Glendale, Skye - Tourist Guide

Glendale Tourist Guide

Thursday February 22nd, 2024

Fàilte gu Gleann Dail

Fàilte gu Gleann Dail

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

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

20th Feb 2024

There was a merlin chasing a rock pipit on the steps at Neist Point at mid-day.

19th Feb 2024

There were four juvenile white-tailed eagles together over Neist Point at mid-day. The fulmars are now fully back on the nesting ledges. There were two skylarks at Waterstein.

13th Feb 2024

There were three skylarks at Neist Car Park. The first meadow pipit of the spring was on Neist Point. The fulmars were back and inspecting the nesting ledges. The common guillemots and herring gulls were back on the nesting ledges for the first time this year. There were two adult white-tailed eagles chasing fulmars by the Stallion's Head.

More recent wildlife sightings


In the Residents' Lounge

Christmas Wreath Making
Christmas Market

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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 island's capital at Portree.
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Neist Point from Ramasaig Cliff

Neist Point from Ramasaig Cliff.

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