Walk: Uamh Oir - Fingal's Cave in miniature
|[Views towards the Western Isles from the cave entrance]|
Translating as Cave of Gold (perhaps after the yellow lichen here?), luckily this peaceful spot is easier to reach than it is to pronounce in Gaelic. Like Fingal's Cave - its famous bigger brother on Staffa - perfect basalt columns surround the narrow opening, with shags usually populating nearby outcrops. You can't usually get inside (nor is it safe), but the setting is a bigger draw than the cave itself: views of the Western Isles interrupted by the odd fishing boat or dolphin, if you're lucky. An iron-age broch (Dun Bornaskitaig) can be visited with just a small detour, which also reveals lovely views south to Camas Mor. This is an unfairly neglected corner of Skye.
|[Shags frequent the area around the cave]|
Name: Walk: Uamh Oir - Fingal's Cave in miniature ★★★★☆
Length: 2 km / 1 mile
Ascent: 70 metres
Points of interest: Uamh Oir; Dun Bornaskitaig
Start / finish: Car park at minor road end north of Bornesketaig, G.R.: NG 378717 ///spices.worthy.unravel
Route: Car park - Uamh Oir via coast cliff top (fence post attached to a large rock shows where to descend) - Dun Bornaskitaig - return by outward route
Terrain: First few metres churned up by cattle, then mostly pathless clifftops on short grass. Steep descent on grass to the shore and cave could be slippery when wet.
Wildlife today: Hangout of shags near the cave, plus some other seabirds.
Weather today: Moderate wind, pleasant sunny spells, temperature in mid-teens.
Anything else? Access fine at time of writing, but there have been problems with the local landowner in the past.
|[Looking east from the cliff top section]|
Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)