The Tourist Guide to Glendale, Isle of Skye

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.

Latest News

Aurora Borealis / Noctilucent Cloud

28th Aug 2015


Aurora Borealis - Loch Pooltiel
August 2015

Aurora Borealis - Loch Pooltiel
August 2015

There was a beautiful aurora from 10:30pm until around 1am, with periods when the aurora was in full colour to the naked eye.

More recent aurora/NLC sightings


Recent Wildlife Sightings

30th Aug 2015

Significant influx of meadow pipits today, with 110+ on the top road in Lower Milovaig, two separate flock of 25+ and 30+ in Upper Milovaig and a flock of 30+ at Lephin. There were 5 female/juvenile leucoroa type wheatears around the Milovaig loop. Two curlews and two grey wagtails at the seaward end of the Milovaig loop and another grey wagtail still on the allt mor burn at Upper Milovaig.

29th Aug 2015


2016 Calendar - Front

2016 Calendar - Back

2016 GLENDALE CALENDAR

If you would like to put your name down for a copy of my 2016 Glendale Calendar then please email me with your email address and contact details.

They will be £11.99 each (plus £4.95 P&P for up to four calendars to the same UK address or you can collect from me in Glendale or Portree). Worldwide delivery available.

To try to keep the costs down, I am just going to order a single batch of calendars from the printers in early September for delivery to you in October, so if you definitely want one then let me know ASAP.

27th Aug 2015


Common Dolphins, Loch Pooltiel
August 2015

There was a small pod of at least three common dolphins in Loch Pooltiel at 6:30pm (Karen Johnson & AS). Photo by Karen Johnson.

More recent wildlife sightings


In the Residents' Lounge

Calendar 2016
Fishing Competition
iTea and Biscuits

More residents' news


Fascinating Attractions

Glendale has many of Skye's major tourist attractions close at hand. These include:

  • Dunvegan Castle, with its landscaped gardens, the famous Fairy Flag, and Seal Boat Trips.
  • Neist Point, with its Lighthouse and unusual rock formations resembling the Giants' Causeway.
  • Skye Silver, Colbost Croft Museum, Borreraig Park Piping Centre, The Raven Press, The Glendale Martyrs Monument and The Three Chimneys restaurant.
  • At Claigan, you can enjoy the beautiful, white sands at the Coral Beaches.
  • The magnificent mountain-ridge of the Cuillins and the breath-taking, turquoise-blue Fairy Pools are just a 45 minute drive away.
  • Dun Beag, Skye's best preserved Broch, can be explored at Struan.
  • In the deserted village beside Galtrigill you can sit upon the Manners Stone, which is reputed to bestow good manners upon those who do so.
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Neist Point from Ramasaig Cliff

Neist Point from Ramasaig Cliff.

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

Fantastic Food

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

Skye's finest restaurant, the Michelin Starred 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 islandís capital at Portree.
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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.