Quiraing is a rock formation of tectonic origin in the north part of the island. Easily accessed, it enjoys great popularity. Tourists love it. They start their hike at the car park, which is large, but full in high season anyway. Don’t worry though, if you wait a little, you surely will find new vacant spots for your car.
If the weather is nice, the circuit can be walked in 2-3 hours, and will offer plenty of fantastic pictures on your camera. In case it is not, and there is a downpour or fog, it is not recommended to undergo this hike because of safety reasons.
If you don’t take the turn towards Quiraing, A855 (going north) will take you to Flodigarry. There is a board, which is not too noticeable, but you can spot a small car park, if you know to expect it. In no time then, you will find yourself at Loch Langaig, which has a strange unique atmosphere, thanks to the mountains (Quiraing on the north-east side) surrounding it.
18. Duntulm Castle
Not really a castle anymore, Duntulmcastle is only a ruin now. To visit it, you’ll only need minutes, not more. However, you won’t be able to get directly to the ‘castle’, as its ruins and bedrock are very unstable. Anyway, if you are not short of time, it is definitely worth to stop by at this place. When we were there, we had an extra bonus in our view. There was a submarine afloat!
19. Museum of Island life
In case of bad weather, or if you simply feel like finding out more about life on this island, you should go to the Museum of Islandlife near the town of Kilmur. In shacks, and only for a small fee (2.50€ per adult), you are going to be shown, how people used to live and work here 100 years ago. You can also pay a visit to the grave of Flora Mac Donald, who was a significant character of Scottish history and the Jacobite Risings
20. Fairy Glen and Uig
Some might disagree with me on this, but I was a bit disappointed from this place. The reviews I had read before our trip made me believe this place to be extraordinary, so obviously, my expectations were pretty high. Of course, it does not mean it is not worthy your visit. This miniature landscape with miniscule hills, rock formations and a lake can be found close to the village of Uig. Just so that you know, Uig is the only place on the island, where they brew beer. You can also catch a ferry from here to the Isle of Lewis and Harris (in Outer Hebrides).
A sharp bend towards Fairy Glen is steep and hardly noticeable, as well as the sign board which should notify you of your whereabouts. You can either walk from a car park, which is behind this turning, or you can go for a longer walk by taking a narrow path towards it.
21. Dunvegan Castle
Originally built to serve as a fort at the shore of Loch Dunvegan, Dunvegan Castle is closely connected to Skye’s history, and it is Scotland’s best known historical building, which has been continuously occupied by one family for many centuries. It is very attractive for tourists indeed. It is the seat of Mac Leod Clan, in which you can learn about the history and the clan itself. Collection of exhibited things is rich in paintings, weapons and other historical artifacts, such as Fairy Flag. That one is believed to posses some magical powers. So the legend says at least. If you prefer outside activities, there are beautiful Gardens for you to admire, or you can go ship cruising on the lake and watch seals.
22. Claigan Coral Beach
This beach can be found only couple of kilometers away from the Dunvegan Castle. It is a beautiful white beach, only 20 minutes walk away from a car park belonging to it. Its contrasting colour, which sticks out so much from its surroundings, comes from crushed white corals. We’ve decided to come at the sunset, when there wasn’t a living soul to be found. That, in fact, is a very unlikely phenomenon to experience during mornings or afternoons, from what we have heard.
23. The Neist Point Lighthouse
You’ll walk to it on a narrow path, with places where you are definitely going to pray not to meet a cow walking the opposite direction. Built in 1900, 43 m.a.s.l., the lighthouse is privately owned at the moment. A neat path right from the car park is going to take you there in 25 minutes. In summer, you can watch whales from the lighthouse too. You can visit it in raw weather as well, but in case of poor visibility, it is advised to walk with increased caution at the cliff edges indeed. I, personally, recommend to walk to the top of adjacent cliffs (on the right side, above the car park), which offer spectacular view. Don’t forget to wear solid waterproof shoes. This place is very popular with photographers, and to tell you the truth, it won me over too.