Campsites in Isle Of Skye, Hebrides

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Why visit the Isle of Skye?

See the Fairy Flag at Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

Built in the ninth century for the MacLeod clan on the spectacular shores of Loch Dunvegan, the castle is packed with centuries' worth of treasures, from clan portraits to priceless decorative arts and the famed Fairy Flag, believed to bring victory in ancient battles. Outside, to the backdrop of loch views, stroll the formal gardens and woodland walks, or take a cruise out to see the grey seal colony from the jetty below the castle.

Learn about traditional crofting at The Skye Museum of Island Life 

Time-travel back to the 19th century and glimpse the harsh realities of island life in seven carefully restored thatched crofting cottages, including the smithy, a weaver's workshop and the Ceilidh House, plus a huge array of crofting tools and agricultural equipment. Flora MacDonald, who famously helped Bonnie Prince Charlie to escape Scotland in 1746, is buried in Kilmuir Graveyard, five minutes’ walk away.

Pay a visit to the Old Man of Storr

A bizarre basalt pinnacle surrounded by other equally improbable rock formations, the landmark Old Man of Storr is impossible to miss if you’re driving the 50-mile Trotternish Loop, which takes in some of Skye’s most stunning scenery. It can be spotted from the A855 road near Bearreraig Bay; to get up closer, follow the 45-minute uphill Storr Trail to the pinnacle’s base for wonderful views across to the islets of Raasay and Rona. 

Follow in the footsteps of dinosaurs at Staffin Bay

Head for An Corran beach at Staffin, where you can clearly see gigantic three-toed hadrosaur footprints deeply embedded in flat rocks at the back of the beach – they are generally only visible at low tide, and sometimes need to be unearthed from under a pile of seaweed. To find out more about dinosaurs on Skye, tour the amazing collection of ammonites and fossils in Staffin Dinosaur Museum, set in a former crofting cottage. 

Essential things to do on the Isle of Skye

Walk the circular route to the Fairy Pools, a series of enchanting waterfalls along the River Brittle that are fed by crystal-clear water from the Cuillin Mountains 

Learn about 1,500 years of clan history at the award-winning Museum of the Isles in the landscaped grounds of Armadale Castle and Gardens

Sample a dram or two of full-bodied single malt whisky at Talisker Distillery, established in 1830 and located on the side of Loch Harport with views to the Cuillins

Admire the brightly painted cottages along the harbourfront in Portree, and if the weather turns on you, book cinema tickets at Las arts centre 

Unusual things to do on the Isle of Skye

Hike around Loch Coruisk

Surrounded by jagged Cuillins peaks, remote Loch Coruisk is circumnavigated by a 4.5-mile track over peaty ground. The circular walk takes around three hours and there’s the Scavaig River to ford at the head and foot of the loch so be sure to don suitable footwear. Wait for decent weather and you’ll be rewarded with mirror images of the mountains reflected in the still waters of the loch. How do you get there? The walk is accessed by a 15-minute RIB cruise – with the chance to spot seals and dolphins on the way – from Elgol village.

Go otter spotting at Kylerhea

One of the best places to see otters in the UK, the sheltered hide at Kylerhea is found along a short, family-friendly walk through forest with spectacular views across to Glenelg on the Scottish mainland. When you arrive at the wooden hide, there are binoculars available and information boards about local wildlife – if you’re not lucky enough to catch sight of an elusive otter, keep looking up as you walk and you may see a rare Golden eagle soaring on the thermals. 

Take a boat trip to the Isle of Raasay

The landscape on the Inner Hebridean island of Raasay alternates between moorland, forest, deserted beaches and remote lochs – and it can only be reached by a 25-minute ferry journey from Sconser on Skye. On arrival, hike or cycle waymarked trails such as the Burma Road and Miners’ Trail along a former railway to tin mines worked by World War II prisoners, or head up Temptation Hill to the scattered remains of the Iron Age Dun Borodale broch for views back to the Cuillin Mountains on Skye.

Here’s how

If you're in the market for a Skye camping trip, it's best to book a campsite before you arrive – and Pitchup has plenty of great options for you. That includes everything from simple farm sites where you'll need to bring all your own kit to fully equipped glamping options that are all set up and ready for a cosy stay.

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