Scotland | Isle of Skye Road Trip - 2 Day Itinerary

The Isle of Skye is one of Scotland's most popular islands, receiving up to 650,000 visitors every year. Many people book tours and rush around all the sights in one day, but slow it down just a little and you can enjoy your visit in a more relaxed manner. We spent a weekend on Skye in February in cosy surroundings at the most beautiful Airbnb, overlooking the Quiraing with a soundtrack of the Eagles playing on the record player. With less than 48 hours on the island, we packed in a fair amount and I wanted to share just how much of the sights you can see in one weekend with this 2 day road trip itinerary for the Isle of Skye. 

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Colourful houses at Portree harbour

Portree - Setting off late on a Friday morning, the 5 hour drive to Portree (Skye's main town) was scenic enough to not feel dull. The Scottish Spotify playlist I made definitely helped! Our first port of call was the Isle of Skye Distillers shop to stock up on local beer and Misty Isle gin for the weekend ahead.

After a potter about the local shops and a walk up to see the harbour and it's famous colourful row of houses, our stomachs got the better of us. Based right in the centre of Portree, the Isles Inn is renowned for it's hospitality and live music events. It has a cosy feel with the warmth of the fire and the local dogs making us feel right at home. Unfortunately the food didn't live up to our expectations but I do recommend nipping in for a dram!

Interiors of Bealach Uige Bothy

Where to stay in Skye

Bealach Uige Bothy - Staying at our first ever Airbnb was everything we could have wished for and really made our weekend. I could have quite happily chilled out here and not ventured out at all. The Scandi "hygge" vibes are strong in this wooden bothy in the wilderness! 

Interiors of the Bothy, AirBnB on Skye

It has a separate kitchen and dining area and a spacious bathroom, and is set next to the home of the owner so they're on hand to help with anything you need. We enjoyed meals out through the day and then cooked our own evening meals here. In the evenings the bothy is the perfect place to relax; record playing, G&T in hand and a Scottish monopoly battle to end all battles! Waking up to a view of Staffin Bay makes this the perfect place to stay on the Isle of Skye.

Kilt Rock Waterfall

Day 1

Kilt Rock - On day one get up bright and early ready for a day of adventure! Your first stop is Kilt Rock, only a 5 minute drive from our accommodation. So called because of it's plait like formation in the cliff, the waterfall is pretty striking. Just a shame it was too windy for us to fly the drone and get a decent shot! A short drive from here, you'll come across a viewpoint for Mealt falls which is also worth a stop.

Old Man of Storr in the fog

The Old Man of Storr - Possibly Skye's best known landmark, the iconic Old Man of Storr is a bit of a trek but well worth the effort. Parking is limited, so get there early - especially if you're visiting in summer! Expect to spend about 1-2 hours walking in total. We climbed the hill until we reached the pinnacle, and retreated when the already ominous weather took a turn for the worst. Even in the fog the Old Man is impressive!

Mussels at the Uig Hotel

Trotternish Peninsula - From the Storr head North, driving around the Trotternish peninsula. Stop off to see the memorial and grave of Flora Macdonald (who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape after Culloden) and you may also spot the headstone of a more recent Scottish icon - the late, great Alexander McQueen. 

Lunch at the Uig Hotel - Nearby is the Skye Museum of Island Life which closes in the winter season. Carry on your road trip west to the Isle of Skye Brewing co to sample the local beers. Staff here recommend the Uig Hotel for lunch. A lovely setting overlooking the bay, he enjoyed a steak ciabatta whilst I devoured a bowl of local mussels cooked in Guinness with bacon. The hotel and restaurant is dog friendly and reasonably priced.

The Fairy Glen walkway

The Fairy Glen - Just behind the Uig Hotel, you'll stumble across the mythical Fairy Glen in the hills. I will admit I was a little underwhelmed by what we found, but equally glad to see no man made stone circles. It's a great, picturesque spot to explore and for drone owners to get a birdseye view of the incredible landscape.

Skyeskyns - If you have time, continue on to Skyeskyns for a free tour of the local family run tannery, where you'll learn about the traditional techniques they use to make their skeepskin rugs. Pick up a luxury, handcrafted homeware souvenir while you're there!

The Fairy Glen, Skye

Stacking stones on these landscapes is harmful to the environment, causing unnecessary erosion and damage to natural habitats. Come, see, enjoy, but leave no trace.

Quiraing view, Isle of SKye

Walk the Quiraing - If you have more time, you should definitely hike the Quiraing, otherwise make do with driving the road through back to the Bothy for the evening. Skye's landscapes are absolutely breathtaking. No wonder Hollywood uses the Quiraing in so many films! The BFG and Snow White & the Huntsman to name just a few. Landmarks include the needle, the table and the prison - each name making sense when you find it.

Talisker Distillery Skye

Day 2

Talisker Whisky Distillery - Your second morning in Skye begins as all days should in Scotland - with whisky! (Not for the driver obviously). Whilst the main tours don't take place off season, the Talisker team were more than happy to oblige us with a brief history and a taste of the local dram, completely free of charge. I couldn't resist sampling their Lava of the Cuillins too - a rich, hot chocolate ganache infused with Talisker Distillers Edition, perfect to warm you up on a typical Scottish winter's day.

In the main season, you can choose from a classic tour for £10, a whisky and chocolate tour for £30 or a Talisker masterclass for £45. Advanced booking is recommended.

Scallops at the Oyster Shed, Skye

Lunch at the Oyster Shed - Following the road up the hill behind the Talisker distillery, the Oyster Shed is an absolute must stop for lunch in Carbost. Literally what it says on the tin, you'll find a shed full of local foodie products for sale, as well as oysters farmed daily at nearby Loch Harport, and a selection of other seafood dishes cooked fresh for you to eat overlooking the water.

We tucked into delicious buttery scallops along with a half lobster and chips. Far more gourmet than you'd expect to find in a shed right?!

The Fairy Pools, Skye

The Fairy Pools - From Carbost it's a short and dramatic drive to the spectacular Fairy Pools. Wrap up in your waterproofs and ramble up the hill with the water cascading down through the pools alongside you. With the black Cuillins creating an eery, atmospheric background to the succession of waterfalls, this really is one of the most beautiful spots in Scotland. 

The Fairy Pools, Skye

The Glen Brittle car park for the Fairy Pools does charge a small fee but the money goes back into maintaining the paths so it's a no brainer - pay up! Allow up to an hour for this walk. I recommend wearing waterproof shoes as there are a couple of streams to cross via stepping stones. Or if you really don't mind getting wet, you could join the mad folk who wild swim here!

Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle - The final stop on your Isle of Skye road trip is Eilean Donan Castle. It may not actually be on the island, but this is a highlight of most people's Skye bucket lists. Located just a short drive from the Skye bridge, this is one of the most photographed castles in the whole of Scotland and a must stop before your drive home.

Here you'll find a visitors centre, shop and café and you can of course explore inside the 13th century castle too. We got there just before closing time which actually turned out to be ideal as we managed to quickly set up the tripod and snap a few photos without the hoards of tourists!

Highland Cow at Carbost, Skye

I don't know about you but I reckon that's a fair amount to pack into just 48 hours on the Isle of Skye! If you can spend a little longer here, please do. With the extra time I recommend checking out Dunvegan Castle and Neist Point, and catch the ferry to nearby Raasay where you can take a tour of the recently opened distillery. 

Where else would you add to our 2 day Isle of Skye road trip itinerary?

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  1. Your pictures are amazing quality! I'm adding this on my list of places to travel! Thank you for sharing!

  2. So beautiful! Love all the wildlife pics:)

  3. I LOVE all the details you share in your photos - landscape, trails, food, and the sheep looking in the window is almost more than I can handle!

  4. What a fabulous post! I love the idea of visiting the isle of Skye in February when there are few other tourists and the pub fires feel the most appropriate!

    I looove all your photos and I am incredibly envious of those buttery scallops! Plus, I can't imagine a better place to stay than an Air B&B with lambekins for an alarm clock! I LOVE that little sheep face!