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 yet experienced it. I am happy with that ambiguity...
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Red Hills - Beinn na Caillich horseshoe
This is a quite excellent walk that takes in three summits with first rate views, a steep scree descent and some wonderful, easy ridge walking - all in the space of 8km and less than 5 hours. There are two Beinns na Caillich on Skye. This is the one that towers 732m above Broadford and is the first major hill that visitors see in front of them if they are driving up the island from the Skye Bridge. The name means the mountain of the old woman. She is a tough old woman, with a steep and boulder strewn face, but she has her good points too. This walk takes us to her summit and then onwards to Beinn Dearg Mhor and Beinn Dearg Beag, before returning to the start point with no retracing of steps whatsoever.
Camas a' Mhòr Bheòil, (or Braes Beach) has a lot going for it:
Talisker Distillery, Carbost
Talisker is the only big distillery on the Isle of Skye. There are regular tours where you can watch the distillers at work, creating good quality single malt whisky. There is an small admission charge which includes a dram before you start and a discount voucher, redeemable in the distillery shop. The shop can sell you a bottle of the usual, excellent, Talisker. It will also tempt you with some fairly expensive – but highly desirable – rarities. If you have a taste for the best whiskies, watch your credit card!
Northwest Skye - Beinn an Sguirr
This is one of my favourite short walks. In a circuit of around 7km, it mixes a section of forestry road, an optional moorland summit, and a breathtaking path along the top of some remarkable inland cliffs. Wildlife and huge views complete a great, low effort, experience. Be cautious though. The cliff edge is indistinct in parts and it would be a one way only trip to the bottom...
Beinn an Sguirr is not the proper hill that its name suggests. It is a long and impressive landslip escarpment, running above Oans Point in the south west of Loch Snizort. The walk begins at the road end in Gillen, at NG267594.
Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant, Stein
The Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant in Stein is the place on Skye to eat fish. Run in a very hands-on way by David and Alison Wilkinson, the Loch Bay serves the best and freshest of local fish. All of it is cooked and served with expert simplicity. There's not a jus, coulis or 'foam' to be seen.
Fresh giant langoustine and local oysters are the stars of the shellfish show, backed by scallops and mussels, crabs and lobster. The white fish menu follows whatever has been landed in Mallaig. Most often you will have a choice of halibut, hake, plaice and Dover sole, with regular guest appearances from such as turbot or sea bass.
Armadale Castle Gardens
Just north of the Armadale ferry terminal in Sleat is the Clan Donald Centre. Here can be found forty acres of gardens surrounding the ruins of Armadale Castle, a selection of waymarked walks and nature trails, and the excellent Museum of the Isles.