Have you ever been somewhere so beautiful you can’t describe it in words? That’s the Isle of Skye. Even in the dead of winter, Skye is one of the most stunning places I’ve seen.
Behold the hairy coo! Driving around the Isle, you are likely to run into these long-haired beasts once or twice.
We stayed in Portree, one of the more “populated” towns in Skye, and also a great starting point for visiting the sites around the Isle. This was the beautiful view that greeted me when I woke up. Happy birthday to me!
Right outside of Portree you’ll come across your first stop, the Old Man of Storr. See that rock pointing up into the sky in the distance? That’s it!
Another stop not to miss is Kilt Rock (Creag an Fheilidh), so called because of the way the crevasses in the rock have a sort of accordion design, therefore looking like a Scottish man’s kilt!
We then went on to An Corran to hunt for dinosaur footprints. When the tide is low, you can spot them in the water, if you’re lucky.
If you look closely, you’ll see the footprint with three triangle-like toes.
Not a bad view for those dinos.
Next, we drove up to Cuith-Raing for an impressive view, free of tourists. If you come here in the summer, it will be jam packed and you’ll be stuck in traffic, waiting your turn to take some photos that will inevitably have unidentified tourists in them. We didn’t have that issue, as we were the only ones there this blustery morning in January.
The wind was pretty intense, so we had to be careful not to blow over the side of the cliffs. The view was worth the risk!
We made a pit stop in Staffin, where we took a short hike through the Uig Wood to see a pretty waterfall.
Then we moved on to a personal favorite of mine, the Faerie Glen.
This place was so magical it made it easy to believe little faerie creatures ruled this land. The tall rock structure to the right of the photo is known as the faerie tower. Climb at your own risk!
So the story goes that if you walk around this path and leave a gift for the faeries, when you walk back out all of your negative energy and bad vibes will be taken away. Worth a shot, don’t you think?
We stopped at one of the only open pubs on the Isle (not a whole lot of places are open in the winter), which happened to also be the oldest pub on the Isle! Around since 1790, we enjoyed our lunch next to a crackling fireplace.
After lunch, we made our way to the faerie bridge. Rumor has it, if you wash your face in the stream, you will appear youthful forever.
Naturally, I couldn’t pass this up!
Fluffy sheep dotted the land everywhere we went.
They were the only real source of traffic.
We finished up our sightseeing at Niest Point, the western most point of mainland Scotland.
Back in Portree, we had dinner and celebrated the end to the best birthday I’ve had yet!
To the right is my delicious birthday cake, a.k.a. sticky toffee pudding.
The next morning, we left the Isle of Skye to these gorgeous views.
And to top it off, we ended by seeing the Pinterest famous castle of Eilean Donan on our way back to Edinburgh.
I will most definitely be back. Hopefully next time with some hiking boots, a tent, and a few more days to explore!