Isle of Skye Off The Beaten Path

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    Fairy Glen
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  • Distant view of the 'Coral sands'.
    Distant view of the 'Coral sands'.
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  • Basalt columns near Uamh Oir
    Basalt columns near Uamh Oir
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    Leann an Eilein

    by call_me_rhia Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    pic from their website

    Leann an Eilein is not a place, it's not a monument, it's not a mountain: it's Isle of Skye Brewery, a wonderful brewery producing excellent beer brewed with Skye's spring water. The interesting fact is that it was founded by two teachers in 1995 - so much for keeping the youngsters away from the bottle ;-)
    it's located in Uig, where the ferry terminal leaves for the Outer Hebrides

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    The coastal road North of Dunvegan Castle

    by christylac Written Jan 9, 2011

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    Isle of Skye North of Dunvegan
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    After visiting Dunvegan Castle (or if you just happen to be in the area) be sure to continue North up along the coastal road for some amazing views and possibly a little wildlife. Even if you can only afford to get a few miles "off course" you will be rewarded! All of the images shown here were taken from within 10 miles North of the Castle.

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    The Coral Sands of Loch Dunvegan

    by LesHamilton Updated Oct 17, 2010

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    Distant view of the 'Coral sands'.
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    Many visitors to Skye's renowned Dunvegan Castle are unaware of the treat that lies just 3 miles or so northwards along the coastal road, the so-called Coral Bays of Claigan.

    Follow the road north from Dunvegan, past islands where seals frequently bask, till the road ends at the car-park. A sign directs you towards the shore and follows the loch-side past two bays. It is the second bay that harbours the sparkling white 'coral sands', though they are not in fact coral but remains of a type of seaweed (Lithothamnion calcarium).

    The round trip to the sands is under 3 miles and provides a refreshing stroll along beaches and over low undulating hills.

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    Allt Coire a'Ghreadaidh

    by LesHamilton Updated Oct 17, 2010

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    Allt Coir a'Ghreadaidh in spate after heavy rain
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    This is a hidden gem within easy reach of the Glen Brittle roadside, as there is a good path all the way.

    From Sligachan, follow the road westward, to Carbost and Glen Brittle for about 6 miles, then fork hard left following the sign to Glen Brittle.

    A further 6 miles on, park opposite the Youth Hostel. Allt Coire a'Ghreadaidh passes under the adjacent road bridge, with the first of many waterfalls right beside you.

    Take the good walkers' path towards the mountains. This follows the stream past a succession of waterfalls and waterslides that sparkle in the sunshine and, following a night of rain—as in the photographs—provide a sight to behold.

    The path is easy walking and at length passes high on the rim of a deep valley. The mountains are always ahead of you, providing a stunning backdrop to an already dramatic situation.

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    Loch Coruisg and Cuillin from Sgurr na Stri

    by LesHamilton Updated Feb 22, 2010

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    Loch Coruisg and the Cuillin combine to form one of the most famous and iconic views in the whole of Scotland.

    To achieve this viewpoint, from the summit of Sgurr na Stri, a relatively small (497 metre) hill, you must first make your way along the A881 from Broadford to Kilmarie, just beyond Kirkibost. There, a good waymarked path takes you from the car park to Camasunary Bay. This part of the walk is relatively easy, and Sgurr na Stri rises prominently beyond the bay.

    To ascend the hill you have to cross the grassy flats at Camasunary, past the house and bothy, to the river , which you must cross. There is no bridge and you may have to detour upstream to find a suitable crossing place.

    The ascent of the Sgurr is up steepish grassy slopes to the lowest part of its ridge, followed by a walk back to its summit.

    This is a serious expedition, though nothing more challenging than easy scrambling is required. You must be properly equipped for mountainous terrain, and in particular be wearing stout boots. You are several miles from the road, and should the weather change for the worse on your return, you must be well prepared.

    Yes, it's a bit of an effort, but the views make it all well worth while.

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    Coir' a'Ghrunnda

    by LesHamilton Updated Feb 21, 2010

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    Coir' a'Ghrunnda from Sgurr nan Eag

    Coir' a'Ghrunnda really is off the beaten track. It will take you about 2½ hours walking, along walkers paths (which can be quite rough in places) to gain this corrie, which contains the highest loch in the Cuillin.

    So you have to be fit and well shod; you need suitable clothing for a mountain ascent of 1000 metres: this is not an undertaking for the casual tourist - it is a serious expedition for which you need hillclimbing experience! But for those with an adverturous spirit the rewards are immense.

    The walk starts from near the Glen Brittle Hut and initially follows the path to Coire Lagan. After about 45 minutets, a narrow path heads cross-country to the right, rounding Sron na Ciche. The way is fairly obvious and, having rounded the Sron, climbs steeply up to Coire Grunnda.

    To get views like this photograph you must progress even further, up the slopes of Sgurr nan Eag (the mountain to your right as seen on first arrival at the corrie); on a fine, sunny day, the view is well worth the effort.

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    Tarscavaig Bay

    by LesHamilton Updated Feb 21, 2010

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    Cuillin from Tarscavaig Bay
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    Tarscavaig Bay on the western coast of the Sleat Peninsula is a lovely place to relax on a sunny day. There are sandy beaches and rock pools but, best of all, a splendid view across the sea to the amazing Cuillin mountains.

    To reach Tarscavaig you must first take the A851 Armadale road from Broadford, turning off to the right along a single-track loop road at Kilbeg. As you cross the highest point of the road a breath-taking view appears, two sparkling lochans in front of you and the ocean and Cuillin beyond. As soon as you are back to sea level and the coast, you have arrived at Tarscavaig Bay, where you can park on the grassy area at the roadside.

    There are fine coastal walks to be enjoyed in both directions.

    Once you have had your fill, take to the loop road again and drive north for two miles to Tokavaig where the ruined Dunscaith Castle graces the coast less than a half mile away.

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    Talisker Bay

    by LesHamilton Updated Feb 18, 2010

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    Talisker Bay with Stac an Fhucadair
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    Best visited on a sunny summer evening when the setting sun streams up the glen, Talisker Bay provides the ideal short walk at the end of an adventurous day.

    The bay is accessed via a narrow, scenic winding single track road from Carbost, an experience in itself.

    After parking at the small parking area near Talisker House, there is a half-mile walk along good paths to the coast and bay, with its stunning rock pillar.

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    Faerie Glen

    by ChartIt Updated Nov 13, 2008

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    Me on the faerie Castle over view Glen
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    It was a wonderful place, I really enjoyed it. I cant tell you how to get there for the life of me, that is what i get for taking a tour! But everything is "miniture" You can really imagine all the faeries dancing around. There is even a place for you to go and wish the worst of your problems, or ask for your greatest desire to be granted by the faeries. You cannot walk in the spiral with anyone else, so your wishes dont get mixed. The Faerie Castle is a definatly tight squeeze at the top. But the view of the Glen is just wonderful. You can leave offerings for the faeries, DO NOT LEAVE IRON! They dont like iron.

    Wish Update :November 2008 Wish Made on : May 2007
    I asked the faires for me to be happy and successfull teacher. And the faeries must have listened because I am happy, successful, history teacher!

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    Visit a place that was popular before the Bridge

    by scottishvisitor Updated Sep 29, 2006

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    Castle Moil = Casteal Maol
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    In the years before the Skye Bridge was build, Kyleakin was the ferry port where you landed on Skye. Most tourists would never go to this tiny place which is huge on scenery. Castle Moil, Casteal Maol in Gaelic, the ancient home of the Clan MacKinnon, is described as a massive decaying tooth but this would not be my description, but it is too beautiful for mere words to justify. The peace and isolation of Kyleakin with its reflective harbour, little sailing boats and surrounding green hills dotted by the Skye custom of white housing made me want to stay here forever. I fell in love here = with Kyleakin.

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    Loch Aviemore

    by Igraine Written Sep 22, 2006

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    Loch Aviemore by morning
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    Strictly speaking its not on the isle of Skye but i didnt want this pictures to disappear in my Scotland pages. From this place we went to the isle of Skye so in that way it is connected to it.
    Before we went to Skye we made a short boattrip with a local fisherman on this loch. It was wonderfull to see the surroundings from the water.

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    Glen Brittle

    by stevezero Written May 14, 2005

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    Glen Brittle

    Glen Brittle is another fairly unkown part of Skye, reached down an unmarked raod. At the end of the road is Glenbrittle House, where you can park and walk the 1km or so down to the shores of Loch Brittle
    Here there is a pebble beach surrounded by cliffs and waterfalls.

    Off the B8009 road, near Carbost

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    Loch Eynort

    by stevezero Written May 14, 2005

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    Loch Eynort

    Loch Eynort is set in an idyllic Glen. the scenery is outstanding, and it is very tranquil.
    It really is an unkown part of Skye and well worth a visit.
    Situated on an unmarked road, off the B8006 near Carbost.

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    Loch Eynort

    by skywalkerbeth Written Feb 4, 2005

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    Loch Eynort (Aineort)

    This was after a day of tromping around the Isle of Skye. (short day - winter). We saw some rare birds (which delighted Sheila) and saw some salmon farms - came upon this sight, and took some pictures.

    http://pages.eidosnet.co.uk/~skye/church5.html

    some beautiful photos:

    http://www.physics.gla.ac.uk/photoCompetition.html

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    Broch!

    by skywalkerbeth Updated Feb 4, 2005

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    a Broch near Glen Shiel

    The below website isn't about this specific broch but about brochs in general. I believe it dates before Christ. (the broch, not the website. hahahah)

    maybe this is Dun Telve? I need to ask my friend and Scottish expert, Sheila.

    if it is:

    http://www.ancient-scotland.co.uk/duntelve.html

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