The Skye Guide is an independent and personal view of the Isle of Skye. It is written mainly with visitors to the island in mind, but I hope it is useful to residents and potential residents as well.
I love Skye, and have chosen to make my home on the island, so my views are not dispassionate - but neither are they uncritical. Places are included in the guide 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...
Portree - The Lump
A walk up to and around 'The Lump' is easily the best stroll in Portree village. It can be done in under 30 minutes, though on a fine day you might well choose to take more than double that as you soak in the views. You'll find vistas of the Cuillin, of Loch Portree, of Beinn Tianabhaig, of Portree Pier and of the boats moored in Portree Bay. As well as that, there is the Apothecary's Tower to be visited, and the site of the annual Isle of Skye Highland Games. The Lump, properly known as Sron a' Mhill, has the most beautiful Scots Pine trees on it, together with some fine rhododendrons and lots of very cute rabbits.
The Three Chimneys, Colbost
The Three Chimneys was awarded its first ever Michelin Star in the 2015 Guide - a deserved addition to its long list of other domestic and international recognition and awards. It also holds 5 Gold Stars from VisitScotland, a coveted Gold EatScotland Award and a 5 Star AA rating. It has had countless superlative critiques in newspapers and magazines and restaurant guides around the globe. It truly is "Skye's world famous restaurant".
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.
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.
The pottery at Edinbane produces and sells high quality, handcrafted pottery. It really is wonderful stuff, and I've probably got rather too much of it around my own house. I particularly like the “Len’s Slap Dash” design, but have a look at the range and make up your own mind. I'd be very surprised if you can't find something you like here.
Cuillin - Coire Lagan
The walk up from Glen Brittle beach to the lochan in Coire Lagan is easily the best way to get up close with the Cuillin, while keeping to a relatively easy and straightforward route. It is a round trip of about 7 km with a steady ascent of some 600 m (2,000 ft). The scenery surrounding you in the glacier-carved bowl of the coire is wonderful, with jagged peaks rising all about, steep scree runs falling from the Cuillin Ridge, and the most beautiful lochan nestling in the midst of it all.