Glendale, Skye - Tourist Guide

Glendale Tourist Guide

Friday August 19th, 2022

Fàilte gu Gleann Dail

Fàilte gu Gleann Dail

Welcome to our guide to the very best things to see and do in Glendale on the extreme North-Western corner of the beautiful Isle of Skye.

Glendale is an 18,956 acre estate that extends from Neist Point in the West, to Loch Pooltiel in the North, to Loch Dunvegan in the East. To the South it covers vast acres of moorland, skirting the slopes of MacLeod's Tables and extending almost down to MacLeod's Maidens at Idrigill.

The name 'Glendale' is the anglicised version of its gaelic name, Gleann Dail, which means 'valley with level fields by a river'.

Sunset over Meanish Pier, Milovaig

Glendale experiences the most incredible sunsets in June.

Amazing Wildlife and Flowers

The steep cliffs of Glendale are home to thousands of seabirds and this area is undoubtedly the best place on Skye for seeing whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking shark.

Seals bask on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel and Loch Dunvegan at low tide. Otters can be seen fishing for sea urchins.

Sea eagles, golden eagles, buzzards, merlins and kestrels all nest nearby.

Glendale is renowned for its striking displays of wild flowers, with meadows carpetted with bluebells, orchids, violets and primroses.
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Waterstein Head and Moonen Bay

Waterstein Head and Moonen Bay from Neist Point

Stunning Scenery and Sea-Views

There is a beautiful, clean beach of black, volcanic sand at the head of Loch Pooltiel, the perfect place for a picnic.

This is a very peaceful and unspoiled corner of Skye that makes an excellent base for walking, fishing, birdwatching, cycling, climbing and diving holidays.

The scenery is quite simply breath-taking all year round.

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Recent Wildlife Sightings

17th Aug 2022

There was a minke whale, close in at the tip of Neist, in the afternoon.


Ringed Plover - Neist
August 2022

There was a ringed plover at Neist Point. A 3-hour seawatch produced: 3 arctic skuas south, 2 redshank south, 150+ kittiwakes south. There were two leucorhoa wheatears by the lighthouse.

14th Aug 2022


Minke Whale - Neist
August 2022

Minke Whale - Neist
August 2022

A minke whale spent 5 hours around Neist Point in the afternoon giving some very close approaches. There were at least four pods of 12+ common dolphins around Neist Point in the afternoon, with one coming into Moonen Bay and another in the bay at the foot of the steps. There were at least 8 harbour porpoises off Neist Point in the afternoon.

More recent wildlife sightings


In the Residents' Lounge

Glendale Christmas Fair
Glendale Craft Fair
Food & Place Celebrations

More residents' news

Fantastic Food

At the heart of Glendale is the post office and village shop, together with a community centre.

Skye's finest restaurant, the Three Chimneys, which is amongst the top 100 in the UK, is to be found at Colbost, one of Glendale's Eastern-most townships.

The extremely popular Old School House restaurant at Dunvegan is just at 20 minute drive away.

Fresh sea-food can be bought directly from the local fishermen who operate out of Meanish Pier in Milovaig.

Glendale is only a 50 minute drive from the island's capital at Portree.
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Neist Point from Ramasaig Cliff

Neist Point from Ramasaig Cliff.

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