Destination: Isle of Skye

I’ve been fortunate enough to visit many beautiful destinations around the world, but something always draws me back to Scotland, and more specifically, the magical Isle of Skye. At 639 square miles, this rugged island is the largest in the Inner Hebrides and showcases some of the country’s most dramatic landscapes. Moreover, it is of archaeological and historical significance, with numerous dinosaur footprints, fossils, and even a dedicated museum situated near the village of Staffin. The island’s history is steeped in folklore, clan rivalry, and famously provided refuge to Flora MacDonald and Bonnie Prince Charlie. History buffs should visit MacDonald’s cottage, now part of the Flodigarry Hotel.

Skye is the perfect long-weekend getaway, although I’d allow five days to avoid cramming. In the south, popular locations include the Aird of Sleat, Elgol, the Fairy Pools, Sligachan Bridge, Talisker distillery, and of course, time should be taken to appreciate the Cuillin Hills (visit for detailed information on hikes). Further north, one should consider the postcard-perfect town of Portree, exploring the Trotternish Ridge, Quiraing, Old Man of Storr, Duntulm Castle, and the beautiful white sand beach at Staffin (look out for the 165-million-year-old dinosaur footprint). On the western side of the island, there’s the Fairy Glen, Dunvegan Castle, Coral Beach, and one of my favorites, Neist Point Lighthouse. These are just some notable spots—there are many more to explore.

A ferry service was established in the 1600s to reach the island, but in 1995, Skye Bridge was opened, making access more convenient. Tourism has grown steadily over the years but has exploded in popularity over the past decade as a result of social media. Consequently, I’d strongly recommend visiting in spring or autumn to avoid the crowds and the worst of the Highland midges. Furthermore, it’s Scotland so expect all four seasons in a day regardless of the season.

If you’re planning a trip to Scotland, the Isle of Skye is a fantastic option. I’ve visited many times and lived there for two years, and I never tire of its natural majesty. If you’d like to plan your own Scottish adventure, head to

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No money in the bank, but gas in the tank. Our resident Bikepacking Editor Jack Mac is an exploration photographer and writer living full-time in his 1986 Vanagon Syncro but spends most days at the garage pondering why he didn’t buy a Land Cruiser Troopy. If he’s not watching the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, he can be found mountaineering for Berghaus, sea kayaking for Prijon, or bikepacking for Surly Bikes. Jack most recently spent two years on various assignments in the Arctic Circle but is now back in the UK preparing for his upcoming expeditions—looking at Land Cruisers. Find him on his website, Instagram, or on Facebook under Bicycle Touring Apocalypse.