The Munro-baggers know exactly what they plan to do; it takes half an hour to reach Sligachan from Kingsburgh, and about an hour to Glen Brittle. Booklets are available in the Boathouse giving details of less demanding rambles – perhaps at the Quiraing, between Uig and Staffin, or westward, at the Coral Beach near Dunvegan, or at Oronsay across the causeway – mind the tides! Nearer Kingsburgh is the ruined ‘Hugh’s Castle’ and the Fairy Glen at Uig.
A special day out would be a boat trip from Elgol – maybe to Loch Coruisk – unforgettable in good weather. Eilean Donan Castle at Dornie, on the mainland, or Dunvegan Castle and gardens are two of the local historic buildings.
There is a range of arts and crafts in Skye and Lochalsh – offering paintings, sculpture and pottery to discover, as well as yarns at Waternish. A favourite is Orbost Gallery, near Dunvegan, offering lovely watercolours, prints and wood engravings.
And, of course, great dining is an essential part of the Skye experience. The restaurants are too numerous to mention, but Loch Bay Seafood Restaurant is a must, and Three Chimneys for a very special occasion. Portree offers a number of good, informal, spots.