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...
Sleat - Caisteal Maol
Caisteal Maol is a prominent ruin, sitting on a small hill just east of Kyleakin. This walk is short and straightforward, though you will cross a beach which is best avoided at high tide, and the last section up to the ruin is on steep grass. Its name, which translates as 'bare castle', was given to it after it became a ruin. Formerly it was Dunakin - the castle of Haakon.
Sornaichean Coir' Fhinn
Sornaichean Coir' Fhinn
This pair of standing stones can be found near Kensaleyre, overlooking Loch Eyre at NG414525. It is said that they were erected here by Fingal and his fellow hunters to suspend a pot in which whole deer were cooked over a fire to make venison stew. Whatever their origins, they sit in a fine spot.
Access is fairly easy by a gate from the A87. If you arrive by car, parking close by is not easy to find. You'll need to walk a bit further.
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.
Red Hills - Marsco
Marsco is one of the classic hills of Skye. Its distinctive pyramidal profile dominates the view southwards from Sligachan. The views from its 736m summit are great, with a panorama of the main Cuillin Ridge, close views of Bla Bheinn, Garbh-bheinn and the rest of the Red Hills, and a wide outlook over the mainland.
There are several good routes to the top. The usual one leaves Sligachan following the Loch Coruisk path for about 3km.
Hotel Eilean Iarmain, Sleat
I've never experienced dinner at Eilean Iarmain, but it's a favourite lunch stop when I'm in the area. The people there are nice, the service is good, the location is stunning, and eating in the restaurant is a treat. Not quite up to the standards of the very best on Skye, but pretty good nonetheless. You can eat less formally in the 'An Praban' bar, a particulary nice spot on a cold winter day when the open fire is blazing. A wee bit expensive for bar food perhaps, but decent enough value when you see the portion sizes!
The beaches at Waterloo, near Broadford, have wide expanses of sand at low tide and great views northwards of the Inner Sound and its islands. Great for kites and games, or just strolling on the sand and exploring the rock pools. There is little or no shelter from the winds here, so comfortable sunbathing would need an exceptional day.
The road to Waterloo leaves the A87 just south of Broadford, at NG659230.