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In Focus: Skye in the Off-Season

By: Catharine
Last Updated: 08/08/2022
Posted in: Blogs, In Focus, Scotland

Scotland's Isle of Skye is renowned for its striking natural beauty and many must-see attractions, and guess what? None of that disappears once summer calls it quits!

Christoph and Agne from Nordic Visitor's Edinburgh office visited the Isle of Skye in the off-season and share the benefits of avoiding the summer rush.

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"The scenery on Skye is stunning," explains Christoph, "there are landscapes that are just unlike anywhere else in Europe. It is a treeless island and that means the views are quite unusual and barren and that adds to the appeal: people want to experience this unusual environment."

And people do experience it! According to VisitScotland, some 150,000 people visited the isle in 2016, with the great majority opting to visit in the peak months of June through September. 

Fun Fact: pop star Harry Styles knows how stunning the Isle of Skye is during the fall and winter. He filmed his video for "Sign of the Times" showcasing Skye's winter palette. 

isle of skye scenery

Some attractions on Skye are closed during the off-season, including Dunvegan Castle and the Skye Museum of Island Life; and other places, like the Talisker Distillery, may have shortened opeing hours. But nature never closes.

Talisker Distillery

Fun Fact: Skye's low season runs November through March. So visit then if you're looking for some tranquility.

According to Christoph and Agne, some of the perks of visiting the Isle of Skye during the off-season include avoiding the crowds, having a wider choice of accommodation and dining options, and the all-round peaceful and tranquil feeling of being in the stunning Scottish isles without many other travellers. Of course, it's always nice to travel in good company, which is why our Highlights of Scotland guided small group tour departs year-round.

cliffs and lighthouse in isle of skye

Even during the off-season, our Scottish team members would recommend booking well in advance if you you have your heart set on Skye. Besides, the earlier you book, the longer you have to look forward to the adventure.

Post by: Catharine

Catharine Fulton is a journalist and travel writer. Though born and raised in Canada, she found herself stuck in the Nordic region since moving to Finland in 2007 to pursue her MA and then migrating to Reykjavík, Iceland in 2009, where she lives with her Icelandic husband and tries (albeit unsuccessfully) to master the Icelandic language.

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Getting there

We'd love to give you the same amazing travel experiences as you read about in our blog! To visit the destinations and attractions mentioned in this post - and to discover a few new highlights along the way - check out these recommended Nordic Visitor tours.