The Scorrybreac Path

The Scorrybreac circuit is a great little walk of about 3km, just north of Portree. It is ideal as a quick leg-stretch on a dull or wet day. It is a beautiful stroll after dinner, late on a summer evening. It is a fine walk for watching the wildlife, with frequent sightings of seals, golden eagles and even sea eagles.

The start is at NG487438 by the shore at Budhmor below the Cuillin Hills Hotel. There is generally space to park down here if you arrive by car.

You'll find an information board as you head off along the path that follows the north shore of Portree Bay. The views from this section are across the bay to Portree itself, to Ben Tianavaig and, on clear days, to the distant Cuillin.

After passing the boathouse of the Skye Sailing Club, the path goes through a gate and narrows as it heads out to the point at the entrance to the bay. From here there are views across the water to the island of Raasay. The path follows the coast northwards along the Sound of Raasay before turning inland in the midst of a boulder field below Ben Chracaig.

Climbing the Scorrybreac zig-zags

Soon it begins to climb steeply up a series of zig-zags to reach the bottom end of Torvaig. Now there are views northwards to the Storr and southwards over Portree village as you descend through birch woods to reach the road above the Cuillin Hills Hotel, which quickly drops down to the shore and the starting point.

Sgeir Mhor, Scorrybreac