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

Recent Wildlife Sightings

28th Mar 2017

The first singing male willow warbler was back, in the gardens at 1 and 2 Lower Milovaig. This is two days earlier than our previous earliest arrival for this species which was in 2012. There were still a couple of redwings in the gardens too.

There were two juveniles and an adult white-tailed eagle soaring over Loch Pooltiel, mid afternoon. One of the juveniles came over the loch to Lower Milovaig and on towards Oisgill Bay.

27th Mar 2017

This morning at Neist Point: Two shelduck flew south, a skein of 10 and a skein of 50 grey geese flew north up the Minch, there were five wheatears, many gannets heading north, huge numbers of auks on the sea, two red-throated divers in Moonen Bay, 1 bridled guillemot on the ledges.

Shags, fulmars, kittiwakes, common & black guillemots and razorbills all with nests on the ledges.

Early afternoon at Loch Mor: three goosanders, 6 goldeneye, 1 little grebe, a redwing.

26th Mar 2017

A male hen harrier came in off the sea out of fog at Meanish, tried catching some small stuff before heading off inland, late morning.

Wheatears flooding in now with 13 at Milovaig (including 3 females and 2 leucorhoa males).

Three redwings arrived at Lower Milovaig overnight. There was a goldcrest in MacDougal's Spruces, Lower Milovaig and a red-throated diver was calling on Loch Pooltiel.

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In the Residents' Lounge

Calendar 2016
Fishing Competition
iTea and Biscuits

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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 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.