Walk: Solace on Skye at Sneosdal

[Loch Sneosdal from the crags above]

First, a warning: this is one of the boggiest walks on Skye, and on this blog, thanks to a single frustrating kilometre on approach to Loch Sneosdal. It's worth the reward however - a hidden loch nestled dramatically beneath vertical cliffs, and views across the Hunish peninsula and across to the Western Isles from the crags above. The section to the loch is a waymarked route but apparently little-travelled (why might that be?!). Somewhere to escape the high season crowds then, but wait until after a dry spell or bring a snorkel.

[Wind churning up the waters on Loch Sneosdal]

Name: Walk: Solace on Skye at Sneosdal ★★☆☆
Length: 8 km / 5 miles
Ascent: 350 metres
Main summits: Suidh a' Mhinn (357 metres)
Points of interest: Loch Sneosdal
Start / finish: Space for a couple of cars at track junction on minor road, half a mile east of Kilmuir, G.R.: NG 394701 / vocally loose songbirds

Route: Start - radio transmitter - Loch Sneosdal northernmost tip - follow loch shore east then ascend slopes to Creag Sneosdal - Suidh' a' Mhinn - west to flat ground then north to start.
Terrain: Good track to transmitter mast, then very boggy track then path with intermittent waymarkers to loch. Steep, grassy ascent, traverse and descent of crags with faint path in places, then straightforward ground to return to start, again on intermittent path.
Wildlife today: Lots of windblown sheep.
Weather today: Bizarre: extremely windy (almost strong enough to be blown over), but 25 degrees on return to car! Soon sunny but very hazy.
Anything else? There's only space for a couple of cars at the start without blocking the track. Other parking available in Kilmuir.

[Following the fenceline down from Suidh' a' Mhinn]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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