Road Trip around the Isle of sky

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.


Day 1

IMG_6586Eilean 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.

IMG_6604Portree

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.


Day 2

Scotland Aug 8-2584The 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,👌


Scotland Aug 8-2878-1Neist Point

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.


Day 3

Scotland Aug 8=9-2936Fairy Glen

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.


Scotland Aug 8=9-3052Kilt 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.


Scotland Aug 8=9-3069The 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.


IMG_7543Spot 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.


Scotland Aug 8-2887Sheep standoff

Grazing along every road, pathway, the edge of the earth, these furballs rule the Isle.


Day 4

IMG_7612Glencoe

Glasgow-bound from the Isle, we spent the night in cabins on edge of Kinlochleven. If you find yourself in the area, I also recommend visiting the neighbours Ben Nevis and Glenfinnan.


Scotland is definitely a drivable country. With a little bit of planning, a road trip offers all kinds of magic.

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