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Laura McAlpine
Laura McAlpine

Things to do in Skye - Laura's top picks

The Isle of Skye is one of Scotland’s most popular destinations and 2016 has certainly been a popular year for visiting Skye. With so many beautiful areas to visit & sometimes too many options to choose from I am going to speak about my top things to do in Skye (if you find yourself with a free day to explore)


Fairy Pools, Isle of Skye.

1) Fairy Pools –Just 30 minutes’ drive from Portree are the stunning fairy pools. These magical pools situated at the foot of the Black Cuillins are well worth a visit. From the car park it only takes approx. 40 minutes to reach the stunning pools & waterfalls – where you can take a dip (if you are brave enough in the Scottish climate.

One of the many stunning beaches on Harris and Lewis

2) Visit a nearby island such as Isle of Harris & Isle of Lewis – a daily ferry runs from Uig to Tarbert (1h 30 mins journey) taking you over to the Outer Hebrides which offers stunning scenery, perfect white sandy beaches, famous Harris tweed shops & lots of historical sites to explore such as the Callanish standing stones.

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye.

Dunvegan Castle, Isle of Skye.

3) Dunvegan Castle – One of the most famous Hebridean castles. I would definitely recommend a visit, here you can take your time exploring the castle, learn about the history, wander around their stunning gardens plus take their boat trip from the castle grounds (25 minute trip) to see the nearby seal colony!

A misty day in Portree, Isle of Skye.

A misty day in Portree, Isle of Skye

4) Boat trips – If you want to experience more of Skye’s plentiful wildlife, there are several boat trip options available from Portree harbour which offer you will a great day out and hopefully the chance to spot seals, dolphins and many more!


As mentioned Skye is an increasingly popular area and we recommend booking well in advance to avoid disappointment. If you wish to book any of our Skye adventures please do get in touch info@macsadventure.com.

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