Isle of Skye Off The Beaten Path

  • Fairy Glen
    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Uamh Oir (Cave of Gold)

    by nani80 Updated Dec 26, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    The 5 sisters of Kintail

    by skywalkerbeth Written Feb 4, 2005

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    Five Sisters

    Our lodge was in the shadow of one of these. Simply amazing to be outside and night, full moon (New Years Eve) and look up and see its moonlit presence!

    other info:
    http://www.kintaillodgehotel.co.uk/area/

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    Elgol - Loch Coruisk - Caves and Marble

    by scotlandscotour Written Mar 24, 2004

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    see also photos by globetrott of Loch Coruisk and views across water to the Cuillin Mountains.

    Allow atleast 2 hours for a detour down this road to explore the coastline around Elgol.

    You will discover your childhood.

    Facilities at Elgol include a wee shop, cafe and public toilets. Not so unknown any more.
    Take lots of camera film. On sunny says, plan to not return!

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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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    Secret Caves - Access Only At Low Tide

    by scotlandscotour Written Jul 1, 2004

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    Only accessible at low tide - this is fun!

    Rekindle the spirit of adventure - clamber over sea polished boulders and scramble close to the crashing Atlantic waves as you make your way into Spar Cave.

    Nature's limestone sculptures are your reward for being adventurous. Plus its fun!

    Do check the tides and weather forcast first!

    For details on where this secret cave is - contact me.

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    Isn't it all off the beaten path?

    by skywalkerbeth Updated Feb 3, 2005

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    Loch Duich New Years Day

    New Years, 2001-2002 I stayed a stone's throw from the shores of this Loch (Loch Duich), in a Victorian hunting lodge with some new Scottish friends. I had a fabulous time with them all, and in one week 14 adults went through a 10 cases of wine!

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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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    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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    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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