Around and About
Milovaig is located on the Duirinish peninsula overlooking Loch Pooltiel at the northern tip of the Glendale Estate. Up on this north-west coast of Skye it is wonderfully secluded with no through traffic. Until about 100 or so years ago, it was very isolated with inhabitants of the many crofts at Lorgill and Milovaig having to tramp over the hills to Glendale and on to Dunvegan (nine miles) with their produce and for supplies. This was when the road was put in - Otta Swire: Skye: The Island and its Legends (1961).
Beauty on the Doorstep
This area, like much of the Scottish Highlands, can often be soft and boggy so good walking footwear is essential.
One could easily spend an entire week just walking and exploring around Duirinish. Turn left out of the Cottage gate and walk up to Lower Milovaig.
When the road runs out just keep on going up and around the headland looking out to the Outer Hebrides (Harris and Lewis).
|By Meanish Pier (Milovaig)|
|Walk around the headland from Milovaig|
|Harris & Lewis from the Cottage garden|
Right and first right again will take you to Neist Point lighthouse (the most westerly point on Skye) just over a mile away.
The next right will take you down past Borrodale (ideally by car) for a lovely walk along the Lorgill valley down to the Lorgill Bay. Or stop halfway along the on the road to Lorgill and strike out to the right over the hills to Hoe Rape.
|Hoe Rape with Neist Point in the background|
Then there are McLeod’s Tables (north and south) not much further away.
|Sunset over McLeod’s Tables|
Or walk through the Orbost Estate down to Idrigill Point and Macleod’s Maidens. And so it goes on - just grab Landranger OS Map 23 and off you go.
Glendale (four miles) has the post office and well-stocked village store. There is a well-attended local craft fair every Tuesday in the Community Hall.
The famous Three Chimneys restaurant is on the road to Glendale. Before you get there, you might take a left towards Husabost and drive on up to Galtrigill and then park and walk up to Dunvegan Head. This is the headland overlooked directly from the Cottage over Loch Pooltiel (so you can train your binoculars back across the Loch and see if you can spot Hill Cottage. The Head appears to be ‘home’ to a pair of Sea Eagles which spend their days circling and often going off to hunt further afield but seemingly always returning to base.
Dunvegan and Eating Places
Dunvegan (nine miles) has The Old Schoolhouse restaurant, Waterside Cafe Bistro, Dunvegan Bakery and Coffee Shop and Lochside Crafts. Fasgadh Stores is a larger version of the Glendale store.
Dunvegan Castle (well worth a visit) is just up the road and if you carry on past this you will eventually arrive at the Coral beaches.
Waternish peninsular (the next one along to the east) has the friendly Stein Inn with good food and ales as well as lovely walking.
Even further afield
The Trotternish peninsular has the small town of Uig with ferries to Lewis and other outer islands. Turn right at Uig and drive up to the spectacular mountainous Quairaing (park and take the relatively easy walk cut into the side of the hills).
The whole south of the Island is magnificent too - The Fairy Pools near Glen Brittle down near Carbost are fabulous. Continue down that road to Loch Brittle and you can walk/climb up Sgurr Alasdair, the highest peak of the Black Cuilin mountains (992m). If you can negotiate the Great Stone Chute (a challenging scree slope) then you can scramble up to the summit fairly easily. Even just getting to the bottom of the slope you have had a lovely gentle walk and the views out over the Loch and the hillsides are breathtaking.
Isle of Skye: http://www.skye.co.uk
The Old School Restaurant: http://www.oldschoolrestaurant.co.uk
The Stein Inn: http://www.stein-inn.co.uk
The Three Chimneys Restaurant: http://threechimneys.co.uk
Fresh local produce available nearby: https://www.facebook.com/GlendaleCroftProduce