The Skye Guide is an independent and personal view of the Isle of Skye. The things that are included in the guide are here because I like them - and because I think you might too. If something is not included, it may be because I would not recommend it to you, but it may be simply that I have not experienced it.
I am happy with that ambiguity...
Dun Beag and Dun Mor, Struan
Fairy Glen - Uig
Although categorised here under 'natural wonders', this place is actually supernatural. It is also not well known - there are no roadsigns to point the way. Luckily, it isn't too difficult to find, just a short way off the main A87 south of Uig.
Leave the main road at NG397633, just by the Uig Hotel, climbing the hill on the wee road signed to Sheadar and Balnaknock. The fairies live about a mile up here. You'll certainly know when you have reached their special place.
Dulse & Brose, Portree
During 2015 and 2016 there was a lot of development of eating places on Skye. In the summer, demand is still outstripping supply - especially in Portree. One of the best of the recent crop is Dulse & Brose at the Bosville Hotel on Bosville Terrace.
Camas a' Mhòr Bheòil, (or Braes Beach) has a lot going for it:
Trotternish - Rubha Hunish
This is an outstanding walk to the furthest north point of Skye. From the end of the point I have seen dolphins, whales and a basking shark, all at close range. The walk is around 6 kilometres return, with fairly easy going for most of the way. A steep section down an inland cliff looks more daunting than it is, but it will test those with no head for heights. Begin from the small car park just off the main road between Duntulm and Kilmaluag, at NG422742. A path runs pretty much due north from here, keeping to the high ground.
Coruisk on the Bella Jane
The Bella Jane is based at Elgol jetty. She plies between there and Coruisk, giving easy access to the dramatic Loch Coruisk. The service is useful as a route in and out of this remote area for walkers and climbers in the Cuillin, but most people on board are there to enjoy the cruise and the scenery.
Trotternish - Loch Sheanta
On the east coast of Trotternish, just north of Digg, there is a small parking place at NG469698. From there, a well constructed path leads downhill to the holy loch - Loch Sheanta. The walk is short, less than 1 km return, and the navigation is easy. Loch Sheanta is quite magical. It is fed by the spouting of two of the purest, clearest springs imaginable, one at each end. It glows with an electric turquoise colour from its depths, and you can see every detail of the bottom through the almost invisible water. That in itself makes the stroll worthwhile, but there is more to it than that.
Rain, rain, rain!
What a wonderful Island for rain:
and what wonderful rain!
Alasdair Alpin MacGregor