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...
Cuillin - Garbh-bheinn
At 808m high, Garbh-bheinn (sometimes anglicised as Garaven) is one of only two mountains on Skye classified as a Corbett (between 2,500 and 2,999 ft high). The other is Glamaig. Despite not reaching Munro status, an ascent of Garbh-bheinn, whose name means 'rough mountain', is right at the extreme end of what constitutes a 'walk'. Reaching the summit requires putting hand to rock, but not before you've reached 40m from the top. The last section is a little narrow in places and is best tackled in decent weather.
Red Roof Cafe Gallery, Glendale
The Red Roof Cafe | 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.
Trotternish - Storr Lochs to Portree
This is a walk of about 12km, most of it on a good grassy walking surface. There are breathtaking views all the way. It follows the line of the escarpment above the shore on the east side of the Trotternish Peninsula, reaching a hight of 392m above the Sound of Raasay on the way. This is a quiet, unpopulated, road-free and seldom visited part of Skye, overshadowed (almost literally) by the famous Trotternish Ridge. It is, though, an excellent walk in its own right.