The Tourist Guide to Glendale, Isle of Skye


A circular walk from Neist visitors' car park to the Old Coastguard Station, around Mainteach nan Tarbh and then returning via Waterstein village. (4 miles, 2-3 hours).

Getting There

From Milovaig, drive back to towards Glendale and take your first turning on the right.

Follow the road as far as it goes and park up in the car park.

The Walk

Rather than descending the steps to the lighthouse, follow the headland around to the right (North). This gives excellent views down over Neist Point and the Lighthouse (as shown in the photograph on the right).

After about half a mile, you will reach the old coastguards' hut (Map ). This is still standing, with the walls and roof intact but the windows and fittings are long gone. It makes a good place to shelter in a storm.

From here, keep following the cliff-tops around until you descend into a small glen leading down to Oisgill Bay. You can explore the bay and the massive sea-cliffs. There are superb views over The Minch to the Western Isles.

Oisgill Bay
Oisgill Bay and Biod Ban.

The photograph on the left shows the view of Oisgill Bay as you will approach it from the Old Coastguard Station.

For your return, cross the burn and follow a well-defined track along the Northern bank of the small glen leading South-East, until you reach a large passing place and sheep fank beside the Waterstein road. Avoid the Southern bank of the burn, which is very boggy at all times and passes through private property.

Turn right and follow the road back to the Car Park.

Neist Point and Lighthouse
Neist Point and Lighthouse.

Waterstein Sightings & News

13th Aug 2019


2020 Calendar - Front
August 2019

2020 Calendar - Back
August 2019

My 2020 Glendale Calendar is now on sale. It can be purchased at Glendale Craft Fair every Tuesday or by mail order worldwide. The price is £11.95 plus P&P.

12th Aug 2019

There was a flock of 100+ meadow pipits and 3 golden plovers at Waterstein. The shelduck is still on Loch Mor. There were two red-throated divers on Loch Mor.

8th Aug 2019

A leatherback turtle was videoed in Moonen Bay, close to Neist Point, today by SeaSkye boat trips.