An insiders track…….   8 comments

Okay, so lets imagine that you’ve finally made the decision to come and visit Eilean Donan, and you’re starting to do the research as to what else to see and do in the area while you’re here. It’s always easy to find the necessary information on the main tourist attractions, but every individual area and region has its’ own little hidden gems which are not always quite so easy to find, unless of course someone tells you about them!

So I’m going to give you a little flavour of some of my own favourite spots, a Top 10 if you like, except in no particular or specific order. These are places that many visitors to Skye & Lochalsh will often miss, or overlook due to time constraints or lack of knowledge. They are breathtaking places I have enjoyed with my own family, and have re-visited many times. If anything, my biggest problem with this blog entry was deciding how to choose just 10 locations, and I have to confess to keeping one or two little secrets to myself! Sorry!

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive in the castle’s Visitor Centre is, “What else is there to see?” or the other classic “We want to spend the day on Skye, what should we do?”

Well the Isle of Skye itself has over 900 miles of coast line so trying to condense what people shouldn’t miss is not very straightforward. Far too many people believe that they can see it all in a day, but realistically, to even scratch the surface and do the place true justice you’ve got to allocate some decent amount of time.

So here’s my Top 10. Seek them out, linger a while, and enjoy……..

  • THE QUIRAING – The majesty of the Quiraing never ceases to amaze me no matter how often I visit it. To enjoy it at its best, drive up to the carpark and go do the well trodden walk, you won’t be disappointed.

  • TALISKER BAY – On the western side of the peninsula from the distillery of the same name, this little gem is well worth seeking out! Watch out for the peacocks too!

  • THE SANDAIG ISLES – This is where Gavin Maxwell lived while he wrote “Ring of Bright Water”, and where he nurtured his beloved otters. We like to access it by boat, but there’s a glorious walk down through the forrest which is well worth doing too.

  • THE BEALACH NA BA – Quite simply, my favourite road in all of Scotland! Not only does it lead to one of my favourite spots for lunch, The Applecross Inn, but the road itself is mindblowing! Make sure to stop at the car park at the top to take in the views of the outer isles.

  • FAIRY GLEN, nr UIG- A short but truly magical walk just east of Uig. Be sure to climb Ewans Castle. We had a picnic on the top and the views are mesmirising.

  • GLENELG FERRY & OTTER HIDE WALK – If you make the effort to come off the road at Shiel Bridge and turn left towards Glenelg, you’ll find a whole variety of rich rewards. Firstly, there’e the incredible view of the Five Sisters of Kintail from the car park half way up the hill of Mam Ratagan, then there’s some of  Scotland’s best preserved Iron Age Brochs at Glenelg itself, and then there’s the old ferry which takes you over the Kylerhea straights amid the bobbing heads of the seals. Once on the other side, turn immediately right and enjoy a great walk down to the otter hide. Keep quiet and you just might get lucky!

  • CORAL BEACH, Dunvegan – My kids would probably put this at the very top of their own lists. Drive past Dunvegan Castle to the very end of the road where you will find a car park. From there, it’s a mile and a half walk along a coastal path until you reach this magnificent white coral beach. Time it right and you might even have it all to yourself!


  • NEIST POINT – on the very North West tip of Skye is an absolute jewel! A walk down to the lighthouse offers the opportunity to spot lots of wildlife. Depending on the time of year you might spot whales, basking-sharks, dolphins, eagles or puffins. This cliff walk is truly worth the effort it takes to seek out.
























  • FAIRY POOLS at GLENBRITTLE – a fabulous walk with a stunning reward at the end of it. In the summer, if it’s warm, take your swimming togs as it’ll be hard to resist having a dip!


























  • LOCH CORUISK via ELGOL – probably my most favourite view of the Cuillins is from Loch Coruisk. Take one of the boat trips from Elgol over to Coruisk, with some stout walking boots and a picnic. Once you’e reached the other side, after a short walk, just sit and gaze at the glorious amphitheatre that surrounds Loch Coruisk. It’s like God’s Cathedral!


Posted September 15, 2010 by eileandonan in Miscellaneous

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8 responses to “An insiders track…….

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  1. I would go along with your choice, however, there are loads and loads more when you think about it.
    We are very lucky living in this part of the world

  2. More reasons to return “Home”!
    Very impressive imagery!

  3. Wow – those are some great pictures of some beautiful spots !
    I hope I get a chance to see some of those in person the Next time I get to visit Scotland…..

    thank you for sharing

  4. I love these awesome pictures. One day I will get to visit Scotland. I can only hope sooner than later.

  5. Great! This is just what I was looking for… A local’s insight on what to do and see. Scotland is too big for a short 10 day visit and I like it when I can narrow it down to a smaller part. I like natural scenic drives and your destinations and details on how to get there are great. Thanks! Kelly in Juneau, Alaska

  6. Thanks for the sensible critique. Me & my neighbor were just preparing to do a little research about this.
    We got a grab a book from our area library but I think I learned more
    clear from this post. I am very glad to see such wonderful information being
    shared freely out there.

  7. Been there, took some great pictures, touched the stones… even climbed on top of the walls and barely squeezed myself through, ha, ha, ha…
    I always wondered, ever since, how thin were those ancient warriors, to be able to even fight in those confined spaces?

  8. Great review and stunning summer photos, I now have some more ‘got to see’ places on my list for my next visit!

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