Glendale, Skye - Tourist Guide

Glendale Tourist Guide

Saturday June 22nd, 2024

The Walk to Waterstein Coastguard Station


A circular walk from Neist visitors' car park to the Old Coastguard Station, around Mainteach nan Tarbh and then returning via Waterstein village. (4 miles, 2-3 hours).

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.

The Walk

Rather than descending the steps to the lighthouse, follow the headland around to the right (North). This gives excellent views down over Neist Point and the Lighthouse (as shown in the photograph on the right).

After about half a mile, you will reach the old coastguards' hut (Map ). This is still standing, with the walls and roof intact but the windows and fittings are long gone. It makes a good place to shelter in a storm.

From here, keep following the cliff-tops around until you descend into a small glen leading down to Oisgill Bay. You can explore the bay and the massive sea-cliffs. There are superb views over The Minch to the Western Isles.

Oisgill Bay
Oisgill Bay and Biod Ban.

The photograph on the left shows the view of Oisgill Bay as you will approach it from the Old Coastguard Station.

For your return, cross the burn and follow a well-defined track along the Northern bank of the small glen leading South-East, until you reach a large passing place and sheep fank beside the Waterstein road. Avoid the Southern bank of the burn, which is very boggy at all times and passes through private property.

Turn right and follow the road back to the Car Park.

Neist Point and Lighthouse
Neist Point and Lighthouse.

Waterstein Sightings & News

20th Jun 2024

At 4pm, there was a basking shark moving south past Neist Point, a distant minke whale heading north and two bottlenose dolphins by the lighthouse (Ruben Vermeer).


Magpie - Waterstein (Ruben Vermeer)
June 2024

The magpie was still visiting gardens at Waterstein (Ruben Vermeer).

10th Jun 2024


Manx Shearwaters - Neist
June 2024

The magpie was eating roadkill at 3 Waterstein at 11am. There were 20 manx shearwaters surface-feeding off Neist at mid-day.


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