The Isle of Skye, Scotland

Do a different kind of island hopping this year with a picturesque escape to Scotland. Disconnect from the world and take in the natural beauty of the incredible landscape, ancient history and unique vistas of Scotland’s Isle of Skye. Visitors take to the mist-covered rolling hills for a unique experience and unforgettable family vacation.

The Scottish Highlands have an enchanting quality that can be further explored with a stay on the largest of the Northern Islands, Isle of Skye. Whether exploring the coastline, ancient castles or adventure seeking, there are endless ways to enjoy this scenic terrain.

Dunvegan Castle is the oldest inhabited castle in Scotland and boasts in-depth Clan history. Guests can enjoy historic tours of the expansive castle, gardens, grounds and coastline. The castle sits on the edge of the coast allowing for a picturesque boat trip around the island for a panoramic view of the ancient Clan MacLeod property.

Dunvegan Castle, Skye, Scotland

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Scenic trails and historic tours are in excess on the Isle of Skye. The Storr mountain range is a popular hiking destination offering fantastic views. The Old Man of Storr is the largest and most popular peak drawing crowds for photos and an incomparable experience.

On the western side of Skye is Carbost, a small village from which travelers typically begin their trek to the world-famous Fairy Pools. Lush green landscape surrounds the clear blue pools of the falls and attracts brave swimmers to the cold, clear water. The majestic waterfalls and Fairy Pools lend a unique quality to the already phenomenal landscape of Skye.

Enjoy fishing, medieval castles and haborside activities. Take a break from the great outdoors and head to the town of Portree. Peruse the local boutiques and shops for interesting finds and enjoy the local fare in the many quaint pubs and restaurants.

The Isle of Skye has become an increasingly popular destination thanks to the breathtaking views, rugged landscape, grand history and fascinating natural wonders.