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...
Dun Beag and Dun Mor, Struan
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.
Hotel Eilean Iarmain, Sleat
I've never experienced dinner at Eilean Iarmain, but it's a favourite lunch stop when I'm in the area. The people there are nice, the service is good, the location is stunning, and eating in the restaurant is a treat. Not quite up to the standards of the very best on Skye, but pretty good nonetheless. You can eat less formally in the 'An Praban' bar, a particulary nice spot on a cold winter day when the open fire is blazing. A wee bit expensive for bar food perhaps, but decent enough value when you see the portion sizes!
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.
Flora MacDonald's Memorial, Kilmuir
In Kilmuir Cemetery, just behind the Museum of Island Life, is a tall memorial to Flora MacDonald, 'Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart'. Despite the romanticism of the Skye Boat Song et al, she was a real and remarkable person. This is the place to come to and spend a moment reflecting on her amazing courage. She was buried in this graveyard (though not very close to where her memorial stands) in 1790.
Rain, rain, rain!
What a wonderful Island for rain:
and what wonderful rain!
Alasdair Alpin MacGregor