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...
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.
Cuillin - Garbh-bheinn
At 808m high, Garbh-bheinn (sometimes anglicised as Garaven) is one of only two mountains on Skye classified as a Corbett (between 2,500 and 2,999 ft high). The other is Glamaig. Despite not reaching Munro status, an ascent of Garbh-bheinn, whose name means 'rough mountain', is right at the extreme end of what constitutes a 'walk'. Reaching the summit requires putting hand to rock, but not before you've reached 40m from the top. The last section is a little narrow in places and is best tackled in decent weather.
The beach at Talisker is a short, easy walk from the road. It is in a spectacular setting at the foot of Glen Oraid, sandwiched between impressive high cliffs, and with a huge sea stack and waterfalls to add to the scene. There is a wide sweep of sand below a bank of coarse shingle, though the available beach is much limited on high tides. Best to check tide times when planning a visit...
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 - The Lump
A walk up to and around 'The Lump' is easily the best stroll in Portree village. It can be done in under 30 minutes, though on a fine day you might well choose to take more than double that as you soak in the views. You'll find vistas of the Cuillin, of Loch Portree, of Beinn Tianabhaig, of Portree Pier and of the boats moored in Portree Bay. As well as that, there is the Apothecary's Tower to be visited, and the site of the annual Isle of Skye Highland Games. The Lump, properly known as Sron a' Mhill, has the most beautiful Scots Pine trees on it, together with some fine rhododendrons and lots of very cute rabbits.
Fairy Pools - Glen Brittle
Skye’s Fairy Pools have become rather famous in the past few years. They feature in ever-growing numbers of international lists of ‘Places to see before you die’, ‘The world’s best wild swimming locations’ and suchlike. With their growing popularity have come challenges around car parking and facilities. Indeed, the area gets so busy at peak times that I recommend visiting early or late in the day, or in the winter, or when the sun is not shining. There are many fine places to go to on a summer day on Skye, and there are plenty of alternative waterfalls and wild swimming locations all around the Cuillin range. You could do worse than follow the walk from Sligachan towards Bealach a' Mhàim.