Places to see & things to do on the Trotternish Peninsula

8 Herbusta in the distance just left of centre

8 Herbusta is nestled on the outskirts of Kilmuir, close to Uig & surrounded by the natural beauty of the Trotternish Peninsula. Below is a list of nearby attractions on the peninsula ranging from a few yards away to a few miles.

 

For ideas of places to visit elsewhere on Skye, click here.

Loch Sneosdal

A walk that begins literally from the back door. Turn left out of the gate & look for the waymarker 100m down the lane on the right. Alternatively turn right out of the gate & follow the road for half a mile until you reach the cattle grid at the sharp right hand bend. Again there is a sign marking the way. It can be boggy & much of the walk is through heather.

Flora MacDonald's Memorial

In Kilmuir Cemetery is a tall memorial to Flora MacDonald, ‘Preserver of Prince Charles Edward Stuart’ (aka Bonnie Prince Charlie). Despite the romanticism of the Skye Boat song, she was a real & remarkable person. This is place to come & spend a moment reflecting on her amazing courage.

Kilmuir Cemetery

Also in the burial ground is a memorial stone for the famous fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen, whose ashes were scattered here on Skye, the island of his father’s birth.

The Skye Museum Of Island Life

Step back in time to an old Highland village. The museum offers visitors a unique experience & a true insight into island life a 100 years ago. This award winning attraction is a must for visitors to the beautiful Isle Of Skye.

Bornesketaig Beach

A short 5 minute drive from the cottage. The Uamh Oir or Cave Of Gold is a secret place, Skye's answer to Fingal's Cave on Staffa but in miniature. It gives a delightful short walk & is a great place for a picnic, however the final pathless coastal slope down to the cave is very steep & dangerous, requiring care. You can walk out to the headland & explore rock pools.

Dinosaur Footprints

In 2015, there was a major discovery of fossilised dinosaur footprints on the shore just south of Duntulm Castle. These prints, visible only at low tide, make up the biggest trackway in Scotland. They are prints of Sauropods, a group of huge, long-necked dinosaurs that includes the Brontosaurus & Brachiosaurus.

They date from about 170million years ago, in the Jurassic Period, & are among the very best tracks of their kind in the world. Some of them are huge, & the shape of the feet that left them is very obvious.

Duntulm Castle

The castle was built in the 14th & 15th centuries, when the area was subject to feuds between the rival MacLeod & MacDonald clans, the latter eventually gaining the upper hand. Around 1732 the castle was abandoned, when Sir Alexander MacDonald built a new residence, Monkstadt House, 5 miles to the south, robbing much of the castle's stone as building material.

The Fairy Glen

On the West side of Trotternish at Balnacnoc (which means - the village or township in the hills) near Uig, is the Fairy Glen - a Quirang-like landslip in miniature.
The road winds around small round-topped grassy hills with lochans (ponds) in between which gives the glen an otherworldly feel.

Skye has a long history involving the Fairys, most of which is related to Dunvegan Castle & their ‘Fairy Flag’. The Fairy Glen (much like the Fairy Pools in Glenbrittle) has no real legends or stories involving fairys that can be traced. The simple fact is that the location is unusual so it has been given the nickname Fairy Glen.

The Quiraing

The Quiraing is a landslip on the eastern face of Meall Na Suiramach, the northernmost summit of the Trotternish Ridge.

The whole of the ridge escarpment was formed by a great series of landslips - the Quiraing is the only part of the slip still moving & the road at its base, near Flodigarry, requires repairs each year.

Parts of this distinctive landscape have earned particular names. The Needle is a jagged 37m high pinnacle, a remnant of landslipping. Northwest of it is the Table, a flat grassy area that has slipped down from the summit plateau, with vistas of the Torridon Hills & the mountains of Wester Ross. Southwest is the Prison, a pyramidal rocky peak which can look like a medieval keep when viewed from the right angle - the ascent of this is an airy scramble.

Staffin Beach

Staffin is home to a couple of beaches. There are some good spots on the main bay if you are prepared to seek them out, but there is easier access to a small area of sand just before you get to the end of the road at Staffin Community Slipway. As well as the sea & sand you can find more dinosaur footprints like those at Duntulm.

 

The footprints are covered by the sea at high tide & often by sand in the summer. They are best exposed at low tide after a winter storm. In Staffin itself can be found the Staffin Dinosaur Museum.

On the road beween Staffin & Portree are two spectacular sights visible from the same viewpoint.

 

One of these is the magnificent 90m Kilt Rock, which looks strikingly similar to a pleated kilt. Made up of basalt columns resting on a sandstone base, one might even say that the colours of the rock formation appear almost tartan.

 

The other point of interest is the Mealt Waterfall, which, fed from nearby Mealt Loch, plummets from the top of the cliffs to the rock-laden coast below.

Kilt Rock

Brother's Point

A remote headland just south of Kilt Rock, Brother’s Point is a hidden treasure. It is a short hike to some of the most stunning scenery on the island. Very few people visit this place, making it a better experience for those “in the know."

The Old Man Of Storr

The summit of the Storr is the highest point on the Trotternish Ridge at 719m. The walk from the car park up the well maintained path to the Old Man Of Storr is one of the most popular on Skye - & understandably so. There are stunning views across the sound to Raasay, Rona & the Scottish mainland.

The Old Man Of Storr is the needle like pinnacle some 50m high & the formations of various outcrops of rock around it, including the Cathedral, are collectively known as the Sanctuary. Both the Old Man Of Storr & the Quiraing have provided the backdrop to major films including Prometheus, King Arthur, Transformers, Stardust, Macbeth & the Big Friendly Giant.

Bearreraig Bay

The area between Portree & Staffin on the east coast of Skye is world famous for fossils, & Bearreraig Bay is one of the most interesting places to look for them. In fact it is also one of the sites in Scotland where dinosaur skeletons have been found.

The walk down to Bearreraig Bay is steep & to get onto the beach involves crossing a stream which on some days can be impassable. The stream makes a spectacular waterfall before flowing out into the sea.

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