The Isle of Skye is one of Scotland’s hottest destinations. Every year, thousands of visitors flock to the island to see its breathtaking scenery, quaint towns, and stunning coastline. So, how do you plan the perfect Isle of Skye itinerary?
Whether you have one, two, or three days (or more, if you are really lucky!), we have some great suggestions to help you make the most of your time here. Although the Isle of Skye only looks like a small island, travelling time between locations can be up to 2 hours due to the winding single track roads.
Our trip was a last minute decision and we didn’t have a set time scale, just a list of places we wanted to see. We decided just to take things as they came and spend as much time there as required to see everything we wanted. Turns out this was only 2 days!
Our journey started a little bit later than expected on the Tuesday, i was hoping to set off before lunch time so that we could get to Eilean Donan Castle for Sunset, however we didnt leave home until around 2pm due to car troubles ! This meant that we reached Kyle of Lochalsh around 10.30pm, and decided to stop for the night just before the castle so we could see it at sunrise. We set off aroud 7am in the morning after a suprisingly good nights sleep in the back of our defender! We took a few pictures of the castle in the mist and then continued on to the Isle of Skye.
Despite some of the cloud clearing after sun rise it was still pretty miserable and started to rain just after the bridge. Our first stop was Sligachan. We stopped in a little car park just before the bridge to make breakfast! A nice warm cup of coffee and a bacon sarnie! Then on to the quaint town of Portree.
Most people stay here in Portree, the largest town on the Isle of Skye. This town contains the highest concentration of B&B’s, hotels, and restaurants. Portree makes an excellent home base for the Isle of Skye.
From here Head North on the A855 .
Loch Fada View to Old Man of Storr
Absolutely stunning view when its not in the cloud! This little spot attracts the crowds to capture this famous view of the Old Man of Storr.
The Old Man of Storr
The Old Man of Storr is something you can’t miss. We actually did this on the second day because on the first day you couldn’t see anything for the cloud so we didn’t think it was worth the walk. We came back around 7am the next morning to tackle the walk. it takes around an hour each way but is quite steep and very muddy. By the time we were back down at the car park (around 10am) the car park was full, and there were bus loads of people being dropped off at the side of the road. So if you do have two days to see the Isle of Skye i would definitely recommend doing it very early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Keep following the A855 past Lealt Falls, on to Kilt Rock Viewpoint.
This is the quickest stop of the day and offers epic views along the coastline of the Isle of Skye.
The Quiraing is a gorgeous spot on the Isle of Skye. See it from the car park, follow the hiking trail for ten to fifteen minutes to leave most of the crowds behind, or hike the entire 4.5 mile circuit. From here you can continue on this road to Idrigil, or head back to the main road and continue on the coast which we did.
Often overlooked on the most time limited itineraries, we still think it is worth a stop. The Fairy Glen is a quick visit, easy to hike, and if there is anywhere you could possibly find a fairy on the Isle of Skye, it would be here. From here head a long the A850 and take a stop at Dunvegan castle, then head north to take a quick look at the Coral Beach. Then its time to head to our last location of the day.
Neist Poit Lighthouse
Neist Point is the Isle of Skye’s most popular place to watch the sunset. Expect an overflowing car park and lots of people. You can walk all of the way out to the lighthouse (2 miles, allow 1 – 2 hours), or just walk uphill from the car park along the coast for this view of Neist Point:
By now it was approx 6pm. From here we headed back to the Old Man of Storr so we could tackle it first thing in the morning. However if you already did it earlier in the day you can find somewhere to stop for the night and then continue your travels South. In the morning you can head to Talisker Bay or head straight to the fairy pools.
The Fairy Pools are one of the most visited sites on the Isle of Skye of Scotland. Why? It’s an easy walk along a series of small waterfalls with the Cuillin Mountains as a backdrop. From the parking area, it is a leisurely walk along the River Brittle. What so many people come to see is the series of small waterfalls, each flowing into its own pool. On sunny days, this is a beautiful spot. The water is aquamarine and the views along the valley are magnificent.
From here continue to Glen brittle to see another stunning water fall at the side of the road.
At this point our trip was a cut short and we ended up back in Portree with car troubles. Luckily it wasn’t anything major, and we were back on the road within an hour. We decided to stop here for something to eat then we were going to head home. If you are looking for somewhere to eat in Portree i would definitely recommend The Caledonian Cafe. Really friendly and fast service, the food was delicious, and the best part.. it wasnt too pricey! We had a two course meal, with drinks for under £35!
If you have time, i’d recommend heading to Elgol from here. Then its probably time to head home! We set off around 7/8pm, and stopped on the outskirts of Loch Lomond for the night. The sky was so clear here i managed to get some gorgeous shots of the Milky way.
Hope you’ve enjoyed our suggested Itinerary, feel free to get in touch if you want any more advise.