Explore from your front room…..

A view out to sea on the coasts of Glenbrittle beach bluec skies, sunlight on the beach and cloud striations

The year of Coasts and waters 2020-21 has not been as accessible as many would have liked, due to our current restrictions. But you can still access online. I’d like to share with you some of the fantastic coastline and water activities available on Skye, which will still be here when you can come in person. Think of it as a planning blog.


The coastline of Skye varies dramatically. From the cliff face at Kilt Rock to the sweeping bay at Coral Beach.

With rugged headlands, mountain streams, cascading waterfalls, Skye has it all. There are many walks that take you along the coastal paths. You never know what you might find there. One such walk, we have still to do, is from Glen Brittle to Rubh an Dunain. A peninsula that stretches from Glen Brittle beach in the shadow of the Cuillin. This is an eight mile walk taking you to an old settlement and Viking stronghold. Here you will be able to see a canal dug out, making the loch accessible to their longboats. You can find a walking map and more information on the Walking Highlands website: Rubh’ an Dunain, Glen Brittle

Water Activities

With water all around, the possibilities are endless. There is something for everyone. From a high speed rib boat trip to see the rugged coastline and hidden caves, to a boat trip over to the Isle of Rona whilst enjoying a meal of fresh seafood, sourced locally. You can go canoeing, canyoning or river tubing. And if you enjoy wild swimming, well the island is your oyster. You can find out more about what is on offer on our website page Exploring Skye.


If you enjoy seafood you won’t be disappointed on Skye, with fishing all around the coast. The restaurants on the island serve some of the best seafood dishes around and if you want to take some home, you can regularly buy them straight from the boats on the quayside. Find out more about these restaurants here Restaurants on Skye

Wild life

There is an abundance of wildlife around the coasts of Skye. There are boat trips taking you out to sea to see Minke whales, seals and sea eagles to name but a few. But you can also see them on foot whilst on your walks. If you are lucky, you may see an otter.

Sources of inspiration

Visit Scotland have done a Year of Coasts and Waters Travel Guide which you might like to look at Year of Coasts and Waters Travel

Skye has featured in four television programmes recently showing the stunning scenery and meeting locals. Why not have a look from the comfort of your arm chair:

Darcey Bussell’s Wild Coasts of Scotland on More4
Sandi Toksvig’s Extraordinary Escapes on More4
Paul Murton’s Grand Tours of Scotland’s Lochs on BBC!



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