If you yearn for a simpler, quieter life, far away from the hustle and bustle of fast-paced cities, then the Isle of Skye might be the ideal place to relocate. Famous for its strikingly beautiful natural scenery, Skye is the largest of Scotland’s Inner Hebrides and is home to some of the country’s most iconic, mystical, and breathtaking landscapes.
At 50 miles long, Skye’s deeply indented coastline boasts many impressive geological features, such as the Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing, and the Cuillin ridge. The jagged peaks of Cuillin dominate the skyline, and when the famous mist closes in (the Vikings called Skye ‘cloud island’!), you’ll get a sense of why so many people are drawn to this dramatic, historic, and remote island.
The diverse wildlife of Skye makes it an even more attractive place to live, and locals have excellent chances of spotting eagles, otters, seals, whales, dolphins, and red deer. The mountains, velvety moors, sparkling lochs, and miles of towering cliffs mean there are excellent hiking trails here too – and if you want plenty of adventure in your life (as well as peace and tranquillity), you’ll find that here.
The capital of Skye is Portree; a lovely fishing village that overlooks a sheltered bay. This large village has all the pubs, shops, and restaurants you need to stay busy. Though, if you fancy getting away from it all, just head to the surrounding hills – Ben Tianavaig to the South and Fingal’s Seat to the West. If you prefer smaller villages, Dunvegan, Edinbane, and Staffin in the North, and Broadford, Armadale, and Elgol in the South, are all situated in truly breathtaking surroundings.