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...
Northwest Skye - Claigan Coral Beach
Skye is famous for many things, but great beaches are not high on the list. You'll find better ones on Harris, or Tiree, or Uist, or Berneray, or Iona. But there are a few wee gems on Skye, and the Coral Beach at Claigan is one of them. Its combination of accessibility and white sand make it a very attractive option on a warm sunny day.
Fairy Pools - Glen Brittle
Skye’s Fairy Pools have become rather famous in the past few years. They feature in ever-growing numbers of international lists of ‘Places to see before you die’, ‘The world’s best wild swimming locations’ and suchlike. With their growing popularity have come challenges around car parking and facilities. Indeed, the area gets so busy at peak times that I recommend visiting early or late in the day, or in the winter, or when the sun is not shining. There are many fine places to go to on a summer day on Skye, and there are plenty of alternative waterfalls and wild swimming locations all around the Cuillin range. You could do worse than follow the walk from Sligachan towards Bealach a' Mhàim.
Deli Gasta, Broadford
Gasta is a treat. A sandwich and coffee place that really does everything very, very well indeed. You'll find friendly, efficient staff, a nice environment if you choose to eat in, glasses and jugs of cold water to help yourself to, some well selected Skye gifts and goodies to buy while you're there - but most importantly, great coffee and fantastic, tasty, overfilled and well presented sandwiches.
Trotternish - Caisteal Uisdean
Caiseal Uisdean, or Hugh's Castle, is one of the less famous castles of Skye. Its history is interesting though, and it makes a good destination for a pleasant coastal walk of under 3km return. Much of the route has been made into a vehicle track, so navigation is easy. By the point where you have to leave the track, the destination is in sight.
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!
Did you know?
A croft is not a building. A croft is a unit of land subject to the Crofting Acts. It may or may not have a house on it.
There are around 2,000 crofts on Skye.