Five favourite day walks on Skye

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Day walks on Skye are bountiful and for all abilities. Below you will find five of our favourite day walks on Skye with some photographs of what we saw and links to maps you can download.

A day walk on Skye to Rubha Hunish

Our first favourite walk on Skye was on a wet and windy walk to Rhuba Hunish. This was in August 2019, just before we moved here.  We had brought my daughter’s dog, Puka, with us and he thoroughly enjoyed himself.  You can walk down to the headland, however, the path has a steep and scrambley descent which we didn’t do this time. We will come back and explore some more. 

The views from the top, at the former coastguard lookout , overlooking the Little Minch, are spectacular. On a good day you can see across to the mountains on the Isle of Harris.  The lookout is now a bothy maintained by the Mountain Bothy Association.  We took a packed lunch and Ian’s invaluable brewing tackle to make a much needed warming cup of tea. A much needed piece of Millburn shortbread.

You can find a great map and description by Walk Highlands here
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A walk to Orbost Beach

This is a gentle easy walk for a Sunday morning.  Park at Orbost Farm (take care not to block any access (What three word locator for car park is solved.sized.fidgeted ). Follow the track that goes along side Orbost House’s garden wall and follow this until you come to the beach.  There are rocks to climb, rock pools to explore and you could have a dip in the sea if you are brave.

A walk to Dun Fiadhairt

This walk is just 3 miles up the road from the house. Parking is just over a mile past Dunvegan Castle (what three words – firepower.sorters.coasting), cross over the bridge and follow the sign. You can access a map from Walk Highlands here with a good description of the area. There is a great view across the loch to Dunvegan Castle. You will see the remains of an iron-age broch which you can also explore. Keep a look out in the loch and you may see a common seal colony which is the largest on Skye. Find a comfy rock and watch them play.

A walk to Coral Beach

Coral Beach is just five miles up the road from our house. There is a car park but places can be limited at times (what three words bars.coconuts.brambles) please park responsibly. The foot path is well trod, if you are taking a dog, please keep on a lead as there are farm animals loose. There is a good view across to Colbost, Husabost and when at the beach on a clear day across to the Outer Hebrides.
You can find a great map and description by Walk Highlands here

A circular walk in Dunvegan,
the Two Churches Walk

This is one our favourite walks on Skye as it can be done from the house. You can walk up behind the house, look out for the resident highland cows, past the school and across the croft field running behind us. This takes you to the Kilmuir Road with views across to the Cuillins and the MacLeods Tables. If you walk along this single track road, with the school on your left, you come to the road from Dunvegan toward Portree. Turn left as though going into Dunvegan.

You will see the first church, St Mary’s, on your right and this is where we start the walk. Why not walk into the church where you will see memorial stones to many of the Clan MacLeod. You can walk up to the Duirinish Stone which gives you a fantastic panoramic view. Keep an eye open for the fairy doors on the trees as you come through the wood, and the seesaw seat.

The Walk Highlands do a route but it takes you in the opposite direction

A laminated copy of the route maps are provided in our rooms for you to use during your stay.

Our favourite day walks on Skye are sure to be added to as we find new and exciting places to explore.

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