A road trip around the Isle of Skye is a real-life fairytale.
This past summer I had the opportunity to catch up with friends in Scotland. Amongst the adventures, five of us and one tiny car spent four days enchanted by the Isle of Skye.
Eilean Donan Castle
Driving from Edinburgh, Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most photographed castles in Scotland. The majestic landscape invites you along the stone bridge and into the 13th century. Definitely worth a quick stop.
An hour and a half east Eilean Donan Castle, you’ll find Portree; infringed with cliffs overlooking a harbour lined with cozy restaurants. Portree is where you stop for a warm meal and an authentic pub experience.
The Fairy Pools
Similar to many Skye destinations there is one laneway to the Fairy Pools trail; communal to on-coming traffic and unconcerned sheep.
The trail twists along a stream with a series of mini waterfalls and uses the same route there and back. The hike is roughly 2.4 km return, with most visitors stopping along the swimmable pools below and above each waterfall.
Note: There are no restrooms. Mor Books & the Windrush Cafe is 15 km north and worth the stop —homemade cakes and lattes,👌
Neist Point is the most western point on the Isle of Skye, and a perfect (though windy) spot to watch the sunset. Along the way, more sheep. Fearless little sheep, defying gravity and high ocean winds and they are definitely not in a hurry.
Walking out to the lighthouse, the endless cliff views come with a climb, unbeknownst until the return.
Surrounded by farmland, Fairy Glen is tucked away in a whimsical valley of cone-shaped mounds. It’s small, very easy to visit and gives off a fairy-sightings are possible kind of vibe.
Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls
Close to the road, with a dramatic edge-of-the-world feel. Halfway in between Fairy Glen and Old man of Storr, Scotland comes through with yet another stunning seaside view.
The Old Man of Storr
An hour-ish climb through the many seasons of Scotland is worth this stunning view. The jagged Old Man of Storr is mystical and photogenic amongst any mood of the sky.
Spot a highland cow
Every photo you’ve ever seen of Scotland likely includes these adorable guys. Finding one on our road trip was surprisingly harder than we had hoped. But here it is! My one and only photo of a highland cow.
Grazing along every road, pathway, the edge of the earth, these furballs rule the Isle.
Scotland is definitely a drivable country. With a little bit of planning, a road trip offers all kinds of magic.