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.

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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Neist Point from Ramasaig Cliff

Neist Point from Ramasaig Cliff.

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

11th Aug 2020


Risso's Dolphin - Neist
August 2020

Risso's Dolphin - Neist
August 2020

Common Dolphin - Neist
August 2020

There was a basking shark at Neist Point at mid-day. A pod of six Risso's dolphins spent from 12pm until at least 5:30pm feeding close into shore at Neist, predominantly in Moonen Bay. There were two pods of 20+ and 12+ common dolphins at Neist during the afternoon. There were several harbour porpoises close to shore at Neist during the afternoon.


Knot - Neist
August 2020

There was a knot at Neist Point in the afternoon. An arctic skua and a bonxie flew south at Neist in the afternoon.

10th Aug 2020


Basking Shark - Neist
August 2020

Basking Shark - Neist
August 2020

A basking shark was delighting the crowds at Neist Point at mid-day. [View the VIDEO here]. A single minke whale went north a way out at Neist Point in the afternoon. There were 12 porpoises out in the Minch off Neist most of the afternoon.

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In the Residents' Lounge

Glendale Christmas Fair
Glendale Craft Fair
Food & Place Celebrations

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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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