I’m lucky enough to get up to the Isle of Skye fairly regularly as a relative has a cottage a couple of miles from the Talkisker Distillery and it’s well worth the 8 hour + drive from home, especially the journey from Fort William to Skye as there’s some stunning scenery and lovely roads.
As soon as we got to the cottage the first time I absolutely fell in love with Skye, It was blowing a gale and the sky was mean and moody but it was just so spectacular. We unpacked, put the log burner on and opened some beers while watching the sunset over the Macleod’s tables…absolute bliss.
The weather the next morning couldn’t have been more different from when we arrived, crisp, still and clear, we could see the snow on the top of the Cullin while we planned our adventures for the rest of trip…..and as it happened the 3 subsequent trips as for such an isolated place there’s so much to do and see I we couldn’t fit all we wanted to do in…and I certainly couldn’t cover it all in one blog post.
The list included Coasteering, Hiking, fishing, camping, trips to the pubs, brewery and distillery and a couple of boat trips, the list grew every time we met someone new and they suggested something to do or somewhere to go that we hadn’t thought of.
We’ve had pretty much every weather condition thrown at us while we’ve been up there, but our most recent was unbelievable, blue skies and bright sunshine for 6 out of the 7 days we were there.
So to try and keep it nice and short I’ve included my 5 favourite adventures so far with a few photos including the trip to Harris which I could happily spend a whole week on)
MY TOP 5
Walking: Fairy pools, Glenbrittle forest and The Old Man of Storr – 3 excellent short walks with 3 completely different sets of scenery, The fairy pools are charming, the forest feels like you could be in Narnia and the Old Man of Store defies gravity…especially in the wind and rain.
Boat trip: loch Couruisk – we took the Bella jane across to Coruisk then walked round the loch before the boat picked us up again, the loch was crystal clear, we saw plenty of wildlife whilst being surrounded by mountains.
Harris – we took the ferry from Skye and camped at Horgabost, i think it’s as close to wild camping as you can get without wildcamping the car was hidden out of view and only a few hundred feet away, the campsite was empty and pitched our tents on the dunes with nothing but beach in front of us. The beaches on Harris are out of this world especially Luskentyre which seems to go on for ever and is well worth the walk along.
Coasteering: Something i’ve wanted to try for a while, we went with the guys from Skye Adventure who were great, It basically involves climbing around the rocks and throwing your self into the sea before swimming in some caves and throwing your self of some more cliffs. Great fun.
Fishing – some of the best fishing i’ve ever had on light spinning tackle with artificial lures, whether from the rocks or on the boat we caught some huge pollack which certainly put up a fight. There’s plenty of wildlife like seals and sea eagles to keep you entertained if the fish aren’t biting.
Nearly all of those ended up with us visiting one of the excellent pubs for some local beers and hearty grub as well as some banter with the friendly locals and tourists a like.