I’m so excited to share two more of my favorite places in Scotland with you! First is the beautiful Isle of Skye. With its stunning scenery, mountains, and wildlife there really is something for everyone on Skye. Next, the mysterious and ancient Clava Cairns near Inverness. Keep reading to discover why this site should be on your travel itinerary!
Missed my first series post on My Favorite Places in Scotland? I explored stunning Glencoe and the Jacobite Steam train. Be sure to check it out!
#3 Isle of Skye
Once you step foot on the mystical Isle of Skye, you know you are in a different world. I admit I may have let my overactive imagination run away with me here! It was easy to believe the myths of faeries and giants, and even a magical river that promises eternal beauty to those who dip their face in its waters. As we stood near Mealt falls we could hear the sound of the faeries playing their pipes, mingling eerily with the wind. Don’t believe me? Well you will have to come hear it for yourself!
The landscape on Skye appears harsh and forbidding, and yet is stunningly beautiful at the same time. The white cottages and sheep that dot the landscape were utterly charming. The Cuillins, the rocky mountain range on Skye, provide a mysterious and dramatic backdrop to the island. They were shrouded in mist on the day that we visited, and the wind was bitingly cold! It was a beautiful, unforgettable experience.
One of my favorite stops was at the ruins of Duntulm Castle, former seat of the MacDonalds of Sleat. Located on the northern tip of Skye, the ruins perch dramatically on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Minch. And what a view it is! As you can see, there is not much left of the castle, but If you love history and have a bit of a romantic streak like I do, you will enjoy stopping here and imagining what it looked like in centuries gone by.
Portree is the main hub on the island, and the capital of Skye. We stayed at The Skye Inn which is a very nice bed and breakfast walking distance from the main area of town and the harbour. The colorful buildings along the harbour are so pretty. I enjoyed poking around in the various shops and exploring the town, and of course trying the food!
As you can imagine, the seafood is as fresh as it gets here. We were lucky to get a reservation at Sea Breezes, which is a seafood restaurant right on the harbour. Everything is caught locally. It was amazing! Be sure to try the langoustine seafood platter when you come, and save room for the sticky toffee pudding! So, so good! Seriously, I’m still dreaming about the sticky toffee pudding…
There are so many places we just didn’t have time to see on our tour of the island. I would love to return and spend several days here. And that is what I would recommend if you are thinking of visiting. Spend at least a few days on Skye! Take a drive and see where the road takes you, climb a mountain, go for a trail run, or dip your face in the river of eternal beauty! Hey, it’s worth a try!
#4 Clava Cairns
I was absolutely fascinated by the Clava Cairns, a collection of Bronze Age burial cairns and standing stones near Inverness. The cairns date back to 2000 B.C. And are amazingly well preserved. As I wandered through the site, I couldn’t help but imagine the prehistoric people who built this sacred space 4000 years ago. It was such a fascinating glimpse into prehistoric life, and how they honored their dead.
I feel so fortunate to have been able to experience this very important, prehistoric site. The setting itself is very peaceful, with a definite eerie quality about it. I will never forget touching the ancient stones, feeling their energy, and walking among the cairns in absolute wonder. I hope you will be able to experience the Clava Cairns for yourself as well! It is well worth a visit.
I hope you give these places a try! If you do, come back and let me know what you think! I am confident you will be as impressed as I was!
Stay tuned for future posts on my favorite places in Scotland!
Enjoy your travels, and Keep Roaming! – Tina