Isle of Skye
Dunvegan Castle, Neist Point, Fairy Pools, Cuillin Hills, Sligachan, Beinn na Caillich, Broadford, Bridge of Skye
The island of Skye is unquestionably one of the most beautiful of Scotland’s many fine islands and one of the most often visited. Starting from the west of the island, as if you’ve just stepped off the ferry from a tour of the Outer Hebrides, we’ll work our way east.
Dunvegan Castle, seat of the Clan MacLeod. The castle dates from the 15th century, although many additions have been made since then.
Car Park Map Coordinates: 57.429721, -6.778827
In 1909, David Alan Stevenson designed Neist Point Lighthouse because it is the most westerly point of Skye. Its location gives a clear view from Moonen Bay to Waterstein Head. Park near Glendale and take the walk to the lighthouse from there. Give yourself one hour to fully explore the lighthouse and scenery. At sunset on a good day you can see why this spot is so popular with landscape photographers.
Car park Map Coordinates: 57.250364, -6.272710
Pools Map Coordinates: 57.2502740, -6.2583550
A 20-30 minute drive from Sligachan are the fairy pools of Glen Brittle (not to be mistaken with the Fairy Glen near Uig on Skye). Park at the car park and take the 15-20 minute walk to get to the pools.
These hills are renowned not only for their beauty, but for the excellent climbing they offer.
Car Park Map Coordinates: 57.289607, -6.174452
If there is only one view on the Isle of Skye which is a must it is that of the view of the old three-arched bridge at Sligachan looking toward the Cuillin Hills.
Beinn na Caillich
The peaks of Beinn na Caillich, near Broadford, Isle of Skye.
One of the glorious sunsets for which the west of Scotland is famous; Broadford Bay.
An often-overlooked ruined gem of a castle is that of Kyleakin Castle. Inlets abound around the wild coastline of Skye, often harbouring picturesque fishing villages. Stop off at the vullage of Kyleakin and have a wander to the castle.
Bridge of Skye
Providing better access to Skye is the Bridge of Skye linking Kyleakin (the Kyle of Akin) to the Kyle of Localsh. No longer do travellers have to take the ferry, although ferry travel can lend a frisson of romance to any visit to Skye.