Isle of Skye: Stage-By-Stage

Here’s the breathtaking Scottish motorcycle route around the stunning island of Skye broken down stage-by-stage. A mixture of coastal roads and mountain climbs, travelling through rural landscapes and small fishing villages makes this route one of the most popular in Scotland. You could do this loop in a day, taking time to stop and take in the beautiful surroundings and sights, or you could ride it as part of the other North and West of Scotland motorcycle routes.

Route stage 1 (35 mins)

  • Kyle of Lochalsh – Sligachan
    Tip: Once you are across the iconic Skye Bridge (this is a free road bridge), take the scenic A87 to Sligachan with both coastal and mountain views. This two lane road is one of the main roads on the island.

Stage 2 (33 mins)

  • Sligachan – Dunvegan
    Tip: This smooth stretch will take you through the countryside and small villages before approaching Dunvegan. Although this is a two lane road, it is a small road, beware of larger vehicles such as motorhomes and wait for a clear, straight stretch to overtake.

Stage 3 (35 mins)

  • Dunvegan – Uig
    Tip: Carry on along the A850 through long stretches of countryside whilst also enjoying loch views. Later moving back on to the A87 for a short spell before approaching Uig. Remember to remain alert and stop in a safe place if you would like to take in the panoramic views.

Stage 4 (1 hr 2 mins)

  • Uig – Portree
    Tip: Possibly the most challenging leg of the route through single track roads and a combination of smooth straights and bends. Beware of farm animals on the road on this stretch and vehicles parked on the verge.

Stage 5 (15 mins)

  • Portree – Sligachan
    Tip: A straight and smooth stretch of the ride back to Sligachan. Enjoy the stunning mountain and forest views and ending view of Loch Sligachan.

Recommendations and detours

  • The roads are often wet so watch out for surface water.
  • There is a lot of wildlife on the Isle of Skye, beware of animals on the road.
  • This route is easy to access from Glasgow and Stirling and can easily be tagged on to other North and West of Scotland routes.
  • Go easy if you’ve not been out for a while, the roads are getting busier again, and you may be out of practice.
  • The Isle of Skye is a popular visitor spot so plan ahead and be prepared for other larger vehicles such as motorhomes.
  • Live fast, die old.