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 - Rubh' an Dunain
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.
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....
Based at Elgol jetty, AquaXplore is part of the same excellent organisation as the Bella Jane. The differences are marked though! Trips with AquaXplore are either on one of a pair of high-powered Humber RIBs or on a more conventional high speed vessel with more comfortable facilities. Each of the RIBs has 12 seats (you sit astride - a bit like a motorbike) and goes like the wind - about 30 knots actually. The other boat offers similar capacity and performance, but with bench seating, a heated wheelhouse, weather protection and wheelchair access. The guides/captains are great. They are skilled, safe, knowledgeable, personable, interesting and fun.
Portree - Ben Tianavaig
Ben Tianavaig is a distinctively shaped, almost pyramidal, hill to the south-east of Portree. It is a prominent sight from many parts of north Skye, but it is only when viewed from the north or the south that you notice most of the east side of the hill has collapsed. The same landslip activity that created the pinnacles of the Storr and the Quiraing has been at work here too, resulting in an ascent route that follows the edge of a wonderful escarpment above the Sound of Raasay.
Did you know?
There are no towns or cities on Skye.
The island's capital, Portree, is known as 'the village'.
Elsewhere there are townships, communities or settlements.