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12 Munros and 1 Michelin star: Skye is a perfect world for foodies, hikers and photographers.

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A landscape from another world

Skye has an abundance of Munros, the Black Cuillin range and an other-worldly landscape - enough to keep even the most accomplished hikers occupied. Then there are the restaurants: Loch Bay at Stein has been awarded a first Michelin star, and both Three Chimneys and Kinloch Lodge are world-famous so you can leave the Kendal Mint Cake in your daysack.

The Skye ferry arrives at Armadale on the Sleat peninsula, which is great for beaches, lochs, forests and glens. In the north you'll find the stark Trotternish ridge and the rocky pinnacles of The Storr. Stop off in the middle for the harbour town of Portree, with pretty cottages in pastel colours. Don't miss the fairy pools for a wild swim in crystal-clear waters, and for a dip into early human history, go to the Mesolithic site, An Corran - one of the oldest in Scotland (dating from around 7000BC).

For more information on Skye and Lochalsh visit the Isle of Skye website.


Skye

How to get here

Our Journey PlannerGet the ferry to Skye from Mallaig on the mainland, or Lochmaddy from North Uist and Tarbert (Harris) from Harris. Vehicle reservations are recommended.

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Looking for the best form of travel to and from our ports? Our Journey Planner can help you find the way that best suits you for making your journey using the most up to date information from around the UK for all transport companies.

We have listed some travel information below that you may find useful:

Getting to Skye from the mainland

By car

You have two options - drive to Mallaig and go over the sea to Skye, or drive further north to Kyle of Lochalsh and cross to Skye via the bridge. The ferry from Mallaig to Skye takes 30 minutes and docks at Armadale.

If you are travelling with an electric vehicle, fast charging points are available at the Aros Experience in Portree, Isle of Skye, Mallaig has rapid charge points at the West Bay Car Park, Lochmaddy also has rapid charge points at the Ferry Terminal in North Uist, and finally the Isle of Harris has rapid charge points at the Tarbert Ferry Terminal.

Helpful tips for driving on Skye

Postcode for sat nav:

Mallaig: PH41 4QD

Travelling without a car

By bus

You can get a bus to Portree from Fort William, which takes 2 hours 30 minutes. The views on the drive north are some of the most beautiful in Scotland. Check our Journey Planner for more details.

By foot

The Isle of Skye is 50 miles long and the largest of the Inner Hebrides. Skye is always a tourist hotspot in Scotland and is famous for its magnificent scenery, challenging walks through the Cuillin Mountains and impressive wildlife. There are over 100 walk routes spread over the island ranging from short easy walks such as to the dramatic remains of Dun Scaith Castle in the south to the intensive 7 day Skye Trail which is aimed at experienced hillwalkers. Check out the Isle of Skye website for details of walks, both self-guided and guided, on Skye.

By bike 

If beautiful landscape is what makes you want to cycle then the Isle of Skye is a cyclists paradise. Often you may hear people call Skye 'Cloud Island' and is reference to the often-mist-enshrouded Cuillin Hills. Remember and pack your waterproofs as you are almost guaranteed to get wet at some point. The roads throughout Skye are in good condition and are a joy to cycle on so it won't be long before you forget about the weather. Cycling is a great way to explore the island and the island also has plenty of bike hire shops so you don't need to worry about bringing your own, visit Isle of Skye website for further details.

Note: Groups of cyclists should contact us in advance advising of preferred sailings, as space on some ferries may be limited

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Kayaking

If kayaking is your thing then the Isle of Skye will get your juices flowing whether you're a beginner or an expert. Skye has over 350 miles of coastline that varies from location to location. So why not come to Skye and explore and experience some of the most beautiful inaccessible regions on Scotland's West Coast. For more information on kayaking in Skye, visit Isle of Skye  

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