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12 Photos of Skye Making Me Want to Go Back ASAP

I took approximately 1000 photos and videos during my three days in Skye, admittedly I’ve just bought an iPhone 6s and many of those were accidental on the ‘Burst’ feature, but still, it’s taken me a while to look through them.

Lunging at Glenfinnan

Skye is one of the most scenic places I’ve ever been. Every way you looked there was more Instagrammable beauty luring me in, tempting me with its brown hues, purple fauna and every-blue-on-the-spectrum waters. The earthy autumnal colours of the land from a mild December made for a beautiful palette, and the area had recently been shaken up by the passing Storm Frank just a few days before giving a rugged and rough look, although when I mentioned it ‘the look’ is apparently standard.

Photos of Skye

We were lucky. I went 2-5 January and the visibility was perfect. We could see out to the other islands from our viewpoints and the rain held off. The cold wind though, jeez, I took some videos and you can’t even hear what I’m saying the wind is carrying my voice away. I was worried I’d get blown away at some points – good job I ate all those delicious fish and chips and Highland beef burgers along the way to keep me grounded.

1/ Glenfinnan

Glenfinnan Views

2/ James Bond’s birthplace

James Bond land

3/ Roads of Skye

Roads of Skye

4/ Black Cuillin Mountains, and meeee

On the bridge at Black Cuilllin

5/ Sheep of Skye

Isle of Skye Sheep

6/ Rabbies tour bus

Rabbies Tour Bus Isle of Skye

7/ Mealt Falls

Mealt Falls Isle of Skye

8/ Accommodation in Portree

Accommodation for the night

9/ Neist Point

Yoga at Nieste Point

10/ Neist Point Lighthouse

Lighthouse at Niest Point

11/ Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle

12/ And Neist Point again, the pathway

Niest Point pathway

Isle of Skye with Rabbies

I was travelling in a group with Rabbies – their USP is that the van is a 16-seater so compared to the big Highlander tours we saw going through we were more nifty, able to stop where we wanted and go to lesser known spots, such as the Fairy Glen for example. It also meant we were quicker at rest stops, with less people to hang around for. I did the three-day tour, it was a lot of driving but the fact that I wasn’t responsible for any of it meant that I could just relax and look out the window at the incredible Highlands rolling out in front of me.

Travelling to Skye

If you want to travel to Skye independently, and don’t have time for Edinburgh first, fly into Inverness and hire a car. Make sure your Des is a confident driver though, I wouldn’t fancy navigating the winding roads and rogue sheep. The rewards of being able to stop where and when you want will make it all worth it though.

Skye for 2016?

I was in Skye thanks to Edinburgh’s Hogmanay – supported by ETAG, The Scottish Government, VisitScotland, Edinburgh Festivals, Marketing Edinburgh, Rabbies Tours and co-creators Haggis Adventures. Created and produced by Unique Events. As always, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own.

20 comments

  1. Beautiful images of a special place on this planet. I love it up there, we dive around Skye and under Neist Point lighthouse is one of my favourite reefs (so nice I blogged about it!!). Thank you for taking me back there.

  2. i LOVE the Isle of Skye… I went lots as a child, my dad put up half the fencing on the island… random! haha.

    the big question though… Did you go to Knoydart??

    1. Nope? Did I miss out? Do I need to go back? I will.

      That is a random fact, I wish I’d known before and I would’ve got a photo of that too. 🙂

  3. Love the photos! And SO happy to hear that you loved Skye! I’m not from Skye (I’m from Lewis, which is pretty close), so I get excited when people realise that there are places like this in the UK 🙂 I agree with the tips about the car… I’ve driven in Skye by myself once, and it was quite the experience – especially in the dark!

    1. Ooo nice. I just want to explore more of Scotland now, especially all the distilleries around the Highlands. Think that would make for a pretty good crawl, scenic too! Would you recommend Lewis?

      1. I would definitely recommend Lewis! (And Harris, which is right next door.) So much history, and the beaches in Harris are still the best I’ve seen anywhere – although one in the Caribbean came close recently. And there are two new-ish distilleries there… a distillery crawl around the Highlands sounds like a good plan to me!

        1. I’m hopefully going back in August for the Fringe so I’ll make sure to track them down, sounds awesome!

  4. I absolutely adored the Isle of Skye when I was there. I was the designated driver (I LOVED the tiny roads!!) but could barely drive 2 minutes before stopping to jump out for another picture. Your photos are fantastic, I had (unusual) clear blue skies the whole time I was there, but I would have loved some dramatic skies like you got!

    1. Yeah, I think we were totally lucky with the weather, especially for the start of January – moody skies all round! I could imagine I’d be like that if I was driving too – probably a good thing we had the driver to keep us on schedule.

  5. I live in UK and it is incredible that there is such an astonishing place so close to home!
    Just proves how you don’t need to travel half across the globe to see beautiful places.
    Nice photos!

    1. Definitely. It’s really inspired me to want to see more of the UK. Think I’ve been thinking to big, so much to see round here and you don’t even have to step on an aeroplane.

  6. I know what you mean about taking so many photos, I did the same when I went! It’s such a stunning place with so many beautiful places you just can’t help it. Love your photos!

    1. Thanks Cathy. I have SO many more! I’d love to go in the summer, although I think the moody weather was perfect for the pics 🙂

    1. Yeah, I know what you mean. It’s kind of magical / majestic, but gloomy at the same time isn’t it? Definitely want to go back sometime though!

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