Portree, Trotternish and the Braes

Portree, Trotternish and the Braes

Trotternish is one of the most spectacular landscapes in Britain. The great ridge which forms its backbone is the longest on Skye, and its unique eastern escarpment has been broken by Europe's largest landslides into a remarkable landscape.

The coastline is equally spectacular. Whilst the Kilt Rock and its waterfall are well known, much of the rest of the peninsula is bristling with sea stacks and pinnacles, its hidden features revealed only by walking; the nothernmost peninsula Rubha Hunish and the easternmost Rubha nam Brathairean deserving special mention.

The Braes region to the south has a similar feel to Trotternish, but on a smaller scale, and good beaches at An Aird. Between Trotternish and the Braes is Portree, Skye's picturesque and bustling capital.


Walk Grade Distance Time
Flodigarry Fossils Walk grade1.5km 1 hour
The Fairy Glen, near Uig grade2km 1 hour +
Coille Iosal, Braes grade2km 45 mins
Scorrybreac circuit, Portree grade3km 1 - 2 hours
Bearreraig Bay grade3.25km 1.5 - 2 hours
Staffin slipway and An Corran beach circuit grade4km 1 - 2 hours
Caisteal Uisdein (Hugh's Castle) grade4.5km 1 - 2 hours
Loch Cuithir and Diatomite railway grade11km 2 - 3 hours
Cave of Gold, Kilmuir gradegrade2.25km 1 - 1.5 hours
Bioda Buidhe gradegrade3km 1 - 2 hours
An Aird, Braes gradegrade3km 1 -2 hours
Rubha nam Brathairean gradegrade3.5km 1 - 2 hours
The Old Man of Storr gradegrade4.5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Portree Forest and bay gradegrade5km 1.5 - 2 hours
Rubha Hunish gradegrade8.5km 3 - 5 hours
Loch Sligachan gradegrade11km 4 - 5 hours
Fingal's Pinnacles, Flodigarry gradegradegrade5km 2 - 4 hours
Ben Tianavaig, Braes gradegradegrade6.5km 3 - 4 hours
Quiraing, circuit via summit gradegradegrade7km 3 - 5 hours
Loch Sneosdal circuit, Kilmuir gradegradegrade8km 3 - 4 hours
Sgurr a Mhadaidh Ruadh from Glenhinnisdal gradegradegrade11km 5 - 6 hours
Storr to Portree coast gradegradegrade11km 4 - 6 hours
Beinn Edra from Glen Uig gradegradegrade12km 3 - 5 hours
The Storr - ascent gradegradegradegrade8km 3.5 - 5 hours
Hartaval and Baca Ruadh gradegradegradegrade19km 6 - 8 hours
Trotternish Ridge gradegradegradegrade36.5km 18 hours/2 days
The Skye Trail 128km 7 days

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