The Skye Guide is an independent and personal view of the Isle of Skye. The things that are included in the guide are here because I like them - and because I think you might too. If something is not included, it may be because I would not recommend it to you, but it may be simply that I have not experienced it.
I am happy with that ambiguity...
Portree - The Lump
A walk up to and around 'The Lump' is easily the best stroll in Portree village. It can be done in under 30 minutes, though on a fine day you might well choose to take more than double that as you soak in the views. You'll find vistas of the Cuillin, of Loch Portree, of Beinn Tianabhaig, of Portree Pier and of the boats moored in Portree Bay. As well as that, there is the Apothecary's Tower to be visited, and the site of the annual Isle of Skye Highland Games. The Lump, properly known as Sron a' Mhill, has the most beautiful Scots Pine trees on it, together with some fine rhododendrons and lots of very cute rabbits.
Loch Bay by Michael Smith, Stein
Loch Bay Restaurant
Michael Smith is now the undisputed star of Skye's thriving culinary scene. He was Chef Director of the Three Chimneys when it earned its Michelin Star in 2015. Now he is doing amazing things in his own Loch Bay Restaurant in Stein, on the Waternish Peninsula. He has achieved a Michelin Star here in the 2018 guide, and very well deserved it is.
The restaurant is small, welcoming and comfortable. It offers two menus - a five course seafood degustation, or a fixed price three course meal. The latter gives a choice of three starters (seafood, vegetarian or meat), three main courses (ditto) and a third couse of either cheese, a pudding or a selection of small desserts.
Described as "Contemporary Scottish with classic French influences", the food is, as you should expect from a renowned chef, the sort of stuff that makes you say "Mmmm" quietly with every forkfull. Great ingredients, perfect cooking and beautiful but unfussy presentation. There's nothing at all pretentious about what you get at Loch Bay. And everything is wonderful.
Northwest Skye - Waternish Point
The outing from Trumpan to the lighthouse on the tip of Waternish Point is a longish (14km) but straightforward walk in a totally unpopulated area of Skye. There are two fine duns (brochs) to explore on the way, some fine cliff scenery, and fantastic views across the mouth of Loch Dunvegan and over The Minch to the Outer Hebrides. Much of the route it on a well defined track, so navigation is pretty easy, and there are no steep or prolonged climbs to be tackled.
Dinosaurs on Skye
Dinosaur footprint on Staffin beach, with a 10p coin for scale
Although the vast majority of Skye is composed of fossil-free basalt rocks, there are exposures of sedimentary beds in several places around the coasts. Many of these exposures are difficult to reach, and many of them are rich in fossils. For the casual fossil seeker, the most attractive of Skye's sites are the ones with evidence of dinosaurs. Luckily, two of the best places to find them - Staffin and Duntulm - are very easy to get to.
Dinosaur Prints at Staffin
On the beach at An Corran, Staffin, are some remarkable footprints. They were left by a family of dinosaurs that walked across the sand here some 165 million years ago. To put that in context, the gabbro rocks of the Cuillin were formed about 60 million years ago, and they were carved by the glaciers of the last ice age on Skye just 11,000 years ago. These are very, very old footprints. To be able to see and touch them in-situ is an amazing experience. There is a sense of connection with these beings from an unimaginable distance in time.
Cuillin - Garbh-bheinn
At 808m high, Garbh-bheinn (sometimes anglicised as Garaven) is one of only two mountains on Skye classified as a Corbett (between 2,500 and 2,999 ft high). The other is Glamaig. Despite not reaching Munro status, an ascent of Garbh-bheinn, whose name means 'rough mountain', is right at the extreme end of what constitutes a 'walk'. Reaching the summit requires putting hand to rock, but not before you've reached 40m from the top. The last section is a little narrow in places and is best tackled in decent weather.