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...
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.
Skye Pie Cafe, Trotternish
The Skye Pie Cafe opened in 2015 at the Glenview, Culnacnoc, a few miles south of Staffin on the Portree road.
Given that the circuit around the Trotternish Peninsula is a must when visiting Skye, whether you're cycling, hiking or driving, a great cafe serving great food is a very welcome thing. You can fit in a visit when you are exploring the dinosaur footprints, the Storr, or the mighty Quiraing. And the very pleasant walk down to Rubha nam Braithrean starts from right beside the cafe.
Their own website gives you all the detail you need to know. I just have to tell you to find an opportunity to give the place a try. The pies are delicious, the healthy salads are fresh and tasty - and the potato wedges are just fantastic!
Bay Pottery, Armadale
The Bay Pottery is located a short stroll away from the ferry terminal at Armadale. Whether you've just arrived from Mallaig, are waiting to leave, or are just visiting the area, then popping into the studio here is highly recommended.
Maggie Zerafa designs, makes and sells some really wonderful stoneware pottery ranging from huge platters and bottles to amazing little salt cellars (of a clever design that I had never come across before I saw them here).
Take a look at the sort of stuff you can find on the pottery's own website
The coral beaches at Claigan, north of Dunvegan, are a mile of so from the nearest road. Directions and more information can be found here, in the walking section of the Skye Guide.