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2022-03-28  |  Reading time: 3 minutes

The Isle of Skye is one of Scotland’s most popular destinations; spend a few days there and you’ll quickly understand why. Famous for its rugged landscapes and spectacular views, and home to endless myths and legends, it is the perfect destination to experience the beauty of Scotland’s islands.

The Isle of Skye is inaccessible by train but the Citylink coach takes you directly to the island’s largest town of Portree.

The coach takes 6-7 hours from Glasgow, with three daily coaches transporting you through some of Scotland’s most beautiful scenery including Loch Lomond, Glencoe, and Kyle of Lochalsh. You can also catch the coach from Inverness which takes just over three hours.

Portree is a beautiful town on the east of the island, famous for its colourful harbour, charming cafes and quirky independent shops. We'd recommend taking a day to explore, making sure not to miss the stunning Scorrybreac walk, the Portree Lump for amazing views of the harbour, and the Isle of Skye Soap Company amongst others.


We're sure you'd agree that there’s nothing quite like a fresh sea breeze, so why not plan an action-packed morning and experience one of the many boat trips from the harbour? Take the opportunity to learn more about the island’s history and wildlife, and fill up on a tasty fish supper on the jetty.


If you want to explore more of Skye's best visitor attractions, there are plenty of ways to get around once you reach Portree. With regular buses around the island, it's easy to hop on and off in order to make the most of your trip. Easily accessible from Portree are The Old Man of Storr, Kilt Rock, Uig, and the Fairy Glen — it’s easy to spend an entire day exploring the unique landmarks before heading back to the island’s main town.

In the evenings, spend your time in Portree eating at the town’s top restaurants, including Sea Breezes or the Cuchullin, before making your way to the Isles Inn for some live music and entertainment. You’re bound to meet plenty of backpackers, tourists and locals along the way!


Throughout the summer months, there are plenty of daytime festivals and activities, including Skye Live Festival and the Isle of Skye Highland Games. All you have to do is cross your fingers that the Scottish weather does you a favour!


If you’d prefer to hand the planning over to the experts, there are many private tours available that allow you to take in all the island’s major sights and pastimes without any preparation on your part.


However you choose to spend your time on Skye, Citylink is the best way to get there. Browse our range of passes and start exploring today!

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