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.
I love Skye, and have chosen to make my home on the island, so my views are not dispassionate - but neither are they uncritical. Places are included in the guide 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 yet experienced it. I am happy with that ambiguity...
Camas a' Mhòr Bheòil, (or Braes Beach) has a lot going for it:
Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant, Stein
The Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant in Stein is the place on Skye to eat fish. Run in a very hands-on way by David and Alison Wilkinson, the Loch Bay serves the best and freshest of local fish. All of it is cooked and served with expert simplicity. There's not a jus, coulis or 'foam' to be seen.
Fresh giant langoustine and local oysters are the stars of the shellfish show, backed by scallops and mussels, crabs and lobster. The white fish menu follows whatever has been landed in Mallaig. Most often you will have a choice of halibut, hake, plaice and Dover sole, with regular guest appearances from such as turbot or sea bass.
Based at Elgol jetty, AquaXplore is part of the same excellent organisation as the Bella Jane. The differences are marked though! Trips with AquaXplore are on one of a pair of high-powered Humber RIBs. Each has 12 seats (you sit astride - a bit like a motorbike) and goes like the wind - about 30 knots actually. Exciting stuff. The guides/captains are great. They are skilled, safe, knowledgeable, personable, interesting and fun.
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.
Cuillin - Sgurr na Stri
The outlook from the top of Sgurr na Stri is fantastic. Not only is it one of the best on Skye, but it can hardly be bettered anywhere in Scotland. The picture above, taken from just below the summit, is of Loch Coruisk and the main Cuillin Ridge. It is a truly awe-inspiring view.
Getting to the top of Sgurr na Stri (The Peak of Strife) is not technically difficult. The main challenge in this walk is the long trek in from Sligachan and, of course, the seemingly longer tramp back at the end of the day. Overall it's an outing of around 22 km.
You can cheat a bit though, by getting on one of the boats from Elgol to Loch Coruisk and heading up from there. If you go back to Elgol the same way your total walking distance will be under 5 km.