow to Skye and Inverness to Skye, too.
  • The privately-operated Glenelg ferry connects Glenelg on the mainland with Kylerhea on Skye.

Getting around 

It's easy to get around Skye and the scenery you'll see as you travel round the island is pretty unbelievable! Wondering if you can drive to the Isle of Skye? Driving to Skye is the preferred option for many visitors as it offers the most flexibility and access to remoter spots. Some of the island's roads are single track, with ample passing places. The island is also served by Stagecoach buses, connecting the main villages.

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Where to Stay in Skye

Find out all you need to know about the best hotels in Skye, camping in Skye, Skye holiday cottages and all the best places to stay in Skye on our Skye accommodation page.