The Isle of Skye, connected to Scotland’s northwest coast by bridge, is known for its rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles. The largest island in the Inner Hebrides archipelago, it has an indented coastline of peninsulas and narrow lochs, radiating out from a mountainous interior. The town of Portree, a base for exploring the island, features harbourside pubs and boutiques.
The Isle of Skye is one the top destinations when visiting Scotland.
Amazing Travel Tips
Car hire is the preferred option by many visitors to Skye, as it allows the flexibility to come and go as you please. If you choose to stay in one of the more remote parts of the Island a car is an essential.
If you prefer not to drive choosing accommodation in one of the larger villages (Portree, Broadford or Dunvegan) would be advised. There are local buses that can be relied on, but they are not that frequent.
The weather is the best between May and September. However, the summer months, in particular July and August, are peak season. B&B’s will be sold out months in advance for these months, car parks will be overflowing, and restaurants book up early. June is a good month to go because the Isle of Skye is usually not packed with visitors yet.
April and May are the driest months. If you don’t mind it being chilly, these are great months to go to the Isle of Skye as well.
You can visit the Isle of Skye during the winter. Yes, it may be cold, but you could have some of the best sites all to yourself.
The Isle of Skye gets a lot of rain. The wettest months are September through January (October is the rainiest month). March through June it is relatively dry. The warmest months are May through September, with average highs in the mid 50’s to low 60’s (7-13°C), cooler at night.
Ideally, two days or more is necessary to visit the Isle of Skye. With only one day, you have just enough time to visit the highlights. Two days gives you enough time to see the best sights, and with three days or more, you have plenty of time to explore all of the island.
Perfectly adapted for harsh conditions
There is no escaping the fact that Highland cattle are ridiculously cute. With their shaggy coats, just-out-of-bed hair, long curving horns and teddy-bear appearance, they are highly photogenic. These features are not just pretty though, they also enable the cow to survive harsh winters in tough environments. Their thick woolly undercoats keep them warm, while the longer guard hairs shed snow and rain. Long eyelashes and a thick fringe of hair protects their eyes from stinging hail, lashing rain, insects, and biting winds, and they use their big horns to rake away snow in order to get to food (and for a good scratch!). The fact that these things make them look adorable is just a happy bonus.
Landscape photography on Your Vacation
All landscape photographers have their dream locations, the places around the world they have to photograph before they die. If you are visiting Scotland then the Isle of Skye should definitely be on your list. It is truly breathtaking! It may be a long drive away but the journey will feel well worth it when you first glimpse the Cuillin Hills dominating the landscape.
The Isle of Skye has a large number of popular locations that have been photographed for years, but don’t let that put you off as there are always new ways to photograph a landscape.
Skye, a Scottish Island far away from the busy cities of this world. A place for nature lovers, hiker and landscape photographers. With just 10.000 residents it’s one of the less crowded areas I have ever visited.