Safety informationThere are some road crossings, always be aware of traffic and be sure to use a pavement/sidewalk where possible, where it isn’t walk on the right-hand side of the road. Some of the ground can be uneven, with pebbly beaches and muddy or rocky grassland. Ensure you have suitable footwear and be cautious with your footing. Parts of the route follow the cliff tops, be very careful of the drop and do not go to close to the edge. If you are on the shoreline, be aware of the tide. When crossing the streams, be wary of slippery and loose stones, if you feel unsure bring walking poles for support, and you can always find a more suitable crossing a little up or downstream.
Tips and hints
Points of interest
Suisnish and Boreraig
These deserted villages formed a remote crofting community but were brutally cleared by Lord MacDonald in 1853 to make room for sheep, the price of wool had risen and this was the most valuable commodity. The residents were barred from returning, and their homes were burnt. This tragic story was repeated across the region and is known as the Highland Clearances.
Beinn Nan Carn Native Woodland
A huge 680 hectare reforestation project that uses native trees that have long formed the forests on Skye, from alder and birch to ash and hazel. The young trees are protected by a series of fences in order to keep the deer out. This area is a great place to see wildflowers in the spring and summer.
Old Marble Quarry
The path initially follows the course of an old railway used to remove the famous Skye Marble from quarries above Strath Suardal down to the harbour at Broadford. The marble was formed by limestone being exposed to the extreme heat of a granite intrusion.
Food and Drink
The only place that serves food or drink is the small cafe in Torrin called the Blue Shed Cafe. This is a little before the start of the route: http://www.theblueshedcafe.magix.net/website/. The proprietors, Justine & Antony Davies, provide delicious home-baked food, hot and cold drinks, reviving soups and tasty filled roll/hot toasties. Currently open from 10:30 - 16:00 Monday, Thursday, and Friday and 12:00 - 16:00 on Sundays (but closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays), you will often find them still open after hours, enjoying the company of visitors and the excellent scenery. The cafe is seasonal, so please check the website to make sure it is open.
Other than the Blue Shed, the walk itself does not pass past any villages or food stops. In Broadford, there is a Co-op grocery store where you can pick-up a picnic lunch for the day's walk, and plenty of pubs and restaurants to enjoy upon your return.