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...
If you have any comments you would like to share, you can contact me here.
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.
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.
The Edinbane Inn is probably the best pub on Skye. It's run with style and real passion for getting things right, from the atmosphere in the bar to the food on your plate. The food is very much better than you would usually find in a pub in this part of the world, but it's not too pricey. It's beautifully cooked, presented and served - and all in a very attractive dining area.
Staffin is home to a couple of beaches. There are some good spots on the main bay if you are prepared to seek them out, but there is easier access to a small area of sand just before the end of the road to Staffin Community Slipway, at NG490686. As well as the sea and sand, you can find some quite astonishing dinosaur footprints here too.
If walking from Staffin itself, there is a path across the hill from the Columba 1400 Leadership Centre in the township.
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.
Skye Museum of Island Life, Kilmuir
A visit to the Skye Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir may well be a pleasant surprise for you. It's a whole lot better than I had expected before my first visit. The museum is housed in a cluster of thatched buildings at Kilmuir, just off the A855. It is about six miles north of Uig, at NG395718. From small beginnings in the 1960s, it is now an attraction that really lets you see what it would have been like to live on Skye in the past.
Admission prices are good value. There is a lot more to the place than is apparent from the outside.