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...
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.
Deli Gasta, Broadford
Gasta is a treat. A sandwich and coffee place that really does everything very, very well indeed. You'll find friendly, efficient staff, a nice environment if you choose to eat in, glasses and jugs of cold water to help yourself to, some well selected Skye gifts and goodies to buy while you're there - but most importantly, great coffee and fantastic, tasty, overfilled and well presented sandwiches.
Trotternish - The Quiraing
The Quiraing is awesome. It is supernatural. It is a place of wonder and amazement. It is outstanding by any measure. If you are fit enough to walk the narrow path and scramble up and down the steep slopes – you must do it. To visit Skye without experiencing the Quiraing seems unthinkable.
Go on a bright and clear day for views of the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish mainland, framed by the pinnacles, cliffs and great buttresses. Go on a wet and windy day to feel your spine tingle as the clouds and mist swirl around you in this unreal and menacing landscape. Whatever the weather, you’ll not forget the experience.
Cuillin - Bruach na Frithe
It is often said that Bruach na Frithe is the easiest Munro summit on the Cuillin Ridge, and one of the best viewpoints. It is hard to disagree with either of these opinions.
This is a wonderful trip to the top of Britain's only true mountain range, and it is not too difficult for anyone who is at least a competent hillwalker. That said, the weather will make all the difference. Unless you are skilled and experienced, stay well away in all but good settled conditions. The summit, which has the only trig point on the ridge, is 958m high, and can be reached without putting your hands on the rock. (You might choose to occasionally though!) There is no significant exposure, but you do get to gaze down some big drops in places.
The ruins of the buildings on Dun Skudiburgh
Dun Skudiburgh (NG374647) is a stone age enclosure in a spectacular defensive position on the west coast of Trotternish. It sits on a precipitously steep-sided hill, some 60m above the shore of Loch Snizort. On a fair day, a walk to the dun is a straightforward and pleasant stroll of about 4k return. In a northwesterly wind with a bit of rain, its exposed position could make a visit quite hellish. Pick a good day.
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 and a decent coffee shop/snack bar called The MacLeods Table Cafe. It’s basic, but fine for family lunch.