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.
From the gate, a rough track heads up the hill to some low ruins. At that point the rack seems to disappear, but you will pick it up again just beyond the ruins. It is now a pleasant grassy walking surface as it crosses pasture and then drops to the narrow isthmus connecting Fiadhairt to mainland Skye at NG233506. As you cross onto the peninsula you will see the remains of the broch almost straight ahead of you. It is in better condition than most, with its walls intact all round. Between the walls, partly covered passageways have survived.
After visiting the broch there are plenty of choices. At the north end of the peninsula are some sea cliffs with good views over the mouth of Loch Dunvegan. To the south is a highly complex tangle of inlets, beaches, rocks and moorland. Just over a narrow stretch of water is the island of Gairbh Eilein, where the seal boats from Dunvegan Castle ply their trade. If you tread softly down here, you can get very close to the seals on the rocks of Fiadhairt itself.