Isle of Skye
The Isle of Skye,"The Misty Isle," has absolutely gorgeous scenery, iron-black craggy peaks looming over the moors that sprout wild yellow iris in summer. As you explore the island with kids, take it at a leisurely place, allowing time to just sit and enjoy the natural beauty.
Hiking - This is just a spectacular place to get outdoors with kids.
At Portree, take the Portree Forest Walks
, splendid hiking along the shore in pine forests.
The Point of Sleat
, also called the Garden of Skye, is another good area for walks, with views of the islands of Eigg and Rum in the distance.
At the northern tip Skye, with older kids, take a loop hike through the Quiraing
– enchanting rock formations and pinnacles.
Pony Trekking - Go pony trekking around Fairy Glen (near Uig) on Highland ponies. Skye Riding Centres at Borve, Struan, Woodend and Uig will be happy to set you loose on four legs.
Boat trip to look for seals - From Elgol, take a boat trip to Loch Coruisk to look for seals. Fine views of the Cuillin mountains. At Elgol, the beach is a good spot for kids to scramble over the rocks and run around.
Dunvegan Castle - On the west coast, Dunvegan Castle is the seat of the Macleods. The most precious relic in the castle is the Fairy Flag. The Fairy Flag was brought to Scotland from the Mediterranean and is over a 1000 years old. According to one legend, the enchanted flag can be flown three times, in times of great danger, to defend the MacLeods. The flag has been used twice in battle, and quite successfully, as the MacLeods were undefeated.
Armadale Castle and Clan Donald Museum of the Isles - On the southern tip of Skye is Armadale Castle, a stronghold of the MacDonalds. The castle houses The Museum of the Isles, which tells the history of the Donald clan, starting with their illustrious founder Sommerled who pushed the Vikings out of Scotland. In the Castle Gardens there are 40 acres of bluebells, wildflowers and lovely plantings. The surrounding 20,000 acres have nature trails, where you get wonderful glimpses of the Sound of Sleat.