The Skye Guide is an independent and personal view of the Isle of Skye. It is written mainly with visitors to the island in mind, but I hope it is useful to residents and potential residents as well.
Camas Ban (Portree Bay)
Camas Ban is a delightfully secluded and sheltered sandy beach on Portree Bay. It takes a little bit of effort to reach, but once there you'll be happy to spend many pleasant hours enjoying a warm summer day. The traditional way of reaching Camas Ban is by crossing from Portree in a small boat. A hundred years ago there were several ferries to take folk across, but if you want to go by sea these days, you have to find your own way across. A sea kayak is ideal.
The good news is that you can get to the beach without a boat. The walk from the road is a bit rough and, in places, steep - but only about a kilometre long. It begins from the gate at the end of the public road at Penifiler. (NG489417).
Trotternish - Beinn Edra
Beinn Edra is second in height only to The Storr on Skye's Trotternish Ridge. Its summit is the easiest of any on the ridge to reach from the more gently sloping western side of the escarpment. An ascent from Glen Uig to the 611m summit involves a walk of 5 km, with a fairly steady climb of just over 500 m. Once on the ridge there are great options to extend the outing either north or south. A descent of the excellent north ridge to Bealach Uige allows a return via Glen Conon. Southwards gives delightful walking along the edge of the precipice over Beinn Mheadhonach and Flasvein. But for this 'moderate' walk, we'll stick with the straight up and down approach from the Fairy Glen.
Northwest Skye - Waternish Point
The outing from Trumpan to the lighthouse on the tip of Waternish Point is a longish (14km) but straightforward walk in a totally unpopulated area of Skye. There are two fine duns (brochs) to explore on the way, some fine cliff scenery, and fantastic views across the mouth of Loch Dunvegan and over The Minch to the Outer Hebrides. Much of the route it on a well defined track, so navigation is pretty easy, and there are no steep or prolonged climbs to be tackled.
Portree - Am Meall
A walk up to and around Am Meall (The Lump) is easily the best stroll in Portree village. It can be done in under 30 minutes, though on a fine day you might well choose to take more than double that as you soak in the views. You'll find vistas of the Cuillin, of Loch Portree, of Beinn Tianabhaig, of Portree Pier and of the boats moored in Portree Bay. As well as that, there is the Apothecary's Tower to be visited, and the site of the annual Isle of Skye Highland Games. Am Meall, properly known as Sron a' Mhill, has the most beautiful Scots Pine trees on it, together with some fine rhododendrons and lots of very cute rabbits.