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Backpacking Isle of Skye


 Kyleakin as seen from the bridge

There is a few things you should know about Isle of Skye hostels and the city in general. Besides comparing you the best and cheapest hostels in Isle of Skye, we also highlight what we have liked, disliked and things to look out for.

The Isle of Skye, Scotland's second-largest island found off the west coast just six hours from Glasgow, is well known for its beautiful landscapes. The Isle can be reached via ferry from Mallaig arriving in the south of the island in Armadale. The Isle of Skye is also connected to the mainland via a bridge from Kyle of Lochalsh, which takes you to the east of the isle. There is plenty to keep you busy here for at least a few days. If you like hiking and the outdoors, there are walks of all abilities in some amazing scenery. There is also plenty of other activities and places to visit, including the Armadale and Dunvegan Castles, Museum of Island Life, or the Talisker Whiskey Distillery.

Isle of Skye hostels are located in various different towns and villages across the island. Kyleakin is the first town you reach via the bridge from the mainland, and most hostels are situated right across the road from the water with great views. Portree, the largest town on the island, is situated in the centre of the island, which means it is a great base for many of the bus routes if you are planning on seeing a lot of the island. Broadford is also a nice town with good bus links. If you want to stay in hostels that are a bit more remote and have your own transportation, then the hostels located in Carbost, Portnalong, or Uig are great options as you get to stay in some spectacular rural settings. Some hostels also offer tours of the island. Research is recommended if you require public transportation but want to stay in some of the more rural towns, as some bus routes only run on limited schedules, especially on weekends.
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Other Nearby Cities
Portree Portree (7 Km / 4 mi.)
Applecross Applecross (27 Km / 17 mi.)
Kyle of Lochalsh Kyle of Lochalsh (33 Km / 21 mi.)
Torridon Torridon (48 Km / 30 mi.)
Ratagan Ratagan (51 Km / 31 mi.)
Gairloch Gairloch (52 Km / 33 mi.)
Isle of Eigg Isle of Eigg (52 Km / 32 mi.)

Things to do in Isle of Skye

Here is a few more tips from the community. Other travelers share their best tips on backpacking Isle of Skye:

Isle of Skye is a charming island with magic atmosphere, produced by the fog, rain, magnificent cliffs, leafy vegetation, and the sea. It seems incredible that there still remains a place like that on earth, so near home. Portree, the little capital, is a wonderful place with coloured houses (pink, blue, yellow, green) and a small port full of boats. Somebody told me that the inhabitants of Skye had never seen the sun. I don't know if it's true or not, but it's possible (I didn't see the sun in the seven days I stayed there in August 2006). But it doesn't matter, because the island is completely amazing. I highly recommend this fabulous place!


If you plan to visit Skye, plan to take the ferry from Mallaig to Armadale -- much nicer than the bridge at Lochalsh. A Scottish Piper will greet you at the dock, and the ferry ride is beautiful. Skye is a mystical place, with its blazing sun one minute and torrential downpours the next. Portree is a colorful step back in time and the Gaelic language is everywhere.


Easily one of the most breathtaking places on Earth. Friendly people. Kylakin (first town across the bridge from the mainland) is beautiful, but venture out to the edges and coasts of Skye to see jaw-dropping beauty. Wow, wow, wow.


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