Think the best time to visit the Isle of Skye is during the summer months? Think again! Kirsty from Portree Youth Hostel tells us why winter is a great time to escape to this this stunning island...
Can you tell us about your experiences working in an island youth hostel?
I’ve had a really nice time since I started working for Hostelling Scotland last summer. I work with great people, in an awesome spot and get to hang with really interesting and inspirational people from all over the world. I can’t really ask for more.
What is unique about the Isle of Skye in winter?
The island is magical! It’s mysterious and beautiful and feels like a different planet at times. The weather is unpredictable and can be ferociously wild but it all adds to the charm. My best tip is to layer clothing and always carry waterproofs!
What can visitors to the island see and do during winter?
On the Isle of Skye, there’s a lovely laid back vibe, so it’s really easy to disconnect and take a break. Winter is a lovely and peaceful time of the year to visit and you can you can really appreciate the island for its tranquillity. In the charming little towns and villages there are plenty of interesting Scottish shops, pubs and cafes but my favourite thing about Skye is being outdoors and in the hills. AND now there’s snow on top!
What led you to joining the team at Hostelling Scotland?
I was teaching yoga in Edinburgh but I felt I needed a break from life in the city and took a month trip around Scotland. I arrived on Skye and fell in love with it and thought that working with Hostelling Scotland would be a great way to experience the real island life. Now all the time that I spent fighting traffic in the city, I can spend doing the things I love.
What has been your most memorable experience so far?
For me, the people really make it an adventure. Recently there was a big hill walking group across from Fife. They were here to celebrate one of their members climbing his final Corbett, having already completed all of the Munros. It was great to meet so many people with similar interests and to hear some really fascinating stories.