Skye Adventure Guide

The Isle of Skye is one of the most popular destinations for adventure in Scotland and it’s not hard to see why. Jagged peaks, fantastic mountain bike tracks and a stunning coastline make Skye a fantastic outdoor playground. We have selected our favorite adventures which should keep you busy for many trips to this fabulous location.

Our top 5 Adventures

  1. Cuillin Ridge A classic ridge for the serious mountaineer, recommend guided trip for the less experienced
  2. Mountain Biking on Quirang Rated as one of the best mountain bike routes in the UK
  3. Sea Kayaking around Raasay and Rona Classic kayaking adventure
  4. Coasteering Skye is a stunning location for coasteering, we recommend going on a organised trip
  5. Camasunary An idyllic location with beautiful views of the Cullin ridge

Hillwalking and scrambling

All these climbs are for experienced mountaineers only, if in doubt enlist the services of a guide.Inaccessible Pinnacle

  1. Inaccessible pinnacle. A classic route on the Cullin ridge. The pinnacle stands proud just off the summit of Sgùrr Dearg, its a moderate grade rock climb with bags of exposure and a abseil descent. What’s not to love! One word of warning this route is for experienced mountaineers or guided parties only.
  2. Dubh Ridge – One of the best climbs in Britain. The Dubhs ridge is remote and committing
  3. Pinnacle Ridge – Scrambling and abseiling up Sgurr Nan Gillean, for experienced mountaineers only
  4. Blaven – Standing alone just south of the Cuillen ridge, Blaven has a fantastic view of the Cuillen ridge
  5. Quirang – A spectacular walk through a spectacular landscape with views to Outer Hebrides on a clear day

 

 Mountain Biking

Skye has been put firmly on the Mountain biking map thanks to Danny Macaskill’s video that went viral. Some of the best mountain bike trails in the UK can be found on Skye, we have selected three routes that let you experience unforgettable scenery

  1. Quirang Technical route with with spectacular, exposed singletrackTrotternish
  2. Sligachen loop Classic 50km route, arduous with amazing scenery
  3. Suishnish 13 mile loop around abandoned villages of Suisnish and Boreraig

 Road Cycling

  1. Trotternish peninsula circuit Dramatic 50 mile cycle ride on Skye’s remote north peninsula
  2. Broadford to Elgol The view of the Cuillins from Elgol is breathtaking
  3. Broadford to Portree Coastal ride with views to Scalpay island

 Canoe / Kayak

Kayaking is a fabulous way to explore Skye and watch Sea Eagles, Golden Eagles, Otters and whales in the summer months.

  1. Raasay house Hotel and activity centre on the tranquil island of Raasay, a 25 minute ferry ride from Skye sea kayaking skye
  2. Skyak Adventures Kayaking with professionally qualified guides
  3. Sea to Skye experience Multi day guided sea kayaking and walking expeditions

 Activity centers & guides

Skye has a well developed network of activity centers and guides

  1. Skye guides High quality professional mountain guiding and climbing instruction
  2. Raasay house Hotel and activity centre on the tranquil island of Raasay, a 25 minute ferry ride from Skye
  3. Skye Adventures Mountain, water and family adventures
  4. Wildlife Tours
  5. Mountain Freedom Guiding walks and mountaineering

 Best Beaches

You may be surprised that Skye has some fabulous golden and coral beaches with azure water – just like the Caribbean! There is a short walk to many of the beaches so its best to check tide times before you go. Claigan coral beach

  1. Claigan coral beach.  10 minute walk from Dunvegan.
  2. Camas Daraich White sandy beach with views to Eigg and Rum, 3km walk along footpath
  3. Staffin Dinosaur footprints and golden sands
  4. Talisker Spectacular setting with high cliffs and waterfalls
  5. Torrin Secretive sandy beach

Short adventures

Best short walks

  1. Quirang Spectacular landscape 7km walk along paths and steep slopes Fairy pools Skye
  2. Fairy pools Crystal clear water, great wild swimming location
  3. Point of sleat. Southern tip of Skye with fabulous white sandy beach
  4. Neist Point Lighthouse. Westerly point on Skye, dramatic photogenic location
  5. Dunvegan Head A cliff-top walk from a deserted village to the trip point

 Rainy day exploring

  1. Talisker distillery The oldest working distillery on the Isle of Skye under the shadow of the Cuillens
  2. Dunvegan castle The oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland
  3. Skye Brewery Award winning brewery at Uig, northern Skye

Accommodation

 Campsites

  1. Glenbrittle Voted No.1 campsite by the Daily TelegraphSligachan campsite
  2. Sligachen Iconic location with incredible views of Sgurr nan Gillean, the pub is pretty good too with it’s own microbrewery
  3. Ecocamping  Back to basics, back to nature campsite, offering simple rural accommodation near Armadale ferry terminal
  4. The Croft Camping, Bunkhouse, bothies and heated wigwam on the west coast
  5. Staffin Located in Northern Skye under the stunning backdrop of Trotternish ridge

Remore Bothies

These bothies are in isolated locations and should only be reached by experienced hillwalkers who plan to be entirely self sufficient for their adventure.

  1. Camasunary Walk or mountain bike to this amazing location, 100% Skye Bothy
  2. The lookout Small and simple bothy with stunning coastal views
  3. Taigh Thormoid Dhuibh Located on north Raasay halfway between Skye and Applecross

Hostels

  1. Skyewalker An ideal base from which to explore the Cuillin mountain range, swim in the Fairy Pools
  2. Broadford Backpackers hostel, independent and friendly
  3. Flora McDonald Independent hostel close to the Armadale ferry
  4. Portree Independent hostel in center of Portree
  5. Glenbrittle SYHA hostel in ideal location for exploring the Cuillins

Pubs, Cafes, Restaurants

  1. Sligachan  Dramatic location with whisky bar, bunkhouse and its own microbrewery, is this the best pub in the UK? Sligachan hotel
  2. The Old Inn Camra recommended free house on the shores of Loch Harport, Carbost
  3. Loch Bay Seafood restaurant  A tiny, intimate and atmospheric bistro situated in the historic village of Stein
  4. Creelers Award winning seafood restaurant in Broadford
  5. Ellishadder Art Cafe Relaxed cafe in North Skye overlooking Trotternish ridge

Skye links

  1. Skye the Islands & Lochalsh Excellent website, a great resource for investigating Skye
  2. John Muir Trust The trust looks after the Sconser, Strathaird and Torrin estates
  3. Dunvegan Castle Campsite, accommodation, boat trips, history
  4. Lonely planet guide Top things to do, best places to stay
  5. Blaven Community website
  6. Sligachan Hotel, camping, pub , restaurant, bunk house, brewery and climbing museum

 Scotland Links