Reaching Skye Heights

03 Apr

With a magnificent landscape and a bit of imagination, there’s nothing like the big outdoors to ignite romance. Three nights will work perfectly for an adventure to The Isle of Skye off the west coast of Scotland. Expect four seasons in a day, but any excuse to dash inside to cosy up right?

To reach Skye you’ll take a short flight to Inverness and then drive across to the bridge at the Loch Alsh. You can fly BA or Easyjet, but worth booking flight+car with BA as it’s a bargain if you book in advance. Regular rental cars are completely fine for all the sealed roads, but by all means splash out on a 4X4 or prestige vehicle for a little extra comfort. It’s a two and a half hour drive through the most incredible Highlands scenery before you cross over to one of the most photogenic islands on the planet. Every bend in the road reveals another majestic panorama that will take your breath away.

A short distance from Portree the main town, you will find Skeabost Hotel which is not only central, but plush with amazing dining to boot. You’ll likely just want to plonk down on the first night with dinner at the hotel with time to take it all in, after all the fresh air can be heady. In the morning following a hearty Scottish breakfast, take a two hour boat ride from Portree round the Sound of Rassay to experience soaring eagles and playful seals in action.

For dinner, secure reservations at the tiny gem of Loch Bay Restaurant where you will experience delectable contemporary cuisine from renowned chef Michael Smith. Drop into the Stein Inn along the same street early on, it’s the oldest on the island dating to the late 1700’s and the tables outside take in yet another stunning view. You’ll need a designated driver or Skeabost can arrange a local taxi to take you and bring you home at pre-arranged times. This is a casual island focused on the outdoors, so packing chic evening wear is definitely not required, smart relaxed is the way to go, think brunch in Chelsea, jackets not required.

Hikes of easy and moderate exertion can be combined with a thorough exploration of the entire island by car. You will be blown away by the never ending and constantly changing scenery from soaring mountains, to greenish blue seascapes, waterfalls and lakes. The sheep have right of way, but they all look pretty relaxed and will stare at you with calculated nonchalance as will the cows. The Old Man of Storr was the site of opening scenes of the film Prometheus and is an awe inspiring natural rock formation. Equally spectacular is Brothers Point for the view over the sea.  As breaking points in your explorations, you may want to pop into the lovely Dunvegan Castle for a heart to heart over afternoon tea, or taste malt whiskeys at the Talisker distillery. Isle of Skye coast and country walks will put you in touch with where to go and what to do.

The Three Chimney’s is on every foodie’s radar, like Royal Dornoch is to a golfer. Expect another contemporary journey through the freshest produce Scotland has to offer which may have you drawing comparisons with Loch Bay whose chef used to be in residence. The Old School House in Dunvegan is also another wonderful option.

Whatever you decide, the experience is truly brimming with romantic possibilities. Your time away will likely live on with you both for a long time. Get your kilt on and go soon, you’ll fall in love with each other and the Isle of Skye quicker than you can say haggis.

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