Isle of Skye Off The Beaten Path

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    Fairy Glen
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    Distant view of the 'Coral sands'.
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    Basalt columns near Uamh Oir
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    Dùn Fiadhairt

    by LesHamilton Updated Jan 25, 2014

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    First sight of D��n Fiadhairt, on its mound.
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    Completely hidden from any road, and just 1½ kilometres north of the Dunvegan Castle, lies the Fiadhairt peninsula, connected to the mainland by a connecting strip of land barely 50 metres wide. Here is to be found the magnificent Dùn Fiadhairt, one the best relict brochs on Skye, save Dùn Beag.

    Just before the main road north crosses Loch Suardal there is space to park, and less than 100 metres farther on a prominent path leads left through a gate on to the peninsula. Follow this path and it takes you to the broch. Your first aspect of Dùn Fiadhairt reveals its northeastern portal, complete with a triangular lintel, just one of its four entranceways. The main entrance is gained through a passageway lined with stones, which leads to a wide entranceway with a further internal portal on each side leading into the impressive ground-level galleries. The double walls, which rise internally to between 6 and 8 courses almost everywhere around the broch are well preserved, as is the gallery between them. Near the southern entranceway, a flight of steps leads up to a long destroyed second level.

    Despite its secluded location, this broch is easy of access: it takes just a leisurely 20 minute stroll through delightful lochside scenery to reach it.

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    Ard an t-Sabhail

    by LesHamilton Updated Jan 22, 2014

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    If you are looking for a (not too far) out of the way place on Skye with breath-taking views over the ocean and islands, you can hardly do better than make the 20 minute walk up Ard an t-Sabhail. This is a small, knobbly hill, located a little north of the village of Fiscavaig.

    To get there, drive through Fiscavaig, past the last houses, and park up at the hairpin bend where the waymarked path to Talisker Bay starts off. It's now just a 20 minute trek over heathery slopes to the (obvious) highest point on the peninsula.

    On the summit of the hill stand the remains of an Iron Age broch, now in a sadly ruinous state. But the views out across Loch Bracadale, with its many islands, and views to McLeod's Maidens and McLeods Tables are some of the best you will ever see.

    A little effort is required to summit the hill, but the rewards, specially on a sunny day, are well worth the effort.

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    The Deserted Village of Kilchrist

    by LesHamilton Updated Sep 11, 2013
    The Old Manse with Bla Bheinn behind
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    Kilchrist Churchyard is a familiar tourist attraction on the road from Broadford to Elgol. But with a little effort, the remains of the deserted village of Kilchrist, only a kilometre away across the road, are well worth a visit.

    Kilchrist was one of the thriving highland communities that suffered in the Highland Clearances of the 19th century, when landlords razed dwellings to the ground and drove off their inhabitants in order to turn the land over to the sheep.

    The deserted village of Kilchrist is an evocative place, with just foundation courses of most buildings remaining. But among the ruins, the Old Manse still stands tall, the local minister apparently allowed to remain after all else was gone.

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    Dont miss Glenelg & Arnisdale

    by globetrott Updated Oct 28, 2012

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    Dont miss Glenelg & Arnisdale , that are some tiny, remote villages NOT IN the Isle of Skye, BUT on the way to it, in case that you will have some extra time for a deviation through a scenic landsacpe. Glenelg is opposite of the Isle of Skye and a ferry will take you over to the Island - read more about it in my transportation-tips!
    Arnisdale is a tiny village at the end of the road, after a scenic drive along the coast - see my pictures here and beware of the local sheep, as shown in my last picture !
    Maybe it makes sense for you to take the ferry TO the Isle of Skye and leave the island over the bridge, that way you will not miss an important part of the Island.
    b.t.w.: that ferry in my 3rd picture is a private ferry for the farmers of Arnisdale to take their machineries over to the other side of the bay.

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    Neist Point and Lighthouse

    by globetrott Updated Oct 28, 2012

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    Neist point and lighthouse / Isle of Skye

    This lighthouse at Neist Point and its surroundings played an important role as a scenery in the movie by Lars von Trier :
    " Breaking the waves "
    They also made an artificial graveyard there for the movie and you are still able to see it, and it looks a bit strange out there in the wilderness.These heaps of stones in my picture do not have a special meaning, they were simply set up by tourists recently.
    You can drive in your car quite close to lighttower, you will find a large parkingspace there, but the last 300 meters you have to walk there !

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    Kilmuir - Skye Museum of Rural Life

    by globetrott Updated Oct 28, 2012

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    Kilmuir - Skye Museum of Rural Life

    This museum is a few Km north of Uig and it shows some of the so called " black houses " without windows , so it is almost completely dark inside and the walls are also dark, blackened by the soot of the open fires. In the museum you will find also plenty of machineries of the local farms .
    You will find more infos about the museum in the link below !
    Flora MacDonald, a national Scottish Heroine is buried nearby and a high-cross shows the place, where she was burried.

    I took this pic during another vacation, already with my new motorhome, a VW-bus T3 - much smaller and 4x4 drive for the muddy roads of Scotland

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    Eilean Donan Castle - ON the way to Isle of Skye

    by globetrott Updated Oct 28, 2012

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    Eilean Donan castle

    Eilean Donan Castle is one of the best known castles in Scotland, and of course it is NOT situated on the Island of Skye, but just opposite the island, and you will pass by it on your way to Kyle of Lochalsh, where you will cross the bridge to the Isle of Skye.
    Eilean Donan Castle is open for visitors - read more about opening-times etc. on the link below !
    Try to get there in sundown - The landscape certainly looks best with the castle and the background shows the silhouette of Isle of Skye in all colours.
    There is a big parking directely at the castle but unfortunately sleeping in a motorhome was forbidden there :-((

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    A lovely, old bridge in Broadford

    by globetrott Updated Oct 28, 2012

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    Isle of Skye at Broadford

    This old bridge is just a few meters off the main road around the Isle of Skye, but most of the tourists simply pass by without having a closer look or even taking a picture !

    The bridge is used by sheep only, as this road is not used any more for the trafic, except by walkers, who have the so-called "right of way" all over Scotland :
    By law everybody has the right to walk through Scotland, including all the pastures, meadows and the wild land without paths. You are even allowed to open the gates, where-ever you find them (and have to close them again of course after you).
    The "right of way" does not include the possibility of wild camping !!!

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    Star Wars on Skye

    by skyetoyman Updated May 22, 2012
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    Well worth a visit is Glendale. It's just 7 miles from Dunvegan on the Glendale Visitor route.
    Red Roof. Nice cafe serving very reasonably priced meals and brilliant cakes.
    While in the glen you could visit the award winning Glendale Toy Museum.
    Destroyed in a fire in 2002 it was fully rebuilt and restored to its former glory with the help of locals , tourists and ebay.
    Addmission is just £3.00 for adults and £1 for children
    2012 - 25th and final year

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    Europes remotest toy museum

    by skyetoyman Updated May 22, 2012

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    death star (now signed by designer) bob brechin
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    The glendale visitor route will lead to the Glendale Toy Museum . A treasure trove of toys games and dolls that's not just for kids. It was destroyed in a fire in May 2002 but is now rebuilt and even better than before. Also near Glendale is Neist Point Lighthouse with brill views of the outer Isles and a nice red roof cafe
    2012 - is the 25th and final year for Glendale Toy Museum

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    Cill Chriosd

    by nani80 Written Dec 29, 2011

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    Cill Chriosd is a ruined church lying on Broadford to Elgol road (B8083). Legend has it that the location of today's ruin was a Christian worship in the 7th century. The church was built in the early 16th century and was abandoned in 1840 when the congregation moved to Broadford's newly built church.
    Next to the ruin you can explore Cill Chriosd Cemetery, with headstones dating from medieval to modern times. Interesting fact is that the oldest stones (decorated with pre-Christian symbols and hieroglyphics) have disappeared from the cemetery some time ago.

    Cill Chriosd is 4 km south from Broadford on the B8083 road to Elgol.

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    Uamh Oir (Cave of Gold)

    by nani80 Updated Dec 26, 2011

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    Uamh Oir (Cave of Gold)
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    A century or two ago, Uamh Oar or The Cave of Gold was very popular among tourists in search for natural wonders. If you visit the cave today, there's a great chance you'll be surrounded only by sea birds and sheep wandering around, with no people in sight. Finding the cave hidden in strangely shaped rocks could be a bit tricky, but it's well worth the time and effort, as this stretch of coast is beautifully made up of hexagonal basalt columns (very interesting geological formation also found in Fingal's Cave on Staffa Island and at Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland).

    From the main A855 take the side road for Bornesketaig and then follow the sign for Camas Mor (there are two roads for Camas Mor, and you need to follow the more northerly one!). The directions from www.walkhighlands.co.uk proved to be very helpful, so consider printing them before you start this walk.

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    Talisker Bay

    by nani80 Written Dec 26, 2011

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    Talisker Bay is a beautiful beach surrounded by an impressive sea stack on one side and cliffs with waterfall on the other. Beach is made of large black pebbles and black and white sand which mix together into incredible patterns. It definitely offers a perfect opportunity for all those interested in photography! Just search the Internet to see how magnificent it can be. These photos don't do it justice, as they were taken in a hurry. Not to mention it was raining like hell, and in a matter of seconds my camera got wet and hundreds of my photos were lost :( Still, it was worth getting wet just to witness this scene.
    The bay is accessed via a single track road from Carbost, just follow the sign for Talisker (small village Talisker, not Talisker Distillery!). At the end of the road there are couple of places for parking. From there take the left path (it's marked 'To the bay'). It's a short walk to the bay (about 1,5 km), but the path might be really boggy if it has been raining a lot so make sure you have adequate shoes. At the beginning of the path you'll pass Talisker House from 1720, once home of the Macleod chief.

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    Fairy Glen

    by nani80 Updated Dec 26, 2011

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    Castle Ewen, Fairy Glen
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    If you don't believe in fairies, this miniature landscape of strangely shaped hills and tiny lochs will definitely make you change your mind. The short walk really takes you into another world full of magic. The rocky tower known as Castle Ewen is a great fun to scramble on as it has a nice flat area for picnic (if the wind's not too strong, of course). The saying goes that the fairy of the glen will make your wish come true, so don't forget to make one before you leave.

    We didn't have any problems finding this magical place from Uig's main road A87. Just take the side road for Sheadar and Balnacknock (near Uig Hostel) and follow it for 1,5 km.

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    Sleat = The Place for the Ferries

    by scottishvisitor Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The White Houses of Sleat
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    Sleat was the last place we visited on the Isle of Skye, we came here to be spirted back to the mainland by the Cal Mac Ferry to Malliag. Feeliings of sadness began to over take me - I was about to leave my special Island. Thankfully, we arrived to see the ferry depart, so had some more time on Skye after all. Sleat is a very pretty place and is known as 'the garden of Skye' here you can enjoy a woodland walk to see the wild herbs, stroll on the lovely beach and have a coffee in the little shack = just perfect.

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