50 Things to do on Skye

There are so many things to do on Skye. Listed below (in no particular order) are 50 ideas.

How many have you done?

1
Fairy Pools

Swim in the Fairy Pools

The Fairy Pools in Glen Brittle are deep blue pools in the river filled with crystal clear water from the Cuillin. These pools have become popular for ‘Wild Swimming’. Are you brave enough to swim in these magical pools?

 
2
Three Chimneys

Have a meal at the Three Chimneys

The Three Chimneys restaurant has won a host of awards and top accolades. Book you table and sample Skye produce at its very best.

 
3
Old Man Storr

Walk up to the Old Man of Storr

This large pillar of rock known as the ‘Old Man’ dominates the landscape in the north east of Skye. Walking up to the Old Man is not difficult and rewards you with some wonderful views.

 
4
Sea Eagle

Take a Boat Trip to see the Sea Eagles

The white-tailed eagle (Sea Eagle) is the largest bird of prey in Britain. One of the most reliable ways to see these birds is by taking a Stardust boat trip from Portree.

 
5
Dunvegan Castle

Visit Dunvegan Castle

A visit to Skye is incomplete without savouring the wealth of history offered by Dunvegan Castle and Gardens. Dunvegan is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland and is the ancestral home to the Clan MacLeod.

 
6
Loch Coruisk

Take a Boat to Loch Coruisk

Taking a boat trip from Elgol is the easiest way to get to Loch Coruisk, a fresh water loch surrounded by the Cuillin Mountains. A truly spectacular location.

 
7
Skye Ferry

Take the Scenic Route to Skye

The fastest way by road to Skye is using the free road bridge, but the scenic way (to drive) is via ferry from Glenelg to Kylerhea.

 
8
Quiraing

Walk the Quiraing

The Quiraing, which is the largest landslip in the country is on the east coast of Trotternish. The Quiraing loop is a spectacular walk for the more confident with heights.

 
9
Cuillin

Climb the Cuillin

For experienced walkers (who can read a map) climbing a Cuillin summit is a must do. The Cuillin is home to twelve Munros and offers the best walking and climbing in the UK.

 
10
Seaprobe Atlantis

Go out on the Seaprobe Atlantis

Book a trip on the glass bottom boat from Kyle and see what’s going on under the surface!

 
11
Otter

Watch an Otter Play

You must be lucky and quiet to see an Otter play on the shore around Skye. There are wildlife guides that can be hired to take you to the best locations.

 
12
Neist Point

Walk to Neist Point Lighthouse

At the most westerly point of Skye near Glendale is the walk down to Neist Point Lighthouse, a must for any visitor to the Island.

 
13
Sea Kayaking

Go Sea Kayaking

There are many hidden bays & beaches around Skye that are best explored from the Sea. If you don’t have your own boat, book a session Sea Kayaking.

 
14
Coral Beach

Have a picnic at Coral Beach

On a good day, Coral Beach near Dunvegan rivals any tropical beach, for looks anyway - the water temperature can be a bit chilly!

 
15
Skye Seaplane

Fly around Skye in the Seaplane

Treat yourself and book your seat on the ultimate Tour of Skye. The Sea Plane flies low over all the top locations around Skye. Don’t forget your camera!

 
16
SkyeSkyns

Buy a Souvenir at Skyeskyns

Visit the Skyeskyns showroom and workshop in Waternish and perhaps choose a sheepskin souvenir to remind you of Skye.

 
17
Talkisker Whisky

Try Talisker Whisky

Talisker Whisky is distilled in the village of Carbost on shores of Loch Harport and has become a worldwide brand. Take a tour of the distillery and then have a taste.

 
18
Axe Throw

Throw an Axe with Ace Skye

Just outside Portree Ace Skye activities centre offers a range of options for all the family to try, including archery, clay pigeon shooting, air rifle shooting, paintball and axe throwing.

 
19
Fly Fishing

Catch a Trout using a Fly

Whether you are a keen angler or want to try for the first time, catching a trout on the fly is a magical experience. Why not hire the local ghillie to guide you.

 
20
Coasteering

Squeeze into a Wetsuit and go Coasteering

Coasteering is exhilarating if you’re confident in the water. Under careful guidance, challenge yourself to jump, swim and scramble along the coast.

 
21
Skye Sunset

Watch the Sun Setting over the Minch

On a summer's evening nothing can be better than watching the sunset while looking out to sea. Good locations include Neist Point, Waternish and Duntulm.

 
22
Whales

Watch Whales at Rubha Hunish

At the very north of Skye is Rubha Hunish and the deep water offers a high chance of seeing a Minke Whale, it is also possible to see other types such as Humpback and Killer Whales.

 
23
Clay Shooting

Try Clay Shooting at A.C.E Target Sports

The perfect place for an introduction to this traditional highland activity.
Whether it is your first time or you have shot clays before join Matt at A.C.E for a fun Clay session in a beautiful natural setting.

 
24
Raasay House

Have Lunch at Raasay House

The island of Raasay is Skye’s smaller neighbour and can be reached by ferry from Sconser. Raasay House is an outdoor centre (where you can book activities) and they serve tasty food!

 
25
Highland Games

Go to the Skye Highland Games

Once a year on the first week of August the Skye Highland Games are held at "The Lump" in Portree. A must for any visitor, the games include everything from athletics to tossing the caber.

 
26
Sea Fishing

Go Sea Fishing

Fish from the rocks or hire a boat and go sea fishing. If you don’t have your own kit most of the boat trips who offer fishing are happy to supply all rods and tackle.

 
27
Boreraig

Explore the Village of Boreraig

This ruined village is the result of the Highland clearances. Walk to Boreraig and explore the remains of this old village.

 
28
Sleat Beach

Swim in the Sea

There are many suitable swimming beaches around Skye. One of the best is Camas Daraich beach at the Point of Sleat. A beautiful spot and the beach is white sand.

 
29
Fairy Glen

Explore the Fairy Glen

Wander around the hillocks at the Fairy Glen. These small hills were caused by a landslip and legend says they are the home to the magical Skye fairies.

 
30
Clan Donald Centre

Visit Armadale Castle & Gardens

Armadale Castle & Gardens and Museum of the Isles. A magnificent 20,000 acre estate in Sleat in the south of Skye home of the Clan MacDonald.

 
31
Skye Pipeband

Watch the Skye Pipeband

The bagpipes are iconic. The pipes and drums of the Skye Pipeband play in the square in Portree every Tuesday evening during the summer.

 
32
Northern Lights

See the Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis can be seen on Skye (with the right conditions) on a winter's evening. Look up in the night sky and watch the colourful light show.

 
33
Skye Half Marathon

Run the Skye Half Marathon

Every June the Half Marathon takes place, attracting many keen runners from all over the world. Challenge yourself to take part in the next one.

 
34
Kilt Rock

Lookout to Kilt Rock

Near Staffin are the famous cliffs called ‘Kilt Rock’ as the cliff face looks a bit like a tartan kilt. There is also an impressive waterfall by the lookout point that falls straight into the sea.

 
35
Seal Boat Trip

Watch Seals

Take a Seal Boat Trip at Dunvegan Castle. These small boats can get surprisingly close to the seals sun bathing on the rocks in Loch Dunvegan.

 
36
Skye Ceilidh

Go to a Ceilidh

The Edinbane Inn host a ‘session’ every Sunday afternoon where local musicians just turn up and play. Typically including pipes, whistles and fiddles.

 
37
Quiraing Sunrise

Photograph the Sunrise over the Quiraing

Whether you are a professional or amateur photographer, witnessing the sunrise from the Quiraing is an unforgettable experience.

 
38
Skye Swimming Pool

Go Swimming (Indoors)

The Fingle Centre in Portree offers a range of indoor activities including swimming, climbing and racket sports. A good option to keep the family busy on a wet day.

 
39
Skye Art

Visit an Art Gallery

Skye has many small art galleries and crafts shops. An ideal chance to buy a handmade souvenir.

 
40
Kinloch Lodge

Eat out at Kinloch Lodge

Having succeeded the hotel’s founder, Lady Claire Macdonald, Marcello Tully consistently serves up incredible dishes from Skye’s natural and delicious larder.

 
41
Skye Archery

Have a go at Archery

Ace Skye just outside Portree run archery sessions. A perfect family activity.

 
42
Sailing

Go Sailing

The Skye Sailing Club is based in Portree and offers both full learn to sail courses and experience days to just have a go.

 
43
Skye Wedding

Get Married

Skye makes a popular location for a wedding. Whether you’re thinking large or small contact the team at Skye Weddings to help you plan your big day.

 
44
Bike Hire

Hire a Bicycle

Hire a bike at the local cycle shop and explore some of the quieter roads. An ideal way to get about if you come to Skye using public transport.

 
45
Fish and Chips

Eat Fish & Chips

Enjoy the classic seaside meal, eat fish and chips at Portree pier. Just watch out for the overly bold seagulls that will help themselves if you’re not careful.

 
46
Camping

Go Wild Camping

Stay under canvas for a night and cook your dinner on a campfire. Find a quiet spot on your own or hire a guide who can also provide the tent and a suitable location.

 
47
Ice Cream

Enjoy an Ice Cream

Enjoy an ice cream in Portree Square. Sometimes the simple things can be the most memorable.

 
48
Broch

Find a Broch

Dotted around Skye and the greater Highlands you will find ruined Broches. These Pictish round towers were built at least 2000 years ago. There is a good example near Struan.

 
49
Gannet

Watch a Gannet Dive for Fish

The Gannet is the largest sea bird in Scotland and are well known for diving at high speed in to the sea to catch fish. This is best watched from a boat or cliff top in the late summer.

 
50
Cuillin Ridge

Walk the Cuillin Ridge

A must for the experienced walker, complete the famous mountain ridge. If you are inexperienced then hire a local guide to keep you safe.