MY FAVOURITE SKYE WALKS

I’m adding to these over time but good descriptions are also found in the excellent ‘walkhighlands’ website. I’ve rated them *** to ***** stars.

Camasunary Bay from Kilmarie ***** An hour to an ethereal bay with the Gothic Black Cuillin ahead and above. My number one walk on Skye.For details see  –  A Walk to Camasunary Bay, Skye

And also see details of a walk beyond that onto the low shoulder of Sgurr na Stri (photo below) which is just incredible  – A Walk Beyond Camasunary Bay, Skye

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Old Man of Storr ***** A 45 minute slog up to the Pinnacle itself with a chance to wander myriad little tracks and explore this unearthly landscape.For details see – THE OLD MAN OF STORR, SKYE

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Old Man of Storr pinnacle

The Storr summit ****

Cloud over The Storr summit

A hillwalk, reaching the highest point on the spectacular Trotternish ridge above the Old Man of Storr. My route is the non-scramble rocky option.See A Trotternish Hike – The Storr

Secret Lochan or Meall na Suiramach. ***** Superb walking whichever track you choose. Other-worldly landscapes.For details of the Meall na Suiramach route which is about an hour to the top – THE QUIRAING, ISLE OF SKYE

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View from Meall na Suiramach

Beinn Edra  – another superb high level walk along the Trotternish Ridge, in the opposite direction to the Quiraing. You may have it all to yourself.Straightforward but map still required.Avoid if misty.For details of my last winter walk there see A HIKE ON SKYE’S TROTTERNISH RIDGE

Beinn Edra

 

Fairy Pools **** It’s getting awful busy but to me, the thing is Glen Brittle itself and walking into a Black Cuillin corrie. The Pools are small and turquoise, very beautiful.For our walk experience – The Fairy Pools

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Neist Point **** A shortish downhill stroll on a concrete path to the Lighthouse.

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Ben Tianavaig ***** A boggy moorland slog at first then a nice springy ridge walk with stunning panoramas all around. An hour to the top.And what a top! The hill’s golden eagle has made a close up appearance, checking us out,  each time we’ve walked here.For more detail see: BEN TIANAVAIG, SKYE

 

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Coire Lagan ***** 90 mins of moorland ascent to this wild and beautiful Black Cuillin lochan. The big stuff is all around.

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This walk was done in October though I’ve been up there in May and June.There was a lone stag roaring, looking for company as it was right in the middle of the rut. Colours in autumn are sublime.

 

Rubh’ an Dunan ****great coastal walk to an ancient Dun with evidence of a Viking boat channel.Wonderful coastal and mountain views.Start at the end of the Glen Brittle road.For more detail : Great Skye Walks – Rubh’ an Dunan

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Waternish Point **** It’s around 5 miles out to the Lighthouse on a spectacular headland.Great whale spotting area.Start at Trumpan Church, 10 mins beyond Steinn village.

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Rubha Hunish **** Beautiful gentle peninsula with a short dramatic cliff section if you want to go all the way out to the headland.Great Harris views.

 

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Point of Sleat **** Three mile walk to Skye’s finest white beach.Start at the end of the road parking at Ardvasar, south of Armadale.

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Coral Beaches *** A nice easy walk of about 30 minutes to some soft golden sand beaches, a rarity on Skye.

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Dunvegan Head **** Thousand foot cliffs at the end of this long walk.Great views to the Outer Hebrides.Golden eagle country.We walked it on a glorious summer’s day last year in the company , at one point, of a golden eagle: THE GOLDEN EAGLE OF DUNVEGAN HEAD

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Kilvaxter Headland *** A beautiful coastal and cliff walk with great Outer Hebrides views.

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Oronsay Island Loop **** A shortish walk with minor ascent around this tiny tidal island.Great views all around.Do it with plenty time to spare though re the tide.Hikes on Skye: Oronsay Island

Macleod’s Tables *** – A shortish half day with some superb views to the Cuillin, the Outer Hebrides, north Skye, Harris. But leave it for a clear day. Eagle country again.For more detail on our last venture up here: MACLEOD’S TABLES

THE BIG STUFF – tougher days out!

Bruach na Frithe ***** The easiest Cuillin with a clear track to the ridge.A WALK UP BRUACH NA FRITHE (SKYE CUILLIN)

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Sgurr na Stri ***** A big day out, 8 hours, hailed as the UK’s finest viewpoint and I would not disagree.For a February walk in 2017 to its summit see A Winter Hike up a Mini Black Cuillin, Skye

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Beinn Dearg Mor and Marsco, Red Cuillin**** Nice couple of hills to do if weather is up to them.Or just do the first one.The Black Cuillin all around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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