"An t-Eilean -- The Island" Top 5 Page for this destination Isle of Skye by RhineRoll

Isle of Skye Travel Guide: 447 reviews and 904 photos

Skye, the Big Misty Beauty

O great Island, Island of my love,
many a night of them I fancied
the great ocean itself restless,
agitated with love of you
as you lay on the sea,
great beautiful bird of Scotland,
your supremely beautiful wings bent
about many-nooked Loch Bracadale,
your beautiful wings prostrate on the sea
from the Wild Stallion to the Aird of Sleat,
your joyous wings spread
about Loch Snizort and the world

from Sorley MacLean's poem "An t-eilean"


The Isle of Skye will take your breath away. It is the largest and best developed island in the Hebridean archipelago. If you were a Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Skye -- "An t-eilean Sgiathanach" and somebody asked you where you are from -- "Co as a tha sibh?" -- You'd simply answer: "Tha mi as an eilean" -- I am from the island. And everybody will know that you are from the Isle of Skye. Go figure!

Despite the fact that there still are some Gaelic speaking villages and areas, the Skye of today is run by incoming people, the so-called "white settlers". Portree, the islands "capital", is quite a busy little town with a wonderful harbour and a charming atmosphere -- as long as it isn't overrun by tourists. This happens especially in July and August, on a Saturday morning or generally when the weather is bad and people come from all directions heading for the pubs and restaurants.

The Trotternish Peninsula

Another famous part of Skye is the Trotternish peninsula just north of Portree. The landscape is spectacular and in a way almost other-worldly. The picture was taken from the small road between Staffin and Uig, traversing the Trotternish range. There's a parking lot on the road's highest point that's very popular with hikers and sightseers. When I visited in July 2003, there were cars all over the place and it took me 20 minutes to find a place to park my car and get out.

Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock

Most of Skye's coastline is rugged and rocky. The pic shows a famous spot -- Mealt Falls and Kilt Rock which produces a howling sound when the wind blows along the rocky ridges.

Please don't confuse Mealt Falls with Lealt Falls, even though they are not really far apart.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Incredible Scenery, nice white-washed villages
  • Cons:Expensive, mass tourism destination in July and August, Midges
  • In a nutshell:Don't come when everybody else does!
  • Last visit to Isle of Skye: Jul 2005
  • Intro Updated Apr 18, 2006
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  • balhannah's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2010 at 1:31 AM

    Lovely page and photo's of the Mountains on Skye.

  • Arkeolog's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2010 at 7:41 AM

    you have great photos and tips here on that Isle of Skye page. I liked.

  • sennaya's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2008 at 3:43 AM

    Very fascinating picture, thanks!

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2007 at 7:39 AM

    Excellent advice, especially about moving to Skye. Breath taking pictures! One of my fondest memories of Skye is watching the otters play.

  • Aug 20, 2007 at 7:40 AM

    greatergourmet.com/gourmet_c... Here you go ;-)) Bon apetite!!

  • flyingscot4's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2007 at 8:08 PM

    Wonderful picture of Skye. How did you happen to be there on the one sunny day of the new millenium? What I wouldn't give to be in the Highlands with a camera and a beautiful blue sky.

  • jenn_d's Profile Photo
    Jun 22, 2007 at 9:31 AM

    Camping doesn't sound like such a great a idea! I appreciated your social observations on this page. Thanks for replying to my question in the forum.

  • nixca316's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2007 at 6:57 PM

    My mouth's agape right now...what beautiful pictures...yes, they are breathtaking...I wonder when I can get there...so many places I want to go and I can't go to them all at once!

  • sprdak11's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2006 at 7:19 AM

    Great travel page with nice photos. Best wishes.

  • skywalkerbeth's Profile Photo
    Nov 12, 2006 at 8:06 AM

    I fondly remember my visit there. great tips!

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