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Distance: 6.9 km
Difficulty: Easy
Method: Walking
Wow Factor: 9 out of 10

Key Facts

  • Location: Near Isle of Skye
  • Size: 18 hectares
  • Terrain: Access to Ullinish Point can be boggy; most of the island route is on grassy cliffs
  • Access: Tidal beach
  • Height gain: 224 metres
  • Map: OS Explorer 410
  • Starting point: Car park along the lane leading south from the Ullinish loop road. Lat/Long 57.348267, -6.452557. GR NG 32252 37411
  • Accommodation/food:

    The closest shop and café is the Bog Myrtle at Struan with further shops and restaurants in Dunvegan. The closest campsite (tents and motorhomes) is near Dunvegan at the Kinloch Campsite https://kinloch-campsite.co.uk

  • Island Summary:

    This short walk on the Isle of Skye is big on views, soaring cliffs, large sea caves and deep gullies. The walk follows a clearly marked path to Ullinish Point onto a pebbly causeway. Once on the island the easy free-range route uses the grassy cliff edges and provides plenty of opportunities to explore the impressive sea caves and gullies or to rummage around in the underwater world of several large rock-pools. For the energetic, the short sharp climb to the western tip is rewarded with a stunning panorama of the precipitous Talisker headland, the peaks of the Black Cuillin and the Old Man of Stor towards the north end of Skye.

  • Look out for:
    • Explore the cave and tunnel on the south shore
    • Wild camping on the flat grassy area on the east side of the island
    • Spectacular views of the Outer Hebrides, north Skye and Cuillins
    • Chance to see golden eagles, otters, dolphins, gannets and more
  • Route description:

    The walk follows a clearly marked path to Ullinish Point and onto a pebbly causeway. Once on the island the easy free-range route uses the grassy cliff edges and provides plenty of opportunities to explore the impressive sea caves and gullies or to rummage around in the underwater world of several large rock-pools. For the energetic, the short sharp climb to the western tip is rewarded with a stunning panorama of the precipitous Talisker headland, the peaks of the Black Cuillin and the Old Man of Stor towards the north end of Skye.

  • Getting there:

    By car leave the Sligachan to Dunvegan road (A863) following signs to Ullinish. At the bottom of this loop road there is a lane leading towards the island with the footpath marker clearly visible. The car park is at the end of the lane. Bus 6100 from Portree to Dunvegan calls at the Ullinish House Hotel.

    Island routes nearby:

    The Skye Trail 

    Cycle around Isle of Tiree

    Cycle and walk around the Isle of Coll

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