A short walk to the Trig Point on Waterstein Head, giving astounding views. 2-3 miles. 2 hours.
From Milovaig, follow the road back towards Glendale and take your first right onto the Neist Road. You can either walk, or take the car.
Continue along this road as it gently climbs uphill and park in the lay-by on the left hand side when you reach the summit. This is at the point where the road begins to descend steeply down to Waterstein.
Running at 90 degrees to the road, to your left, you will see a stone/turf dyke running along the ridge towards Waterstein Head. Follow the ridge, as it climbs towards Waterstein Head, and then continue along the edge of the cliff, on a well-worn track until you reach the summit and Trig Point (970 feet above sea-level).
The views are incredible, through 360 degrees: with MacLeod’s Tables behind, Lorgill Bay to your left, the Western Isles ahead, and Moonen Bay/Neist to the right.
For those wishing to extend the walk, it is possible to continue along the cliff top, towards Ramasaig, and cut across the moor to join up with the Ramasaig road, or re-trace your steps back to the lay-by.
A four-hour seawatch at Neist Point produced 98 golden plovers flying south, 140 pink footed geese north, 683 puffins north and 125 manx shearwaters with small numbers of passerines flying south including skylark, meadow pipits, hirundines and goldfinches (per skye-birds.com).
There were two swallows and a linnet feeding around Neist Point Lighthouse, mid morning. Swallows are still scarce, these being only the 2nd and 3rd birds of the spring.
A magpie was seen again at Waterstein, late afternoon (Brian Smith).
There were eight white-tailed eagles together at Neist Point this afternoon putting on a fantastic aerial display of tumbling and diving. Two even locked talons and dropped from a great height, breaking apart just moments before they would have crashed into the sea.