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...
Dun Beag and Dun Mor, Struan
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...
Red Hills - Belig
Belig is a shapely pyramid of a hill, rising to an interesting 702m summit between Loch Ainort and Loch Slapin. The views from the top are very good indeed, making it a rewarding outing. It can be climbed fairly easily from the shore of Loch Slapin, but the route from Loch Ainort avoids all exposure and keeps the scrambling to a minimum, making the outing 'moderate' rather than 'stretching' in the categories used by the Skye Guide. This, then, is the route described here...
Columba 1400, Staffin
Columba 1400 is a leadership centre in Staffin that offers wonderful opportunities to young people from difficult backgrounds. You can find out lots about it from its own website.
More relevant to this guide is the fact that Columba 1400 has a great catering facility that is open to the public during the summer months. If you need to find a meal at the noth end of Trotternish, this should be your first choice.
Trotternish - Rubha Hunish
This is an outstanding walk to the furthest north point of Skye. From the end of the point I have seen dolphins, whales and a basking shark, all at close range. The walk is around 6 kilometres return, with fairly easy going for most of the way. A steep section down an inland cliff looks more daunting than it is, but it will test those with no head for heights. Begin from the small car park just off the main road between Duntulm and Kilmaluag, at NG422742. A path runs pretty much due north from here, keeping to the high ground.
Did you know?
The Skye Bridge cost £25m to construct. It opened in 1995 and the controversial tolls were abolished in December 2004.
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The Collie and Mackenzie Sculpture Group is seeking to commemorate the amazing achievements of these Cuillin pioneers by erecting a bronze sculpture of the two men at Sligachan. You can help realise this wonderful project by donating some bronze.
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