Top Things To See & Do On Skye
The Isle of Skye is famous for dramatic scenery, nature and tranquility, and Corry Lodge is the ideal base to explore all the Island’s treasures.
Here are some of our favourite things to see and do on Skye – based on our experiences and our guest’s recommendations.
The Fairy Pools – a place of outstanding natural beauty at the foot of the Black Cuillin mountains, with beautiful crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle. The walk to the pools starts on the road to Glenbrittle on the West of Skye and follows the same route there and back, with a return distance of 2.4km and an average walk time of 40 minutes. The first Waterfall marks the start of the magical pools. Then work your way up the river to explore the many pools. The next pool up is the arguably the most famous, with a beautifully clear blue pool that features a natural arch. If you’re brave enough to enter the cold water this can make for a magical ‘Wild Swimming’ spot, with the option of an exhilarating under water swim through the arch.
Boreraig and Suishnish – these remote, abandoned hamlets on the coast of Skye, south-west of Broadford, are a testimony to the infamous Highland Clearances of the 1850s. You can explore the ruins of both villages on a 10km walking circuit on a good track, which takes around 3 hours.
The Old Man of Storr – one of the most famous walks on the island and one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. The ‘Old Man’ is a large and spectacular pinnacle of rock located on the main road from Portree to Staffin. The walk starts in the car park and follows the same path up and down, covering a distance of 3.8 km. From the car park you can see the ‘Old Man’ and the high cliffs that surround. Stop for a photo opportunity or if you’re up for more of a challenge, complete the return walk considered ‘Medium’ in length and difficulty. Reaching the foot of the ‘Old Man’ takes an average of 45 minutes and the complete walk takes around 1 hour and 15 minutes (without stops). Allow longer to savour the magnificent views and stop for some rests along the way.
The Quiraing – considered one of the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland, with high cliffs, hidden plateaus and pinnacles of rock. If you come on a clear day you can enjoy views extending to the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish mainland. If you’re up for a challenge, consider hiking the Quiraing walk. This walking loop covers a distance of 6.8km with an average walk time of 2 hours. Most people only visit the first short section of the path but if you are up for navigating the narrow path and scrambling up the steep slopes, the complete circuit offers sensational views across iconic landscapes.
Kilt Rock – this famous, ancient sea cliff looks strikingly similar to a kilt, with vertical basalt columns appearing to form the pleats and intruded sills of dolerite forming the pattern. This is popular stop on the road between Portree and Staffin. At the same site is another point of interest – Mealt Waterfall. Fed from the nearby Mealt Lock, the water freefalls 60m from the top of the cliffs to the rock-laden coast below.
Neist Point – one of the most famous lighthouses in Scotland with spectacular views of high cliffs. See why this is a favourite destination for landscape photographers. There is a path that leads from car park to the lighthouse. Follow the same route both ways, covering a distance of 2.2km. Allow at least an hour to complete the walk and explore the lighthouse. Longer if you’d like to linger and enjoy the views, or stop for a picnic lunch. We’d describe this is a short walk with a medium level of difficulty, and recommend taking a few breaks on the way back up the steep path.
Loch Coruisk (Gaelic Coire Uisg/the ‘Cauldron of Waters’) – an inland fresh-water loch lying at the foot of the Black Cuillin.