If there’s one thing that there’s a lot of in Scotland, as well as castles, good whisky and kilts, it’s the greenery of its landscapes. But not everything is green: among rolling hills and high cliffs we find a striking town called Portree, located on Skye, the largest of the Hebrides Islands. The port of Portree, flanked by colourful cottages, is one of its main attractions. Both its colourful facades and the small boats that the fishermen use to carry food a few metres from the sea to the table give the town a fairytale feel. You can enjoy this fresh seafood at one of its fish and chips restaurants. Those with a fisherman’s soul can also board a boat in order to admire at first hand the sea lions, dolphins and whales that inhabit its waters.
Portree is also the base from where excursions around the island and its pastoral scenery are organised. In the north towards Trotternish there is a very narrow road where you have to avoid not only sheep but also cars coming the other way, so it’s not advisable to get captivated by the views, at least not until you reach the Old Man of Storr. This 55-metre high rocky pinnacle is one of the island’s iconic symbols. It’ll take you about an hour to get to the top, but it’s well worth it. This is a landscape straight out of a film, and we don’t say this lightly: it was the setting for ‘Prometheus’, directed by Ridley Scott and ‘47 Ronin’, starring Keanu Reeves.
You can’t leave Trotternish without walking along the clifftop of Kilt Rock, so called because its basalt columns are reminiscent of the folds of the traditional Scottish kilt. And if you go up a little further you’ll reach the plateau of Quiraing, which is as uneven and bumpy as it is photogenic, even under a grey sky and surrounded by mist.
The adventurous will find the perfect travelling companion in the famous Cuillin mountains. This mountain range is not only perfect for trekking enthusiasts, but also for climbers. Although its highest point (Sgurr Alasdair) only reaches 992 metres, don’t get over-confident. Its dramatic steep ascent represents a real challenge, even for the most experienced mountain climbers. The Cuillin mountains are also home to aquatic treasure: the Fairy Pools. Admiring their turquoise colour, you can almost believe that magic is real, although a swim in its icy waters will bring you back to reality in a matter of seconds.
If the bracing temperatures of Scotland don’t thrill you, we know the best way to get warm with a visit to the Talisker distillery. A tasting tour will allow you to find out about the distillery and, of course, try this pure malt Scottish spirit that is so treasured. We can’t think of a more traditional way to say goodbye or ‘beannachd leat’ to Scotland.