By Jade Johnston
The Isle of Skye – Scotland
There is a lot to love about Scotland.
Whiskey. Friendly people. Great music and dancing. Moody castles and dramatic scenery. The loch ness monster.
One thing that is sadly often overlooked by tourists to Scotland are the Scottish isles. Unless you are a whisky lover, then some of these islands are just too difficult and off the beaten path to get to. Which is a shame.
However, one island which is rather easy to access, and which is served by public transportation is the Isle of Skye. Bus services run from Glasgow and Inverness. Local busses also run on the island, linking the two main settlements, Portree and Kyleakin.
I spent a few days on the Isle of Skye a few years ago when my mother came to visit me while I lived in Edinburgh. Unfortunately the weather was against us for most days, but when it cleared we spent our time exploring ruins, hiking up hills, and taking the public bus in between Portree and Kyleakin.
The following photo essay highlights just some of what you can see on a visit to Scotland’s largest island. I would recommend spending more than just a few days here, in order to give yourself some time to explore. Also, if you can rent a car, it would make life a lot easier as public transport is limited if you want to go anywhere other than along the main road from Kyleakin to Portree.
Kyleakin is the first town you will meet when you cross over the bridge from the mainland.
Not far from the centre of the village of Kyleakin, there are small hills with ruins that are free for you to explore. A great place to come watch the sun rise.
There is no better place than Scotland’s islands, to get away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the UK.
You don’t have to venture far to find great hiking opportunities in the hills of the Isle of Skye
As the sun sets, there is nothing better than to look over the harbour with a dram of local whisky in hand.
Have you been to Scotland’s islands? Which was your favourite?