Dunvegan, Waternish and Central Skye

Dunvegan, Waternish and Central Skye

Duirnish has one of Britain's most dramatic sections of coastline, from thousand foot high cliffs to beautiful coral sand beaches. Inland is a wild moorland where the strange flat-topped Macleod's Tables dominate the landscape.

Waternish is a smaller. more intimate peninsula. This area has been revived in recent years as many artists and craftspeople have moved to the area and set up studios. The centre is the tiny but picturesque village of Stein. The coast of Waternish offers less dramatic but easier walking.

The central part of Skye is a barren moorland, but its coastline has some suprising and fascinating delights for the visitor who is prepared to seek them out on foot.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Neist Point grade3km 1 - 2 hours
Dunvegan Two Churches Walk, Dunvegan grade3km 45 mins - 1 hour
Coral Beaches, Claigan near Dunvegan grade4km 1 - 2 hours
Dun Fiadhairt, near Dunvegan gradegrade3km 1 - 2 hours
Uiginish Point, near Colbost gradegrade3km 2 - 2.5 hours
Oronsay Island, Ullinish gradegrade5km 2 - 3 hours
Beinn an Sguirr, Gillen gradegrade5.5km 2 - 2.5 hours
Waternish Point visit gradegrade13.5km 3 - 5 hours
Macleod's Maidens gradegrade17km 5 - 6 hours
Greshornish Point gradegradegrade6km 2 - 3 hours
Biod an Athair and Dunvegan Head gradegradegrade9km 3 - 5 hours
Neist and Milovaig clifftop coast walk gradegradegrade11km 3 - 5 hours
The Hoe and Waterstein Head gradegradegrade16km 5 - 6 hours
Macleod's Tables gradegradegradegrade11km 4 - 6 hours
Waternish Head Circuit gradegradegradegrade21.5km 6 - 8 hours
Ramasaig to Orbost gradegradegradegrade22.5km 8 - 10 hours

FEATURE: A skye full of eagles

FEATURE: A skye full of eagles

Whilst visiting Skye, Ben Dolphin enjoys some startling encounters with our largest birds of prey.

"As a nature enthusiast I'm on the lookout for wildlife on any walk I take but I never go expecting to see anything in particular. Hoping, perhaps, but not expecting. Imagine my delight, therefore, when a recent walking holiday on the Isle of Skye..."

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