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What to see in southern Skye

We'll be taking the ferry from Mailaig to Armadale on the way to Portree. I'm wondering what to see from Armadale to Bradford and then from Bradford to Eigol and back. Is it worth lingering for the scenery or should we hustle on to Portree? We'll have 4 to 6 hours. We're staying in Portree for 4 nights but want to concentrate on other areas than the one I just mentioned (unless we're advised to spend more time there). Suggestions? Thanks, Jay

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It's a worthwhile journey out to Elgol.
The marble cave might be worth seeing out,you will need to know low tide time to make that work.
If you want a shortish walk ,from.the Kilmarie car park follow the obvious track north.
It's maybe 2 miles to the summit and a staggering view to the Cuillin Peaks and Camasunary bay.
Its a place I have been to a couple of times.
Not got to it yet but there's also another cave near Elgol.

https://www.walkhighlands.co.uk/skye/prince-charlies-cave.shtml.

And if you are seeking fish and chips have them in Broadford ,both Portree chippies aspire to be average.
I was put into Broadford one by the lead singer of Runrig who was living on Skye and gave me a lift

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Richard's suggestion is a good one. You could also consider what is known locally as the Sleat circuit. Armadale is on the Sleat peninsula. There is a circular route turning left off the main road shortly after Armadale Castle. It winds its way across to the other side of the peninsula with wonderful views across to the Cullin hills. You could take a short walk to the ruins of Dunscaith castle before the road winds back across to the main road. It's a less well known part of Skye and all the better for that!

Alternatively if you fancy a decent hike you could walk down to the Point of Sleat. Turn left on leaving Armadale heading south and park at the end of the road, where there is a very good art gallery/shop. From there it's a round trip of around 5 miles to the southern tip of Skye. Point of Sleat walk description You will certainly avoid the crowds and the scenery is wonderful.

Best wishes
Jacqui (Skyegirl)

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Is the Sleat circuit the road that winds through Tarskavaig and Ord? Is that a paved road? We would like to try it if it is, but we try to avoid roads that are only gravel or dirt.

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Hi Cynthia,
Yes that's the road. It's certainly paved, although single track for the most part.
Best wishes
Jacqui (Skyegirl)

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Thanks, Skyegirl. The Sleat Circuit caught my eye almost as soon as I looked at a topo map - how could it not be scenic, right? I would have done it even without a rec, but nice to have confirmation. May need to steal a day from the northern parts of the Isle to spend more time following the recs from you and Richard.

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And if the weather is good ,the boat over to Loch Coruisk from Elgol is a must.
For the best view up the loch and if you have outdoor experience cross the outflow and climb the 60 ish foot bank oposite.

There's nice rock slabs to sit on.
It's a mountain scene utterly unequalled anywhere in the UK

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Yes boat trips from Elgol are special. There are two companies Misty Isle and Bella Jane. Both good and offer a variety of trips of different durations, including really amazing 1/2 day trips to the Small Isles with a stop on Canna. Booking in advance is highly recommended.

Skyegirl (Jacqui)

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The bridge heading to Kyle of Lochailsh is very pleasant.

I'll see myself out.