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Carter’s Rest is the perfect start point for some of the most scenic walks on the Isle of Skye

The Isle of Skye is famed throughout the world for its breathtaking scenery. Here at Carter’s Rest, we have some stunning walks right on our doorstep. Take a look at some of our favorites below.

Ramasaig
Grade 3 / 6 miles / 3-5 Hours

Start from the end of the road to Ramasaig, park carefully to allow farm vehicles to pass. A mixture of track, pathless ground and excellent cliff-top walking. You will pass the ruins of Ramasaig onto the ruins of Lorgill, and around The Hoe to Hoe Rape, watch for nesting birds, loop back to Ramasaig. Enjoy views over the Minch to the Western Isles, Waterstein Head and Neist Point.


Neist Point
Grade 2 / 2.5 miles / 1-2 Hours

Park at the road end to Neist Point. A short walk visiting Neist Point, the dramatic westernmost point of Skye’s headlands. Good concrete steps and path to the Lighthouse and a short walk over grass to the interesting rocks that break away into the sea like a collapsed city. Good for scrambling, playing, fishing and watching the wildlife.
Cliffs for abseiling. ‘An t-Aigeach’, is the high cliff rearing up midway along the path. Views are to the Islands of Uist, Benbecula, Canna and Rhum, Moonen Bay and the imposing Western Cliffs of Skye. This is also the site of a 1800C shipwreck, hence the building of the Light House. The Light House is now automated and the huge Fog Horn is still there but no longer in use.


Orbost
Grade 5 / 10 miles / 5-6 Hours

The views over the sea to the left of this walk distinguish it instantly from anywhere else. In the distance, possibly capped with cloud, the Black Cuillin (mountains) form a close group. There is a good chance of seeing golden and sea eagles from this walk, particularly near the start. Soon, the farm road becomes a track and rounds a small sea loch known as Loch Bharcasaig, passes an attractive cottage, boathouse and sheep fank and enters the forest. In 2009 this forest appeared severely windblown and the track soon re-emerged to clear-felled areas with views over the sea.

After crossing a small burn, its name, Forse, reminding us the Vikings were here before us, there is a gate and waymark. Continue over the hill and descend into Rebel’s Wood, a memorial to Joe Strummer, lead singer…