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Getting to the Isle of Skye is one of its highlights; if you drive, you'll take in raw landscape and big, open horizons. The island has a mysterious atmosphere, thanks to its unusual quality of light, mist, and mountains. Start at Eilean Donan Castle before exploring striking rock formations and shopping for crafts.
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  • Eilean Donan Castle is one of the most beautiful in Scotland, thanks to its dramatic location on an islet. The structure is all wood and stone; take time and go inside.
  • Hardened lava flow along the Trotternish Peninsula created a curious pinnacle called Old Man of Storr. Don't miss nearby Kilt Rock, shaped like (you guessed it) a kilt. Farther north, the Quiraing offers more unusual formations.
  • Buy locally made crafts, including pottery and jewelry, and shop for knitwear in towns like Armadale and Portree.


  • Take a drive in Glen Brittle to see the steep Cuillin Mountains; take a hike in the mountains if you're fit. You can also see the Cuillins and great sea life on a boat trip.

Side Trips

  • Dunvegan Castle, 22 mi/25 km west of Portree, was the seat of Clan Macleod.

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