tips for a day on the isle of skye [scotland]

Wow, it’s been a minute since I’ve posted a travel blog. I’ve had so many good photo sessions and weddings that I wanted to share. Now I’m taking a break and going to show you some of my photos from the Isle of Skye in Scotland, and share some tips if you are wanting to go to this beautiful island.

The Isle of Skye is in the Northwest part of Scotland. We flew in to Glasgow, and then drove north through the country side to the Isle. It was a gorgeous drive with lots of pit stops. We only explored Skye for about a day and a half, so here’s what I wrote down for those of you wanting to adventure there. 

  1. I would suggest renting a car. There is a bus that goes around the Isle, but with all the stops, it’ll take a very long time. Our large van was the perfect way to get around. Plus, we were able to stop whenever we wanted. Be careful though, driving is a little scary. There are a lot of one lane roads up mountains with no guard rails, and oh yeah, you’re driving on the other side of the road and the other side of the car. 
  2. Map out what you want to see beforehand. It’s not a huge island, but there are only a few main roads, so it does take a while to get all the way around. PS. That castle was the one they used in the movie Made of Honor! 
  3. Stop in Portree before you get started. It’s the biggest town on the Isle, right at the beginning. There’s cute shops, restaurants, and cafes. You can get a great coffee and pastries at Mackenzie’s bakery. PS anyone recognize this little street of colorful houses from the movie Made of Honor?
  4. Bring snacks with you. The little towns [and I’m talking a few buildings=a town] are few and far between, so if you need to eat often like me, it’s best to have snacks on hand. Plus it’s so beautiful that there are tons of places to have a little picnic. 
  5. This brings me to demanding you stop at Skye Pies Cafe. Just do it, trust me!
  6. Try renting an Airbnb. The have little Inns all over the Isle, but they book up very quickly. Our Airbnb was actually right off the Isle, but it over-looked Skye and was minutes from the bridge.
  7. Wear your hiking shoes and bring layers. It is typically pretty rainy, so make sure you have your rain jacket. The higher you get in the mountains the chillier it gets, so it’s good to have some layers.

If the Isle of Skye isn’t on your bucket list, it should be! I know “stunning” has become a trite phrase, but it’s the only word to describe this place! Drop me a note below if you’re adding it to your bucket list 🙂   

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