Glendale, Skye - Tourist Guide

Glendale Tourist Guide

Sunday May 19th, 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

12th May 2024

Common Tern - Neist
May 2024

There was a flock of 18 common terns surface-feeding at Neist Point in the morning. An arctic skua went south and there were 3 whimbrels on the point.

7th May 2024

Minke Whale - Neist
May 2024

There was a minke whale off Neist Point at mid-day, that made a very close pass, and two harbour porpoises.

Great Northern Diver - Neist
May 2024

Whimbrels - Neist
May 2024

2.5 hour seawatch at Neist Point: 1 arctic skua south, 24 whimbrels in total (some on the point and some heading north), 1 sand martin north, several hundred kittiwakes north. There were four purple sandpipers on the point and a great northern diver off shore. Only one fulmar on the nesting ledges and no fulmars on the water.

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