Walk: Prince Charles's Cave - worst accommodation on Skye

[Slippery rocks must be crossed, carefully, to access the caves - the famous cave is the second one]

Bonnie Prince Charlie must have been pretty desperate when he slept here, in this smelly and muddy cave, for his last night on Skye. Fleeing along the cliffs from Elgol, he probably didn't fully appreciate the coastal scenery, or views back towards the Cuillin Hills. Hidden from the coast path by a vertical drop, accessing the cave involves continuing to where the cliffs relent at Port an Luig Mhor then doubling back along the shore. The last section along the bouldery beach is incredibly slippery and fully submerged at high tide - there's just as much chance of a slip here as on the Cuillin Ridge. At least if you get stranded here one evening with a twisted ankle you'll know where to stay ;)

[Moody Cuillin Hills  - these provide a spectacular northern backdrop for most of the walk]

Name: Walk: Prince Charles's Cave - worst accommodation on Skye ★★☆☆
Length: 4 km / 2 miles
Ascent: 170 metres
Points of interest: Elgol; Suidhe nan Eun stack; Prince Charle's Cave
Start / finish: Car park at Elgol jetty, G.R.: NG 516135 / dirt moves unfilled

Route: Car park - Suidhe nan Eun - Port an Luig Mhoir - double back along tidal beach to Prince Charles's Cave (the second cave you come across) - return by outward route or similar.
Terrain: Moorland coastal path, fairly boggy in places. Very slippery, bouldery foreshore for last section. Short scramble to enter the actual cave. Be aware of tide times for accessing the beach.
Wildlife today: Sheep, cows; rockpool life on beach.
Weather today: Light rain coupled with a strong southerly wind made for an unpleasant outward journey.

[Prince Charles's Cave (left) runs for about 50 metres into the cliff - but the coastal views are more enjoyable]


Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)

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