The best walks in Skye

When you’re staying in Skye, nothing is more tempting than to fall into the scenery from your window and explore on foot. Wherever you go and whether you stroll, meander, hike or frog march, make sure to dress for all weathers, as Skye’s climate can change in a moment and nothing’s worse than a soggy stomp!

Old Man of Storr

Located to the north of Skye, this is probably Skye’s most famous walk and can be the busiest. About 3.8km in length, it takes about 1 hour 15 minutes to finish. The ‘Old Man’ is a huge pinnacle of rock that stands majestically on an outcrop and can be seen for miles. Much loved by photographers, it hass also appeared in several films.

The Quiraing

Again located in the north of Skye, this is a longer walk of about 6.8km, taking about 2 hours to finish. A firm favourite with photographers, this incredibly beautiful, majestic spot is simply breath taking. Formed in part by the Trotternish ridge, there’s high cliffs, pinnacles and rocky outcrops to gaze at.

Fairy Pools

Situated in the west, this natural phenomenon comprises of a selection of crystal-clear pools, nestled at the foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle. The walk is about 2.4km, but you’ll want to keep stopping to stare at these deep, watery beauties and for the brave there’s the chance of a spot of wild swimming. After all, why not?

Neist Point

One of Scotland’s most iconic lighthouses, this is a shortish walk of just 2.2km but can be quite steep in places. Perched in the north west of the island, this takes in all the glory of the coast with clifftop views. Keep your eye out for whales and Basking sharks in the summer months!

Talisker Beach

The name Talisker may be more synonymous with whiskey, but this wonderful spot is just lovely and an easy stroll of just 2.9km there and back. The impressive beach is surrounded by hulking cliffs and it is a perfect spot for dipping toes and even a spot of surfing if the conditions are right.


One for history-lovers, this is a longer walk to the ancient village of Boreraig. Situated close to Broadford, it’s about 10km in length and can be completed in around 3 hours, but it’s flat and easy underfoot.

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