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 yet experienced it. I am happy with that ambiguity...
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Dunvegan Castle and Gardens
Dunvegan Castle is probably the oldest inhabited castle in the north of Scotland. It has been occupied continuously by the Chiefs of the Clan MacLeod for more than 750 years. The present - and 30th - clan chief is Hugh Magnus MacLeod.
The castle is in a wonderful setting on the shore of Loch Dunvegan at NG247491. There is plenty of space for parking, toilet facilities, a gift shop (nicely refurbished in 2010) and a decent coffee shop/snack bar called The MacLeods Table Restaurant. It’s basic, but fine for family lunch.
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.
Sornaichean Coir' Fhinn
Sornaichean Coir' Fhinn
This pair of standing stones can be found near Kensaleyre, overlooking Loch Eyre at NG414525. It is said that they were erected here by Fingal and his fellow hunters to suspend a pot in which whole deer were cooked over a fire to make venison stew. Whatever their origins, they sit in a fine spot.
Access is fairly easy by a gate from the A87. If you arrive by car, parking close by is not easy to find. You'll need to walk a bit further.
Glen Brittle Beach
At the head of Loch Brittle is a big beach. There is sand here at all states of the tide, and plenty of space for playing, kite flying and the like. The sand is not white, but that apart it is a beautiful spot. An added advantage here is the nearby campsite shop for ice lollies and cold drinks. (Or hot drinks and survival blankets, if you're less lucky)
There is parking for cars right by the beach. Go to the end of the road just before the entrance to the camp site, at NG409206.
Northwest Skye - Neist Point
Designed and built by one of the "Lighthouse Stevensons" - in this case David A Stevenson, the light and its associated dwellings cost £4,350 when they were built in 1909. The station was converted to automatic operation in 1990 and the lightkeepers were withdrawn. The foghorn at the front left corner is no longer in use.
The walk is on a tarmacadamed path for most of the way, and there are no difficulties with navigation.
Skye Pie Cafe, Trotternish
The Skye Pie Cafe is a new venture for 2015 in the Glenview at Culnacnoc, a few miles south of Staffin on the Portree road.
Given that the circuit around the Trotternish Peninsula is a must when visiting Skye, whether you're cycling, hiking or driving, a great cafe serving great food is a very welcome thing. You can fit in a visit when you are exploring the dinosaur footprints, the Storr, or the mighty Quiraing. And the very pleasant walk down to Rubha nam Braithrean starts from right beside the cafe.
Their own website gives you all the detail you need to know. I just have to tell you to find an opportunity to give the place a try. The pies are delicious, the healthy salads are fresh and tasty - and the potato wedges are just fantastic!