The Tourist Guide to Glendale, Isle of Skye

Milovaig and Loch Pooltiel.

Milovaig Sightings & News

11th Dec 2017

White-Tailed Eagle, Milovaig
December 2017

An adult white-tailed eagle was plunging very low over the white-beach at Upper Milovaig and almost landed a couple of times before heading around towards Pollosgan at around 9am.

An adult golden eagle was being mobbed by a peregrine over croft 2 Lephin at around 2pm.

Two adult white-tailed eagles were over the bottom road in Lower Milovaig at 2:20pm

Two adult white-tailed eagles flew along the bottom road in Lower Milovaig towards Meanish at sunset.

10th Dec 2017

There were six eagles over Dunvegan Head, late morning: two adult golden eagles, two juvenile golden eagles and two adult white-tailed eagles.

4th Dec 2017

There was an adult white-tailed eagle off Dunvegan Head, late morning.

A lovely, circular walk around the tiny hamlet of Milovaig in Glendale. The perfect evening stroll. 2 miles. 1 hour.

Getting There

Starts directly from your Cottage, if you stay in Milovaig, alternatively start from the Pier.

The Walk.

From the Pier, turn right. As you turn the corner, you will see a beautiful wild-flower meadow on your left, containing a green-painted shed. The meadow is filled with Heath Spotted Orchids, Tufted Vetches and other beautiful plants. Continue to follow the road as it begins to ascend steeply upwards on a left-hand bend.

About half-way up, on the right, you will pass the junction with the hill road. 15 yards past the hill road, the ground starts to level slightly on your left. Leave the road at this point and climb to the top of the hill that is now between you and the Loch.

Butterwort (Fly-Eating Plant)

The views are spectacular, covering the whole of Loch Pooltiel and the Minch out to the Hebrides beyond. At your feet, look out for the sticky-leaved, carnivorous butterwort. This is also a good vantage point from which to watch the sun setting over the Western Isles.

The distinctive spruce-clad, tin-roofed home beneath you at this point is typical of the work of popular local architects Rural Design.

Return to the road and continue to follow it up-hill. Despite its commanding position, you are still walking though Lower Milovaig at this point.

Continue along the road, passing the telephone box, and, as you go past a large green shed on the right-hand side of the road, you enter Upper Milovaig. The expanse of moorland on your right, extending from the Neist Road back to the sea constitutes part of the common grazings for the township of Milovaig.

The road begins to descend now until a deserted Croft House is reached on your left and a wide burn flows under the road. Leave the road at this point and follow the burn back down to the bottom road.

The burn flows underneath the lower road and into a series of pretty pools. Approach the pools carefully, and you will be rewarded with sightings of trout, eels, grey wagtails and maybe even an otter.

You can detour, to follow the burn down to the shore, where it flows into Loch Pooltiel, or return along the road back towards the Pier. As you walk back towards the Pier, you pass a small burn on your left, which marks your return from Upper Milovaig back into Lower Milovaig.

You will pass a croft house on your left with a greenhouse to the side and a polytunnel behind. This is the place to buy delicious free-range eggs from the honesty box at the gate and also order prize-winning locally grown vegetables, salads and herbs from Glendale Croft Produce.

Keep an eye out for seals on the skerries in Loch Pooltiel and the beautiful displays of wild-flowers beside the road. According to legend, it is upon these skerries that the body of Diel, a viking prince, was laid by Mermaids after he drowned in a ship-wreck. The Loch was named after him, ‘The Pool of Diel’ or, in Gaelic, ‘Pooltiel’.