The most Westerly point on the Isle of Skye, giving excellent views over Moonen Bay to Waterstein Head (pictured) and out over the Minch to the Western Isles.
The point is regarded as the best place on Skye to see whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking shark. The sea around the point is teeming with sea-birds including gannets, black guillemots, razorbills and shags.
The causeway at the tip of Neist Point is home to several species of rare and unusual plant, including alpine plants such as saxifrages.
The sheltered bays of Neist Point are also excellent places to fish, with fourteen species of fish being caught in Moonen Bay.
A furore erupted in 2002 when a former owner of the Lighthouse Cottages installed a toll booth at the Neist Point Car Park and began charging for access to the Point. After a concerted campaign by locals, the illegal charging stopped and the cottages were sold on.
The Lighthouse Cottages, together with the small enclosed area around them, are now owned by Jane Corfield. Despite there still being old signage indicating that accommodation is available in the lighthouse cottages, they are no longer let to tourists.
The remainder of the land on Neist Point forms part of the common grazings for the township of Waterstein and each of five crofts at Waterstein owns a share, with souming (grazing rights) for 1 horse, 4 cows and 30 sheep.
Neist Point was used as the dramatic setting for a number of scenes in the movie Breaking The Waves in 1996, starring Emily Watson. A mock cemetery was constructed for the scenes, which remained for several years afterwards.
More recently, scenes for the movie, 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves, were filmed on the headland at Neist in October 2012.
In the spring of 2013, planning permission was granted to convert the garages at Neist Point Car Park into a shop but, as yet, no work has been started on this.
Visitors should be very cautious when approaching the edges of the cliffs. In June 2013, a tourist tragically fell 100 feet to her death from the cliff in the first bay at the bottom of the steps leading down from the car park.
Hundreds of puffins were heading north at Neist in groups of c. 25 every few minutes. Guillemots and razorbills were heading south in groups of c.50-100, five or six groups at a time spread across the Minch, every few minutes.
Two groups of 14 and 24 whooper swans went north at Neist. There are still 3 whoopers on Loch Mor. There was a single bonxie at Neist. A juvenile white-tailed eagle caused a commotion in the fulmar colony. There were two pairs of eiders in Moonen Bay.
The fulmars are back on the ledges after arriving on February 27th and then disappearing again the next day.
There were at least 12 harbour porpoises far out in the Minch off Neist, with a couple close to shore.
Two bonxies went north past Neist in the morning. A skein of 90 pink-footed geese flew north over Waterstein Head and a 100 went north over Milovaig in the afternoon. There were three whooper swans on Loch Mor. A handful of kittiwakes were back on the ledges but no fulmars and just a few guillemots and razorbills. There was a peregrine falcon perched on a rock at Neist Point.
A short walk from the road end, down the steep steps, leads to the lighthouse, which was built in 1909 and fully automated in 1990.
The lighthouse tower is 62 feet high and stands 142 feet above sea-level. The light from the tower is equal to 480,000 candles and can be seen from up to 24 miles away.
The lighthouse itself is unmanned and owned by the Northern Lighthouse Board.
Neist Point (pronounced 'Neest') is renowned for its rock formations, which are closely akin to those at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland. It is said that the causeway extends under the sea from Northern Ireland to the Isle of Skye. For details of the walk down to Neist Point to explore the causeway click here.