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...
Red Hills - Glamaig
Glamaig is the northernmost of Skye's Red Hills. It is the seemingly perfect cone of scree that towers 775m above Sligachan and finds its way into the pictures taken by thousands of cameras every year. No matter how wonderful the hill looks from below, it is nothing to what the world looks like when seen on a clear day from the summit. This is one of the great viewpoints of Skye.
Cuillin - Rubh' an Dunain
Café Sia, Broadford
Café Sia is at the west end of Broadford, on the old road that runs beside the main A87. It is a quality enterprise, serving excellent pizzas baked in a tuscan wood-fired oven, lovely cakes and biscuits, good all day breakfast/brunch choices, great ice creams, snacks and what is easily the best coffee on Skye. The beans are roasted on site - you just can't beat it. For tea drinkers the choices are good too - and high quality.
Skye Weavers, Glendale
The pedal powered loom
At 18 Fasach in Glendale, Roger and Andrea produce a range of really fine quality tweed textiles on their pedal-powered loom. They make scarves and wraps, throws, clothing and furnishings. The colours and patterns are quite beautiful - and very much inspired by the local environment.
A visit to Skye Weavers is much more than just a shopping opportunity. The production process is fascinating, and some of the cobbled together home-made machinery is amazingly effective. The warping mill is based on a repurposed tractor rake!
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.
Sing me a song of a dreamy moor,
Where the maids at the shieling spin:
Lull me to sleep by the peat fire smoor,
When the soft night closes in.
Alasdair Alpin MacGregor
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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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