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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Go to a Music Festival
The Skye Live music festival has been running for a few years now. Offering a mix of music styles including Scottish favourites and modern dance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have a go at Archery
Ace Skye just outside Portree run archery sessions. A perfect family activity.
There are many boat trip options around Skye, but nothing beats the feeling of pulling up a sail and cruising under the power of the wind.
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.
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.
Have a go at Paddle Boarding
Explore the coastline around Skye on a Paddle Board. Lessons are available if you have never tried standing up on a board before.
Go on a Guided Walk around Portree
Explored Portree with a local guide to show you the best views and to bring it alive with history stories along the route.
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.
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.