Skye has inspired visitors for generations since Viking settlers first landed on ‘cloud island’ 1300 years ago.
Only 50 miles long, with an indented coastline that ensures no part of the island is more than a few kilometres from the sea, Skye is a delightful fusion of mountain peaks, lochs, moorland, and rocky peninsulas.
Beyond the awe-inspiring landscape, there are many wonderful secrets to discover, from mystical fairy pools to dilapidated castles. And, because of the island’s compact size, a secluded retreat in an Isle of Skye holiday cottage is the perfect way to explore the history, scenery, and culture of this magical destination.
Many parts of the Isle of Skye are remote and not served by public transport (there is no railway on the island), so driving is the best way to explore the hidden sights. If you’re arriving by bus or ferry from the mainland, you can arrange to hire a car in Portree or Armadale, but advance booking is highly recommended. If you’re travelling without a car, Stagecoach operates local bus services on the island, but these are not as frequent as you might expect, and you may need to disembark some way from the more remote locations. Staying close to one of the more populated areas, such as Portree, would be sensible.
How do I get to Skye
Most visitors to Skye opt to arrive by car, crossing the bridge from the village of Kyle of Lochalsh to the village of Kyleakin on the island. There are no tolls to pay to use the bridge. There is also a good bus service between Inverness and the Isle of Skye: Scottish Citylink route 917 operates daily, with a travel time of approximately 3.5 hours to Portree. It’s also possible to join the bus service at Kyle of Lochalsh if travelling to the mainland village by train. Alternatively, you can drive to Mallaig where you can take the Caledonian MacBrayne ferry to Skye, docking at Armadale. The crossing takes approximately 45 minutes, with up to 7 sailings per day in summer (check for timetable amendments throughout the year due to low tide).
Should I book early
What should I pack for my holiday to Skye?
If you’re travelling to Skye, the chances are you’ll be venturing outdoors during your stay. It’s worth remembering that the high season is very short, typically from May to September, and rainy days are likely; arriving prepared is important for your comfort. As well as strong hiking shoes, it’s worth packing wellies, waterproof trousers, a rain jacket (one that isn’t simply showerproof), warm socks, and multiple layers. However, in summer it is advisable (and weirdly illogical) to include an insect repellent and sun cream. The basic rule of thumb: whenever you plan to travel, expect four seasons in one day and pack accordingly.
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