The Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides in Scotland and visitors can’t seem to get enough of it. Whether they had ancestors from the island, have seen its landscape in one of the many films it appears in or simply know the name and want to experience the place themselves, people keep coming. Fortunately, there is a lot to do. Here’s our roundup of what to see and do.
Skye is surrounded by some of the clearest water in the UK to see marine life, including 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 and understand 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. If you spend any time at all outside you have a good chance of seeing an eagle, even if only from afar, although your chances of seeing a sea eagle are greatly increased if you go on one of the boat tours on offer.