As you walk up over the cliff face and realise that one wrong step means a fall of a couple of hundred metres, you embrace it. It takes all of your strength to jump over a waterfall to continue your journey along the cliff face. But the view just makes you feel like the King of the world. All you can see is a winding road and a pathway that edges along adventure. I thought these places only belonged in a fairy tale. But it is simple. The Quiraing will take your breath away. There is a reason that this is one of the top places to go to on the Isle of Skye (Skye). Skye is one of the most enchanting places on this planet – this is where faeries live and adventures begin.
Skye is located on the East side of Scotland and only attached by the Skye Bridge. It is a very scenic drive from Inverness (wave to Nessie) and only takes a couple of hours (but take care as it is a doosey of a road with lots of single lanes). Driving over the Skye Bridge has a sense of beginning and opportunity to discover the world. In the middle of Skye is the beautiful harbour town of Portree. This town has a warm feeling of belonging with these multi coloured houses along the harbour.
Up north lives the Old Man of Storr and it is essentially a pointy rock that sits on the edge of the Trotternish Ridge. Not to mention it is one of the most gruely walks I have ever completed (for some unknown reason, I did it twice). I didn’t think it was that long of a walk but it is one of those walks that increases every time you reach the horizon. It goes on and on and on. And on. But it is such a mesmerising walk up the edge of a Ridge. A lot of people don’t bother to go right to the top to sit under the Old Man of Storr but trust me, it is worth it. Just try to avoid in the rain as it gets very slippery (and yes I know it is Scotland and yes I know it rains a LOT).
Some of the highlights of Skye include the Faerie Pools, Faerie Glen, Claigan Coral Beach, Black Cullin, Kilt Rock, Dunvegan Castle and Garden, Trotternish Ridge, Skye Museum of Island Life, Portree Harbour, Clan Donald Skye and the Museum of the Isles, Dinosaur Footprints of Staffin (I couldn’t find them due to the seaweed), Duntulm Castle, Spar Cave and Castle Maol.
One of the funniest stories (at my expense) I have from Skye is when I was at Nest Point and I encountered a skua (bird). I was walking down the bottom of a cliff on this grassy bit when I saw a birds head pop up. It looked like it was nesting so I decided to steer clear of it and then I realised another bird popped up just behind the first one. Again, I decided to walk nowhere near them. All of a sudden the second bird took flight and flew directly at me. I jumped out of the way and I was laughing as I probably looked ridiculous (it was a major tourist attraction with lots of people around). I checked to see if anyone was watching and of course everyone had stopped to watch stupid me jumping out of the way of a bird. I turned back around and realised that the bird was coming back for me. This time it involved a lot more jumping and sprinting. I was running as fast as I could up a mountain to get away from this bird. I chose to have a massive stitch over exploring further!
But don’t let this last story get you down to avoiding Skye (it was more so you could laugh at me). Skye is one of the most inviting and beautiful places to go in the world. You see pictures of Skye all over the internet as it is one of those places that you just don’t quite believe it exists. I have known quite a few people that have been to Skye and they adore it. So don’t miss out on this opportunity of a lifetime of searching Skye.