Sandaig

There’s an easier way to this beach and a harder way. Handy tip, if it’s late and you’re still recovering from knee surgery, stay on the wide downward track described on Walk Highlands. If however you believe the person who says there’s a faster route and you love the double challenge of a rope river crossing and a steep footpath with said knee, by all means head down the alternative (slightly) more direct route. (Bitter experience not pictured.)

Whichever path you choose, leave plenty of time because this place, immortalised as Camusfearna in the classic, Ring of Brightwater is just magical, especially in the long light of a summer evening. Bring food, swimming cossies and good company.

Chill

In the summer season head to All the Goodness in Dornie for coffee and where the cakes, made with local and home grown ingredients are amazing. You'll also get the best view and great pictures of Eilean Donan Castle.

If you're on Skye, chances are you're passing through Broadford so save a caffeine-fix for Cafe Sia Loved by visitors and locals alike it has great coffee, wood-fired pizza and a separate chippie down the road, (so all the food groups). 

Glenelg Beach

The route to Glenelg from Avernish is impossibly beautiful in an alpine rather than a Highland way, which is enough of a reason to go, another is to take the turntable ferry to Skye - but the best reason of all is to swim off the beach. The water gets warm enough to go without a wetsuit in high summer and you can make yourself feel adventurous by swimming between the rocks round to smaller bays.

Komoot

We use Komoot to create or record some of the trails we've walked or ridden round here. If you have the app the link will open up on our page. If you don't have the app, ensure you scroll down after you hit 'view' on each route, it isn't necessary to sign in to view them.

As this is Scotland and you can ride anywhere the mountain bike routes are different trails and paths linked together, which means you can just as easily walk the shorter ones or part of the longer ones. 

Although the Komoot maps are good for general route-finding we recommend taking an OS (Ordnance Survey) map of the area with you too. You'll find a proper paper set with good coverage of the local area at the house. (Pictured above, Boreraig, Skye.)

Dunvegan, Skye

The seals at Dunvegan will be plopping into the water even as you launch. Wherever you paddle, they will follow, except when it gets too shallow, then they will form an orderly line waiting for you to get back on track. From time to time one will get brave enough to come close - then be more scared than you when they bump the underside of your board. They will adopt a look of extreme annoyance when it gets too cold for you to stay and play any longer. As one they will silently turn their backs, refusing to even wave good-bye.

Elgol, Skye

Question: is it possible that the beauty of Skye can get too much? Answer: not ever.

Standing on the great chunks of rock that are the beach at Elgol is like standing on the ends of the earth. This was February when the snow on the tops makes it impossible to take a bad photo. Stop at The Blue Shed Cafe in Torrin on the way home to warm your freezing ass and feed your starving face. You're welcome.

Fairy Pools, Skye

Close to Glen Brittle on Skye, the Fairy Pools are beautiful in any season. This was a frozen January when the knee deep snow made the kilometre-ish hike from the car park seem much further. It didn't matter.

Still on the to-do list, swimming in the pools in summer. 

Eilean Donan Castle

The castle, which is in Dornie can be seen down the loch on walks along the trails from The Field House, but it's worth getting up close too. One of the best views is from outside All the Goodness Cafe - caffeine, homemade cake and a photo opportunity makes for a great combination. Or go at night when it's transformed by floodlights.

Kintail Mountain Bike Route

The word epic is over-used, but the Kintail Loop deserves it down to the last (tired) turn of the pedals.

It's best tackled with a good level of fitness and decent bike handling skills - not gonna lie, it can be technical in places.

Depending on conditions your bike may have to be carried through some sections, but it's damn near the best all-day adventure we've had on any trail. The final descent is the icing on a very big cake.

This was a cold day and as ever, heading to this sort of exposure we were packing proper survival kit plus plenty of snacks and water. The ride was worth having to resort to eating the gels.

The Kintail Loop is one of a collection of favourite routes and destinations from The Field House posted on Komoot

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