This walk starts from the Braes road. This road is a turn off just before or after Portree depending which direction you're coming from.
If you drive down this road, there is a gravelled area directly opposite a house. We parked there, don't know if anyone would mind if you park there, but do not park in passing places or on someones drive. If you continue to walk down the road there is a postbox on the left in a passing place the path is just off here. There is a steepish grassy path and then you walk down onto the beach. If you walk all the way along the beach and up the grassy bank you get up the top.
We walked along the left hand side of the peninsula and all the way to the end. To get to the point nearest Ben Tianavaig (this is the mountain/hill you can see from it), you do have to clamber over some rocks. We saw dolphins from this point following a small boat.
If you walk along the opposite side there is a wee cliff type thing and a stack standing in the middle of it (see third picture). There is also a nice view along the coast from this side. You can continue round and then back down onto to the beach, then back up the beach and path and up to your car.
Also there is lots of sheep so watch your feet, and the sheep usually just run off the nearer you get.
Please excuse the rotation of the pictures can't get them upright.
Park at the car park on the right hand side of the road if coming from carbost, cross the road and walk down the path. There is a fork off to the left but that's for if you want to walk over to Sligachan. As you go down you have to cross a stream which can be awkward if it has been raining really heavily, there are stepping stones.
If you keep walking up, there pools in which you can swim, if you don't mind the cold. The path keeps on going up the bottom of the big triangle shaped rock (can't remember what it's called and I doubt most people know what it's called anyways, see second picture). You can then either go down the way you came up (which I would throughly recommend) as the path off to the left is not exactly a path. It sort of is but it sort of isn't and it's horrible when it has been raining. If you do decide to go this way, you need to be careful as it's a tad awkward finding the path again to take you back down.
Also dogs need to be kept on the lead here as with most of Skye due to the sheep.
Take the coast-road towards the north of the Isle of Skye.
Some parts of the road are still "single-track-roads" with passing places and are not yet so very crowded like other roads in Scotland.
You will pass by plenty of lovely lakes and mountains in a completely unspoilt landscape.
I took these photo in 1990 and I am quite sure that the road is much better now !
Quiraing is a huge mountain massive in the north of the Isle of Skye, and a small road will take you across the Quiraing to the village of Uig on the West-coast.
This road is much steeper than it seems on my photograph, but my motorhome made it anyway.
Up there on Quiraing you will find a small path to walk around the mountain within 4 hours, offering great views over the surrounding landscape with all the lakes and the open sea. And you will also find some small places to park your car !
Uig is a small town on the West-coast of the Isle of Skye and from there you will be able to take the ferry-ships to the Western Hebrides :
To Lochmaddy on North Uist and
To Stornoway at Lewis .
It is essential to make reservations for these ferriesalready a long time in advance, especially when you have a motorhome that is higher than an ordinary car, as all the trafic goes with these few ferries.
And when you happen to see the big gasoline-truck boarding the car-ferry togeather with you, you will understand, why the petrol is 30 % more expensive there on the island of the Western Hebrides.
Trotternish Island is the very top of the Island of Skye, and there you will find only a very few buildings and farms, surrounded by heather and lovely mountains.
Most of the sheep will run freely on all of the meadows and they will be marked by colors in order to be "sorted" by the farmers at the end of the season.
Get more infos about Trotternish Island in my link below !
Drive any road that you will findon the Isle of Skye, because so many of the great bays have no names and are not indicated by signposts as worth a visit.
After driving such roads with a dead end it sometimes was not easy to reverse with my large and heavy motorhome, as many of these roads will end inside the private area of a farm, but all of the farmers were helpful in opening their gate and letting me in to turn around my car again.
And we always had a little chat about this and that, I could buy some eggs from them etc.
This lovely lake is close to Broadford and I passed by it on my way to Elgol.
Be careful, when stepping into these meadows, as most of them are really muddy and you might sink in half a meter and it will be hard to get out again, withouth the help of someone else.
When you are driving a car in the Isle of Skye, make sure you always "test" the surface of any place OUTside of a road, where you might want to turn around your car and have to drive through some grass or so !!!
Broadford is the place, where you may take the road to the Westcoast and to some remote places to go hiking in the Cuillin Mountains.
There you will also have a footpath to Lough Corruisk and a big camping and youth hostel.
You will find some more infos abot this place in my link below !
The old man of Storr is a rock, 50 meters high, and it is shown in the back of my photograph, standing up like a needle on top of the mountains.
Watch out for the car-parking, when you get closer to these mountains, to walk up there takes about 2 hours, but it also makes a really great panorama-view over the island and the mainlands of Scotland !
...and there is still my old, very first motorhome. It was a bit slow, but a great car to explore Scotland, and it had an extra Motorscooter on the back ( a Velosolex, that had the engine sitting on top of the front-wheel).
This is now a part of the panorama-view that you will get , when you walk up to the Old man of Storr.
This is the view towards Kyleakin and the Cuillin Mountains in the south of the Isle of Skye.
There is a small parking for maybe 10 cars at the foot of the mountains and walking up needs about 1-2 hours one way. The first part is rather easy, but finding a good spot for a photograph might take more time and could be dangerous as well and quite exhausting !
The small village of Kyleakin was founded in the 19th century with a very few houses only and a tiny shop. For plenty of years it was the port, where the ferries from the Scottish mainland to the Isle of Skye landed every few minutes.
But some years ago there was a huge bridge built connecting the mainland with the Island of Skye, and most people simply pass by the village of Kyleakin, as the bridge ends outside of town.
In case that you need to do some shopping, Kyleakin is still a very good place and you will also find some tourist-boats leaving from there to watch seals.
Glendale Toy Museum is open throughout August. Free craft workshop day in Glendale Village Hall 16th Aug 11am to 4pm and suitable for all ages
Two day craft fair in Glendale village hall 9th & 10th Aug 10am to 5pm
20 plus Crafts people selling and demonstrating the best products in North West Skye
Refreshments available at both events
A 'coral' beach on Skye????
It just can't be!
Well, it isn't. What's called 'coral' is actually a type of algae coralline or mearl. The mearl is crushed by waves into tiny pieces and than bleached by sun - the final result is a shining white beach, another hidden gem on Skye.
We visited the beach twice. First time we went on a sunny morning, we spent a few hours there, lazing on the beach, walking up the lump above it (Cnoc Mor a Ghrobain) and enjoying the views. Second time we came in the late afternoon, after two days of heavy rain and we had the beach to ourselves. It was still drizzling while we were walking to the beach, but then the sun came out from behind the clouds. We spotted three seals playing in the bay - they went underwater several times and each time they popped up a bit closer. We were so overwhelmed by the seals that we missed the sunset and had to retrace our steps back to the car park in the dark.
The walk starts from the car park in Claigan. There's an information board with details about the walk. The track can be a bit boggy in some parts, and you'll have to cross a small stream at some point, but you'll forget everything once you reach the 'coral paradise'.
Trotternish is the northermost peninsula of the Isle of Skye, extending from Portree to it's northernmost end at Rubha Hunish. It is dominated by bizzare geological formations of a spectacular Trotternish ridge, over 30 km long inland cliff, which runs the full length of the peninsula.
The best way to explore the odd lava rocks, pinnacles and cliffs of Trotternish is to take the30 km long ridge walk. However, you can still explore the most impressive parts of it by taking shorter walks, especially to The Old Man of Storr walk and The Quiraing.
The buses in the area are scarce, and I strongly suggest renting a car. The coastal road A855 all around the peninsula is one of the most scenic roads I've ever seen. There are plenty of nice viewpoints along the road to explore the area a bit further. The lenght of A855 is 50 km and you can easily drive it in 1,5 hour, but if you want to really enjoy the outstanding views and this unique scenery it will take you much longer than a couple of hours. In my opinion, a lifetime isn't enough, and no matter how long you stay, you'll wish you had a little more time!
If you find yourself lacking time to explore the whole peninsula properly, but would still like to get the gist of the area, I suggest taking the A855 road from Portree to Staffin, and then turning to the minor road from Staffin to Uig that goes over the top of the Trotternish ridge.