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...
Cuillin - Coir' a' Ghrunnda
The walk from Glen Brittle up to Coir' a' Ghrunnda is not really too big an undertaking. It's about 9 km return, with an ascent of 700m, but it rates as 'stretching' in this guide for two reasons. Firstly, the route-finding in the corrie itself can be tricky, especially in poor visibility. Secondly, a section of simple scrambling is unavoidable on the final approach to the upper corrie. But in good weather the large sandy shored lochan, surrounded by Cuillin peaks and held by a massive barrier of boiler-plate slabs, is easily reached by any competent hillwalker. For the non-climber, this is an excellent trip to a very worthwhile destination.
Carn Liath is a 4m tall neolithic chambered cairn near Kensaleyre, beside the River Haultin at the head of Loch Eyre.
It is the largest of a cluster of cairns here, and is easy to see from a distance, because the stones from which it is constructed are covered with such white lichen that they appear to have been painted.
The pottery at Edinbane produces and sells high quality, handcrafted pottery. It really is wonderful stuff, and I've probably got rather too much of it around my own house. I particularly like the “Len’s Slap Dash” design, but have a look at the range and make up your own mind. I'd be very surprised if you can't find something you like here.
St. Columba's Isle
Just below the bridge where the main road between Portree and Dunvegan crosses the River Snizort, close to the Skeabost House Hotel, there is a well hidden and fascinating bit of Skye's history - St. Columba's Isle. There you will find ancient ruins and graves, stretching back over many centuries.
You can get close to it by car if you use the old road that runs just to the north of the current one. Take the turning to Tote at NG422485. Immediately after crossing the cattle grid, turn left and continue to the end of the road.
Portree - Scorrybreac Circuit
The Scorrybreac circuit is a great little walk of about 3km, just north of Portree. It is ideal as a quick leg-stretch on a dull or wet day. It is a beautiful stroll after dinner, late on a summer evening. It is a fine walk for watching the wildlife, with frequent sightings of seals, golden eagles and even sea eagles.
The start is at NG487438 by the shore at Budhmor below the Cuillin Hills Hotel. There is generally space to park down here if you arrive by car.