229. Skye: Glendale to Skye: Dunvegan

I had a slightly better nights sleep in the back of the car, however, the rain returned about 5:30 and I thought here we go again! Fortunately that was it, a single rain shower for the moment. I had dropped my bike off close to Dunvegan Castle and proceeded onto Colbost where I parked my car near a bus stop. I then set out on foot to follow the road up and over into Glendale.

I left the B884 and headed through the nearby hamlets of Glasphain and Feriniquarrie. After about a mile I followed a farm track to some farm building which I walked around. The track continued but veered away from the route I intended to take. I took to the open moorland, initially following an ATV track and then seeking out the higher, drier and firmer ground. I was heading for the Marilyn Biod an Athair (314m) some 3 miles ahead, over open and gently rising moorland. I headed to the left of the rounded top of Ben Skriaig and continued over the moor. Biod an Athair finally came into view about a mile away and I moved onto much shorter well-cropped grass that the sheep had cut back.

Looking over Glendale
Heading north towards Biod an Athair
Biod an Athair in the distance

I arrived at the trig point and looked over the edge about 1 metre away. I had seen many other pictures of these highest sea cliffs on Skye, but looking down from these cliffs in the flesh was an exhilarating and thrilling experience. With a firm breeze blowing out to sea I could not get a really good look, so I lay down and peered over the edge. It was a thousand feet down and is Skye’s highest sea cliff. Crikey, it was high! I managed to take a couple of pictures, but it was very difficult to get a sense of the height and dramatic effect in a single photo. I wish I had brought my ‘selfie’ stick or borrowed Trekpete’s drone. I looked out for the eagles that frequent these cliffs but could see none.

I then headed due east to Galtrigill, following the Galtrigill Burn. I passed through a small ruins and other small circular stone remnants that I could not identify. I finally reached the end of the public road at Galtrigill, which is the most popular starting point for the ascent of Biod an Athair. The rest of the walk towards Dunvegan would be along roads. After chatting to a Crofter in Galtrigill I set off down the road, amid intermittent rain showers. The road passed through the settlements of Borreraig, Uig and Husabost before rejoining the B884 road. I continued into Colbost with its Folk Museum and onto Skinidin. The road was very busy, with many destined out towards The Neist.I eventually turned off the B884 and continued in to Dunvegan, passing the Kinloch campsite where I had camped two nights ago. I located my bike and rode back to Colbost.

Biod an Athair
The Scorgruim below Biod an Athair
Looking back to Waterstein Head and Glendale
Looking to north Dunvegan Head and Ardmore Point on Waternish
Heading down to Galtrigill
Strange circular structures near the settlement above Galtrigill
Heading south towards Colbost
The Giant Angus MacAskill museum Dunvegan

NB: I also publish all my Scottish Blog entries on the excellent Scottish Hills website, I use the same narrative, but larger photos and a few extra ones. They can be found here:



Distance today =  18 miles
Total distance =  4,089 miles



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