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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Sleat - Point of Sleat
This is a walk to the southernmost point of Skye. The route is around 8 Km in total, partly on a good vehicle track and partly on rough paths. There is an excellent beach on the way and, at the point itself, some wonderful rock formations, a lighthouse and great views to Eigg, Rum and the mainland.
Red Roof Café Gallery, Glendale
The Red Roof Café | Gallery opened in 2011. The place is a wee gem, where art, food and hospitality vie for the upper hand in a nicely converted barn in Glendale. To find it, take the Holmisdale road south from the junction by the village shop and Post Office in the centre of Glendale.
The gallery features artworks by joint owner and host Elly. Her partner Craig and their friend Nel do clever things in the tiny kitchen. The coffee is fantastic, the home baking looks mouthwatering, and the limited lunch menu of soup and platters offers food of originality, beautifully presented and alive with tastes.
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...
Northwest Skye - Fiadhairt
Perhaps more an explorer's adventure than a walk, the Fiadhairt peninsula in Loch Dunvegan offers a lot in a small area. Although is is relatively accessible, it is isolated and seldom visited, so wildlife abounds. It is a particulary good place from which to watch the local seal colony. To walk there from the road, just north of Dunvegan, takes only 15 minutes or so, but you should allow a good couple of hours if you want to explore the area. A highlight of the trip is the well preserved broch of Dun Fiadhairt.
Begin from the gate at NG239508, on the left of the road running from Dunvegan to Claigan.
If you take the road that goes north from Dunvegan, past the castle, and follow it to its end at Claigan, you'll find a small car park there. The souterrain is just a short walk from the car park, through a gate and up a cart track to NG238539. Just after the track bends hard right, it is about 20m off the track to the left. It is not too difficult to find, although you may need to scout around for a bit to see the entrance.
Skye Museum of Island Life, Kilmuir
A visit to the Skye Museum of Island Life at Kilmuir may well be a pleasant surprise for you. It's a whole lot better than I had expected before my first visit. The museum is housed in a cluster of thatched buildings at Kilmuir, just off the A855. It is about six miles north of Uig, at NG395718. From small beginnings in the 1960s, it is now an attraction that really lets you see what it would have been like to live on Skye in the past.
Admission prices are good value. There is a lot more to the place than is apparent from the outside.