Isle of Skye, Scotland

Part of the Rural Scotland series. Checkout our latest Walking around Skye post for detailed camping reviews & some non-hardcore walks around the island.

Best Time to Visit: Summer, be well prepared for strong rain & wind.

Reasons to Visit:

Weather: Like the island itself, wild & unpredictable. We’ve been there during summer months but it wasn’t really warm at any point. But below is a brilliantly sunny day taken at Uig so there’s always hope.

Getting In & Around:

  • Skye is very remote. The best way to see the island is driving around due to the infrequency & lack of reach of public transit.
  • That being said, reaching Skye by public transit also unlocks legend status as the 2 possible options contain some of the world’s best train journeys.
  • Option 1: ScotRail train from Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh followed by Scottish CityLink bus to Kyleakin, Broadford, Portree & possibly Uig. Sit on the right side of the train for the last 30 minutes while the train hugs the coast with the Skye mountains visible in the distance.
  • Option 2ScotRail train from Glasgow-Fort William-Mallaig (Harry Potter route) followed by ferry to Armadale, StageCoach bus to Broadford & onward buses to Portree & Uig.
  • Portree Somerled square is the central hub for buses around Skye. See the StageCoach website to see live departures & timetables here

Food & Drink:

  • Skye has some of the best seafood in Scotland. This includes some of the best Oysters we’ve ever had (and we have had quite a few) which are sourced from near the Talisker distillery that also sells them to binge eat at The Oyster Shed.
  • Other restaurants that we like are Sea Breezes for a seafood feast & the Relish store for a quick bite. The local butcher also does some filling steak pies.

N.B. If you have 20 minutes to spare & love trains, check out this 1980 video showcasing the 2 lines that lead to Skye starting 38:50 from Edinburgh.

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