Walk: An Ardtreck trek

[Ardtreck lighthouse, Macleod's Tables behind]

Another part of the Minginish peninsula, Ardtreck headland is even quieter than nearby Talisker Bay. If you successfully make it through the network of questionable B-roads to the start, you've a good chance of being alone here, even in high season. Ardtreck Point and its lighthouse jut out into Loch Harport, with views across to the tidal island of Oronsay off the Waternish peninsula. Both of Macleod's Tables on Duirinish are also prominent, while the landscape closer to hand is speckled with crofts. The spine of the headland is used for the return leg (Beware of the Bog), but on the way out it's well worth detouring to visit Dun Ardtreck broch - one of Skye's best.

[The return route heads back through the headland interior, just to the right of this outcrop]

Name: Walk: An Ardtreck trek ★★☆☆
Length: 3 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 90 metres
Points of interest: Dun Ardtreck; Ardtreck Point and lighthouse
Start / finish: Layby at minor road end northwest of Portnalong, G.R.: NG 337354 / rating mega wonderfully

Route: Start - Dun Ardtreck - Ardtreck Point - start
Terrain: Brief minor road then track northeast of layby at start / end, then narrow moorland / coastal paths. Wet in places, especially on return from lighthouse along spine of the headland.
Wildlife today: Gannets diving for fish near the lighthouse; sheep. Reputedly a good place for spotting marine mammals.
Weather today: Mostly sunny, but cool in the strong wind.

[Dun Ardtreck]


Route credit: The Skye Guide

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