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Skye: The Island of Winter Adventure & Discovery

Below you’ll find inspiration for a stunning winter adventure on our spectacular island. Whether you’re looking to test yourself on a snowy expedition, get the adrenaline flowing on a freezing coasteering adventure, or looking to relax with local food, whisky and log fire… we’ve got something for you this winter!

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Skye: The Island of WINTER Adventure & Discovery

Below you’ll find inspiration for a stunning winter adventure on our spectacular island.

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"The best thing about Eilean a' Cheò in winter is that you can set the pace."

Skye is known as one of Scotland's most beautiful places. Too many miss the quiet majesty of Skye in Winter. The wilderness is utterly pristine and you can enjoy much of it all to yourself.

What’s more… The best thing about Eilean a’ Cheò (The Misty Island) in winter is that you can set the pace. You can choose to have the most adrenaline pumping adventure jumping off a cliff into the sea or ice climbing with a guide in the Cuillin. You can enjoy the company of a local expert taking you to our most famous sites. Or you can find a quiet moment to yourself to reflect on a challenging year, rest and recuperate.

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Skye Winter inspiration...

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Winter Adrenaline

Book an experience with one of our expert guides Climbing Mountains, Hill Walking, Canyoning or Coasteering. 

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Winter Exploring

Head out with a local ghillie or guide and see Skye’s winter wilderness and life through the eyes of a local expert!

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Winter Relaxing

Skye hospitality is even better than highland hospitality. Put your feet up after a tough year and let us look after you. 

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Winter Tasting

We still have some fantasitc tastes to explore on Skye. We have award winning food and whisky right on our door step!

WINTER ADRENALINE

If you are looking to really test yourself in the great outdoors, Skye in winter may be your toughest challenge yet. There’s no need to stay inside when we have some of the best guides and experts on hand to take you safely into the stunning winter wilderness.

Adventure Skye offers exhilarating experiences throughout the colder months. You can escape the home office and try your hand at ice climbing, coasteering and hikes up the snow-capped Cuillin.

Or why not test your limits in the cold, canyoning or river tubing with Skye Highland Adventures. They’ll also take you off the grid to explore Spar Cave where your guide will light up the cave with huge torches and share stories of the caves secrets. 

If you’re not looking to take on these organised adventures, you can still take on Skye as a solo adventurer. We have some of the world’s most stunning natural attractions and geological formations to discover. In winter, our most famous attractions – Old Man of Storr, Fairy Pools and the Quiraing are frozen, quiet and pristine with breathtaking views and climbs to get your blood pumping.

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WINTER EXPLORING

Perhaps you are the type of explorer who prefers to stay a little closer to a heated seat or log fire. We have a variety of tours running on Skye throughout winter. Tours will take you the entire length of the island, and to each stunning view and attraction along the way.

Skye has remarkable natural diversity. Here, you can explore and photograph our geological uniqueness. You can capture the incredible wildlife surviving through the harsh winter. You can uncover the fascinating story of Skye’s natural life – often missed – with an expert local Ghillie.

You can head out on winter wildlife walk with local Ghillie Scott Mackenzie Head Gamekeeper Stalker at Fearann Eilean Iarmain. Why not finish your walk with a local dram in front of the fire at Bar Am Praban on the Eilean Iarmain estate.

Skyefari offers a full day of exploring the wildlife hotspots of the Isle of Skye searching for eagles, deer, otters and seals.

Skye Jeep Tours offer a unique experience touring Skye’s favourite sites and lesser-known areas of the Island inside a vintage Jeep.

For those looking for complete flexibility and the comfort of your own warm cabin, book a private tour with Gus. Or if you a looking for a fantastic tour with expert guide contact Skye Trak Safari.

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WINTER RELAXING

After a long day exploring we all need somewhere with an open fire, so we put our feet up and be well looked after. The hotels listed below each have exceptional service and will make sure you have everything you need to relax and unwind.

House of Juniper is the islands’ newest hotel, and is the perfect mix of modern and traditional Skye. The hotel also has attached mini home cabins for those looking for their own space. m

The Sonas Collection is offering winter mini-break deals at any one of their three award-winning Skye hotels. You can enjoy festive afternoon teas at Skeabost Hotel. At Duisdale you can enjoy, ‘Tales From The Fireside’ with Coinneach Maclean our local historian, archaeologist and guide.

Eilean Iarmain Hotel in the south of Skye offers all the cosiness and warmth of a highland hotel, with great opportunities to go out and explore with the estates Head Ghillie. During your stay, you’ll be able to work your way through the Eilean Iarmain’s fantastic range of Gaelic Whiskies and Gins.

For those looking to be close to the main town in Portree, the Cuillin Hills Hotel offer the perfect stay. With luxurious rooms, fantastic views, a log fire in the lounge and an impeccably stocked whisky bar – you’ll not have to lift a finger.

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WINTER TASTING

We’re famous for our world-renowned island whiskies. Winter is an excellent time to feel the warmth of this uisge beatha’ (‘Water Of Life’). 

Both Torabhaig and Talisker Distilleries are open for tours, tastings and gifts during winter. Visiting both will help you uncover the incredible variety and flavour of two great whiskies made only a few miles apart. No two whiskies taste the same, and this will prove it!

After visiting Talisker Distillery, be sure to make a pit stop at the Oyster Shed in Carbost. Here’s you’ll taste some of the freshest Scottish Seafood available, cooked in a simple way that lets the freshness and tastiness shine through. 

For another memorable tasting experience of incredible local produce, you can book a visit to the Isle of Skye Smokehouse. The wood-fired smokehouse uses locally sourced alder wood which is processed by hand. Uniquely Designed around a traditional Scottish cleit the smokehouse incorporates a peat roof and stone walls and smokes both Salmon and Trout. This tasting experience has close to 200 5 Star reviews. 

As you travel around the island you’ll also have the opportunity to stop in at the Cuillin and Isle of Skye Breweries to pick up some local ales. In Portree, you can stop by the Gin School and taste the award-winning Misty Isle Gin. 

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