Full of lush rolling hills and sweet little sheep, Isle of Skye is nothing short of amazing. It is now on my must-see during the summer list because the weather is gorgeous, the people are kind and the views are spectacular. What more could a girl want?
This trip was especially fun for us because we got to travel with our besties! So while driving on the opposite side of the road was terrifying for everyone involved, it was at least paired with nervous laughter that eventually brought the sweetest memories.
Now on to the meat and potatoes of our trip to Scotland's Isle of Skye: Before we arrived to our first Airbnb location, we stopped at Fairy Glen which is a beautiful and easy walk. I would highly recommend making a stop here.
Our first night we stayed in Flodigarry Pods which I would highly recommend! There are only two pods at this location and the hostess is just darling. There was fresh milk and eggs from their farm in the fridge for breakfast (so precious!), along with some cereal. We loved the modern feel of the pod and it was surprisingly comfortable even with four people! My favorite part however was the view with the soft background sounds of farm life. We were definitely living our best Outlander life!
Bright and early, we woke up Wednesday morning and drove about 15 minutes to hike The Quiraing. We started our hike around 9:00am and easily found parking and didn’t see many people on our hike up. However on the hike back down, we saw a fair amount of people so I would highly recommend arriving early as it was such a peaceful experience hiking with only the wind and sheep to keep us company.
We spent about 2 hours hiking through this location and I would highly recommend it as it’s not strenuous, but certainly not boring. There are lush green views everywhere!
We decided to skip over Old Man Storr as we could see the rock formation from the road but I’ve heard it’s also a beautiful hike. Instead, we made our way down to the Fairy Pools. On the way, we made a few stops at Staffin Beach, Kilt Rock and Mealt Falls and lunch in Portree.
The weather we had in Scotland is like nothing I’ve experienced before - It didn’t rain even once, and was a fairly warm at times. Crazy, right? So our walk to the Fairy Pools wasn’t my favorite as there was no shade at all on the walking path (and I'm so pasty!). Near the parking area, there are a few smaller pools that you can see, but the larger ones are further down the path. It doesn’t look like a long walk, but it takes about 20-30 minutes to reach the larger pools. While it was beautiful, I honestly wish I had a swim suit to jump in and cool down. There were families enjoying the cool water so if the weather is right, I would highly recommend it.
Our second AirBnB location also had stunning views and the kindest host who makes an amazing breakfast! This tiny little village provides a unique Scottish experience and allowed us to visit the neighboring town of Plockton where we had dinner and enjoyed views of the tiny harbor. We also found highland cows!
Before leaving the next morning, we stopped at Eilean Donan Castle which is a beautiful little castle that is fairly cost effective! Many of the castles I’ve previously visited like Stirling Castle and Edinburgh Castle can be a bit pricey so this was enjoyable for me and my wallet.
There are so many more places I want to visit like:
Old Man Storr
Neist Point Lighthouse
Looks like I’ll just have to go back! In the meantime, if you love cold weather places, then Copenhagen has GOT to be on your list.