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...
Red Hills - Belig
Belig is a shapely pyramid of a hill, rising to an interesting 702m summit between Loch Ainort and Loch Slapin. The views from the top are very good indeed, making it a rewarding outing. It can be climbed fairly easily from the shore of Loch Slapin, but the route from Loch Ainort avoids all exposure and keeps the scrambling to a minimum, making the outing 'moderate' rather than 'stretching' in the categories used by the Skye Guide. This, then, is the route described here...
Loch Bay by Michael Smith, Stein
Loch Bay Restaurant
Michael Smith was Chef Director of the Three Chimneys when it earned its Michelin Star in 2015. Now he is doing amazing things in his own Loch Bay Restaurant in Stein, on the Waternish Peninsula.
Opened in 2016, the restaurant is small, welcoming and comfortable. It offers two menus - a five course seafood degustation, or a fixed price three course meal. The latter gives a choice of three starters (seafood, vegetarian or meat), three main courses (ditto) and a third couse of either cheese, a pudding or a selection of small desserts.
Described as "Contemporary Scottish with classic French influences", the food is, as you should expect from a renowned chef, the sort of stuff that makes you say "Mmmm" quietly with every forkfull. Great ingredients, perfect cooking and beautiful but unfussy presentation. There's nothing at all pretentious about what you get at Loch Bay. And everything is wonderful.
Flora MacDonald's Memorial, Kilmuir
In Kilmuir Cemetery, just behind the Museum of Island Life, is a tall memorial to Flora MacDonald, 'Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart'. Despite the romanticism of the Skye Boat Song et al, she was a real and remarkable person. This is the place to come to and spend a moment reflecting on her amazing courage. She was buried in this graveyard (though not very close to where her memorial stands) in 1790.
Camas a' Mhòr Bheòil, (or Braes Beach) has a lot going for it:
Spar Cave is an astonishing, cathedral-like structure, some 50m long, with a marble-like flowstone staircase and huge columns formed from the centuries of water dripping through the limestone. In places the roof of the cave has been discoloured by the candles and torches of visiting Victorians, who also removed as souvenirs many of the stalagmites and stalactites. They didn't manage to destroy the magic though.
The cave was visited by Sir Walter Scott in 1814. He later described it in “The Lord of the Isles” as:
The mermaid’s alabaster grot, who bathes her limbs in sunken well, deep in Strathaird’s enchanted cell.
You'll find Spar Cave near Elgol, at Glasnakille on the western shore of Loch Slapin - NG538128. Go south at the T-junction in Glasnakille and after 50m, opposite the first white house, you will see a stile on your left that will take you to the route down.
Sleat - Point of Sleat
This is a walk to the southernmost point of Skye. The route is around 8 Km in total, partly on a good vehicle track and partly on rough paths. There is an excellent beach on the way and, at the point itself, some wonderful rock formations, a lighthouse and great views to Eigg, Rum and the mainland.