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

5th Dec 2021

There were distant 6-8 Risso's dolphins, 20 common dolphins and 7 harbour porpoises off Neist Point between 11am and 3pm.

There was a late bonxie off Neist Point harrassing gulls, there was a single puffin, 10 purple sandpipers and 24 turnstones at Neist Point.

15th Nov 2021

There was a very late, single puffin on the water off Neist Point at mid-day.