16 March 2018 Travel
The Isle of Skye is one of Scotland's most beloved spots. The largest and northernmost of the major islands of Scotland, Skye is well know for it’s beautiful landscapes and dramatic scenery which is guaranteed to leave an impression on all who visit. The island can mystify you in many ways. It has stunning mountain ranges, and a coastline that goes on for miles. It’s the perfect location for a Scottish road trip!
The island has also seen a surge of popularity in tourism in recent years, making accomodation hard to find. This is especially true for July and August where tourists almost colonize the island. You need to book months in advance for a chance of a room. Consider hiring a campervan in Scotland and visit the Isle of Skye to get the most out one of Scotland’s worst kept secrets. If you’re looking to save on costs you can even hire campervans and motorhomes from local owners in the area too.
Scottish weather can be difficult to predict but in reality it’s not so bad. Even Northern towns, such as Inverness, can still average 20 c in July and August. For a road trip to the Isle of Skye, your best bet is between May and September. Regardless, the weather can still be very changeable throughout the whole year, so pack an umbrella just in case.
Also keep in mind how the daylight hours work. For those who love sunlight know that in midsummer you can expect the sun to shine for up to 18 hours and drop to only 6 and half hours of daylight in the height of winter.
Prepare for a stunning beach but freezing water. Despite this you are sure to enjoy stunning views and beautiful white sand. Despite its name there isn’t coral here. Instead the beach features sun-bleached algae. It’s a great place for a picnic or to enjoy the sunset. It’s a great place for a beautiful afternoon stromm with parking available close by.
Located on the most westerly tip of Skye is one of Scotland’s most famous lighthouses. Neist Point Lighthouse was constructed in 1900. It is no longer maned has been updated to run on an automated system. The light house is perched 43 meters above sea level and can still be spotted up to 16 nautical miles offshore.
This are is popular for walks and a perfect spot to explore on a campervan roadtrip. It is highly recommended to avoid the walk if their are high winds and fog as the cliffs can be treacherous under these conditions. Keep in there are steep inclines but these will lead to stunning views of Skye, a much deserved reward for a hearty adventeror.
Almost a compulsory stop for anyone visiting Skye, Dunvegan castle oozes with a fascinating and is sure to keep you intrigued. The castle was constructed nears the shores of Loch Dunvegan on a rocky outcrop. Dunvegan castle is the oldest continuously inhabited castle in Scotland. It has also served as the ancestral home of the Chiefs of Clan MacLeod for over 800 years, and this heritage can be felt echoing the stoney walls.
The castle has been kept in great condition and sports award winning gardens. In this area you can also go on seal boat trips which are fantastic in the summer months.
If you want to visit the Isle of Skye, why not try hiring a campervan or motorhome this summer to make the most of the isle and save on accomodation and travel costs. For more information go to yescapa.co.uk.