The Skye Guide is an independent and personal view of the Isle of Skye. The things that are included in the guide are here because I like them - and because I think you might too. If something is not included, it may be because I would not recommend it to you, but it may be simply that I have not experienced it.
I am happy with that ambiguity...
Hotel Eilean Iarmain, Sleat
I've never experienced dinner at Eilean Iarmain, but it's a favourite lunch stop when I'm in the area. The people there are nice, the service is good, the location is stunning, and eating in the restaurant is a treat. Not quite up to the standards of the very best on Skye, but pretty good nonetheless. You can eat less formally in the 'An Praban' bar, a particulary nice spot on a cold winter day when the open fire is blazing. A wee bit expensive for bar food perhaps, but decent enough value when you see the portion sizes!
Cuillin - Sgurr na Stri
The outlook from the top of Sgurr na Stri is fantastic. Not only is it one of the best on Skye, but it can hardly be bettered anywhere in Scotland. The picture above, taken from just below the summit, is of Loch Coruisk and the main Cuillin Ridge. It is a truly awe-inspiring view.
Getting to the top of Sgurr na Stri (The Peak of Strife) is not technically difficult. The main challenge in this hike is the long path in from Sligachan and, of course, the seemingly longer tramp back at the end of the day. Overall it's an outing of around 22 km.
You can cheat a bit though, by getting on one of the boats from Elgol to Loch Coruisk and heading up from there. If you go back to Elgol the same way your total walking distance will be under 5 km.
Trumpan Church, Waternish
The ruins of Trumpan Church stand at the far north end of the Waternish Road, at NG225612. The site has a whole lot of stories to tell…
The Battle of the Spoiling of the Dyke
In 1578, Trumpan Church was the site of a revenge attack on the MacLeods by the MacDonalds of Uist. The MacDonalds crept up on the church, which was filled by a worshipping congregation. They barred the only door and set fire to the thatch, killing all the occupants save one young girl. She died of her injuries, but was instrumental in raising the alarm and thus securing the butchering of all the MacDonalds by the men of MacLeod of Dunvegan. The corpses of the MacDonalds were dragged back up the hill and then buried by collapsing a turf wall onto them – hence the conflict was named the "Battle of the Spoiling of the Dyke". It is said that human bones are turned up here to this day.
Camas Ban, Portree
Camas Ban is Portree's only sandy beach. You might think that would make it a busy place on a warm summer day, but it seldom is. Back in the early twentieth century small boats would ferry hoards of people back and forth across the bay from Portree Pier to Camas Ban. Today you either need your own small boat (a sea kayak is ideal) or you need to take a short pathless hike over some rough ground and down a steep slope to the sand. If you are reasonably fit it isn't too difficult - and you might even get the whole beach to yourselves.