18 Reasons To Visit Skye - Scotia Quad

Walking & Climbing

Skye is a paradise for walkers of all abilities. Immediately above Staffin is the Quiraing, an amazing collection of pinnacles and rock formations which was recently rated as the best view in the country by top guide 'Scotland the Best'. This can be enjoyed by the road up its side, but the Quiraing is best explored by wandering amongst its eerie rocks. A few miles south from the village is the Storr and its Old Man, another landmark made famous through countless calendars. Trotternish also has wonderful coastal scenery with countless stacks, arches, waterfalls and caves.

South of Portree are the Cuillin, Britain's most dramatic and difficult mountain range, with 12 Munros. Ascents of these peaks are a great challenge for experienced hillwalkers and rockclimbers, whilst gentler walks can be enjoyed into the corries around their base.

Museums, Castles & History

Skye has a rich and romantic history, from plentiful prehistoric remains, through the many castles dating from the times of clan warfare, to the famous escape of Bonnie Prince Charlie aided by Flora MacDonald, and the tragic clearances.

Staffin itself has a small museum which, amongst other exhibits, has dinosaur fossils and footprints found on the local beaches, whilst a few miles north is the excellent Museum of Island Life, based in a collection of old croft houses.

Duntulm castle ruins nearby is the perfect place for dramatic sunsets, whilst, further afield, Dunvegan Castle and Eilean Donan (in Lochalsh on the mainland) give a taster of life for the clan chiefs.

Wildlife & Boat Trips

Skye has a denser population of Golden Eagles than anywhere else in Britain, and these have been joined in recent years by the even larger and more magnificent white-tailed Sea Eagle. Birdwatchers can also spot a huge range of other birds of prey and sea-birds.

Marine life is an even bigger attraction. Both common and grey seals are in abundance around the coastline, and are best seen from one of the many boat trips (including from Staffin in summer). Otters, dolphins and porpoise are also frequently seen all around the coast. Most memorable of all is a sighting of a whale; Rubha Hunish just north of Staffin is one of the best places in Britain for watching (and hearing) these wonderful creatures.

Other Outdoor Activities

Staffin is a very popular location for fishing, both off the rocks into the sea near the slipway, or on the Storr lochs (permit from Portree) just to the south.

The list of other activities than can be enjoyed on Skye are endless. It is a world-class location for kayaking (Whitewave Outdoor Centre can arrange, 8 miles away), cycling (hire available), pony trekking and horse-riding (again, centres available), sailing, diving (centre at Stein) and even golf on the 9-hole course at Sconser.

Eating Out

In recent years, Skye has become renowned for its fine restaurants and sea-food. As well as the local cafe/bistro, eating places closest to Staffin are the Glenview Inn (highly recommended) and the Flodigarry Hotel, both three miles distant. The world-famous Three Chimneys restaurant is near Dunvegan, whilst Portree has a great range of dining options.