The Isle of Skye is the largest isle in the Inner Hebrides, one of 75 of the islands in this area where only 35 are inhabited. The Isle of Skye is one of my personal favourites to bring people to on private tours, it has so much natural beauty that has and will remain untouched for years.
I still remember my first vacation like it was yesterday, driving up the steep climb of the Skye Bridge with its breathtaking views of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. The Isle of Skye is just under 50 miles long from the south to the north of the island ‘as the crows fly’ – as they say!!!
There’s 2 ways to venture to Skye from the West of the mainland, the Calmac ferry from Mallaig to Armadale, or by road over the Skye bridge just west from Kyle of Lochalsh. From Armadale it will take you the best part of 2 hours to tour the length of the island, but take 30 minutes of that if you’re traveling from the Skye bridge, but either way it’s a drive you’ll remember your vacation for years to come.
My favourite place to tour on Skye is the fairy pools (google it), a good level of fitness is required for this due to the steep incline and rough terrain at points, as the Fairy Pools is set at the foot of the Cuillin Hills, but the reward is well worth the effort, you can easily spend hours here taking in the spectacular views of the countless waterfalls.
The main town of the island is Portree, known as the Capital of the island, this is where most of the hotels, restaurants and bars are situated, but there are plenty more scattered over the island. Also Skye has two whisky distilleries on the island, Talisker and Torabhaig, both these distilleries do whisky distillery tours, in the height of the season the tours start on the hours from 09.00 till 17.00, but I do advise you book there whisky tours in advance due to high demand. But if you’ve planned a bespoke vacation make sure you add that you want a distillery private tour to avoid disappointment