The Skye Guide is an independent and personal view of the Isle of Skye. It is written mainly with visitors to the island in mind, but I hope it is useful to residents and potential residents as well.
I love Skye, and have chosen to make my home on the island, so my views are not dispassionate - but neither are they uncritical. Places are included in the guide 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...
The Three Chimneys, Colbost
The Three Chimneys was awarded its first ever Michelin Star in the 2015 Guide - a deserved addition to its long list of other domestic and international recognition and awards. It also holds 5 Gold Stars from VisitScotland, a coveted Gold EatScotland Award and a 5 Star AA rating. It has had countless superlative critiques in newspapers and magazines and restaurant guides around the globe. It truly is "Skye's world famous restaurant".
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.
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.
Strath - Camasunary (from Elgol)
This is one of Skye's outstanding walks in terms of views. The path along the east shore of Loch Scavaig gives probably the best of all vantage points to see the southern end of the main Cuillin range. As a bonus, Bla Bheinn, Marsco and Sgurr na Stri are also prominently in sight in the later part of the walk. To the left, and behind you, the islands of Soay, Canna, Eigg and Rum are all clear. And the destination - the beach at Camasunary - is a very worthwhile objective for the trip.
Dun Beag and Dun Mor, Struan
Beyond the lochs of the blood of the children of men,
beyond the frailty of the plain and the labour of the mountain,
beyond poverty, consumption, fever, agony,
beyond hardship, wrong, tyranny, distress,
beyond misery, despair, hatred, treachery,
beyond guilt and defilement; watchful,
heroic, the Cuillin is seen
rising on the other side of sorrow.
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The Collie and Mackenzie Sculpture Group is seeking to commemorate the amazing achievements of these Cuillin pioneers by erecting a bronze sculpture of the two men at Sligachan. You can help realise this wonderful project by donating some bronze.
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