The Isle of Skye has hundreds of great walks that vary in both terrain and difficulty. Here are our essential Top 10 Walks on the gorgeous Isle of Skye.
Neist Point Lighthouse
Neist Point is one of the most famous lighthouses in Scotland and can be found on the most westerly tip of Skye near the township of Glendale. While the walk down is an easy one, the concrete path does get quite steep at times. From the path you will see stunning views of the high cliffs and the lighthouse itself, at sunset the view is made even more spectacular making this a top destination for landscape photographer’s.
This is an essential walk for any photographer as it passes though some of the most spectacular landscapes in Scotland. As part of the Trotternish ridge it has been formed by a massive landslip which has created high cliffs, hidden plateaus and pinnacles of rock. Choose a clear day and bring your camera.
A great family walk down to the Coral Beach in Claigan, just north of Dunvegan. The beach is made from crushed white coral like seaweed that makes the water look tropical blue when the sun comes out. A truly magical place, perfect for a family picnic and maybe a swim.
A longer walk to the beautiful Camasunary bay. This route gives a taste of walking in the Cuillin Mountains without really having to climb a mountain or get out a map. Walking by the foot of these famous hills offers some fantastic views, so bring your camera. A safe taste of walking the Cuillin Hills.
Old Man of Storr
This is properly the most famous walk on the Island and definitely the busiest. The ‘Old Man’ is a large pinnacle of rock that stands high and can be seen for miles around. As part of the Trotternish ridge the Storr was created by a massive ancient landside, leaving one of the most photographed landscapes in the world.
At foot of the Black Cuillins near Glenbrittle are the Fairy Pools, beautifully crystal clear blue pools on the River Brittle. These famous pools entice visitors from all over the world, as they make some great ‘Wild Swimming’ for those brave enough to enter the cold water. For the less adventurous these magical Fairy Pools make some fantastic photos.
A shorter walk by the shore of the beautiful Portree Bay, enjoy views out across the sea to the Island of Raasay. Bring your camera as this walk offers a chance to see the Sea Eagles that nest on the high cliffs nearby. Makes a perfect after dinner walk on a long summers evening.
The Point of Sleat
This is a great walk along a track to the very southern most point of Skye. The route passes a fantastic white sand beach which is worth stopping at for a spot of lunch or even a swim. Continuing on to the point where there is a modern lighthouse and some fantastic views out to the small isles of Rum, Canna and Eigg.
This short easy walk to Talisker Beach is a good choice for families. The grey sandy beach is surrounded by impressive cliffs, making an interesting landscape for the budding photographer. Skye does not have many options for surfing, though Talisker Beach does sometime work and is not too far to carry a board.
This is a longer walk to the cleared village of Boreraig, interesting for those that would like to know more about the history of Skye. This village was cleared of its people to make way for sheep in the 1850s, the village is now a mix of ruined stone houses by the shore of Loch Eishort.