The Isle of Skye is a walkers’ paradise – from family walks on the spectacular coastline to dramatic scrambles in the Cuillin mountains, the island provides fantastic walking for everyone. Our time on the Isle of Skye was relatively short, only one week, but I feel quite proud of everything we were able to see and accomplish in that amount of time. We hiked, we drove along scenic roads winding through the mountains. It was an unforgettable experience, and hopefully this blog post will still give you a little taste of what the Isle of Skye has to offer.

These are by no means the best hikes and landscapes on the Isle of Skye, but they are ones we carefully chose for our trip after many, many hours of online research. Every trail we hiked and every place we made a point to stop at just blew us away.

Eilean Donan Castle

Bla Bheinn (Blaven)

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Quiraing (Portree)

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Old Man of Storr

This is a tourist hotspot! We did an easy run to the Old Man of Storr (the pointy in the picture). The path was easy to run on (half the path is laid in gravel, the other half is made of rocky steps on a well-worn dirt path, so it wasn’t hard to run). The only thing we struggled with was the wind. In one day we’d gone from beautiful sunny skies to dense fog to some of the strongest winds I’ve ever been outside in. That certainly made the hike more challenging, but I had my happiest moment of the day when I reached the Old Man of Storr after having to crawl on all fours to keep from being blown down the cliff, and then turned around and saw the view!

Fairy Pools

I would recommend everyone to see this unique natural wonder at the base of the Cuillins. The waters glow blue and green but pretty as they were, there was no way I was going to take off my coat, much less jump in and experience the certain hypothermic shock that would have followed (though Clinton was quite happy to do this!)

Feel free to leave a comment with suggestions for your own favourite hikes and landscapes on the Isle of Skye!

Happy hiking!

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