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...
Trotternish - Beinn Edra
The hike to the summit of Beinn Edra from Glen Uig is the easiest way to experience some of the glory of the Trotternish Ridge. Navigation is mostly very easy and the ascent to the 611m summit is a gradual one. On a fine day, the views from the top - of the rest of the ridge, and of the Scottish mainland mountains - are exceptional. The starting point is Balnaknock, just past the Fairy Glen, at NG420627. If arriving here by car the best, though limited, parking is in the glen itself, a bit before the end of the road.
Sleat - Dunscaith Castle
Dunscaith Castle (or Dun Scathaich) is a short, easy walk from the road at Tokavaig, on the west coast of the Sleat peninsula. Leave the road at NG600118 and follow the track that runs along the shore towards an old barn with a red corrugated iron roof. After passing to the left of the barn, the track reduces to a path that carries on over a small rise to the castle itself.
What little is left of the castle sits on a big lump of rock, about 40 ft high, just off the point to which it is connected by the remains of a bridge. Only the side walls of the bridge are intact, the floor - probably a wooden drawbridge - having long ago fallen away. It is possible to cross by shuffling sideways along a narrow ledge at the base of the wall. But it would be a bad idea to fall off - it's a long drop onto hard rock below! A good alternative is to scramble up the castle rock from beach level. That can be done without much difficulty just to the right of the bridge.
The Skeabost Hotel has had an up and down history. A former MacDonald hunting lodge at the mouth of the salmon river at Snizort, the hotel and its 9 hole golf course are beautifully situated. And today the place is on the up.
Since 2015, when it was acquired by the owners of Skye's Toravaig House and Duisdale House hotels, a lot of investment has been made and the place has been much improved on its former self. The environment and the service are very good indeed, and the kitchen is producing simple food with great flair and precision. It's well worth a visit for lunch or for dinner.
On a fine day, find yourselves a window table: the views over Loch Snizort Beag from the dining room are superb.
Dun Beag and Dun Mor, Struan
Sing me a song of a dreamy moor,
Where the maids at the shieling spin:
Lull me to sleep by the peat fire smoor,
When the soft night closes in.
Alasdair Alpin MacGregor