Isle of Skye - Most Beautiful Beaches

Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is the largest and most northerly of the main Inner Hebrides islands. At 60 miles (100 km) long, it is in fact the second largest of all Scotland's islands after Lewis and Harris (yes, that's actually one island!). Known for its rugged landscapes, picturesque fishing villages and medieval castles, Skye is a popular tourist destination with over a million visitors a year.

The island has a particularly convoluted coastline of peninsulas and narrow lochs which radiate out from a mountainous interior. Dominated by the Cuillin mountains, these rocky slopes provide some of the most dramatic mountain scenery to be found in Scotland. Dotted amongst this stunning scenery are a number of famous rock formations such as the Quiraing and the towering, iconic Old Man of Storr.

The pretty harbourside town Portree, the largest on the island, is known for its colorful houses and provides an ideal base for exploring the island.

Skye is a great destination for anyone with a love of the outdoors, whether it be fishing, hiking, and climbing. The island is home to a variety of wildlife, including red deer, otters, seals, and sea eagles. The island is also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Scotland.

  • Coral Beach © John Allan | BY-SA

    1. Coral Beach

    Coral Beach (or Coral Beaches) is situated in the north of the Isle of Skye by the small crofting community of Claigan, which is a few miles along a single track lanefrom the village…

  • Talisker Bay © John Allan | BY-SA

    2. Talisker Bay

    Situated on the Minginish Peninsula on the west coast of the Isle of Skye is Talisker Bay. Reputed to be the best beach on the island this is quite a claim for somewhere with as much…

  • Camas Daraich © John Allan | BY-SA

    3. Camas Daraich Beach

    Located in a bay on the very southern tip of the Isle of Skye is this gem of a beach. Sheltered by the tall craggy cliffs of the Point of Ard is Camas Daraich is as beautiful as it…

  • Camasunary Bay © Carol Walker | BY-SA

    4. Camasunary Bay

    Set at the foot of the Elgol Peninsula Camasunary Bay is a scoop of flat land which rises steeply in all directions. This is a beautifully unspoilt part of Skye which rarely attracts…

  • Glenbrittle Beach © Chris Downer | BY-SA

    5. Glenbrittle Beach

    Situated at the head of Loch Brittle, a short way down the road from the Fairy Pools, Glenbrittle is surrounded by the towering peaks of the Black Cuillin mountains. 

    The beach is made up of black volcanic sand, and is backed…

  • An Corran Beach © Richard Dorrell | BY-SA

    6. An Corran Beach

    Just around the corner from Staffin Bay is the pleasant, but largely unremarkable little sandy beach of An Corran. Up until relatively recently the beach was largely overlooked, that was until 2002 when a discovery was made...


  • Staffin Bay © Elliott Simpson | BY-SA

    7. Staffin Bay

    Staffin bay is on the northeast coast of the Trotternish peninsula on the beautiful Isle of Skye. The beach is surrounded by rugged scenery including the Quiraing Peak and amazing…