Isle of Skye, Scotland -
Virtual Tour of North-West Skye

Dunvegan, Struan and surrounding area

We now head west from Portree on the single-track road which cuts across the middle of the Loch Bracadale, Skyeisland. This is known locally as "the hill road" for very obvious reasons. Descending towards the west coast we are blessed with a stunning view of the islands of Loch Bracadale in the foreground and those of the Outer Hebrides in the far distance.

We join the main road and turn northwards through the village of Struan which has shops, a restaurant and a filling station. Just beyond Struan we can stop and explore the broch of Dun Beag which is not as well-preserved as some but, because of its commanding position, gives a real sense of the strategic importance of many of these ancient forts.

North of Struan the views westward are of Loch Bracadale with the twin flat-topped hills of Neist Point, SkyeHealabhal Mhor and Healabhal Bheag which are more commonly known as MacLeod"s Tables, for we are now in the heart of MacLeod country. Detours by Harlosh, Vatten, and Roag reveal a score of little bays and inlets for us to discover. The Ullinish Lodge Hotel provides an excellent base for anyone wishing to spend a bit more time exploring these shores.

The little road to the north and west of MacLeod"s Tables leads to a network of townships and Loch Bay, Skyevillages, some of which could claim to be the most remote and beautiful in Skye. From Colbost to Glendale there are several shops, galleries, and museums making the network of roads in this area well-worth exploring. Colbost is home to the award winning Three Chimneys Restaurant with Rooms.

When we find our way to Waterstein and Neist Point we are well rewarded by the stunning sea cliffs with their teeming bird life and the views across to the Outer Isles.

ancient gravestone, SkyeBack on the main road we make our way through the village of Dunvegan, the main village in north-west Skye. Here are all the usual shops, garages, B&Bs, and guest houses. A mile north of the village brings us into the woodland surrounding Dunvegan Castle, the home of the MacLeod clan and a mecca for visitors from all over the world. A boat can take us from the castle grounds out onto Loch Dunvegan to watch the seals sunning themselves on the rocks. If we take the trouble to drive on up the road to Claigan we can walk along the track to the magical coral beaches on the eastern shore of the loch.

Heading east from Dunvegan on the main road we come to the Fairy Bridge and take the turning north onto the Waternish peninsula. The historic village of Stein with its Inn dating from 1648; the ruined church of Trumpan with its violent history; and the beautiful bay of Ardmore make the detour well worthwhile.

Back at the Fairy Bridge we continue eastward and take a left turn along the single track road which takes us to Greshornish and the peace and quiet of the Greshornish House.  Back on the main road we continue down the hill to Edinbane, where we can look in at the Edinbane Pottery and see the potters at work.  The road takes us on around by Lynedale, Treaslane, Bernisdale, and to Skeabost where, on an island in the middle of the Snizort river, we discover an ancient ecclesiastical site which is a fascinating link back to the time of the Celtic church, the original vehicle for Christianity in this part of Scotland.

From Skeabost we take the main road as far as the "other" Carbost and turn off to the right on the single-track road which winds its way through the townships of Peiness and Woodend before leading us back down into Portree.

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