Glendale, Skye - Tourist Guide

Glendale Tourist Guide

Wednesday April 24th, 2024

The Walk to Neist Point and Lighthouse

A short walk to explore Neist Point, starting from the visitors car park at the Point. (1.5 miles, 1 hour).

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 (Map) (The picture on the right shows the view from the car park).

The Walk

Walk towards the white double-gates and descend the steep path/steps down the cliff towards the lighthouse. This is a good concrete path with steps and handrails, leading all the way to the Lighthouse and Keepers' Cottages.

Once you reach the bottom of the steps, continue along the concrete path towards the next hill. On your right there are excellent views of the Outer Hebrides across The Minch and of nesting sea-birds, mainly fulmars, on the cliffs. To your left you will see traces of the ancient field workings known as runrigs.

Follow the concrete path over the hill. The Lighthouse and Point will come into view. To your left you will see the small jetty that serves the Lighthouse. You are now free to leave the concrete path and make your way past the cottages/lighthouse and down to the point itself.

The ground is quite boggy once you leave the path but you should be able to make out a track running diagonally to your left with old planks to help you across the worst bits. Keep going Westward until you reach the rock formations of the causeway.

There are fabulous views all around from the Western-most point (click here for more information and photographs of the Point & Lighthouse).

You can explore the Point, then make your way back to the concrete path and re-trace your steps back to the car-park. Unfortunately, it is all up-hill on the way back and you have two long, steep climbs before you get back to the Car Park.

Waterstein Head from the coral beach at Neist Point
Waterstein Head from the Coral Beach at Neist Point.
Neist Point Lighthouse
Neist Point Lighthouse.

Neist Sightings & News

21st Apr 2024

Minke Whale - Neist
April 2024

There was a minke whale off Neist at mid-day that did one close pass but mostly remained quite distant. There were two harbour porpoises close to shore at Neist at mid-day.

Some passage migrants at Neist today : 1 bonxie north, 1 whimbrel north, 7 puffins north, 1 barnacle goose north, 30 whooper swans north, 1 sand martin north. There were large numbers of guillemots and razorbills heading south. There was a leucorhoa type female wheatear on the point.

31st Mar 2024

Minke Whale - Neist Point
March 2024

Harbour Porpoise - Neist Point
March 2024

There were two minke whales back at Neist Point, the first of the year, and two harbour porpoises.

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