A Visit to Skye

This time last week I was driving the 225 miles to Skye. In the four days we covered 725 miles in the car, and probably walked around 20–25 miles. Here’s where we visited and how to find them.

The Road to Skye

On the way to Skye we went through Glencoe, and checked out the Glenfinnan Viaduct. The Viaduct opened in 1901, you might recognise it from three Harry Potter films.

Glenfinnan Viaduct

Not to mention the flying visit to Eilean Donan Castle just before we got to Skye. You can’t miss this, it’s well signposted just on the main road (A87). You hit the Skye Bridge about 10 minutes down the road.

Eilean Donan Castle

Sligachan Bridge

The Sligachan Bridge is one of the first things we stopped at in Skye. Our apartment was just North of Portree so we went through Sligachan on the way. There’s parking at the hotel where you can walk down to the bridge. The area has good views of the Black Cuillin.

Sligachan Bridge

The Fairy Glen

One of the first spots on our list was the Fairy Glen. It’s quite hard to find this place—it’s the turn straight after the Uig Hotel. It’s not well signposted at all. After driving along this road for about 10 minutes you’ll find yourself inside the glen. There’s not really any parking but no one was really around when we were there.

Fairy Glen

Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall

Continuing North from the Fairy Glen we made a few stops on the coast. The photo here is looking up to Kilt Rock and Mealt Waterfall. The Waterfall is well signposted and has a good car park. This has good views up to Kilt Rock.

Kilt Rock

Neist Point

The next day we headed to Dunvegan (we didn’t bother with the castle) and out to Neist Point. From Dunvegan the turn off the A863 is just after The Old School Restaurant. After leaving the A863 you’re onto B roads for the rest of the 25 minute drive. There’s parking at the top and a steep 20 minute walk down to Neist Point and the lighthouse.

Neist Point Lighthouse

Fairy Pools and Black Cuillins

The Fairy Pools weren’t that well signposted, it was a little handmade sign. Although Glenbrittle was signposted. Here’s the turn you’re looking for. The photo here shows the road down to the car park—which is pretty large. It’s a fair walk right to the last set of waterfalls. We ended up walking right up to the Black Cuillins. After taking lots of photos and all the extra walking we were there for about 3 hours.

The Road to the Fairy Pools

The Storr

The car park for The Storr is well signposted and just off the main road. It’s small though. We got there before sunrise and it was okay. The path right up The Storr seems to have been recently made (and still in progress). The path was still steep and lacking in parts. The Old Man of Storr (in the photo) is hard to see as you walk up—it’s camouflaged against The Storr itself. It’s not till you start to walk past it you realise where it is. There’s a good view point on a ridge near the top looking back down where you walked up.

Old Man of Storr

Macleod’s Maidens

After The Storr we headed off to find Macleod’s Maidens. It was the hardest thing to find on our trip. The parking for it is at Orbost Farm, and the end of a sheep shed. This is where you want to park. You can tell it’s the start as there is a map on the wall of the walking route.

It’s a very long walk. Take plenty of water and food as it’s some trek out. You just need to keep walking for what seems forever and you get there. It took us nearly 2 hours just to reach the Maidens. The path starts off okay, but then it gets very rough and steep in parts. In some other parts the path doesn’t even really exist. It was worth it though.

Macleod’s Maidens

More Photos

All of the photos I took on the trip are on Flickr. If you use Instagram, most of them will gradually appear on there @itsrab.

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