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...
Northwest Skye - Waternish Point
The outing from Trumpan to the lighthouse on the tip of Waternish Point is a longish (14km) but straightforward walk in a totally unpopulated area of Skye. There are two fine duns (brochs) to explore on the way, some fine cliff scenery, and fantastic views across the mouth of Loch Dunvegan and over The Minch to the Outer Hebrides. Much of the route it on a well defined track, so navigation is pretty easy, and there are no steep or prolonged climbs to be tackled.
The Skeabost Hotel has had an up and down history. A former MacDonald hunting lodge at the mouth of the salmon river at Snizort, the hotel and its 9 hole golf course are beautifully situated. And today the place is on the up.
Acquired in 2015 by the owners of Toravaig House and Duisdale House hotels, much investment is taking place and the results are beginning to show. The environment and the service are very good indeed, and the kitchen is producing simple food with great flair and precision. It's well worth a visit for lunch or for dinner.
On a fine day, find yourselves a window table: the views over Loch Snizort Beag from the dining room are superb.
Camas Daraich, at the far south of Skye, is one of the best places on the island to spend a warm, sunny day. It's a bit of a walk from the nearest road though....
St. Columba's Isle
Just below the bridge where the main road between Portree and Dunvegan crosses the River Snizort, close to the Skeabost House Hotel, there is a well hidden and fascinating bit of Skye's history - St. Columba's Isle. There you will find ancient ruins and graves, stretching back over many centuries.
You can get close to it by car if you use the old road that runs just to the north of the current one. Take the turning to Tote at NG422485. Immediately after crossing the cattle grid, turn left and continue to the end of the road.
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.