Isle of Skye
Arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth is Isle of Skye. If you’ve never desired to see the Highlands of Scotland then you haven’t seen pictures of the beauty that rises straight up out of the earth. We will absolutely go back for an extended visit as these 13 places on this list need to be visited again, just to make sure they’re actually real. Here is the Wandering Darlings list of what not to miss on Isle of Skye, with kids.
1. The Fairy Pools
These pools are not to be missed. Every family will easily be able to walk the 40 min walk to the fairy pools. It’s a pretty even path, you do cross a few streams, but you can hop across on flat rocks that make it easy to get across. The hike is gorgeous, the wide-open Cuillin Mountains and following the River Brittle up to the waterfalls where the series of falls and pools lay is just so pleasant. There is a car park at the beginning of the trail, which makes the trail easy to access. The water is a beautiful turquoise green in the pools and though the water never warms up, you’re welcome to swim in them, but a wet suit would be beneficial. The Fairy Pools are one of my family’s favorite spots in the entire world. I suggest not missing them!
If you’d like to stay closest to the Fairy Pools we suggest the Sligachan Hotel.
2. The Eilean Donan Castle
This Castle sits in a picturesque spot on an island where three great sea lochs meet. It is one of the most famous images in all of Scotland and one of the most popular reasons why people visit the Highlands. In the 17th and 18th centuries, the Castle played a crucial part in the Jacobite uprising and housed 46 Spanish soldiers who were supporting the Jacobites. The Spanish soldiers eventually surrendered after a few days battle, but then the castle was destroyed because even though they’d surrendered, the English came and blew it up. In 1911 the Island was bought and 20 years of reconstructing a castle with the same ground plans as the original – absolutely worth a visit!
3. Fairy Glen
Right above Uig sits Fairy Glen, an incredibly beautiful spot. Parking is very limited in the Glen, we were able to find a spot, (only room for about 4 or so cars) but we arrived early morning. By the time we left, 30 min later, there were several cars waiting for a spot. Your best bet if the few spots are taken is to park in Uig and walk 30 min into the Glen. The Fairy Glen looks like an extraordinarily small scale of a gorgeous mountain range with hills and valleys and ponds.
We recommend Uig Lodge if you are hoping to stay closest to Fairy Glen.
4. The Old Man of Storr
On the most northerly peninsula on Skye is Trotternish and home to the Old Man of Storr. This walk to the Old Man will take an hour and fifteen minutes without stopping. We couldn’t do it when we visited as it was too cold for the kids and we would have to add at least a half-hour to the time to the Old Man because of their little legs. We wouldn’t have had to miss out on this opportunity had we been more prepared with our clothing, but just coats and hats wouldn’t have been enough in November.
5. The Quiraing
The Quiraing is also on Trotternish, you can begin the walk either in Uig or Staffin. Though absolutely impressive, this walk is not suitable in all weather conditions, which is why we had to miss out. The morning we were meaning to do it, a thick icy frost was covering the ground and as most of this walk is by cliffs edge, we couldn’t risk it. Also, don’t attempt if it is windy or low fog for visibility.
6. Dunvegan Castle and Gardens
Near the Fairy Pools is Dunvegan Castle, home to clan Macleod. You can view the castle or stay in one of their several cottages. The location in the Cuillin Mountains is just breathtaking.
Additional recommendations on Isle of Skye are:
Dun Beag Broch
Cill Chriosd Church
Neist Point Lighthouse
Armadale Castle and Gardens
Whenever you go, whatever you see, we hope you have the best time!