The Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides in Scotland and draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Some come to lay eyes on the staggering natural landmarks, some to retrace their family history, others to see the landscapes in one of the many films to have been shot here on location. Whatever your reason, there’s plenty of attractions waiting in store on the Isle of Skye – and here’s our roundup of the best.
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Skye is surrounded by some of the clearest water in the UK, so look out for the local marine life, which includes seals, dolphins, porpoises and even whales. The second-largest fish in the world, the basking shark, is regularly found here during the summer months. The best way to get close to these magnificent creatures is on a boat tour, with experienced guides who know the waters.
This is not for the faint-hearted, or those remotely scared of heights. Unless you know exactly what you are doing, hiring a guide is wise, and it’s essential you follow basic safety protocols. The walk is worth the extra precautions, though, offering unparalleled views and that wonderful feeling of freedom that you get from being high up.
Skye is home to both white-tailed sea eagles (often referred to as flying barn doors due to their immense size) and golden eagles. Spend time outside for a good chance to see one – even if only from afar. Your chances of spotting a sea eagle are greatly increased if you take a boat tour.