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...
The beach at Talisker is a short, easy walk from the road. It is in a spectacular setting at the foot of Glen Oraid, sandwiched between impressive high cliffs, and with a huge sea stack and waterfalls to add to the scene. There is a wide sweep of sand below a bank of coarse shingle, though the available beach is much limited on high tides. Best to check tide times when planning a visit...
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.
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.
Carn Liath is a 4m tall neolithic chambered cairn near Kensaleyre, beside the River Haultin at the head of Loch Eyre.
It is the largest of a cluster of cairns here, and is easy to see from a distance, because the stones from which it is constructed are covered with such white lichen that they appear to have been painted.
Skye Pie Cafe, Trotternish
The Skye Pie Cafe opened in 2015 at the Glenview, Culnacnoc, a few miles south of Staffin on the Portree road.
Given that the circuit around the Trotternish Peninsula is a must when visiting Skye, whether you're cycling, hiking or driving, a great cafe serving great food is a very welcome thing. You can fit in a visit when you are exploring the dinosaur footprints, the Storr, or the mighty Quiraing. And the very pleasant walk down to Rubha nam Braithrean starts from right beside the cafe.
Their own website gives you all the detail you need to know. I just have to tell you to find an opportunity to give the place a try. The pies are delicious, the healthy salads are fresh and tasty - and the potato wedges are just fantastic!
Northwest Skye - Waternish Point
The outing from Trumpan to the lighthouse on the tip of Waternish Point is a longish (14km) but straightforward walk in a totally unpopulated area of Skye. There are two fine duns (brochs) to explore on the way, some fine cliff scenery, and fantastic views across the mouth of Loch Dunvegan and over The Minch to the Outer Hebrides. Much of the route it on a well defined track, so navigation is pretty easy, and there are no steep or prolonged climbs to be tackled.