Scotland 2018: Isle of Skye – Fairy Glen, Mealt + Lealt Falls, Quairaig

by | Jun 12, 2018 | Food & Drink, International Travel, Travel

Our luck with good weather held out for our full day on Skye, starting with some great light in the morning.

Portree harbor


We decided to work our way along the Trotternish peninsula clockwise, making our first stop at Fairy Glen. Parking is along the road here, and by starting early, it was fairly easy to find a spot and start our exploration. The views are absolutely stunning with the green grass and the blue skies.

the road to Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen  Mike caught in a crevasse

Fairy Glen

Fairy Glen

After taking our fill of photos we continued along the A855 to Uig for the Rha waterfall.

Rha Waterfall

Then on to the Duntulm sea viewpoint and castle ruins.

Duntulm sea viewpoint

Duntulm Castle

Mealt Falls has a huge parking lot with a few viewpoints of this lovely falls that flows straight into the sea.

Mealt Falls

Knowing the best option for lunch was closing at 2pm, we made the Skye Pie Cafe at the Glenview Hotel our next destination. Quirky interiors, and delicious food- my steak and ale pie (chicken for Eric) was delicious and the flat white I ordered was industrial strength.

Skye Pie Cafe  meat pie @ Skye Pie Cafe in Culnacnoc

Next up was the Quiraing hike. We parallel parked on the hill below the overlook, then did the 2.5km hike each way to Needle and Prison rocks. The hike had a few tricky spots but was not difficult and well worth it for the amazing views over the hills and coast.

The Quiraing

The Quiraing

taking photos of sheep!

The Quiraing


The Quiraing

The Quiraing

view from 'The Prison'

After Quiraing we stopped briefly at An Corran Beach.

E + L 2018 on An Corran Beach

An Corran Beach

And then Lealt Falls, which definitely did not have good afternoon light!

Lealt Falls  Abhainn An Lethhuillt falls

Our last stop was Bride’s Veil Falls, which had a parking area under construction. Given the light we couldn’t get a shot of Old Man of Storr included unfortunately.

Bride's Veil Falls

After our long day we headed back to the apartment for a clean up and some down time, then dinner at No 1 Bosville. Hamburger for me, steak and ale pie for Eric, and a bottle of rose for the table. The upstairs dining room was quite warm, thankfully we were near a window that we opened to let in some fresh air.

For after dinner drinks we checked Antler Bar, but their scotch selection was quite limited. Apparently they had just reduced their list. Instead we walked a half mile to the Cuillin Hills Hotel, which has a lovely view over the bay. Inside we found a nice whisky list and friendly service. Two rounds of whisky for the boys (Ancnoc 12, Ladaig; Glenglassaugh Revival, As We Get It (Ian Macleod) Islay) and glasses of Sangiovese for Natalie and I.

Malt Bar @ Cuillin Hills Hotel

Tried to buy bottle of wine at Co-op before closing but they don’t sell alcohol after 10pm. Oh well, lesson learned.

Our Itinerary

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Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
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