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Exploring Scotland: Isle of Skye

After our long weekend in Edinburgh with the extended family, we rented a Sharan and went on a trip through the Scotish Highlands with my in-laws all the way up to the Isle of Skye.

Isle of Skye

This was actually my absolute favorite place, it is like all of scotland on one little island. And the best about it: It was very quiet, secluded and absolutely breath-taking (if you have enough breath left from visiting the highlands). We stayed at a lovely place up north called Flodigarry Country House, with fantastic views and just a short walk from the water front. From there we took day trips out to Staffin, Portree and sights arround (Kilt Rock & Cliffs, Mealt Falls and the Old Man of Stor). One of my favorite hiking trips (which I did on my own while the rest of the family continued to drive back to the house) was Quiraing. This is definately a place to come back to once our kids are older and can enjoy the hiking parts!

Visiting Dunvegan Castle was a highlight for all family members, while the grandparents enjoyed exploring the inside of the castle, our little one loved the gardens and taking a walk out to the boat ramp where you can take boat trips out to see the lazy seals hanging out on the rocks just in the back of the castle. We took our girl on the boat ride and she absolutely loved seeing the seals even though the motor of the little boat was very loud.

Visiting Duntulm Castle we took a nice ride north arround the top of Skye which was definately worth the extra kilometers. Those little tiny streets cutting through the landscape are just tooooo adventureous to not explore them. The castle itself is a ruin, but the the surroundings are amazing – especially when covered in mist. There is a nice small museum further down (Sky museum of island life) where you can see how they lived up there until the end of the last millenium.

While Sligachan was something we really would have loved to explore with our bikes or hiking we decided to leave it for this holiday as our little one and the grandparents where not that enthusiastic about walking. We only did a short little stroll down from the Inn, but our daughter mainly enjoyed the lovely playground behind the hotel.

You can read more about our Scotland trip here:

Link Highlands

Link Edinburgh


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