Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye
in the northwest part of Scotland
was and is breathtaking. Chances are you have seen pictures of it burning up Pinterest. One of the most popular pins I have seen on Pinterest is of the fairy pools in Scotland. Well, those are found on the Isle of Skye and I never saw them.
When we visited here we were living in Las Vegas and talk about polar opposites: hot brown desert versus luscious cool green landscapes. We went from no green, to one of the greenest places I have ever seen.
Even though it was August the temperatures were cool. It did get warm enough during the daytime to wear a short sleeve shirt on most days.
You can drive north from Portree around the top half of the island, taking in all of the scenery. There are many educational signs along the way that explain the history that has gone on there and what you are looking at now.
Cuillin Hills Hotel
If you are wondering where to stay in the Isle of Skye consider the Cuillin Hills Hotel. The hotel is set up high with a view overlooking the town. Our room was huge and beautiful, which made up for us being in the back building without a view. It was a peaceful stay and breakfast was included.
Room Tip: If possible, try to get a room facing the water.
This is another amazing castle located in northern Scotland, but this one is out on the Isle of Skye and still in use today.
Dunvegan Castle is the seat of the MacLeod of MacLeod, chief of the Clan MacLeod. It was most likely a fortified site from early on. The castle was built originally in the 13th century and developed piecemeal over the centuries. The entire castle was remodeled in the 19th century in a mock-medieval style and people still live here!
I only have photos of the outside of the castle, because you are not allowed to take photos inside the castle.
The property has 5 acres of formal gardens and they are stunning. My visit here was over 6 years ago and the thing that I remember the most were the gardens, specifically the monkey puzzle tree. This was the first time I had seen one of these trees.
Scotland is rainy, so be sure to take a rain jacket. I spent a couple of hours strolling through the gardens and I was really glad I had my rain jacket with me.
The Castle is open from April 1 – October 15th every year.
Easter Friday – 15th October
Open daily 10am – 5.30pm (last entry 5pm).
All areas to be vacated by 5.45pm.
16 October – Easter Friday:
Dunvegan Castle & Gardens is closed.
CASTLE & GARDENS Ticket prices
Child (5-15yrs) £9.00
Groups (min 10) £11.00
Family ticket (2 adults, 4 children): £34.00
Here are a few more photos of Dunvegan Castle.