Walk: Solace on Skye at Sneosdal

Skye | Trotternish | Half day walk | ★★★

[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]

📌 Walk: Solace on Skye at Sneosdal ★★★
Start / finish at track junction (space for a couple of cars - don't block access) on minor road half a mile east of Kilmuir, Skye, G.R.: NG 394701 ///vocally.loose.songbirds. More parking in Kilmuir.

▶ 8 km / 5 mi | ▲ 350 m | ⌚ Half a day | Tough
Features: Loch Sneosdal; △ Suidh a' Mhinn (357 m)
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.

Route & map

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

Route credit: Walkhighlands (modified)
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On our visit

Wildlife: Lots of windblown sheep.
Weather: Bizarre: extremely windy (almost strong enough to be blown over), but 25°C on return to car! Soon sunny but very hazy.

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


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