There are some awesome things to do on the Duirinish Peninsula of the Isle of Skye. And its neighbor, the Waternish Peninsula, also has some fabulous sites. I find this piece of Skye is a little less visited than other parts of this popular Scottish Island. But these 2 peninsulas are stunning and deserve some time. While most of my time was with Duirinish, I did spend a little bit of time on Waternish. Now, this is not an area that is completely off the tourist track as there are some rock star sites. However, it is a wee bit quieter in general — especially if you stay a few nights which is what I recommend. As usual, we’ll start with the where.
So, find the Isle of Skye in the northwest of Scotland. Yes, it is an island — barely. Look to the upper left and find Dunvegan. The piece of land to the far left is Duirinish and the one to the right — with a short piece and a much longer piece — is Waternish. It takes a bit of effort to get out this far onto Skye from a town like Broadford or even the main town of Portree which is to the east side of the island and along the main road, the A87. So Duirinish and Waternish are a bit more remote in some ways. You will want a car for visiting this part of the Isle of Skye so you can really get into the nooks and crannies. Okay. So let’s talk about some of the best things to do on the Duirinish — and Waternish — Peninsulas.
This is a superstar attraction on the Isle of Skye. But it takes some getting to as it’s down some wee roads. From the settlement at Lonmore you’ll be driving on more single lane roads which take you toward Colbost and Glendale. You’ll see signs for the lighthouse so you can’t miss the turnoff. Then it’s a few kilometers through a beautiful valley, the sea shimmering off in the distance. I was staying at Carters Rest Guesthouse so I actually walked from the guesthouse along the road out to the lighthouse. The views from the cliffs to the lighthouse are amazing! I did not walk all the way out to the lighthouse as you can’t actually go into the lighthouse or the keeper’s cottage. In fact, Neist Point is automated so no need for a keeper. I walked along the cliffs just to the right of the parking area as there are fabulous views to the point and the lighthouse. But you can walk out the point to the lighthouse. Just be prepared as there are some steep sections. In some ways I wish I had walked out to the lighthouse to get up close to it. However, I think the best photographic opportunities are from where I got my images. So I was happy just sitting on top of the adjacent cliffs with this awesome view. This is one of the most beautiful lighthouses in all of Scotland because of its dramatic location. There is no denying that!
Down a wee road near the settlement of Glendale is this husband and wife team, Roger and Andrea, who weave wool and tweed by peddle power. Yes. You read that correctly. The woolen items such as scarves or blankets and tweed fabric are woven on a loom powered by pedaling a bicycle. It’s very cool. They try to use materials from within the UK when possible. So they work with spinners in Scotland and Yorkshire (England) and cloth finishers in the Scottish borders and label weavers in Wales. The pillows on my bed at Carters Rest Guesthouse were made by Skye Weavers. I highly recommend stopping by to see how they use the pedal power to weave wool. There is a small shop so you can buy yourself a little something special too.