Almost all our visitors that hire with Open Road Scotland, head off in their Campervans or Motorhomes with the intention of visiting the famous Island of Skye. Known as the ‘Misty Isle’ it’s one of Scotland’s gems and deserves it famous reputation for breathtaking scenery, outdoor pursuits, and top class food and hospitality. With a little bit of planning you can make your trip to Skye a memorable one. Below are some highlights of the stunning island.
If possible you should allow yourself a minimum of 2-3 days for exploring this beautiful island. When you have the flexibility and convenience of a Motorhome or Campervan It’s also worth trying to keep an eye on the weather forecast and planning your visit when there are clear sky’s forecast. That way you can experience the beauty and majesty of the island at it’s peak. To reach the island you can choose to take the road bridge from the mainland or alternatively take the ferry from Mallaig. It’s nice to take one way over and the alternative way back if you can plan it this way.
The Sligachan campsite is a good base that allows access to the famous Cuillin hills and also Elgol and the boat trips which leave for Loch Coruisk at the foot of the hills. The campsite and nearby hotel are in a wonderful setting, surrounded by mountains and popular with walkers and climbers. If you are partial to a spot of our national drink, the malt whisky selection in the Sligachan Hotel rivals anything on offer anywhere in Scotland. If you want to get closer to the amber nectar then head east to Carbost where the Talisker malt distillery is situated and take the fascinating tour.
If you want to experience the majesty of the Black Cuillin mountains up close then a visit to Glen Brittle campsite is a must. On a clear day the views are absolutely stunning and the site allows easy access to the peaks such as Coire Lagan. All round this area you have great chances also of seeing wildlife such as stag and deer, and birds of prey.
From here you can head up the scenic west coast of the Island towards the northern peninsulas of Duirinish and Waternish. Stop off at the lovely Kinloch campsite on the shores of Loch Dunvegan. It’s a great campsite within a short stroll of the village and has stunning views over the loch and flat topped hills known as MacLeod’s tables. A short distance from here you can visit the spectacular Dunvegan Castle, seat of the clan MacLeod. It’s in an amazing location with a stunning panorama over the loch and out to sea. Close to Dunvegan you have the world famous Three Chimneys restaurant which serves the very best of local local produce, immaculately cooked and presented. Booking is essential.
The furthest north point of the island is called the Trotternish Peninsula where you can view dramatic rock formations such as the Needle, Prison and the Table. Golden eagles are also frequent visitors to this area so it pays to keep your eyes peeled. Make your way back down the island past Staffin and via the capital Portree.