The Isle of Skye is probably Scotland's most popular island and for good reason, it's a stunningly beautiful island with a long and fascinating history. The largest island in the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland, has a romantic and mystical reputation too with fairies and giants believed to be roaming the hills and glens. The famous Skye Boat Song, which tells the story of Bonnie Prince Charlie's escape to Skye after the Battle of Culloden, help to invoke a longing in travelers from every corner of the world. It's an island at the very top of many Scottish bucket lists but what exactly do you do when you get there? Read on to discover my top things to do in Skye and find out why this stunningly beautiful island is so magical and why you should visit.
The Cuillin Mountain Range
The Black Cuillins consist of 11 munros (mountains over 3000 feet) and 16 other summits. Not for the faint hearted these mighty hills should only be attempted by the experienced or under the guidance of a qualified instructor. In the centre of the island, they are a spectacular sight being both dark and dramatically shaped with sharp peaks and steep drops. If mountain climbing is your thing this range will test you and give you a thrill like no other (I'm told, as I wouldn't dream of it!)
The Red Cuillins on the other hand are far gentler and therefore far more popular. Whereas The Black Cuillins is an alpine mountain range and not suitable for hill walking the Red Cuillins can be hiked if you know what your doing. I highly recommend hiring a local guide who will make sure you have a fantastic day and will keep you safe in the hills.