As a Scottish person who is ridiculously proud and unashamed of Scotland and her Scottishness I’ve seen shockingly little of the country.
This past week I went to Skye to see my friend who recently made the move to live there and it was one of the most fun adventures I’ve had in ages without having to cross any borders. The Isle of Skye is the largest of the Inner Hebrides and has a landscape like you wouldn’t believe. At some points I could have sworn we had been transported to a tropical island (albeit a tropical island experiencing a minor hurricane). We visited lots of ‘tourist-y’ places while we were there along with seemingly all of eastern Europe and America.
Several things about Skye were surprising to me. First, all of the signs are in Gaelic first and English second. I’m used to seeing Gaelic on roadsigns, but usually after the English and in much smaller writing. Not in Skye, which was rather cool. There’s something really amazing about having the ability to speak a dying language and I really wish I could. Second, the concept of fences surrounding farmland is alien. Farm animals (mainly sheep) roam free on the roads and pretty much just chill out wherever they want to. There were loads of adorable lambs bounding about and it was très cute. Third, it’s so ridiculously spread out. I’ve been to Orkney before and I was expecting it to be a similar thing. Somehow, though, Skye seems a lot more secluded because to get from one place to another while we were travelling around it involved a good half hour car journey.
First stop was Neist Point which is the most Westerly point of Skye and is home to Neist Point Lighthouse. It’s quite steep and for my unfit and clumsy self it took a bit of effort but it was worth it.
Next, we went to see a coral beach in Claigan. Definitely not a beach you expect to see in Scotland which are usually pebble beaches with dirty brown water washing up on the shore. However, at this beach the water was crystal clear, blue and absent of mud. Win.
My favourite stop off, and it’s somewhere I had my sights set upon before we got there, was the Fairy Pools. My photos do not do them justice because they honestly are mesmerising. There were a few brave swimmers there when we went, but a little paddle with our feet and hands was enough for us. Yes, the water was f*cking freezing (non too dissimilar from every other body of water in Scotland).
We also had a wee stop off at the Talisker Distillery, but were unfortunately too late for a tour. It looked rather different to every other distillery I’ve seen in my time and that’s mainly down to the fact that all of the buildings were white. A common theme which runs throughout the entire island.
So, all in all, if you get the chance to visit the Isle of Skye then you definitely should because it’s beautiful and probably unlike anything else you’ll ever experience. I’m hoping to go back soon to explore some more!